I'm a very happy owner of a Walden D552, a really beautiful player for the small money it set me back. Recently, I've been eyeing up a G2070, a guitar that looks a superb fingerstyle instrument. However, I've heard the odd thing here and there on forums about it not being the best strummer owing to it's cedar top and shape. I'm not in a position to try one so would, in effect, be buying unseen aside from the few Youtube examples of fingerpicking on it. Anyone own or played one who could give me a helping hand as to its rhythm capabilities?
I think Dave Word or even Jonathan Lee can answer this better - but I've spent some time with a G1070...unfortunately, I play mostly fingerstyle...
I love the guitar - and the difference between the G1070 and the G2070 is lam mahogany sides vs. solid mahogany sides - and different color wood bindings. Both beautiful guitars. The lack of a pickguard and the satin finish both contribute to the potential for scratching the wood if you are a heavy strummer - IMHO, this would be true with cedar or spruce. The quick and easy answer would be to add a pickguard.
In terms of the guitar's shape, IMHO the Grand Auditorium body is very comfortable to play, and the wood combination and voicing give the instrument a beautiful tone. I did play the G1070 with a pick - but not very aggressively. Still, I did not experience anything that would lead me to believe that the guitar would not handle the general demands of one who play with a pick.
In terms of your purchase, may I suggest the online dealer I have posted in the link on the Walden group homepage? Dave Word runs Hole in the Wood - www.holeinthewood.com - and he sets everything up for you before he sends it out - you'll receive a great instrument from him! Just a suggestion - give him a call and speak with him directly for the best deal... ;-)
Hope this helps!
Oh, here's a G2070 so everyone can see:
I know that Cedar gets a bad rap for being too muted whilst being strummed, but I can tell you from playing a goodly assortment of G1070s and G2070 that this is not the case. I play a G1070CEQ live and it handles the *wide* styles that I play very well. Out od the box is it as loud as a Walden G3000 (Sitka, Rosewood) strummed? No. Does it sound sweeter to my ears? Most definitely yes.
I'll just add that my friend Dallas (yes...Dallas) just bought a G570TB from Dave's store, and he loves it! He also mentioned to me last time I saw him that he was impreseed with how "loud it can get" - and he plays pretty exclusively with a pick... :-)
I have to admit to being a big fan of the Cedar / Mah combination. It's like burgers and beer, or perhaps more like Fillet and Merlot.
Spruces are typically louder, particularly the Sitka and Adirondack varieties. however, there's no such thing as a free lunch and what one gains in volume and overhead (how hard you can beat the thing), you give up in breadth and complexity.
Cedar will not have as much overhead, so if you drive real fast and pick real hard, it might not be the instrument for you. However, if you're attack is more measured, Cedar definitely can be strummed quite satisfactorily; it is not only a finger style instrument (although I feel that it does excel at that).
I hope this helps.
Thanks guys for your help and thanks to Jon obviously. Why is it when you think you've settled on something you get a sudden attack of further GAS?! I've noticed a G3000 for a decent price, so will have to have a think. It's a shame I'm UK based because I would definitely have jumped at that price, FloridaGull.
About the G2070- I guess what I'm after is something that can handle strumming, which seems to be the case. I'm not a particularly hard strummer, but would just like the option to if required. Looks like I've got a decision to make.
Thanks to Jonathan especially? Just because he designs them, you think he knows more about them? Oh, right - I guess that would be true... ;-)
Dave, you can always get both - a spruce/rosewood and a cedar/mahogany would make a nice pair...
Maybe Dave Word can ship to the UK?