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Old 01-21-2021, 11:03 AM
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I do this from time to time and my conclusion is that they are all excellent. No one is better than another, just different. I do have a favorite guitar, but that isn't because it's a better instrument; it's because I happen to like its tonal qualities the most. Purely a subjective thing.
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Old 01-21-2021, 11:10 AM
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Compare? I do it everyday. I only have two guitars (see sig). Both get tuned up and played during the hour or two I play every morning. I routinely go back and forth between them...often playing the same song back to back on both. Itís only natural to compare them...which is different than pitting one against the other.

Both guitars are spruce/Honduran though the Collings has an Adi top and the Bourgeois is baked Sitka. Their voices are wonderfully different. The Collings is crisp with clear note separation and plenty of volume and solid but not overwhelmingly bass. The Bourgeois has slightly less volume and a more compressed warm tone. Comparing them always brings a smile to my face because they compliment each other so well. My perfect acoustic duo.
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Old 01-21-2021, 11:17 AM
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I did this little comparison last night to see which one I wanted to play at this upcoming gig and see if one stood out more than the other. I know Brencat said he thinks these two would sound nothing alike, but in my room, at the time, it’s subtle differences between the two. I’ll give the Bourgeois the edge because of the complexity of its tone and because I know it projects better in a band setting. I WANT to sit in front of these two and hear them from the spectator point of view and I have a friend who is a fantastic guitar player, who just happens to own a Bourgeois Vintage D and several Martin dreads himself, who would gladly help me out with that. I will say that when I was practicing some George Strait songs the other night, I really preferred the D41 for it because the tone just feels "right" for his music. I will also say that our banjo player has told me, a couple of times lately, that this particular Bourgeois fills up the sound of band better than the D41 or my previous Bourgeois Slope D Banjo Killer does, so I think it's going to be the more complete guitar for the bluegrass setting. I'm just blessed to own 2 fantastic guitars like this and last night made me appreciate their capabilities even more.
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Old 01-21-2021, 12:07 PM
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For me, thatís the purpose of having a collection. I practice separate from playing. When Iím playing I love to pretend Iím in a nice guitar shop so Iíll play a song or two and switch guitars. My guitars are all different sounding but set up very similar. All of my guitars hang in my music room 24/7/365 so I can grab one at will. Itís quite fun to go back n forth for me.
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I do this frequently, start off playing one and then switch to another because it doesnít sound quite right on a particular song. On any given day one of my three sounds better than the others and thatís the one I end up playing that day. The next day might be a different one. Seems odd to me, but it keeps them all in the rotation.
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Old 01-21-2021, 02:34 PM
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Every time I get a new guitar, I play it daily for a while, change strings and may even make some string trials.
Then I would often time take two guitars side by side and play "pieces of the day" alternating the guitars.
It helps me refine my ear and appreciate sound characteristics of each guitar.
Ultimately, it helps deciding whether I keep or let go a guitar.
Precisely what I'm doing now with my new Kopp. It's very different from the D-12 which was supposed to be the whole point.
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I do this all the time. It's fun. I enjoy hearing subtile (and sometimes not so subtile) variations in tone, not to mention playability. I have two sets of the same guitars and they get played back to back on occasion. Amazing to hear the differences in two supposedly "identical" guitars.
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Old 01-21-2021, 02:49 PM
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I compare new guitars back to back to back to back ... When I learn a new song I usually try it out on a few guitars to see how it sounds.

A couple nights ago I compared a few guitars with the capo on the 7th fret with a new fingerpicking tune I have.
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Old 01-21-2021, 03:29 PM
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The thing for me is not to have two similar guitars. I'd never own two rosewood dreads. I do have a Guild D 35 and my 65 Texan, both mahogany/spruce, but they are very different. I tend to play a guitar for a week or so, them move on to another, and constantly marvel at how different they all are.

The Music Villa YouTube channel did a test with three Martin dreads, one being the player's personal instrument, and in the blindfold test, he could not pick it out.
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I've played my new Gibson every single day now for nearly 3 months, we've bonded, I played up some of my other guitars just a few days ago, they sound terrible, I can't help it, I've grown jumbo ears.
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Never done that. Each guitar I have was picked up for its own particular strength. They don't sound at all alike to me, and while I'm apt to play a couple more often than others, the one I have in my hands that suits my tastes of the moment is the best guitar I have--that day. I've never worried about how good a guitar sounds in comparison to other guitars--not even sure I understand what that means anymore-- just if it thrills me when I play it.
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The thing for me is not to have two similar guitars. I'd never own two rosewood dreads. I do have a Guild D 35 and my 65 Texan, both mahogany/spruce, but they are very different. I tend to play a guitar for a week or so, them move on to another, and constantly marvel at how different they all are.

The Music Villa YouTube channel did a test with three Martin dreads, one being the player's personal instrument, and in the blindfold test, he could not pick it out.
I thought I was a Mahogany fan when I had my Bourgeois Slope D Adi/hog Banjo Killer. Then I bought my D41 and after playing it and only it for a couple of weeks, the next time I got the hog slope D out, I couldn't stand the sound of it anymore. So I'm all in on rosewood. The D41 is my indoor gig/festival guitar and the Bourgeois is my outdoor, "it isn't gonna hurt this thing if it gets hot and sweaty" gig/festival guitar!
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Old 01-21-2021, 04:46 PM
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I've played my new Gibson every single day now for nearly 3 months, we've bonded, I played up some of my other guitars just a few days ago, they sound terrible, I can't help it, I've grown jumbo ears.
Great point, Bruce. Folks who play one guitar (or one wood combo, or maker or string brand, etc...) can get so acclimated to one sound that they can’t appreciate something different. At least not without being patient enough to give it a long, fair try. I know I’ve been guilty of that.

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I thought I was a Mahogany fan when I had my Bourgeois Slope D Adi/hog Banjo Killer. Then I bought my D41 and after playing it and only it for a couple of weeks, the next time I got the hog slope D out, I couldn't stand the sound of it anymore. So I'm all in on rosewood. The D41 is my indoor gig/festival guitar and the Bourgeois is my outdoor, "it isn't gonna hurt this thing if it gets hot and sweaty" gig/festival guitar!
I’ve gone just the opposite direction. I was all-in rosewood for years...until all those lush overtones became too much for me. So I’ve been on a hog kick for the last few years, loving the clear fundamentals and natural warmth.
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Old 01-21-2021, 06:20 PM
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I got through the process of comparison often. As I am working up pieces for recording I often run them by the best candidates and choose the one that best suits.

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I find that my guitars sound better when I don't compare them to each other. So I try not to compare them, and just enjoy them individually.
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