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Old 09-28-2023, 12:18 PM
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Yeah man.... Goodall is building some crazy killer guitars that a huge step above several other boutique brands in my opinion. They are game changers and hard to explain how good with words that they are!! Good luck in the hunt, there are a lot of great options out there.

On your remarks about Pre-War guitars the blank headstocks on them kind of bother me too but they are building great guitars!! If you get your hands on one the blank headstock won't bother you much I can guarantee it. Some of the best dreads I've owned have had blank headstocks in the 1934 d and the Tony Rice Pro model SCGCs.

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Thank you, Glenn and SuperB. This is a builder I have missed completely in my search, and that linked guitar is gorgeous! Certainly will add this to the list of things to try to play soon.
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Old 09-28-2023, 03:57 PM
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Yeah man.... Goodall is building some crazy killer guitars that a huge step above several other boutique brands in my opinion. They are game changers and hard to explain how good with words that they are!! Good luck in the hunt, there are a lot of great options out there.

On your remarks about Pre-War guitars the blank headstocks on them kind of bother me too but they are building great guitars!! If you get your hands on one the blank headstock won't bother you much I can guarantee it. Some of the best dreads I've owned have had blank headstocks in the 1934 d and the Tony Rice Pro model SCGCs.
Friend... why is your YouTube channel not HUGE? Excellent playing, sound quality, etc. etc. Just subscribed to ya, I can honestly probably just peruse some of your videos to find something great. Just watched your '89 Tony Rice SCGC... I realize that's going to blow my price range out of the water but man oh man. Thing is awesome. Edit: and just checked out a Brazilian Goodall you played... sounds almost comically loud and clear.
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Old 09-28-2023, 04:00 PM
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Thank you! Yeah Iíve been blessed to own some really great instruments!

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Friend... why is your YouTube channel not HUGE? Excellent playing, sound quality, etc. etc. Just subscribed to ya, I can honestly probably just peruse some of your videos to find something great. Just watched your '89 Tony Rice SCGC... I realize that's going to blow my price range out of the water but man oh man. Thing is awesome.
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Old 09-28-2023, 04:24 PM
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The subjectivity of it all is over the top. I played my first Authentic and thought, wonderful, but a bridge too far. When folks raved about reimagined D 18s, I thought the same. Then there is the neck issue. So the next guy plays one an buys it on the spot. Go figure. The longer I'm doing this, the more I realize I like different features from the norm, whatever that is. And as you go along, you can change drastically. I did not own a dread until I was well into my 60s. Now it's all I want to play.

I try never to verbalize my tastes, nor steer others to them. But I don't mind a thoughtful discussion with someone who doesn't like my guitar. I had a nice conversation with a dedicated Taylor guy, who had sold them for thirty years, where I told him they were not for me. I don't like the necks, or cutaways on acoustics or the to me overly bright tone. He made them sing, and simply preferred everything about them to the average Martin. Heck, I could not begin to wonder what most would think of my 65 Texan. Differences really are a lot of what is fun about this guitar thing.
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The subjectivity of it all is over the top. I played my first Authentic and thought, wonderful, but a bridge too far. When folks raved about reimagined D 18s, I thought the same. Then there is the neck issue. So the next guy plays one an buys it on the spot. Go figure. The longer I'm doing this, the more I realize I like different features from the norm, whatever that is. And as you go along, you can change drastically. I did not own a dread until I was well into my 60s. Now it's all I want to play.

I try never to verbalize my tastes, nor steer others to them. But I don't mind a thoughtful discussion with someone who doesn't like my guitar. I had a nice conversation with a dedicated Taylor guy, who had sold them for thirty years, where I told him they were not for me. I don't like the necks, or cutaways on acoustics or the to me overly bright tone. He made them sing, and simply preferred everything about them to the average Martin. Heck, I could not begin to wonder what most would think of my 65 Texan. Differences really are a lot of what is fun about this guitar thing.
Thank you for putting this into words better than I can. I am guilty of the same thing - my desires always change, and seem to differ from the "norm." I was initially a Taylor guy, played them because I was obsessed with Lindsey Buckingham's playing. Years later, they are not at all my flavor.

Indeed I too enjoy just "talking guitar" and having discussions with folks that are wiser than me -- I could be on the younger end of the spectrum around these parts, and might learn something. I doubt someone will come in here with the world's best guitar for 6 grand and I'll buy it on the spot. However, I've now got at least 3 or 4 new guitar companies on my radar to play in the coming year. I also never wanted a Dread until this year, funny how things change.
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I got my Martin D-35 in 1969 and did not have anything other than this dreadnought until 2004. So that's a 35-year gap if my math is right. I then bought and have tried a bunch of different body types including several OM designs since 2004.

In recent years I have felt this hunger to go get a really top-notch dreadnought again. Not that I don't like my old D-35, I do. It's a great compromise guitar, excellent for both strumming and finger picking. But I do think there is something special about a really good dreadnought. Reading this thread has been fun.

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It is necessary to get the experience of playing a lot of guitars, and owning a few in order to come to a place where you trust your own judgement. You should trust your judgement from the start, but that's flat out unrealistic.

I have for the last twenty years or so raised my bar so high that there aren't a lot of guitars I'm going to consider. And I don't go taking test drives in Porsches either. I flat out don't play guitars I can't afford. Once in a while I push my luck, and I finally upped the ante in what I was willing to spend. The most important thing I've learned is to understand how rare the feeling is when you play something special. I don't want to have that happen and say to myself, you can't do this.
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Old 09-29-2023, 04:41 PM
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Bill,

I took a look at your site, and am blown away by your work! Beautiful. I will certainly send you an email in the coming days.
Thank you Scoobtay, it see that there is a chance you have narrowed it down already, but if you ever find yourself looking again, get in touch with me, often times I have a guitar or two in stock, or I can always make one for you.

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I've played Bill's instruments at shows and have visited his shop. They are very, very good and stand up well to the best out there. And sound and play as good as they look. But one thing is lower; they are surprisingly reasonably priced - for the same quality. I imagine you could handle that.
Many thanks Mr Bard Rocks, quite a complement from someone that has such a nice collection of guitars, and that has been to so many of the best shows. I look forward to seeing you out there soon.
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