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Mountie
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Jun 27th, 2019 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

...I noticed that now it it is acceptable to play Taylor guitars. I spent 3 years in a folk/country community where you pretty much had to have a Martin or Gibson or a handmade to be allowed to sit near the circle. In the videos, I see a lot of capo II fret. Concession to vintage instrument?


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Jun 28th, 2019 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, there are still snob circles!

Generally though, they are much older types that tend not to make yootoob vids. I think the welcoming of other brands into the style is directly related to the age of the players.

Every style of music can be played on any guitar if one can keep their mind open enough to envision the possibilities.

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Jun 28th, 2019 12:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think Peegoo has a point . The oldtimey types wont be on youtube. Im almost 61 and I have yet to pick up a Taylor yet. When I was a Kid it was Martin and Gibson. I still have a love for Martin guitars that goes way back.

To me Taylor seemed to target the younger crowd who wanted to play their acoustic guitar plugged in . While alot of us were micing our Martins or using a soundhole pickups ,some guys were playing their Ovations until Taylor came along with their nice playing and sounding cutaway guitars . Acoustic guitar electronics have come a long way largely due to innovations from companies like Taylor. It was just a matter of time til they went full on oldtimey.







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Jun 29th, 2019 06:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Taylor’s have their own sound as do Martins and Gibson’s. A lot of the old timers I’ve been around snub anything that hasn’t been around in the same form for years and years. That’s changing as Taylor’s are now getting old enough to be included in this club and the old timers are giving way to instruments that give them no trouble and aren’t as hard to repair such. as resetting necks on an old D-28 when it runs out of saddle height etc. But there will always be a few holdouts that insist it isn’t right to plug in etc. The originals would probably have plugged in but they had nothing to plug......

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Jun 29th, 2019 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Doesn't surprise me. In resent years Taylor has tweaked the bracing on some of their models in search of a bigger bottom end. The goal being to lure in some Martin players.

+ what others have posted.

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Jun 29th, 2019 01:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nothing wrong with hero worship and wanting to play the same gear as the idols of your youth, but it can lead to a kind of paralysis where you're not open to alternatives.

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Jun 29th, 2019 06:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Gibsons for old time and Texas Fiddle style playing. Funky units for blues.

Martins for Bluegrass, some old time and used as status symbols.

Taylors are acoustic appliances.

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Jun 29th, 2019 09:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

^ :)

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Jun 29th, 2019 10:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

And those of us with Guilds, of course, never get invited no matter what.

LOL....

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Jul 15th, 2019 11:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

1959 M20 Ghost label Guild here.

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Jul 16th, 2019 07:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hero worship takes on many forms.

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Jul 17th, 2019 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Amen, brother! I owned a Taylor that was not a bluegrass guitar, a Martin that was sweet but not loud, and now a J35 that seems to cover it all. I always found Gibsons to be hit and miss; this one hits...


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Jul 19th, 2019 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Out of my 100 plus guitars I have owned.. two stand out..
1946 J45 bought for $100 in 1966.

1969 Martin D35S ( 12 fret sloper) pre CFM IV.
Bought for $575 in 1989.

It would be hard to choose between the two.. The Gibson was magical. And the Martin had none of the materials, workmanship or sound or feel of the new age make a buck XXXX put out by the current titular head of the company. It was a very fine guitar.

Neither was suitable for Bluegrass for which I was thankful.

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