Guitar Tart

Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,144Member
edited February 2017 in Guitar Chat
I've never been loyal to my guitars, though I really want to be. I've owned at least thirty but if I no longer play them then I recycle them into the community.

I recently traded:

- DR100 £40 (bought 2 years ago £80)

- V300 £70 (bought 2 years ago £100)

- Amalio Burguet £335 (damaged - bought £550 ten years ago)

And now I've just sold my Martin OOO16 £850 (bought 3 1/2 years ago £900)

So not an expensive hobby really. The Burguet played many paid gigs and I probably earned £1000 with it.

I've been really inspired by my new 'J45' and have been experimenting with different grades of thumb pick. It is truly amazing the different tones that can be achieved with them.

There is only one which I wish I had not sold on. My first decent guitar, a Yamaha FG something or other, probably a lammy but still nice.


  • Mark PMark P Posts: 2,314Member
    I find it very difficult to stay faithful to acoustic guitars. A late 2013 buy in the Tanglewood TW73 is the closest to a long term relationship, apart from spells when I've not been playing.

    The last four years has seen the exit of Tanglewood TW45, Breedlove Pursuit Concert, Gretsch Jim Dandy, Suzuki Classical, Lowden S32, Tanglewood TW Java, Faith Mercury Natural.

    I'm just hoping I've finally got two more in the herd that can join the TW73 in a longer term relationship! On the plus side no regrets with selling any of them .... just regrets in buying them in the first place!

    I'm not good enough to play and get paid (and have no wish to) so I can't also claim it's not an expensive hobby particularly given the Lowden fiasco ...... but I don't smoke, I run a cheap car, and I hardly drink, so what the hell! :smiley:

    You do get a big range of sounds from thumb picks. Not just the different grades but the materials too. I've found delrin gets closest to the real thumb sound.
  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,144Member
    Mark - Indeed... you ARE a guitar tart ! The polygamist of the guitar world.

    In the treatment of the Lowden you ARE what Brad Pit was to the lurvly Jennifer Anniston.

    I jest. Sometimes a better woman comes along. Now. I bought my 'J45' having walked into Mansons and not seen one before. Then I came home with it absolutely stunned and thought it couldn't just be me (why had it been in Mansons so long unsold ???) So I googled and got this:

    Just go straight to 14.27 and hear what they have to say about it.

    A fine young filly crossed my path and I was unable to resist her beguiling charms.
  • Mark PMark P Posts: 2,314Member
    I'm subscribed to that channel and always check out the Acoustic Paradiso videos when they come out. I remember when I first saw that video you've linked and wished I could get on with bigger sized guitars with just how damn good that 45 sounded!

    AS Mick Taylor put it the guitar sits on the sweet spot of the cost v value exponentiation curve. Good choice you made Kevin.

    Sigma seem to have tapped into the traditional, vintage style of guitars very successfully.

    I notice that the prices have gone up about 11% in the last 6 months since the video - that seems about the normal with the wheezing £.

    Very good demo at around 20 minutes of how the 12 fret nature of a guitar, even if low budget like the cheaper of the 00 guitars, brings the type of sounds to the party that make for sweet resonance and melodic sustain. I found that more tempting than the bluesy snap of the 14 fret more expensive of the two 00s.
  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,144Member
    Yes. They explained about the bridge positioning on the bout of the 12 fret. Until now I'd never understood why 12 frets were quite so different to play.

    I had the opportunity to swap for a £900 SH Gibson J45 Standard recently. I didn't do it because, though it was a very nice guitar, it wasn't a particularly good J45. The Sigma J45 was way better and I'd say it would be good value even at £900 so did not mind the 11%. The exchange rate made it easier to sell my Martin for a good price, to a Chinese man who did not haggle. (Living in Scotland so had to pay £53 shipping.)
  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,144Member
    PS, They are darn good players on AP.
  • Derek_RDerek_R Posts: 1,697Member
    I was playing a nylon string Godin something-caster today. A lovely thing for Chet style finger-picking and a good price too. But alas, there's no room in the stable and I haven't got anything to sell that I'm not actively using.
  • Kevin PeatKevin Peat Posts: 3,144Member
    Neigh problem then.
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