Easy. Traugott. I've played a lot of high end luthiers and vintage guitars. This guy has something truly special goin' on.
Excellent introductory list... drool-worthy guitars, all. Collings consistently thrills me...Small (fingerpicking) Santa Cruz Model H
Medium (fingerpicking and strumming) Collings OM2H
Large (strumming) Martin HD-28 - I own this one
My first McPherson blew my mind. It took a long time to find any other guitar that felt so soft and yet rang so loud. Which guitar overtook the McPherson? The Lowden below.The nicest acoustic I ever played was a MacPhearson.
I'm a Lowden player for a reason...
Right on brothers! We are rare breed... Her is my D-30. Purchased for pennies, te thing sounded like a block of stone. I brought this back to life from twenty years of un-played tone death... it literally had zero sustain until I beat it back to playability and it now rings longer, louder and more sweetly than any othe guitar I have ever felt ...Irish made Lowden S-12 Cedar over EIRW!
For me it's a toss up between a Gibson Hummingbird 60s reissue, a Custom shop quilted maple back and sides Hummingbird, and a Martin HD28V.
The Gibson Mahogany Hummingbird with fresh strings sounds amazing! The CS Maple hummingbird with any strings sounds amazing! The Martin is more picky about strings, but it sounds amazing as well.
If I had to pick just one, I'd probably go for the Mahogany Hummingbird with fresh strings. It's got fat tone and a great balance. It plays like an electric!
Did you play the Dread Knopfler or the 000 version?My fav out of the ones I've ever had access to is a Martin Mark Knopfler model. Don't know the specifics, but it was the finest acoustic I've ever heard. Not too dark, not too bright, just a nice round bottom end with a glassy top. It's the guitar that finally got me to purchase a higher end acoustic.