hey, sorry for another message, but I just noticed you are in Georgia. Although I live in Maryland, I was born in Macon and still have lots of family from my father's side in Cochran...you know Cochran?
Great seeing you in the Epiphone Group I started! Consider joining us in the Gibson Owners Group! I started it a while back and it's been great! Here are my two Gibson acoustics: A 2006 J160E, and a 1994 J100 Extra.
Oh, man Richard, I didn't think you were putting folks down. You're right, you gotta put buying a guitar in perspective. Heck, I saved for 2 years to get mine. I wouldn't have bought the Martin if I didn't match one of those 'gainfully employed or gigging professionally' conditions. There are a lot of capable guitars less expensive, and give you less worry on stage, and traveling.I've gone from cheap silvertone acoustics up to what I currently have. Each guitar along the way had their own character, and as time went on I learned to appreciate better built instruments.
I appreciate your kind words about my posted music, though I see them as only first takes - not perfect by any means. I know about choking up, on stage, and in the studio. The cure - keep doing it, I try to think about just having a conversation with myself when I record. There's no real pressure for me, not worried exactly about capturing the perfect recording as much as I want to get through the dang song. In fact, my version of 'Spike Driver Blues' is incomplete - I fudged the next verse, so I took the engineer's way out - I faded it out before the mistake. The guitar was already tuned to open-G, so I did the song there, but really, I play it in G standard tuning. I just had the time, so I rushed the recording. My voice drops about an octave in the morning, so I can get that old blues guy voice, so when it happens, I like to take advantage of it. Works nice for blues.
When I get my workflow down, I hope I can get better at recording what I can really play. That's what I'm shooting for anyway. Post or send me some examples of your playing.