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Old 08-25-2023, 05:14 PM
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Have you ever walked into a guitar store just to have a look around, without a definite intention of buying something, grabbed a guitar from the wall to try it out and could not leave the store without it?

It happened to me a few years ago with an Eastman E6D. Not even the Elixirs it was strung with could hide the fact this was a special instrument. I have Monels on it now and it sounds unreal: a deep full sound that rings forever, one of the best necks I have seen on a guitar at any price and spot-on intonation up and down the neck. Sounds like a cannon when you dig in.

What was your find?
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Old 08-25-2023, 05:27 PM
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I've had a few guitars 'speak' to me. One was also an Eastman. An E1OM. Another spoke to my wife and me both. It was a Yamaha AC3M Deluxe.
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Old 08-25-2023, 05:55 PM
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Nope, sorry.

All of my fav's are builds.
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Old 08-25-2023, 06:17 PM
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Saw this online, wanted one for 55 years - a 2013 Gretsch G6136DC "1962 Tribute" White Falcon (a short-lived regular-production model produced in the early-2010's) bought as NOS in 2018:

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Old 08-25-2023, 06:28 PM
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This Waterloo WL-12MH. Back in January of 2021 I made an appointment to look at guitars at Gryphon Strings in Palo Alto. At that time, they were only allowing one customer in at a time by appointment. I played a wide variety of guitars that day, but this was the one that really spoke to me and there was no way I was leaving without it.
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Old 08-25-2023, 06:34 PM
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Have you ever walked into a guitar store just to have a look around, without a definite intention of buying something, grabbed a guitar from the wall to try it out and could not leave the store without it?

It happened to me a few years ago with an Eastman E6D. Not even the Elixirs it was strung with could hide the fact this was a special instrument. I have Monels on it now and it sounds unreal: a deep full sound that rings forever, one of the best necks I have seen on a guitar at any price and spot-on intonation up and down the neck. Sounds like a cannon when you dig in.

What was your find?


It has never, ever happened to me with new guitars in new guitar shops!

But I have had huge success with a few acoustics at a pawn shop/secondhand shop..........all needed lots of work by my luthier but spoke very loudly at the shop....

As a fingerpicker, acoustics that suit that style are a bit hard to find, so I have picked up some dreads and an archtop that some people will pay heaps for when they get sold!

But 2 items of joy found covered in muck a few years apart - my 1993 Lowden S35 which I traded some guitars I wanted to move for, and my 2006 Martin 000-28EC which I paid for without haggling......yep, hard to believe someone pawned these guitars! They were very hard to play at the shop, needed work but some notes cried out and people looked around! True and scary!

A clean and polish with Virtuoso and a trip to the luthier - result: WOW!



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Old 08-25-2023, 07:02 PM
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Gibson LG2 1942 Reissue. Was playing it after picking up a hummingbird and had to have it. Traded in my Taylor 814 that I only had for 18 months because I had to have it. Donít miss the 814 at all.
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Old 08-25-2023, 07:14 PM
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Old 08-25-2023, 07:16 PM
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For the past 20 years I played Tacoma dreads. (The prior 20 years, Yamaha's) A couple of years ago I visited a couple of big box guitar stores and played all the Taylor's and Martin's they had hanging on the walls. Initially I was just interested in the "hype", as I'd played a few informally at jams, but mostly just to tell the owner how nice they were. Now I got to really "play" them, compare them, feel them and be in a position to purchase one. The Martin D-18 really spoke to me, but I already had a Tacoma, spruce / mahogony dread that I felt was the equal of the D-18. I also played a few Taylors, and an AD17e really caught my attention. It felt good, sounded great and had an awesome fretboard feel. Within the week, I found a new home for my mahogany Tacoma and added the Taylor. I'm not a collector, all my guitars are "working" guitars. I still couldn't get the D-18 out of my mind. Fast forward a couple of years - My spruce / rosewood Tacoma, is / was needing some work (repair or replace?) So, another trip to the big box stores and played some D-18's and D-28's. The D-28 exceeded its reputaion, of being the acoustic guitar that "all the others" are compared to. No deals from the big box stores. Went right home and ordered a D-28 from Sweetwater. These two guitars check all the boxes for me. I finger pick the Taylor and pound the Martin. I 'spect these two guitars will see me past my twilight years - and I'm getting close LOL
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Old 08-25-2023, 07:20 PM
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Have you ever walked into a guitar store just to have a look around, without a definite intention of buying something, grabbed a guitar from the wall to try it out and could not leave the store without it? . . .
No. I rarely make impulse purchases. When I'm in a store, I only buy what I went in to buy.

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Old 08-25-2023, 07:32 PM
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I've never been lucky enough to find one by accident and not be able to leave without purchasing it. Come close a few times though.

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But 2 items of joy found covered in muck a few years apart - my 1993 Lowden S35 which I traded some guitars I wanted to move for, and my 2006 Martin 000-28EC which I paid for without haggling......yep, hard to believe someone pawned these guitars! They were very hard to play at the shop, needed work but some notes cried out and people looked around! True and scary!
Man, to find just one of those pawn shop guitars in a lifetime would be major... but for it to happen twice?! Well done I stopped bothering with pawn shops several years ago. No luck for this ole fella.

By the way, you have an insane collection, BK. And they are represented very well by the photos you take.
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Old 08-25-2023, 07:45 PM
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Yes this happened to me with my 57 Gretsch NYer. I played it before I saw the headstock logo so I thought it was a Gibson L-48 and that itíd be pricey. I couldnít put it down and the lower price was the cherry on the cake. Out came ole VISA.
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Old 08-25-2023, 07:50 PM
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I am very distrustful of those kinds of impulses. If I randomly come across a guitar that I just "have to to have," I'll sleep on it and see how I feel in a day or two.
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Every guitar I have ever bought was a "I have to have it" guitar
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