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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer?
VTS 31 48.44%
Non-VTS 10 15.63%
They sound different but I like qualities about both 19 29.69%
I don't hear much/any difference 4 6.25%
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:33 AM
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I like the VTS, Thanks for posting Maury
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Old 08-19-2015, 07:22 AM
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Any more voters?
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Old 08-19-2015, 07:35 AM
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I preferred the VTS by an extremely small margin. Both sounded fine.
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I preferred the VTS somewhat. This may sound strange but, to me, it had a little less of the characteristic rosewood sound and leaned a bit toward a mahogany sound, which I like. But the differences weren't huge and I can certainly understand why someone would prefer the non-VTS. I did prefer the color of the VTS over the yellowish non-VTS top, but that wouldn't hold much sway in an actual purchasing situation.
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:15 AM
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The difference is well within the kind of variation you can hear within a single model to me.

So, can I really say the difference I hear is VTS vs Non-VTS? I don't know.
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Listening through my AKG K240 headphones I heard a clearly discernable difference between the two. For my tastes I much preferred the VTS. More complex, woody and sweet sounding throughout the range. Even a subtle vibrato sound in the trebles with the VTS like the voice of a great singer. By the way, I had chance recently to play a non-VTS Martin Authentic 28 and thought it was a fine guitar.
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:36 AM
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Would take either but if I had to choose with price not an issue it would be based on wood.
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Old 08-19-2015, 02:53 PM
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I preferred the non-VTS model.

For me...rounder, fuller, warmer, more earthy/organic sounding all strings, and all playing positions.

The VTS is a tad brighter, dryer, cleaner sounding...but for me...a bit more sterile sounding because of that...but it might also have a bit more "cut" in a group because of all of that.

The low E bass response in the all important first and second positions was better, to me, on the non-VTS...better...looser, rounder, fuller...like the Six Million Dollar Man...better, stronger, faster...

On the whole...I think the VTS topped guitars might be a better way to go for the Bluegrass band players, with that brighter, dryer, cleaner sound. In person, I do think the VTS does make the guitar sound more vintage to some degrees...but not in others...but again...in a band, or group setting, I think it really would be the way to go.

I think solo singer-songwriter style...the non VTS is the way to go for sure, and it could still work well in a band setting, depending on the particular guitar, and the surrounding overall tonal umbrella of the group en masse'

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