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Old 05-30-2016, 10:54 AM
MC5C MC5C is offline
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I have a couple of laminate top archtops, and I find that they have a dramatically different sound than does a good carved top guitar. Not a bad sound necessarily, just really different. I was struck by this when I played a Godin - great player, did not like the sound at all. My recommendation - if you are playing acoustically, get an archtop without a pickup and controls mounted in the top. Makes a big difference in sound. Try to get to a shop where you can play a proper acoustic carved top archtop - like a vintage gibson carved top fully acoustic, or a boutique luthier made instrument - just so you can educate your ears on what such a guitar can sound like. That will inform your search. I find that most entry level (under $1K) archtops I play in stores are heavily biased towards being electric guitars and have a poor acoustic tone.
Brian Evans
1935 Dobro model 25 resonator
1943 Paramount (made by Kay) mandolin
1946 Epiphone Zephyr electric archtop
1957 Hofner Senator archtop
1962 Gibson Melody Maker electric
1963 National Dynamic lap steel
1996 Landola jumbo
1998 Godin Artisan TC electric
1998 Epiphone SG electric
2010 GoldTone PBR-CA resonator
2015 Evans electric archtop
2016 Evans archtop
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