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ElwoodElwood Frets: 374
Which models of acoustic guitar are the classic designs?

The Martin D28 seems to be the recurring dreadnought design and the Gibson J45 is the only other one I have really heard of before. What other classic models are out there?
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 3028
    Martin OM & Lowden O
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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 1920
    Martin OM & Lowden O
    Wis. 

    Lowden O, it’s a big beast, but my god they sound good. They are very different to the American offerings and their clones as well. 

    I can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing I ain't pretty and my legs are thin

    But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to

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  • ElwoodElwood Frets: 374
    edited October 14
    CHRISB50 said:
    Martin OM & Lowden O
    Wis. 

    Lowden O, it’s a big beast, but my god they sound good. They are very different to the American offerings and their clones as well. 
    How would you describe the difference?

    I've had a look down my LGS and was very impressed by the Taylor's. Very nice, though don't seem to command the awe of Martin.
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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 1920
    Elwood said:
    CHRISB50 said:
    Martin OM & Lowden O
    Wis. 

    Lowden O, it’s a big beast, but my god they sound good. They are very different to the American offerings and their clones as well. 
    How would you describe the difference?

    I've had a look down my LGS and was very impressed by the Taylor's. Very nice, though don't seem to command the awe of Martin.
    More overtones and a lot going on with harmonics, with the Celtic style. 

    The O shape also lends itself well to a pretty amazing natural reverb and airiness. 

    US style tend to have more a fundamental tone, with a lot more focus. What you pick is what you hear. 

    I can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing I ain't pretty and my legs are thin

    But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to

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  • KilgoreKilgore Frets: 1303
    Gibson SJ 200, and of course the...






    Stratacoustic.
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  • jrc2806jrc2806 Frets: 39
    Gibson L and Martin 00 series. Similar sizes but believe the lower bouts are slightly different. 
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  • scalino65scalino65 Frets: 222
    pre-war martins with the forward bracing. 
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  • AliGorieAliGorie Frets: 304
    CHRISB50 said:
    Elwood said:
    CHRISB50 said:
    Martin OM & Lowden O
    Wis. 

    Lowden O, it’s a big beast, but my god they sound good. They are very different to the American offerings and their clones as well. 
    How would you describe the difference?

    I've had a look down my LGS and was very impressed by the Taylor's. Very nice, though don't seem to command the awe of Martin.
    More overtones and a lot going on with harmonics, with the Celtic style. 

    The O shape also lends itself well to a pretty amazing natural reverb and airiness. 

    US style tend to have more a fundamental tone, with a lot more focus. What you pick is what you hear. 
    Chris - look at how they've been used should give u an idea.
    I have had one for 30 yrs and yes they lend themselves to a different feel / approach .
    They have the timbre of older European plucked string  instrument  - Hammer dulcimer,Zither, Wire Harp etc - in a guitar playing package (ergonomics).
    When I got mine I spent a good few yrs re-defining my playing and what I wanted to say (musically).
    The big 'O' isn't for many but is up there with the best i what it has to offer.

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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 8876
    edited October 15
    I'd put some old Guilds up there with the best. 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15956
    p90fool said:
    I'd put some old Guilds up there with the best. 
    Which reminds me, I really need to list my guild f20 on here in the Classifieds..
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  • jacksparrowjacksparrow Frets: 127
    Always Gassed after a Hermanos Conde Negra Media luna
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  • kt66kt66 Frets: 181
    Guild Jumbos F50, JF65, esp the 12 strings, F412. F512
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  • ElwoodElwood Frets: 374
    Thanks guys, It's been useful suggestions.

    I like the look of a Taylor, the necks and frets work for me more than Martin. The 814 and 414 both look good. I also like the idea of the 614. Though a nice D28 would still turn my head.

    They come with a pretty heavy price tag but I can see the value in it. 
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  • KalimnaKalimna Frets: 463
    If the idea of a high end acoustic appeals, why not approach one of the many superb UK builders? My preference would be Brook, but Turnstone are spectacular too...

    Adam
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  • ElwoodElwood Frets: 374
    Kalimna said:
    If the idea of a high end acoustic appeals, why not approach one of the many superb UK builders? My preference would be Brook, but Turnstone are spectacular too...

    Adam
    A few reasons:

    I don't want to spend as much as a UK hand built bespoke guitar
    I want to try before I buy
    I always have an eye on residual value 
    I don't want to wait that long

    The biggest issue is not knowing what the end product will be.
    :)
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  • KalimnaKalimna Frets: 463
    All very good reasons :)
    If, however, you are ever in Central Scotland and fancy trying a Brook, you are more than welcome. After all, i owe you a debt, given it was your thread that put me onto Ant Ryder and the guitar he's building for me!

    Cheers,
    Adam
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  • SnagsSnags Frets: 560
    If you're looking for a really nice guitar but don't mind too much about the brand, some of the Eastern European makes are great. I was a bit uneasy until trying one, but Furch are well worth a look, and despite recent price increases still come in way cheaper than equivalent quality Taylor etc.
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  • PS66PS66 Frets: 8
    edited October 18

    Lucky enough to own both an O23 and F32c Lowden..incredible sounds from them and in a different way!

    http://i63.tinypic.com/snklys.jpg

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