I'm planning a trip to Argentina and Brazil next year and am toying with the idea of buying a locally crafted (read: no Martins or Taylors...) parlor or folk sized steel string accoustic while there.…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Pratt Mar 9.
I've had my SWS Maritime MJ for almost 3 years now and I can't get enough of it! Very versatile guitar for any style of music, but especially fingerstyle, and it's tone and Spruce top are mellowing quite nicely. I've got…"
"I've used the JP 80/20's and D'Addario blue grass strings (med. lower/light top) on my S&P Woodland Pro Folk and Maritime MJ with no problems, but then I'm always tuned down a half or whole step all the time and capo up if…"
Also, I got the MJ because it felt and sounded like what I wanted to learn/play more fingerstyle with. I've got a lot to learn, but I think the MJ will fit nicely into that style... What do you think? I just noticed that you like to play fingetstyle. How does it compare to other guitars you have/have played for fingerstyle?
well, the Dread has solid Rosewood, and both have different body sizes/finishes, so tonally they are a bit different. When strumming the rosewood seems resonant heavy to me. Kind of like the bass notes tumble and thunder about as they mix with the highs. But they don't muddy the sound. The rosewood projected more than the mahogany did (both dreadnoughts), and I liked the cheerier, more edged feel of the rosewood model on hand, so that's what I got. The MJ, of course, is mahogany and seems more "resonant" friendly. Sounds don't feel like they are crashing and tumbling about as they mix, but just blending. That edged clarity I like about the rosewood is buffered a little in the MJ's softer mahogany. The MJ is quite balanced however, just as most people report. I wanted a little more bass from it so I put bluegrass strings on it and for me, it sounds just as i'd like. They are pretty different guitars, both with unique and really great sounds to them. On a side note, I played two different SWS rosewood dreads in the shop and even between them, sounds came out differently. So, I guess the old adage that every guitar is different and sounds different, is true. The same models, out of the same wood, won't play the same every time. It's taken me a few weeks to really start to like the sound of the MJ. I got it because I liked some of the sound it had, and I'd read that as it ages, the sound gets better and better. After some adjustments to the action and truss rod, it plays much more easily, and with time I'm starting to think that I'm going to love it, not just like it a lot. Thanks for your response about the tric case. I'm hoping to find something that's nice and hard and offers a soft and snug fit for it. I'm having a tough time of it though. Thanks for reading this novel I wrote.
Hi Ian. What are you using for a case for your MJ? I recently purchased on and the gig bag/case that the store threw in for discount seems overly tight to me on the lower bout, with lots of wiggle room for the upper bout. Plus it doesn't seal well. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks,
Ian ... wow, I dunno. Spam has not been a problem so far on this site. Not like some other guitar-related sites I frequent. It showed up last night when I posted photos of my new Martin. I'll try to report it to the moderator.