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Dargo

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I'll second the vote for the takamine. They are sweet guitars and for around $600 they aren't out priced compared to Martins Taylors or Gibson. Nothing against those brands but for the average player a tak is a good bang for the buck.

My taste tends to lean towards the jumbo cutaway body though I do have a 6 string and 12 string dreadnought.

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I definitely have more guitar than I have ability. I even picked up a very nice 'classical' guitar with exceptionally nice Fishman electronics in it and have no idea of the brand. Do you recognize this or know how I could find out the brand? I traded some hand loaded match grade ammo for this one pictured. It certainly is different than playing a steel string! I think it is great for some music but horrible for other genres, like rock.

Both Martins I have and the Taylor are dreadnaughts. Either full body or cutout dreadnaughts sound best for my tastes in acoustics. Until I started playing I'd never even heard of a Takamine. Obviously I'm quite impressed with them and their own brand of onboard electronics.
 

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NorthernRedneck

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Not sure on the brand of that one. Looks nice though. I just missed out on a nice Martin mini jumbo cutaway on ebay. I had a bid in but forgot when it ended. Someone beat me to it. Oh well. That's half the fun anyways.

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NorthernRedneck

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I managed to gather up the kids this morning for a group photo. One is missing though since it's out at camp. [emoji2]

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Left to right starting at the top.
Takamine eg444c-my main plucking guitar at home. It lives on the stand right next to my recliner.
Epiphone ej200ce-my main performance guitar at the church. It usually lives there but I brought it home to change the strings the other day.
Ibanez aeb5e acoustic bass I use occasionally at church for some songs we do.
Seagull merlin for plucking around and having fun.
Hohner acoustic for teaching the kids
Bottom left
Seagull sm12 12 string. I use it ocassionally at church for certain songs. Ads a nice dinamic to the other two acoustics playing.
Epiphone les Paul standard. I bought it new 5 years ago and only played it a handful of times since I prefer the acoustic. I may begin using it more for lessons though since one of my students has an electric.
Missing from the photo is the Epiphone I aquired a few weeks ago for the camper.
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NorthernRedneck

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Since I can't do much else nowdays, I've been spending allot more time playing guitar at home. I had never been much of a soloist or technical guitar player so I decided to do something about that and have been challenging myself to learn more different techniques and playing styles I hadn't really tried before.

While I was in the hospital last year I recall someone suggesting I look into a cigarbox guitar as a little project to keep me busy. Well, I'm doing my research now and have decided I'm going to build an acoustic guitar from a kit that's available online. It comes with everything I would need to build a basic guitar but I plan on upgrading it with things like a bone nut and saddle instead of a cheap plastic one. Also the tuners will get upgraded to something that will actually keep it in tune.
 

NorthernRedneck

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Here's what I just ordered. I'll be able to stain it any color I want. Put whatever pick guard I want. Should be a good little project to keep me busy. [emoji3]

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NorthernRedneck

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Well. Someone screwed up shipping the guitar and sent the wrong one. Plus, along the way it was damaged when something poked through the box. So I got my money back and still got to keep what arrived.

First, the damage.
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I loaded the hole with gorilla glue and sanded it smooth. Next. I glued the neck on and clamped it. The bridge will be mounted over the spot that was damaged so it won't show. I also plan on a walnut stain. And a Taylor bridge, bone nut and saddle. As well as a Taylor pickguard and a nice inlay around the sound hole. If the tuners are garbage and won't hold a tune then they will be replaced as well. I won't stain it till the pickguard arrives though.
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NorthernRedneck

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It's not perfect but it'll work. I stained and varnished the guitar several times now to get a smooth surface. I'm calling it rustic walnut. The tuning pegs were just installed. I'm still waiting for the nut saddle bridge inlay and pick guard to arrive in the mail. I'm looking forward to hearing how it sounds.

I also filed the fret ends smooth so it should play alright.

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living the dream
 

NorthernRedneck

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The mark on the body on the front will be covered by the bridge and won't be noticeable

living the dream
 

NorthernRedneck

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I managed to gather up the kids this morning for a group photo. One is missing though since it's out at camp. [emoji2]

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Left to right starting at the top.
Takamine eg444c-my main plucking guitar at home. It lives on the stand right next to my recliner.
Epiphone ej200ce-my main performance guitar at the church. It usually lives there but I brought it home to change the strings the other day.
Ibanez aeb5e acoustic bass I use occasionally at church for some songs we do.
Seagull merlin for plucking around and having fun.
Hohner acoustic for teaching the kids
Bottom left
Seagull sm12 12 string. I use it ocassionally at church for certain songs. Ads a nice dinamic to the other two acoustics playing.
Epiphone les Paul standard. I bought it new 5 years ago and only played it a handful of times since I prefer the acoustic. I may begin using it more for lessons though since one of my students has an electric.
Missing from the photo is the Epiphone I aquired a few weeks ago for the camper.
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I decided last week to "thin the herd" so to speak. The top three on the left and the electric on the bottom row are for sale. I had been wanting a higher end Taylor guitar for a while and have been stopping by the music store about once a month to try out different guitars. I did try a few Martin's and though they are high quality and have a nice sound my ears and preference veered towards the Taylor every time. And that was comparing similar models to each other both in body style and price.

Here's the beauty I've settled on. Its a Taylor 214ce koa deluxe. The koa is just beautiful and not as common a wood to be used for guitar making.

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NorthernRedneck

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So I'm undecided as to which beauty to get now. First choice......
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Or this one.....
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Both are Taylor 214ce acoustic electrics. I've gone down to the local music store and tried them comparing to much more expensive ones. The owner even let me try out a $7000 model to compare. Even these ones I'm torn on retail for around $2200. By far the most expensive guitar I'll own. There was very little difference in the sound of the guitars between the two pictured. I just can't decide between the two. Both look great and play amazing.
 

Melensdad

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Top photo Koa?
Bottom photo flamed Maple?
Spruce on the top of both?

Regardless I like the top photo better than the bottom. Just my preference.
 

NorthernRedneck

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Good guess. Yes. The top is koa and the bottom flamed maple. I'm leaning towards the top. It's an ebay auction so I'll most likely be getting it half price of what it goes for in the store here. Comes with a hard case. I'm leading the auction right now but wont go any higher than my current bid. If someone else wants to pay more they can. I have another on standby in my watchlist for the same price.
 

NorthernRedneck

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I just ordered the koa taylor. Up here it retails for $2200. Which is about four times what I've paid for a guitar in the past. I got it for a steel. Can't wait to hear how it sounds. I'll probably have this one for many years since as far as guitars go Taylor is a top brand.
 

NorthernRedneck

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I pick up my new guitar tonight. It turns out that it was owned by an up and coming Christian artist named Mitch Langley out of the Kansas area. When I got the receipt it had his name on it. Turns out he has four albums already and does professional performances and concerts. His style is very similar to mine. We ended up exchanging emails and he sent me copies of some of his music for me to use in church. Some of his youtube videos have him playing the guitar I bought on stage in front of hundreds.

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Melensdad

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Sweet history! If he becomes famous the value of that guitar will go way up too. In the mean time enjoy playing it.
 

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That looks HUGE, then again I'm used to looking at a Uke. But my daughter plays a Spanish style guitar and her's looks like it would be dwarfed by your guitar. Is the body of that Taylor extra large? Or is it just my eyes and frame of reference?
 

NorthernRedneck

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Its actually a medium sized body as far as acoustics go. My dreadnaught is bigger and the jumbo I sold is much bigger.
 

NorthernRedneck

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Man o man. I can finally understand why the performing musicians buy expensive guitars. I mean, I used to think that my old Takamine and Epiphone jumbo sounded good and played good. That was until I bought this Taylor. The old saying goes...you get what you pay for. This guitar plays so nice and has such a sweet sound. I've had it less than a week and it's already made me a better player in that I can play longer since the setup is so nice. The action is lower than most electric guitars I've played.

Everyone at the church keep coming up to me and commenting on how sweet it sounds.
 
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