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Ragtop
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Apr 2nd, 2017 06:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm told by the seller (or trader, actually) that the one coming to me has ladder-style bracing.

Between that and the mahogany top, it should be interesting.

I'll keep you posted.

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Apr 3rd, 2017 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm totally into slot head acoustics. Not 12 fret always as I like to play some licks up there. My Taylor GC6 is just an awesome player.

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Apr 3rd, 2017 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Some folks claim the sharper angle of the strings over the nut improves the tone - who knows?

Don't currently have a steel string one; I have several nylon string ones, including a very nice recently purchased '68 Martin 00-16C. What a beautiful sounding guitar! So small and light, yet so much volume and tone!

Ragtop
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Apr 3rd, 2017 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

H101, I played a used Taylor GC-something that was a 12-fret SH at the GC down in Lincoln. I'm not usually a huge Taylor fan, but that was one sweet guitar. I thought about buying it, but never got around to it and then it was gone.


"Some folks claim the sharper angle of the strings over the nut improves the tone - who knows?"

Who knows is right, mikey. I think it might have more to do with the fact that the bridge ends up further towards the bottom of the body that gives them that big, rich tone.

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Apr 3rd, 2017 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, the "12 fret neck" thing - I agree; that's more obvious and well documented.

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Apr 6th, 2017 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It seems to me centering the bridge gives the guitar a big bump in volume if nothing else. Iv'e played some older Martin guitars built this way and they would rattle windows.

Ragtop
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Apr 10th, 2017 04:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Agreed, thumbpicker.

I've been out of town, haven't touched a guitar n several days. When I picked up my little Eastman parlor last night, I was surprised once again by how loud that little thing is.

Tony Salieri

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Apr 10th, 2017 06:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's not a slot head (note-I love the SH look)...

My wife recently added a 12 fret, her first, a Larrivee 000-40R. It can get loud and still sound great, but it responds very well to her finger picking.

She started off seriously considering the Martin 000-15SM (a 12 fret slot head), but decided mahogany wasn't her sound, at least at that price level. A more affordable ASW mahog 12F such as an Alvarez Masterworks or Eastman might be in her future.

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Apr 10th, 2017 06:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tony, I love my Eastman parlor. But so that you know, they have a massive neck on them, the chunkiest I think I've ever played.

I like it just fine, but am not sure that your wife would if she's got small hands.

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Apr 10th, 2017 07:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My favorite guitar is a Taylor 512 solid mahogany. I would love to have the 612-E maple with spruce top too. I've played a few and they are amazing guitars.

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Apr 11th, 2017 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 2011 GC6e which is basically a 612e slot in todays numbers. I love the way this thing plays and sounds. Build quality fit/finish is better than my 814ce. The slot head Taylors seem to have a slightly woodier tone to my ears. It's no cannon but is a very balance instrument.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

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Apr 11th, 2017 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Tony, I love my Eastman parlor. But so that you know, they have a massive neck on them, the chunkiest I think I've ever played.

I like it just fine, but am not sure that your wife would if she's got small hands."

She doesn't have small hands, and years of playing the oboe has given her strong hands and fingers. She also loves 12s guitars, so neck size is almost moot. In fact, the only guitar neck I've ever seen her immediately reject was what I'd describe as a hard V (a Breedlove model, IIRC, it was many years ago).


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Apr 11th, 2017 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tony, I sent you an email.

Tony Salieri

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Apr 14th, 2017 03:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Tony, I sent you an email."

Thanks for the link. My wife is looking for something a bit bigger in all mahog.


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May 10th, 2017 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a CEO-7. I wish it was a slothead, but I don't want a 12-fret. I hate the junky tuners on it, otherwise great guitar.

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May 22nd, 2017 04:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm going to let the D-15sm Custom go as the neck is just too slender for me and it aggravates my arthritis. It's the Martin modified low oval, which I believe is their most popular neck shape these days. But in a Martin I need the Modified V, as in my D-18VS.

Too bad, as the tone is really something else. Hard to find the right words to describe it, but "ethereal" might come close.

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May 22nd, 2017 06:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm with you on the Martin Modified V, great neck. I had a 15 Series 000 with the modified low oval. It sounded nice, but the neck was just a little thin front to back.

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May 22nd, 2017 08:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Martin is using the Low Profile neck on a lot of their standard guitars (D-35, D-28, D-45, etc.).

I have the D-35, and also have a D-18, which has the Modified Low Oval - which is a bit heftier than the Low Profile (which I have on my D-35). The D-18 ahs the wider 1 3/4" nut (versus 1 11/16" on other Standards), but it's also definitely a bit thicker from front to back.

I get along with both, but the D-18's Modified Low Oval is my favorite of the two. I can get along with a soft V, but I don't like hard V necks.

Martin D-18 specs

Ragtop
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Jun 22nd, 2017 08:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm also going to let my Eastman E10P Sunburst go. In fact, I'll post it over in the FDP Classifieds shortly.

It's a great little guitar and I love the big ol' chunky neck. But we're moving soon and I want to reduce the number of guitars I have to haul to the new house in the new state.

But once my cash flow recovers, I'd like to buy a Santa Cruz 1929 00 to replace the Eastman. The Eastman was an experiment to find out if I like the parlor size or not, and the answer is a resounding YES!

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Jun 22nd, 2017 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have the Martin 000-15S, a keeper, I also have a Martin 00-15 which is my favorite.

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