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Old 05-04-2019, 05:43 PM
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Welp... I can't help it. As some of you may have read, I got myself a brand new 2019 D28... I know these things are supposed to be bluegrass cannons and flatpicking machines. But, I just cannot stop thumbpicking the dog-gone thing (think a very bad version of Tommy E or Doyle Dykes - haha).

So anyone else 'sinning' along with me? I'm thinking of putting some lights on it just for some of the chord shapes I'm learning. But regardless of that, my name is Tom and I bought a D28 but I thumbpick it.

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Old 05-04-2019, 05:57 PM
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No shame in that!
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Old 05-04-2019, 06:01 PM
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I had a Rosewood Gibson AJ that was, like a D-28, a complete cannon. Iím primary a fingerstyle player, and it was as much a fingerstyle cannon as it was a strumming cannon. Just because an instrument is known for a particular style doesnít mean it canít be incredible at others. Glad youíre loving your new D-28!
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Old 05-04-2019, 06:06 PM
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The D-18 is more of a Bluegrass guitar.
If you want the best of the best for your D-28, try a set of Bluegrass gauge strings.
The high 3 strings are light gauge and the bottom 3 strings [bass]
are medium gauge.

My preference is Phosphor Bronze but others will recommend 80/20 Bronze.
Try a set of both and you decide.
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Old 05-04-2019, 06:42 PM
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Just because an instrument is known for a particular style doesnít mean it canít be incredible at others. Glad youíre loving your new D-28!
Exactly.

It's only been in the past couple of decades that many fingerpickers have started showing any marked preference for smaller-bodied guitars. There have always been lots of people fingerpicking dreadnoughts, both now and in years and generations past.

Have fun fingerpicking your fine Martin guitar. I have it on good authority that it's quite unlikely that a lightning bolt outta the blue will come zap you for doing so...


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Old 05-04-2019, 07:04 PM
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Exactly.



It's only been in the past couple of decades that many fingerpickers have started showing any marked preference for smaller-bodied guitars. There have always been lots of people fingerpicking dreadnoughts, both now and in years and generations past.



Have fun fingerpicking your fine Martin guitar. I have it on good authority that it's quite unlikely that a lightning bolt outta the blue will come zap you for doing so...





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Haha. Thanks everyone. Lesson learned.

Wade, your words give me comfort. [emoji102]
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:12 PM
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Well, I can't promise that a lightning bolt won't strike you as punishment for the sacrilege of fingerpicking a Martin dreadnought:



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But it seems statistically unlikely....


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Old 05-04-2019, 07:37 PM
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I fingerpick my D-28 all the time. No harm...no foul. Carry on!
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:40 PM
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Welp... I can't help it. As some of you may have read, I got myself a brand new 2019 D28... I know these things are supposed to be bluegrass cannons and flatpicking machines. But, I just cannot stop thumbpicking the dog-gone thing (think a very bad version of Tommy E or Doyle Dykes - haha).

So anyone else 'sinning' along with me? I'm thinking of putting some lights on it just for some of the chord shapes I'm learning. But regardless of that, my name is Tom and I bought a D28 but I thumbpick it.

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Old 05-04-2019, 07:49 PM
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Hey Tom, aka DEGG,

I fingerpick everything.

So if that sinnin' thing is true, woe is me.

But I do have my personalized and super-comfy handbasket prepared for the big finish.

In just about the time it takes to play "Cross Road Blues".

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Old 05-04-2019, 07:59 PM
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So anyone else 'sinning' along with me?
Me, and (as a minor sidebar ) the late Doc (and Merle) Watson. You're probably gonna be OK.
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I have it on good authority that it's quite unlikely that a lightning bolt outta the blue will come zap you for doing so...
Further proof that God actually plays rhythm. On a Martin.
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I have a D-35.

I never learned how to use a flatpick.
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Old 05-05-2019, 05:01 AM
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I'm one of those weird people who doesn't pigeon-hole guitars according to genres; e.g dreads for flatpicking Bluegrass, OM for fingerstyle, 12-strings for strumming etc.
I have a 2018 D-18 Standard which works well for everything. Adapt your style to the guitar, not the other way around.
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I’m dreadnought heavy and haven’t used a pick (when playing solo) for years. For us I think Absolution is not needed.

With that said I do have an OM on the way
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