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Old 08-13-2018, 10:01 AM
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Buy the guitar that inspires YOU, not the guitar that inspires someone else.
There you have it! There's no such thing as 'the perfect singer/songwriter guitar', it's the one that looks, feels, and sounds 'perfect' to you.

I'd say all four of my six-string acoustics work fine for me but, if I had to narrow it down to one, I'd say the D-18.
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Operative word= inexpensive. The Gibson is a great git but certainly inexpensive.[emoji16]
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Sorry wrong topic on my last comment.
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:08 AM
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For myself, I have discovered that a guitar with more fundamental and less sustain sounds best with my voice. I am an alto with a natural vibrato. A guitar with too much sustain tends to compete with my vocals rather than support.

Play lots of different guitars and have a friend with a good ear listen. Then share what you each hear as you sing and play various guitars.

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I'd agree that you need to find the guitar that works for you.

For me, mahogany works particularly well and my J45 does the trick. I don't feel like I need to "out-sing" the guitar when I'm playing without amplification. The slope-shoulder is particularly comfortable and I like the 24 3/4" scale. I also string it with Martin Retros.
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Other guitars singer-songwriters seem to favour - or at least used to;

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I like my Eastman E20SS. Gibson inspired slope shoulder Dread. It won't break the bank either. Amazing guitar for the price point.
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Use what you like to play.
The is no correct guitar for you.
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Gibson Hummingbird

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As a singer/songwriter, I would like to know if any of you can recommend guitars that go well with singing...I'm a strummer and finger-picker, alto voice, of the folk/pop tradition. I cover John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and am following their footsteps.

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I figure every guitar comes with 10 or so songs in it. You wring them out, then you go find a new guitar to play with until your old one replenishes its stash.

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You have five guitars. They will all work.
Agree w/this comment!
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All 3 of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney have used Gibson J45/J50 style guitars (Gibson J-160E, Epiphone Texan) and Martin D-28 pretty extensively. Those happen to be the typical standard singer songwriter guitars as well.

If you have the opportunity go to a local music shop, try out a Gibson J45, Martin D-18, D-28, D-35, and all of the HD and 000 variants and see which one sounds best to your ears. The other Gibsons like the Hummingbird, J-15, and J-35 are worth a look too. If you want to go cheaper the Martin Mahogany 15 series guitars are excellent choices as well, such as the 000-15M. Bands such as Coldplay and Of Monsters and Men play 15 series Martins.

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I don't get it.

I've seen similar questions about "which guitar suits my voice" etc.

I don't get it - surely it is whatever guitar you like playing.

I'm pretty observant of tonal qualities of guitars but I've never had concerns about matching a guitar to my voice, or anybody else for that matter.

Would someone explain this concept to me please?
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All 3 of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney have used Gibson J45/J50 style guitars (Gibson J-160E, Epiphone Texan) and Martin D-28 pretty extensively. Those happen to be the typical standard singer songwriter guitars as well.
These guys are all of a certain age and I’m not that far behind. Dylan only played a J50 for a short time. His main guitar in that period was a Nick Lucas Special, 13 fret 00/L00 size. The Beatles chose the J160e from a choice of virtually one in Liverpool at that time.

In the early mid 60s everybody seemed to play D28 J45/50 size guitars and it seemed like that was the typical acoustic guitar and the most widely available by some distance. My first pro standard guitar was a J50. It took 20 years and the acquisition of a Taylor 812 Grand Concert guitar for me to realise I’d been playing the wrong guitar!

More recently OM sized guitars have become popular (Paul Simon, John Mayer for example) and there’s James Taylor’s Olson SJ sized guitars. Cut to Ed Sheeran and his guitar is very small.

I have (far too) many guitars from Parlor to SJ to D and find that what works varies for no particular reason. When gigging with a single guitar I generallly go for an OM as it will do everything well. I use a pick and fingerpick.

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