"I like finger style too, all sorts from Pierre Bensusan, Bert Jansch, Townz Van Zandt. Can you give me a song/ artist that inspires your fingerpicking, just so I know what artists and style you are talking about?"
"I understand where your coming from Tony. I do the same kind of thing except with songs, scales, genres, songwriting etc. I go between them and don't feel I've learnt that much. I'm having fun doing it all, don't get me wrong,…"
"Well, mine's was built in 2004 and bought in 2008 - I've had it just over two years.
Plenty scratches and flaky laquer now - nothing major, mostly pick marks and scratches from having great fun...
"Steven, cheers for the photo's very nice guitar you have! its nice to see another martin with the bearclaw marks.
I think the bearclaws add 'character' to the guitars as dents and scratches do, cant wait to get the 1st dent/scratch…"
Congrad's - the D-18 is a fine guitar :O)
A couple of years ago I was in a similar situation to you (same budget / one guitar opportunity) and managed to find a D-18V. Mind you, I had to travel all the way from Cornwall to Cardiff…"
"Hey Steven, yes I bought my Martin D18 early April, i couldnt be happier with it. I thought i had made a mistake due to the marks on the top, it took me a while to understand the marks on the top were 'bearclaw' markings after a wee bit of…"
"Hi Chris, you've maybe bought a guitar by now, so this might be too late, but...
For a one-in-a-lifetime Martin on your budget, I'd strongly recommend looking for a used guitar (better spec for less money than new).
Also, check out the…"
"I have had an Epiphone Elect/acous PRE 5, its 13 years old now. Its a slim bodied guitar great strumming guitar , plus its cutaway so good for those high solo notes. Its a great guitar well made and has nice tone. (maybe a wee bit thin due to the…"