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mmasters
03-26-2010, 02:04 PM
What, in your opinion, is the best acoustic guitar you've ever heard?

Was it a specific players guitar used on an album? A guitar you bought? Heard once in a store? On Youtube? etc... Soundclips are a plus!

Here are a few favorites of mine from the dreamguitars website. I own the third one down:

http://www.dreamguitars.com/preowned/olson/olson_sj_1256/olson_sj_1256.php
http://www.dreamguitars.com/preowned/humphrey/humphrey_millennium_1987/humphrey_millennium_1987.php
http://www.dreamguitars.com/preowned/martin/martin_00-21_75143/martin_00-21_75143.php
http://www.dreamguitars.com/new/blanchard/blanchard_bristlecone_dream_2_105/blanchard_bristlecone_dream_2_105.php
http://www.dreamguitars.com/new/somogyi/somogyi_000_12_404/somogyi_000-12_404.php

JoeCharter
03-26-2010, 02:13 PM
Some folks will mention a really high end guitar that no one else ever played, a bunch of them will mention a classic (e.g. Martin D18GE) and the others will mention a cheap guitar that "beats the high end stuff by a mile".

mmasters
03-26-2010, 02:14 PM
Some folks will mention a really high end guitar that no one else ever played, a bunch of them will mention a classic (e.g. Martin D18GE) and the others will mention a cheap guitar that "beats the high end stuff by a mile".
Different strokes for different folks!

Rick Jones
03-26-2010, 02:29 PM
Pierre Bensusans Ryan, played by him.

Nicest sound I have ever heard when I'm playing is from a stonebridge OM that I'm trying to figure out how to afford.

Andromeda
03-26-2010, 02:32 PM
The Collings Pete Huttlinger plays.

garywj
03-26-2010, 02:33 PM
My 1979 Ramirez 1a. When I played it for the first time my wife commented that it was the best sounding she had heard. When I heard my son-in-law play it I realized it had a beautiful sound. It's the only guitar I've ever seen that will obviously resonate to sounds in the room. I don't play it as much as others I own, but I always look forward to hearing it every time.

dodge
03-26-2010, 02:39 PM
Well I am gonna name two because they were different styles of guitar but both excellent McKnight Deacon model and Petros FS.

Fran Guidry
03-26-2010, 02:42 PM
Doug Young playing his Braz Claxton.

Fran

Taylorplayer
03-26-2010, 02:43 PM
What, in your opinion, is the best acoustic guitar you've ever heard?

Was it a specific players guitar used on an album? A guitar you bought? Heard once in a store? On Youtube? etc... Soundclips are a plus!

Here are a few favorites of mine from the dreamguitars website. I own the third one down:

http://www.dreamguitars.com/preowned/olson/olson_sj_1256/olson_sj_1256.php
http://www.dreamguitars.com/preowned/humphrey/humphrey_millennium_1987/humphrey_millennium_1987.php
http://www.dreamguitars.com/preowned/martin/martin_00-21_75143/martin_00-21_75143.php
http://www.dreamguitars.com/new/blanchard/blanchard_bristlecone_dream_2_105/blanchard_bristlecone_dream_2_105.php
http://www.dreamguitars.com/new/somogyi/somogyi_000_12_404/somogyi_000-12_404.php

What a wonderful sounding guitar! There is "magic" in that combination of Braz & Adi....

YHMD -- Your Hearing May Differ (I said that) :)

I also like #4 -- I have a Braz & Eng. myself... Not a bad combo either....

Howard Emerson
03-26-2010, 02:49 PM
What, in your opinion, is the best acoustic guitar you've ever heard?

Was it a specific players guitar used on an album? A guitar you bought? Heard once in a store? On Youtube? etc... Soundclips are a plus!

Here are a few favorites of mine from the dreamguitars website. I own the third one down:

http://www.dreamguitars.com/preowned/olson/olson_sj_1256/olson_sj_1256.php
http://www.dreamguitars.com/preowned/humphrey/humphrey_millennium_1987/humphrey_millennium_1987.php
http://www.dreamguitars.com/preowned/martin/martin_00-21_75143/martin_00-21_75143.php
http://www.dreamguitars.com/new/blanchard/blanchard_bristlecone_dream_2_105/blanchard_bristlecone_dream_2_105.php
http://www.dreamguitars.com/new/somogyi/somogyi_000_12_404/somogyi_000-12_404.php

I only remember the performances, never the instruments played.

HE

Acoustic Rick
03-26-2010, 02:50 PM
Some folks will mention a really high end guitar that no one else ever played, a bunch of them will mention a classic (e.g. Martin D18GE) and the others will mention a cheap guitar that "beats the high end stuff by a mile".

I was just fin to say my Martin D18GE. Awesome guitar and without question the very best I've ever played.

1after909
03-26-2010, 02:55 PM
My Mike Doolin Jumbo Hands Down! #2 My Santa Cruz FS #3 My Taylor 914c(florentine) both since departed.. There's so many great guitars being built these days..Truly from learning from the past masters, And with todays new innovations & technologies were truly living in the new "Golden Age" of lutherie

mmasters
03-26-2010, 02:57 PM
I only remember the performances, never the instruments played.

HE

Well that's the one thing about the dreamguitars.com website clips, the performances tend to be pretty consistent such that you can hear each of the individual guitars. IMHO, a wonderful resource.

mmasters
03-26-2010, 02:58 PM
What a wonderful sounding guitar! There is "magic" in that combination of Braz & Adi....

YHMD -- Your Hearing May Differ (I said that) :)

I also like #4 -- I have a Braz & Eng. myself... Not a bad combo either....

Yeah it is great for sure. :)

That #4 is tempting!

AgeOfEmpires
03-26-2010, 04:29 PM
There are a couple of clips from Dream Guitars that are forever etched in my memory (both from 2-3 years ago) - one Applegate and one McIlroy. The Applegates are forever out of my price range which makes that McIlroy my "dream guitar".

You didn't ask about looks, but in the looks department, I give it to Matthew Mustapick hands-down. Simply works of art. They sound great to boot! But alas, far above anything I can afford.

Cue Zephyr
03-26-2010, 04:44 PM
I'm gonna throw in the Taylor '09 spring limited 716ce with Madagascar rosewood back and sides (if that even was a spring limited).
Secondly I'm gonna throw in the Martin HD-16R with the Adirondack spruce top. Besides that I also liked the 714ce I once tried, but I have no clue on whether it was a limited or not. The back and sides were relatively light, so it might have been the fall limited with koa back and sides.
I haven't played much else.

For stuff I haven't played, I really like Antoine Dufour's Stonebridge G23-CR, and Andy McKee's Avalon L32C, and of course his Greenfield custom-built guitar with the fanned frets.
Dufour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yJncIVcBz8
McKee (with the Avalon): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f-FAhkrGG8

CraigRyder
03-26-2010, 04:49 PM
strangely it was with the best acoustic guitar player I have ever heard.:)

patticake
03-26-2010, 05:00 PM
there are a few i thought were exceptional. there are a few i consider above most guitars when it comes to sound (taylor gc8 and gc-k and gibson sj100 and rosewood j-45 are up there), but these are the ones i thought of first thing as being the best. the first two were the best all-around guitars i've heard and played:

the goodall rosewood gc
http://www.goodallguitars.com/gclg1.htm

and the martin eric clapton madagascar rosewood - which was probably the best sounding i've ever heard or played, period.

for plenty of bass, almost any goodall jumbo, although i particularly like this one cedar top model, but they all sound amazing - really truly amazing. when i play them, i feel like they fill my soul. guess i like plenty of overtones ;)

best travel/small guitar i've heard/played would be the blackbird rider. it really surprised me - the one i played had such a full sound, with lots of everything it needed to sound great. words fail me - the one i played sounded full as some dreads, sort of like a higher quality seagull s6. if my shoulder gets better, i'll be getting one of these.

akivisuals
03-26-2010, 06:48 PM
Best I've ever played has to be a Braz/Carpathian Ryan Nightingale at Kevin's shop. Probably a $20k+ guitar.... :(

rolleiguy54
03-26-2010, 06:59 PM
The two best live performances included a Tippin played by Al Pettaway through a microphone and into the Pa and Robin Bullock playing a Taylor 810 using the es and a microphone into a pa. I would also include a Petros Tunnel 13.

fitness1
03-26-2010, 07:16 PM
The best live guitar sound I've ever heard was at the '91 Watson Festival (now known as Merlefest) Strength in Numbers were onstage and Mark O'Connor pulled out an acoustic six string and when he started playing it, my perception of what an amplified acoustic guitar was supposed to sound like changed by leaps and bounds. I have no idea what kind of guitar it was, or what the electronics were in it, but I've not heard anything since that even came close.

As far as guitars that were being played acoustically in front of me.....hard to say. There have been so many over the last 35 years, and my idea of what sounds great has morphed as time has passed.

High on the list would be the times David Wilcox stood in front of me and played his Olson!;)

Dru Edwards
03-26-2010, 07:44 PM
I guess I haven't been around any small luthier guitars or really high end guitars but I was at Rudy's (NYC) 2 years ago and played a Huss & Dalton Dread with adi top. It was amazing. Probably the loudest guitar I ever heard too. Awesome!

Papol
03-26-2010, 08:10 PM
I had a teacher for a short time in 1968 who owned a Ramirez that was beautiful sounding. I'm sure that is the one that made a big impression on me.

I had a Hernandez at the time ( I don't recall which of the few that went by that name that I owned), and until I heard the Ramirez I thought it was fairly decent, but I was fairly new to guitars.

Taylorplayer
03-26-2010, 08:13 PM
Yeah it is great for sure. :)

That #4 is tempting!

mm:

Tempting may be an understatement...:)

But it sure sounds like you "snagged" a great one! A wonderful guitar is, [obviously] a wonderful thing to have!

All the best,
Bill

HHP
03-26-2010, 08:14 PM
Dan Crary's Mossman Great Plains on his early recordings

Norman Blake's '34 D-18

KPV
03-26-2010, 08:22 PM
The nicest sounding guitar I've heard was a 30's small bodied guitar that Roy Book Binder played at a show I saw recently. It was made by Gibson with another name on the headstock to be sold at a cheaper price. Outside of the fingerstyle blues context it might not be my number one choice, but it was perfect for what he was doing with it.

argosrocks
03-26-2010, 08:29 PM
hands down,has to be any estaban ever made:guitar::rolleyes:

Taylorplayer
03-26-2010, 08:36 PM
hands down,has to be any estaban ever made:guitar::rolleyes:

Nah -- Only a vintage estaban. We all know they were the best :)

Dru Edwards
03-26-2010, 08:37 PM
hands down,has to be any estaban ever made:guitar::rolleyes:

Wow - you should try out a $100 Denver - you might have a new favorite guitar! :)

Glennwillow
03-26-2010, 08:38 PM
The Collings Pete Huttlinger plays.
You know, I was just listening to Pete Hutlinger play his Collings OM1A on the half hour drive home from work tonight. What a great sounding guitar, and what a great player. He plays so cleanly, it's amazing.

I am lucky enough to own a Collings OM1 custom with Adi top and dread depth that sounds similar to Pete's Collings, except perhaps mine has more bass because of the deeper body.

Regards, Glenn