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Old 01-24-2020, 09:09 AM
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I have read a few threads on this topic and I wanted to ask those of you who have played these models about bass response. I am strongly considering the new Rainsong Vintage dreadnought. I love their neck shape and the idea of the of carbon fiber. Until now, I just didn't care for the looks and some of the more strident sounds I experienced with Rainsongs. Problem solved?

I do folk/Americana mostly. But, I also play bluegrass. I'm wondering if anyone has (in addition to Jon) had the opportunity to compare the new dreadnought to a Martin. If so, is the bass response comparable? I need the thump for the bluegrass rhythm. This will likely be the deciding factor for me.

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I really like my Rainsong Vintage dread, but it does not have the low end of my D18...
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Bummer. But, thank you nonetheless.
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Bummer. But, thank you nonetheless.
Hey, it's just one guy's opinion...
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Hey, it's just one guy's opinion...

Indeed, but you’re the one guy in the forum who has both on hand for comparison. So, an educated opinion is very valuable. :-)
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Mine seems to be evenly matched with my duo partner's HD-28V for low end and maybe a bit louder. You need to try it to see how it meets your expectations. I put a high value on ease of ownership after having several wooden guitars give me hassles which might impact my ear.
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Video review here (apologies if this has already been posted):

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Thanks for sharing, David. I hadn't seen that, but as the owner of a Rainsong Vintage (the first in the world, I believe), I actually thought that the RS tone sounded best in the finger style diddies, not heavy strumming. This goes along with my frequent refrains that dreads are not just strummers - they can also be great finger style guitars...
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Thanks for sharing, David. I hadn't seen that, but as the owner of a Rainsong Vintage (the first in the world, I believe), I actually thought that the RS tone sounded best in the finger style diddies, not heavy strumming. This goes along with my frequent refrains that dreads are not just strummers - they can also be great finger style guitars...
That was my thought also - but as a non-strummer, who hasn't owned anything remotely resembling a dread for over 30 years, I don't really have a baseline to work from.

Some info on the strings and pick used would be helpful, but it's still just a YouTube video, so more guidance than reality.
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Video review here (apologies if this has already been posted):

Sounds terrible. Probably still has those horrible 80/20 strings Rainsong ships with.

Strings make such a difference on these guitars.
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Sounds terrible. Probably still has those horrible 80/20 strings Rainsong ships with.

Strings make such a difference on these guitars.
Agreed. Let's put the brightest, most horrible sounding strings we can find on our super, hypersensitive, responsive guitars.
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Hi David, If you do get a chance to play a V-DR I would be curious to your thoughts on how it sounded. Jon
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Hi David, If you do get a chance to play a V-DR I would be curious to your thoughts on how it sounded. Jon

It is my goal, on this (my birthday) weekend, to visit the shop and give it a thorough beating. But, seeing as how my family doesn’t always see things my way, it might be a wee bit longer. Lol
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It is my goal, on this (my birthday) weekend, to visit the shop and give it a thorough beating. But, seeing as how my family doesn’t always see things my way, it might be a wee bit longer. Lol
I am too much of a RainSong fanboy to give it a fair evaluation and my duo partner has been listening to my RainSongs for so long he probably is starting to think his Martins sound strange :~).
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I can't say much of anything about the Vintage D, but my Nashville JM has a rather pleasant abundance of warm bass!
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