"Hi Dan ,i have got a D16 as you know it has mahog back and sides i use light gauge strings and find playing fingerstyle thay do a good job if not better but i have never had a go on a martin with rosewood back and sides there must be a difference in…"
"For almost 30 years I used medium strings. I've been teaching my two kids to play the last few months and bought light gauge SP's for that purpose. I put lights on my martin because I had an extra set and needed strings. …"
"The x model that martin offers gives a good starter guitar ,,and as it says on the brochure ,,legendary martin tone,,,ok its not a D18 or a D28 but it still has a martin tone of sorts.
My first martin was a DX1 solid top that gives 70% of the tone…"
"hello all,just having a look at all the comments,,i take it that k yairi uses its own name for the european market,,i have a yairi ym2 and after looking on the net i find it to be a rare one as a lot of the yairi guitars are.
She has a ceder top…"
I know of three other ppl. besides u, (and me ) :) that have one. Two r left handers. The right handed one someone offered him $2,000 fer it and he wudn't take it.
Mine projects well has a very warm sound that I like. The action is very low tho sp the low E has a bit of a rattle. My saddle is not solid like u'r's. The saddle doesn't fit the grove completely and there is a thin shim behind it. Mine has the individual saddles fer each string. Not sure if it was changed'er not. They look whiter then the nut, so maybe. I haven't checked with the ppl. I know that has one to see what they have yet. I'm wanting to order one and some bone string pins as well.
I am really glad I found this!
Ok, I'll talk to ya latas! (oh I'm doing well! I hope u r too!) :)
I just wanted to report in that I changed strings this past weekend on my D-16GT to the light strings you suggested and am completely blown away by the difference, not only in the sound, but also the feel! It now plays like butter.
Many thanks for the tip. I don't imagine I will ever go back to mediums.
My strings will be due for a change in about a month and I think I may try some custom lights that I have laying around the house which I used on my old Yamaha. I think the difference between lights and custom lights is .001 on the 1st string.
I'll let you know what I think once I change them out.
I am also the proud owner of a D-16GT. It's a little over two years old and seems to sound better every day. I have never tried anything other than medium gauge strings. Are you using light or custom light? I may have to give them a try.
You ask if there is a massive difference between the D15 and D28. I feel that there is in both build quality and sound. The D15 is made of Mahogany and plays softer. Some say that it plays back onto you and makes for a good recording guitar. The D28 on the other hand is much louder and more detailed in all its sound. IMO
LOL--my tastes should overlap with almost anybody's! Still making my list; forgot Herb Alpert, that would make 4 herbs (Herbs de provenance?).
I am very pleased with my koa Yairi; it's beautiful and is the nicest guitar I've had the chance to become really familiar with. I like the way it rings out when thumb-plucked, though I have been mainly finger-style for 40 years.
When we stayed in the dominican Republic for several months, we heard a lot of the traditional music played on the tres, which contrary to its name now has either four or five strings. I almost bought one in Puerto Rico! They are tuned GDAEB which would be interesting to fool around with, but because I live aboard a boat I just couldn't find the room just for novelty's sake.