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Ragtop
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Jun 5th, 2016 05:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've read that a good one is glorious, but that there's many that are duds. Kind of a broad brush statement, I realize, but I've never heard such a thing said about any other single model of guitar.

I've only played one, and it was a dud; but it had been badly treated and had a few problems that needed fixing.

I would love to have one someday, but would probably have to buy it long-distance without playing it, as they just don't appear around here.

Anyone else ever hear of this?

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Jun 5th, 2016 05:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I sold a nice HD28 for a used 28EC back when I was convinced that I needed a smaller-bodied acoustic. I was hoping the EC would be a good all-rounder for strumming, fingerstyle, etc.

In the end, I just never bonded with it. I don't know if I'd call it a dud, but it just wasn't as lively and versatile as I'd hoped. The neck shape was quite different as well. Off it went. I still miss my HD28. Around here, EC's are very hard to find. The one I had was the only one I'd ever seen. I'm certain if I had more, um, patience I could've found a better one.

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Jun 5th, 2016 06:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had my 000-28EC for several years now. It's a very fine guitar. Not as loud as a bigger guitar but it isn't supposed to be. The tone/timber is wonderful. I had EM Shorts install a K&K Pure Mini. I like the smaller size and short scale of the 000-28EC. My other (fine) acoustic is a J-45. Also short scale.

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Jun 5th, 2016 07:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My 000-28EC is the best sounding guitar I have ever had my hands on. When I was in the store I bought it from about a month later the dealer said " you have to check out the replacement one I got in to sell ".
It wasn't near as nice as mine. I even brought mine in so we could compare side by side. While it was nice sounding it just didn't sing quite as nice as mine.
Glad I bought when I did too as they have really jumped in price around here.

(This message was last edited by CellarCat at 10:31 AM, Jun 5th, 2016)

jhawkr
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Jun 5th, 2016 02:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One thing to keep in mind is that better guitars will usually "open up" with age sound better as time goes by.

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Jun 5th, 2016 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great size, short scale, wonderful neck profile, nice nut width for fingerstyle. The only thing I honestly don't like is that it's an 'artist model' but that shouldn't stop you.
When I was searching for this kind of guitar a few years back I played 'em all but ended up with an OM-18V that I love madly... but the EC was definitely a contender.

Ragtop
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Jun 5th, 2016 03:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, darn, the one I had my eye on has sold. It was on another forum and the seller and I had corresponded in the past about my Stonebridge. He seems to be a good guy and square shooter. My own fault for not jumping sooner. Oh well.

His EC was a 2007, which is fine with me; I prefer guitars with some miles on them. Nice shape, too.

But these replies here are helpful to me, thanks. I'll keep them in mind should another appear. With luck it will be like Cellar Cat's- "best sound guitar..." is a ringing endorsement, that's for sure.

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Jun 5th, 2016 03:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You snoozed and you loozed!


Ragtop
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Jun 5th, 2016 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep! I did.

Not the first time, probably won't be the last.

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Jun 6th, 2016 07:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"One thing to keep in mind is that better guitars will usually "open up" with age sound better as time goes by."

Very true.
I don't have an EC model, but I do have a Martin "PS-2", which is a Paul Simon signature model that was also based on a short-scale 000-28.

Absolutely love the guitar! No, it doesn't have the volume of a dreadnought, but it's a beautifully balanced tone. And it does sound better now than when I bought it new back in 2004.
This one is in the "lifetime keeper" class.

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Jun 6th, 2016 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

At one point I was on a mission to purchase an EC. I played several new and used guitars and just could not bond with them. One sounded particularly good but over all I was not impressed with the acoustic sound.

I ended up with a 2005 Taylor 612ce that I just loved but ended up selling when the economy tanked. I now own a 2011 Taylor GC6e to cover that size/style, well a 312ce too but that's another story. I'm very happy with the guitar and again looked at Martin EC models before its purchase about 2-3 months ago.

Ragtop
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Jun 6th, 2016 02:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

H101, that's the difference between SoCal and the Midwest. You've been able to play several ECs, whereas I've only seen two in my whole life.

One was a new sunburst that was glorious, hanging on the wall at Dietze Music in downtown Lincoln, NE (now gone). The other was a local guy on CL, and that one had a big ol' crack in the top and was dry as a bone, and sounded dead.

But I'm in no hurry, so I'll just keep an eye out for one to appear somewhere. Or maybe jhawkr will swing by EM Shorts for me to see if they have one hanging on the wall? Wichita is an easy drive from my house.

Hammond101
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Jun 6th, 2016 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I really wish the EC model suited me. I love the 000 size and the appointment on that guitar.

You're correct Ragtop. You can find nice things a plenty down here. When I was hot for an EC I visited several GCs that had them in stock, Wild West Guitar and the Fret House. All not more that an hour from home. This is how the Taylor fetish began in '05, hunting for an EC I could bond with.

I do like American acoustic guitars excepting some vintage Takamines, they are open, woody sounding instruments. I like that.

Ragtop
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Jun 6th, 2016 05:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The other Martin I'd like to check out is the SP000-16R, but they are scarce.

Wish I could get one of those and a nice EC in the same room for a test drive. I'd buy one of 'em.

jhawkr
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Jun 7th, 2016 06:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

" Or maybe jhawkr will swing by EM Shorts for me to see if they have one hanging on the wall? Wichita is an easy drive from my house."


EM Shorts doesn't carry Martin anymore. I got my EC @ Sweetwater.

Ragtop
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Jun 23rd, 2016 07:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I guess I'll answer my own question in a week or so. Just bought one from a guy in NY that I've corresponded with in the past. Good guy, straight shooter, and he takes good care of his guitars.

It's an '03 and said to be in near-perfect condition.

Can't wait to get my hands on it.

jhawkr
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Jun 24th, 2016 06:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sweet! Congratulations!

Hammond101
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Jun 24th, 2016 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Excellent! Can't wait to read your review.

Ragtop
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Jun 25th, 2016 04:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, gentlemen!

It ships out today from NY. This is the nervous part for me. I check the tracking number about every 10 minutes while it's in transit.

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Jun 25th, 2016 08:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Like H101 I am in San Dog. We had several good local independant stores and two large GC's witin easy driving distance. The independant had 2 EC's and a OOO-28 at the same time. There clearly was a huge difference between the two EC in both feel and personality. I know it gets said often, but since they are finished and assembled by hand this is why the variablility. The GC in San Marcos currently has two of the ECs and I would not buy either, but there is a John Meyer there that is extraordinaryly nice.

I sure hope this one you have coming is one of the nice ones, as when they are they really are.


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