Video Comparison Large High End Acoustic Guitars

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  1. RockinB23

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    I made this quick video last night to do a sound comparison between my three large guitars. This video works best if you have a good sound system. I placed a large diaphram condenser mic in front of the 13th fret about 1 to 2" away.

    The first one is my Mayes SD-43 which is a Gibson AJ style dreadnought made out of Adirondack Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood. It is 5 months old and constructed with hide glue. Strings Uncoated PB 12's

    The second guitar is my McKnight Jumbo Mac which is a Gibson J-100 style guitar in Adirondack Spruce and Honduran Mahogany. It is 5 years old and constructed with hide glue. It has an oval sound port. Strings Uncoated PB 13's

    The third guitar is my Santa Cruz Custom Tony Rice which is a Martin D-28 style guitar in German Spruce and East Indian Rosewood. It is two years old and constructed with hide glue. Note the larger sound hole. Strings Uncoated PB 12's

    Here is the link to the video


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFU4lhu6Te8

    Here are some pictures of the three guitars.

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    The McKnight
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    The Santa Cruz
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    I love that Santa Cruz.
     
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    I think the Mayes sounds best. I also think that's one sexy guitar and I love the idea of a modern build of a rare vintage instrument...then again all of these are interpretations of or refinements of already established guitars.

    They do sound a little zingy but I'm sure that in person there's more fullness to balance against that.

    Nice stuff.

    J
     
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    All three of them sound pretty damn nice, and play a particular role. No different than owning an ES-335, Strat & Rickenbacker. I could see myself choosing any of them as my 'Favorite' depending on what mood I was in that day.

    Nice collection RockinB23
     
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    My reason for doing this is I thought it would be interesting to see if the mic could pickup the same observations my ears did while playing them.

    My observations were:

    The Mayes is very balanced and powerful with a lot of volume.

    The McKnight has a dry woody snap to its tone and is the loudest of the three.

    The Santa Cruz has a bass heavy warm sound and it excels with strumming chords through.
     
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    Great stuff - thanks for posting this! I also have a Mayes guitar with an adirondack top. Yours sounds great now, but I bet it will be even better as it matures. I agree with your assessments. I find the McKnight to have a "woodier" tone, the Mayes to have a wonderful sparkle, and the Cruz to be darker with lots of bass.
     
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    man, i love how the Mayes sound!
     
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    My vote goes for the Mayes as best overall sound. Big in every register.
     
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    Your Mayes is a spectacular instrument. In both looks and sound.
     
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    I agree with you all the Mayes is #1 in my book too and you can see why I have another on order with John!!! :)
     
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    The Mayes does sound spectacular.....but I'm a hardcore D-28 fan, so the Santa Cruz still has my heart (I love that bass and balance).
     
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    Some sweet sounds. Of the group - I like the McKnight.
     
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    Thanks for taking the time to watch and comment everyone!!
     

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