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
Been playing for about 5 years. First ax was an 05 Matin D18V, purhcased in early 06. Played that for a couple of years & then began to find fault w/the frets & tone. Gryphon Instruments (Palo Alto) had taken a Huss & Dalton TDR Custom (Adirondack/Rosewood) in trade. Blown away by the balanced tone & power, 4 of us, including my instructor, bought H&D's. Continue to love the sweetness, power (very loud) & playability.
The D18 was relegated to a jam beater guitar for a couple of years until I put on Black Diamond strings, replaced the plastic saddle w/bone, lowered the action about 1/16 & replaced the top 8 frets. Now this second guitar has opened up & provides a wonderful punchy, woody flavor that is almost as enjoyable as my Hussie.
Next potential ax would be a Rockbridge Ad/Rosewood dreadnought.
When the Martins ('66 D35, '72 D35, '05 000-28NB) give me grief (as they often do), I sometimes play an OLIVA series G:
1946 martin d 28 and sj gibson 1946. Alton Elliott and Robert Perkins
I play a Martin D-15 have played a D-28
however the best sound and playing I have ever played was a
CA Carbon Fiber Guitar from the first strum you know its different (in a good way)
Recently I picked up an old Epiphone (1935 Triumph) and love the sound of flat-picked fiddle tunes on it.
No sparkly highs, no cannon-like lows, no sustain, just pure cool dry midrange thump.
Martin D-18, of course.
I realize this is an older comment, however I am a D18 lover. I own 2 Martins, a D41 which is a fine guitar. My favorite is a D18GE, this is a killer, loud, responsive, with such presence. I love D28s, but D18 are bad to the bone
I am now playing a Martin HD28.
Recently I inherited a beautiful instrument that ....I'd forgot was even in the family. It's a very nice Japanese made Fender d 28 copy with Indian and Sitka...all solid wood.
I'm breaking it in a bit, and considering having a bone nut and saddle made for it and installed - if anyone is interested in a low cost D 28 copy on the used market, then I'd definitely recommend a Fender F 65!!
When I flatpick, I play a dreadnought that Italian luthier Bruno Barnes built for me, with Italian Spruce top and Bosnian Maple sides and bottom.