"Out of all the guitars you listed the only one worth shelling out the bucks for is the j45. Properly broken in and correctly set up the experience of owning one is magic. Gibson is unparalleled by martin and certainly not by taylor. In the end its…"
"11's will give less volume and slightly less bass but have better sustain. My gulls & my j45 all have uncoated 11's. I use 12s on my for bluegrass but they wear on my fingertips the additional tension will raise your action and will…"
"Recording King is a phenomenal guitar. I've got a RAJ-27, which isa knock-off of a Gibson advanced jumbo. AA Sitka top & solid rosewood back & sides. Mine had a crappy set-up, but I fixed it to my liking in 30 minutes. I spent $700…"
"I use medium phos/bronze on both seagulls & my gibsonj45. I tune to E-flat (due to my limited vocal range) & could never go back to light gauge. I would recommend if you have multiple guitars that are played less than 3 nights a week that…"
"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…"
"I own a few Recording Kings - my personal favorite is the ROS-616 which is what my profile picture is. Recording King guitars have gained popularity especially in the last few years, surprised no one has commented for you yet or responded to…"
"I am also a drummer. When I was learning to play as a kid, I told my teacher I wanted to play jazz. He had me reverse the kit & learn to play left-handed to learn "left-stick independence" It turned me into a very formidable drummer.…"
"If it ain"t broke, don't fix it. Proper maintenance/ playing habits = a guitar that stays "set up" Every time you re-string, use lemon oil on the finger board & bridge, clean the frets with steel wool, & string it…"
"The "ideal" seagull in my opinion is the Maritime solid wood series. You get more bang for your buck if you go semi-gloss. Mine is pictured here. Ask yourself this question; Am I going to play more unplugged or amped. Amped up, solid…"
"we can all be of help when it comes to brands, but types ( folk, jumbo, drednought parlor) are up to you & the sound you're after. I tend to only play drednoughts, but I only play good ones. I'm going to focus on Seagull because I own…"
"You cannot "outgrow" a seagull entourage. Buy one & you'll see why all of us in the seagull/godin group are fanatics about seagull guitars. PLEASE do yourself a favor & stay away forom ANY acoustic thatsays…"
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.