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Old 01-14-2020, 07:12 AM
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Road trip to The Music Emporium just outside Boston. For my two cents is hard to beat a good D-18 in that price range. Or possibly a nice used D-28 at the upper range. Best of luck!
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How do you go about finding that "one" with such limited chances at hand?
You do road trips. Being located between NYC & Boston you have more options than most.
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I posted my response before seeing this. Any chance you can catch the train to NYC for a day trip?
My other problem is, I seem to be busy all the time. Sneaking away for a day to guitar shop is low on the family list of priorities.
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…How do you go about finding that "one" with such limited chances at hand?
Hi sy

When considering manufactured guitars and how different individual guitars are from each other, I've always searched for the specific guitar that turns my head, and bought it.

And I don't settle till I've found it. And when I do, that's the one that goes home with me.

With commissioned guitars, it's different. I've trusted three luthiers to build instruments for me, and own three commissioned guitars which are amazing.



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...But there are so many other guitars to try, and the sage advice is to try as many as possible. But GC put most of the other stores out of business around here, so opportunities to try stuff is slim.

How do you go about finding that "one" with such limited chances at hand?
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My other problem is, I seem to be busy all the time. Sneaking away for a day to guitar shop is low on the family list of priorities.
I guess the only remaining solution is to establish relationships with Martin dealers via telephone and spend some time determining which has both the guitar you want and seems to best understand your guitar desires. Of course most dealers would be able to order a guitar for you, but there's no substitute for someone at the dealership already having the guitar in-hand.
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Old 01-14-2020, 08:56 AM
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I was going to say D-18 or J-45. Find somewhere that has both and compare. You can find used ones in your price range, and new ones for not much more.

If you can't find time to go play them, find a place with a good return policy and order both and have them send to you. Play them for a few weeks (or whatever the dealer allows) and keep the one you like best. Or maybe just keep both!
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:52 AM
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I was going to say D-18 or J-45. Find somewhere that has both and compare. You can find used ones in your price range, and new ones for not much more.

If you can't find time to go play them, find a place with a good return policy and order both and have them send to you. Play them for a few weeks (or whatever the dealer allows) and keep the one you like best. Or maybe just keep both!
The local GC has both so I was able to play them side by side. Based on those two examples, the j45 edges out the D18 for me. The Js neck - a slim taper? - was more comfortable. The D18 seemed to have more of an open grained finish which I dont like.
I already have a Martin, although it's a 000. It would be nice to have something completely different.
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:53 AM
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I dread shopping too...mostly with my wife though...
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:35 PM
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Swampy,

I don't know where you are in Southern New England, but it is a pretty small place

Whole Tone Guitars in Glastonbury, CT always has a good selection of acoustics in stock, including lots of Martins. Nice shop.

Martel Music in Plainville, CT has fewer but they do seem to come across some interesting used pieces.

I've not been to Acoustic Music in Guilford, CT but I hear very good things about them.

They all seem to list new and used inventory on their websites.

Happy hunting. My 2 cents, if I wanted a dread at your price point I'd be looking for a used D-35. I've played a few and they were wonderful.
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:42 PM
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You won’t get to play it, but a J45 from Chicago Music Exchange is an option.
Their return policy is pretty liberal and you can get a good deal.
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Road trip to The Music Emporium just outside Boston. For my two cents is hard to beat a good D-18 in that price range. Or possibly a nice used D-28 at the upper range. Best of luck!
another vote for the music Emporiim. good selection and competitive pricing
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Dude, I dread shopping too. Buy Mrs. Fly is very insistent that I come. Apparently, she needs help with the heavy stuff.
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I dread shopping as well.
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:04 AM
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I recommend trying a Guild D40 before you commit to a used Martin or Gibson. You may be one of the folks that prefers Guild.
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:16 AM
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Hi Swampyankee!
Like you I do not get much chance to go Guitar gawking.
I have scheduled off for my birthday later this month to go to Lexington (the big city for me) and try out the guitars. My main desire is to try a Taylor 327. You may want to try one of those before you close you wish list completely.
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