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Old 05-29-2024, 05:44 AM
sinistral sinistral is offline
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Originally Posted by slimey View Post
When this video first came out, I could easily tell the difference between the two guitars, and preferred the Martin. The Standard Series D-18 has a warmer, sweeter tone. And it costs $1,700 less. A more apples-to-apples comparison—both in terms of tone and price—would’ve been the FG9-M and the D-18 Modern Deluxe. Although the Modern Deluxe has a (torrefied) Sitka spruce top, it sounds very similar to the FG9-M. If they had conducted a blind test between those two guitars, it would’ve been much harder to tell the two apart.

I would probably prefer a custom D-18 with a red spruce top even more than the Standard Series D-18, and it would still be less than the FG9-M. I bought a used Collings D1A for less than the price of an FG9-M, and I think that ilk is going to be the FG-9’s main competition—used boutique guitars with a modern tone. For $1k more, I would buy a Pre-War Guitars Co. D mahogany hands down.

The FG9 may be some people’s Holy Grail mahogany dreadnought, but certainly not mine. The FG9-M is a great guitar for the money, if you like the tone profile that it sits in.
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Old 05-29-2024, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Zissou Intern View Post
They both sound nice. Aesthetically, I prefer the Martin by infinity. The Yamaha pickguard is ridiculously ugly. YMMV.
To all the 'sounds nice, looks ugly' folks in this thread: I wish my eyes had built-in ears.
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Old 06-18-2024, 02:42 AM
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It's a very nice guitar, but it's not for me. I haven't played one in person, but from what I can tell its an excellent instrument. However, for less money I can get a Martin D-18, which has the tone I love and (in my opinion) looks a lot better, plus it is less expensive.
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