If you could only have 1 acoustic guitar?

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  1. radiohead625

    radiohead625 Member

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    Holy crap, you're the only other person I know with one of these as well. The intonation has always been a little off. Apparently, they installed the bridge too close according to a luthier I brought it to. I got it as a gift when I was young and never kept the receipt. I'll get around to fixing it eventually, but the sides are so thin and it has such an incredible sound.
     
  2. Robert Libutti

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    I've got some 199(8) Fender acoustic. It's fine haha. I occasionally contemplate upgrading, but it sounds pretty ok, gets the job done. So until I become an acoustic player, this one is fine.
     
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    I did for a long time- just had an alverez parlor guitar, for about 15 years.... then in late 90s my wife got me a Joyner dreadnaught....
     
  4. Jayyj

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    I'd go with my old 1926 Gibson L-1. Objectively it's not a great guitar - it took Gibson a few years to come up with a flat top that rivalled Martin, and the earliest ones have have an odd bracing pattern that makes them a little raspy sounding - but I've never found another acoustic that has such a strong personality. It's quirky and headstrong, you have to play it the way it wants to be played and it particularly hates anyone using a pick on it, but with a little sweet talking it can produce a lovely sound. I've much technically better guitars than this but I'd still choose the L-1 without a second's hesitation if I had to go down to one.

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  5. BearBryan

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    I only have one and it is the only one I want. Martin D-28.
     
  6. Nimrod97

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    I have it. And honestly it’s a $300-$400 guitar. A Martin DX1KAE. It is perfect. I don’t think I’ll ever want another acoustic
     
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    My SCGC OM/PW (EIR/Sitka) is probably the most versatile acoustic guitar I have ever owned. I actually play a couple other Martin guitars I own more often because I enjoy them for specific things.

    But if I could have only one guitar to gig and teach with, I would have to go with the OM/PW.
     
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  8. Peanut73

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    Collings D1A Traditional (currently possess).
     
  9. MrKite89

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    I'm used to the D-35. :)
     
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  10. twoheadedboy

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    If we're talking flat tops, my choice would be a Gibson SJ200. I love everything about them, except the price. My second choice would be a National Resophonic Style 0.

    If we're talking archtops, probably a late 20s or early 30s Gibson L5.
     
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  11. Bill Lumberg

    Bill Lumberg I Drink and I Know Things. Silver Supporting Member

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    That's easy, a McPherson 5.0 XP RB/RW.

    Big body, Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Redwood top. McPhersons are amazing instruments.

    Maybe a Collings OM size if I get a backup.
     
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    My 1989 Montana Gibson J-200.
     
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  13. Okra

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    My one must-have guitar is a nylon string.
     
  14. shredtrash

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    My pick as well. Just a great all-around guitar and a total workhorse for me!
     
  15. JBacklund

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    Mid-grade Taylor single-cutaway acoustic/electric.
     
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  16. Bankston

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    I bought it because it played more like a Les Paul than any acoustic I’ve ever tried.
     
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  17. bassethound

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    I like the J45 style. I have a Santa Cruz VS that I’ll never part with.
     
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  18. WordMan

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    I have a few acoustics:
    - 1930 Martin 0-21
    - 1938 Kalamazoo KG-31 archtop (an econo 16” L-5)
    - 1946 Gibson J-45
    - 1966 Harmony h1203 Sovereign Auditorium

    The Martin is one of the truly finest guitars I have ever played - just a perfect Golden Era bar-fret /12-fretter. The J-45 is a special one - tight lows, no flub, and just-under-a-Banner-baseball-bat perfect neck carve. But the Kalamazoo and Little Sovereign, aka, Queenie are by far the most versatile. Both great for strumming / accompaniment, lead work and slide.

    The Harmony set me back $550, all in with a neck reset, setup and K&K installed. Hah!
     
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  19. Guitarheel62

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    My Bourgeois OM "Country Boy". The body style is so Comfortable and it sounds terrific.
     
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    My D-28 is my only "must keep at all costs" guitar.
     
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