The Acoustic Guitar Forum  

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > General Acoustic Guitar Discussion

View Poll Results: Which brand do you like the most?
Blueridge 20 22.99%
Eastman 37 42.53%
Recording King 20 22.99%
Stanford 10 11.49%
Voters: 87. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 04-22-2011, 10:33 PM
mrkpower mrkpower is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 523
Default Blueridge Vs. Eastman Vs. Recording King Vs. Stanford

Which brand do you like the most?
and WHY, please??

Last edited by mrkpower; 04-22-2011 at 10:42 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-22-2011, 10:42 PM
Gypsyblue Gypsyblue is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,585
Default

I went shopping for a new 000 or OM earlier this year.

I was able to choose my Blueridge from four guitars of the same model.

Of the four Blueridge BR-163's I tried one was good, one was very good and two were really good. When I pulled a 2.2K Martin off the wall and compared it to the two best Blueridges, the Blueridge i was favoring simply sounded better - so I bought the Blueridge.

I've had it a few months now and still love it. But I did replace the nut to get a little wider string spacing. Now it's my favorite small bodied guitar in my small collection of Taylors, Martins and one Blueridge.

I do wish there'd been more of a selection of Eastmans to choose from though. Very impressive workmanship and finish.

I did try an Eastman but they only had one and it was not spectacular. Maybe if I'd been able to play four Eastman's of the same model I'd have bought an Eastman.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-22-2011, 10:48 PM
cke cke is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,445
Default

I have never seen a Stanford. I have been impressed by the others, but Eastman got my vote. It is a true luthier shop, not just a factory. They are rapidly developing their own way., but devoted to learning and growing there skills. But consistency is the bug-a-boo for all MIC guitars, more so than any North American made guitars.

My second choice would be Recording King.
__________________
Chris
Larrivee's '07 L-09 (40th Commemorative); '09 00-03 S.E; '08 P-09
Eastman '07 AC 650-12 Jumbo (NAMM)
Martin '11 D Mahogany (FSC) Golden Era type
Voyage-Air '10 VAOM-06
-the nylon string-
Goya (Levin) '58 G-30
Yamaha '72 G-170A (Japanese solid top)
Garcia '67 Model 3
-dulcimer-
'11 McSpadden
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-22-2011, 10:54 PM
66strummer 66strummer is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 6,786
Default

Unlike the other brands, Stanford is a little bit complicated..... There were some models (The "Performer" series) that were made in China. There may yet be some models made there (not sure) but the Performers are no longer being made. Then there are the Stanford "Furch" and Stonebridge models that are made in the Czech Republic and have a different sound to them. Those are (were) also significantly more expensive....most of them anyways. I have no hands on experience with the Czech-made stuff but for me the "Performer" (PSD) models represent mid-level Martin type sound at a fraction of the cost.....better than the Recording King and Blueridge examples I've played and equal to or possibly better than Eastman.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-23-2011, 05:41 AM
RP's Avatar
RP RP is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 8,046
Default

You didn't include Silver Creek, but I will....

I just received a Silver Creek T-170 and T-160 a week apart, and was really pleasantly surprised at the quality, tone, nicely book-matched tops, and overall playability of these instruments. These aren't the first I've owned and know about buyers' concerns re. lousy strings, poor tone, non-existent set-ups out of the box, and overall poor quality. I got to tell you, these two newest Silver Creeks have very decent strings, great tone, and very good playability. Sure, any new guitar is going to benefit from a set-up to meet the individual player's specific likes; but these two are extremely nice and playable right from Musicians Friend. If these two Silver Creeks are indication of what's coming out of China, we'll no longer have to qualify our praise with "for the money"....

__________________
Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and to a hundred or a thousand… We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without. Henry David Thoreau

Taylor GA8
Yamaha LL6 FOR SALE

Last edited by RP; 04-25-2011 at 03:23 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-23-2011, 05:46 AM
GibbyPrague GibbyPrague is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Prague CZ / Adelaide AUS
Posts: 7,465
Default

Well if the Stanfords are close to the quality of Furch then this is the clear winner for me .... although Eastmans are also great guitars.
__________________
The Big Fat Lady 02' Gibson J-150
The Squares 69' Gibson Hummingbird, 11' HB TV
The Slopeys 11' Gibson SJ (Aaron Lewis), 02' AJ
The Pickers 43' Gibson LG-2, 09' Furch OM 32SM (custom) , 02' Martin J-40
The Beater 99' Cort Earth 100
What we do on weekends:
http://www.reverbnation.com/doubleshotprague
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-23-2011, 08:24 AM
DABO DABO is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 165
Default

I have a Blueridge 160 and a higher end Eastman. I had the Blueridge first and loved it. Great guitar. But I decided that I didn't want to always be playing such a big guitar and got the Eastman. My Eastman has a totally different tone than my Blueridge. And it's tone can even make my poor playing sound good - it's wonderful. I'm a Blueridge fan, but an even bigger Eastman fan, based on my experience.

DAB
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-23-2011, 08:34 AM
Brackett Instruments's Avatar
Brackett Instruments Brackett Instruments is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Grover NC
Posts: 6,076
Default

Pizza!!!!!
__________________
woody b politically incorrect since 1964
Brackett Instruments Handmade Acoustic Guitars.
Big companies build guitars for profit. We build them for musicians.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-23-2011, 11:50 AM
banjar banjar is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 570
Default

I voted Blueridge buuuuuutttt....I've never seen a Stanford or Eastman, and Recording King's nuts are a shade wide so I could never really test it as an equal. But I have owned 3 Blueridges, still own one, and I have never had a complaint about any of them.
__________________
97 Toyota 4Runner
95 Toyota Previa
82 Kawasaki KZ305 CSR
74 Cub Cadet 108
2012 Chrysler Cordoba C7
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-23-2011, 12:21 PM
Bruce Sexauer's Avatar
Bruce Sexauer Bruce Sexauer is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Petaluma, CA, USA
Posts: 2,712
Default

I have never heard of a Stanford before. Spoiled as I am, it is hard to make a serious comparison between between brands of such diverse models and qualities as though they represented one quality entity in each case. I will say that the best Eastman's represent a build quality which is far superior to anything I personally have seen in the other brands. Not unlike trying to compare Martin's standard series to Gibson's or Taylor's production guitars. Eastman has been at it for some time and have put quality and long term commitment as high priorities.
__________________
Bruce
http://www.sexauerluthier.com/
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 04-23-2011, 12:27 PM
shortymack shortymack is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 781
Default

There you have it first hand from a very respectable and talented luthier.

FWIW I sold my Blueridge and kept my Eastman. It was a nice guitar but not in the same league as the Eastman.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 04-23-2011, 04:34 PM
lroyb lroyb is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Shenandoah, Va
Posts: 877
Default

Blueridge for me Eastman's that I played were just a little blah no punch close to the BR's.
__________________
Martins - 2012 D18 Retro, 2010 HD28, 2010 GPCPA-1, 2010 J15, 2001 00015
Gibson - 2013 J35
Guild - 1995 F47ce
Blueridges - 2010 BR160-12, 2008 BR1060, 2004 BR240


https://sites.google.com/site/leeblantonmusic/home
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 04-23-2011, 04:54 PM
MissouriPicker MissouriPicker is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Missouri
Posts: 2,424
Default

I'll go with the BlueRidge for now. Know very little about Eastman, aside from guitar fourms. After I hear a few of them I'll have a better idea. I've owned a BlueRidge and heard quite-a-few. Like their sound. Recording Kings sound okay from the 3-4 I've knowingly heard.
__________________
http://www.family-friendly-music.com/
NEW SONGS on Reverbnation
http://www.reverbnation.com/larrygarrett

The Missouripicker's YouTube Channel
URL:http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMissouripicker


Gibson J60 Bonecrusher, Gibson Hummingbird,
Gibson Dove, Gibson J45, Gibson J150, Gibson AJ, Gibson J15
, Martin HD28, and many other guitars, banjos, mandolins, dobros, dulcimers, and strays.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 04-23-2011, 04:56 PM
Gham Gham is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 91
Default

I was looking at an inexpensive 000 size and wasn't impressed with the RK's,I've never heard of Stanford and the Blueridge's were all dreads.I'm still looking for a dealer that carries Eastman.I tried a Loar 200 and didn't care for it either.Then I played a D-28 and was ruined for the day from inexpensive guitars.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 04-23-2011, 08:23 PM
GK34 GK34 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 60
Default

I vote for Eastman. I had decided on a D-18 GE to go along with my HD-28V. I still had some saving to do, when I rolled the dice on an Eastman E10D. I am very pleased with the E10D and doubt I will ever be able to justify spending more to get the Martin. As much as I love my other Martin, this Eastman nails what I am after in a Mahogany dread.
Reply With Quote
Reply

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > General Acoustic Guitar Discussion

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Loading

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=