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Old 06-20-2019, 03:35 PM
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A beautiful looking Quilted Maple 1996 Taylor 422.
Thin sound - I'm just not a small guitar person.

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A couple, all purchased used.

1) A Cordoba nylon cutaway, C5-CE. Has a weird buzzing, harmonic, resonance thing when capo-ed above 2nd fret. Looked at by two excellent luthiers, neither of whom was able to fix it. Only paid $150 used, but disappointing nonetheless.

2) Two Yairi dreads, both bought clean, used. I honor Mr. Yairi's reputation, but I could not bond with either one of these guitars and they hung on the wall unplayed. They just couldn't keep pace with my Eastmans or Martins.

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Old 06-20-2019, 04:26 PM
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No brand bashing here,but the Taylor 410-CE and the Taylor 614-CE I owned were duds. I wanted to enjoy both of them but it wasn't to be.
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Huss & Dalton SP 00 - disappointing tone.
Bourgeois D all hog banjo killer - disappointing build quality.
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A Santa Cruz H13 was my big disappointment. The reason it disappointed me so much was because it was such an outstanding instrument, but I could never quite get on with it. I reluctantly sold it after well over a year of playing it. Beautiful build, super responsive, easy to play, but couldn’t develop a close bond to the dry fundamental tone.

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Old 06-20-2019, 04:48 PM
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Collings CJ. Dull tone with little low end and no overtones/harmonic color.
Martin J40. Neck reset needed after only 2 years.
Gibson J200. Love them, but shockingly quiet voice for such a large guitar.
Goodall BRCJC. Love them, but the Brazilian added a metallic harshness and I became aware of a problem called "overtone fatigue." Too many overtones can clash and overload the ear.
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:08 PM
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I'm asking for specific guitars that you actually purchased.
Well if I liked them I would of purchased And Most of the ones listed I did purchase one of their models

Seagull a Mini-Jumbo.. boring tone
Taylor GSmini good....didn't like any other lower end models I played
Cort.. Earth 70 and 70 12 string, 100 and 200 series I owned..overbuilt
Martin... owned a GPCRSG Grand Performance, too glossy and wasn't tonally interesting. Played a bunch of others..
Eastman...Also owned HE122e didn't like also
Alvarez AP30SB could've been good if the bridge wasn't lifting
Guild P240 ..Quiet..felt like it was compressed sent back
Yamaha CSF3M boxy...sent back

I could go on... But I think I've figured out I'm a Yamaha guy and I'm waiting on My FG3 Red Label...
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:12 PM
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Most Martins...(Sorry Martin Fans)

Epiphones...Most feel overbuilt

The Seagulls Ive played were soul-less mini-Jumbo-S6-Maritime SWS

A&L AMI cedar top

Gretsch boxcar parlor (Toy like)

Not excited by Taylors as much as I liked the GSmini in redwood and KOA

CORT overbuilt at least the Earth series

The Pacific Coast Eastman guitars



There are more..trust me
Geez.... Are there any guitars that work for you?
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:14 PM
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My most disappointing guitar purchase was not an acoustic. It was a Fender Jaguar I bought 5-6 years ago. MIM guitar with two humbuckers. Silver guitar with a maple/rosewood neck. The guitar sounded like absolute crap. I paid $400 for it and promptly gave it to my nephew. Never again.
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:25 PM
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That would be any guitar I bought unplayed.

Id enjoy seeing if what think is true, that the majority of those posting disappointments did so by not playing first.
Interesting. The majority of guitars that I own were bought sight /hearing unseen, and three of them from the USA (I'm in the UK).

I can't think of any guitar that I've bought via ebay or whatever, that have been "dogs" but I won't say that some/many needed a good set up and some hard work to get them to respond to my style.

I'm afraid that I feel that many assume that an unsused instrument is going to be perfect from the get go. These things are made of organic material and need to be "played in / opened up".

Unless you are very lucky, most guitars need some "training". Play it long and hard and it will serve you well. Tickle it gently every few weeks and it will hibernate.
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A Rainsong Hybrid Dread. I thought it was going to be a lifetime guitar, but my tinnitus said no.
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Geez.... Are there any guitars that work for you?
Yep
Yamaha A3M
Yamaha CJ818
Breedlove Pursuit Concerto Mrytle on Mrytle CE
Gibson J15
Alvarez OM Grateful Dead
Taylor GSmini rosewood
And Im looking forward to the Yamaha Red Label
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Rosewood Pono parlor . . . way too boxy sounding in spite of assurances in the advertising that they had the boxy problem beat. Didn't stay with me long.
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When the Gibson Custom Shop first opened in Montana, a Gibson Gospel.
Beautifully crafted piece of worthless trash.
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Old 06-20-2019, 07:03 PM
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I maintain buying a guitar unplayed results in disappointment more times than buying after being played. That's pretty simple in concept and open for the simple statement, that someone else thinks buying guitars unplayed is more fool proof than playing them first. If that's so, there's more problems than just guitars, it's moved into the measuring the ability to evaluate a guitar.
Good thing for all the one man and small shop builders who do a high percentage of commission builds there are those who have more faith!

Certainly in a perfect world playing before buying would be more pleasing, but I've not wanted to limit the possibilities that much.

Speaking of Goodalls, I went down to Elderly about 8 years ago or so because they had a nice looking one on their site and I put it on hold. I took it into a lesson room for about an hour and played it against my favorite personal guitar at the time. It seemed wonderful in the store, but after I got it home and played it for a few days, the tone grew MUCH more dark and overtone laden. This was such a change that I called the store back and asked where the guitar was stored (it wasn't on the showroom floor) They told me it was in a room that was about 50 degrees but proper humidity. Because of this, I was allowed to return it after I talked to Stan.

So, the play before plan doesnt' always work out either!
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