For Fans of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
Hey everyone, I would like to perform a simple survey of all that will reply to this. I am very curious what brand and model of guitar is the most popular among the flatpickers here. There are thousands of members here so it will be great information for someone trying to decide on a "friend". So lets have it flatpickers, what do you play?
I will start;
I play a McPherson MG 4.5 with bearclaw sitka spruce top and indian rosewood b&s
Larrivee D-60, OM-03R
Santa Cruz DA-1, D/PW
Bourgeois Country Boy Deluxe
Hey Mr. Tripp, very nice looking guitar.
My 1984 Santa Cruz Model "D" with Brazilian and Sitka is my pride and joy. I also have a very nice Fender F 65 from somewhere in the mid to late 70's, and it's a fine instrument as well with solid East Indian. . .and some kind of solid spruce top.
I wish I had my D 18 again. . .I love that mahogany sound - especially now that I don't have a mahogany guitar.
Epiphone DR 500 Spruce and Rosewood. Really like it, plays well. I have played many high end and hand made guitars. I don't know that it is fair to say the Epiphone is comparable because because those guitars usually have a lot of special qualities that just can't be duplicated in a less expensive instrument. Still the Epiphone is a terrific guitar that has all the sound and tone you could want from an all solid wood guitar. it holds its own in most situations. My other playing guitar is a Daion 78 Cedar top with mahogany back and sides. This guitar has a wonderful warm tone that is not any other guitar I have played. Had for many years a pretty near wore the frets out.
I play three guitars in rotation:
Original Collings Clarence White with Adr top and grade b brazilian back and sides.
Henderson D28 shadetop with App spruce top and very nice brazilian back and sides
Dudenbostel D28 type with Adr Spr top and straight grain brazilian back and sides
Martin D-18VS Custom with Adirondack top and solid headstock.
Previously owned :
1946 Gibson J-45
2000 Gibson WM-45
199? Martin D-18H
199? Martin SPD-16
a few others...
And there's not much to be improved upon with that, Sir!
Martin HD28 '84 model / Rushing SS-20
The Rushing is most impressive. A quilted mahogany with spruce top that is warm across the registry and competes with the banjo when leaned into a bit.
I play a Santa Cruz, Tony Rice model, and I love it. I played several guitars and listened to several being played before I purchased it and i picked it everytime with my eyes closed. I played a martin dc16 before that, which I still drag out occasionally.