Sorry to take so much time in replying. I've seen the Taylor Dan Crary signature model, and was very impressed with it's sound. Every flatpicker should listen to Dan Crary - his tone and musicianship is outstanding. I suspect…"
"I had a Martin OM21 a few years ago, and it was a great guitar for bluegrass. Bass runs sounded fine and it competed volumewise with other dreadnoughts, although I've heard a few OM guitars lose volume on the bottom two strings. I feel that the…"
"I've been using Wegen picks for quite a while now, and I can't imagine using anything else. As you probably know Wegen started out by making very thick picks for gypsy jazz players, and now make a complete range, including bluegrass guitar…"
"I play a Taylor 510 (1997) for flatpicking, and because I liked it so much I also bought a Taylor 514C (1998) which seems equally adept at both fingerpicking and flatpicking. I suffer from mild arthiritis in my hands and found the Taylor's neck…"
Norman Blake, Dan Crary, Bryan Sutton, Django Reinhardt (!)
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Whiskey before Breakfast, Blackberry Blossom - too many to mention
Taylor 510 (my own), Gibson J45, Martin D28, Lowden F32 (this is a fantastic sounding guitar in many styles).
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
I'm 62 and have recently retired. I'm enjoying the time following a number of pursuits, including spending more time on guitar. I work for a number of local wildlife sites voluntarily. Have started to transcribe Northumbrian pipe tunes for mandolin and guitar. They sound great on a Baby Taylor guitar - have you tried flatpicking on a smaller guitar?
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