Best Acoustic For......

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Postby allanlummox » Sun Apr 16, 2006 12:43 pm

"Hey AllanLummox THAT IS AWESOME THAT YOUR A BUSKER"

Now that's the reaction I like to see...

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RE: Best Acoustic For......

Postby bighollowtwang » Sun Apr 16, 2006 1:06 pm

>the original post was
>asking about "Delta Blues", rather than "country
>blues"....there is a distinction.

"Delta Blues" is an overly abused term. I see people call any solo acoustic blues "Delta" blues without even comprehending that there was no one specific style there - Delta musicians did not play in one specific style, Charley Patton has little in common with Mississippi John Hurt.
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RE: Best Acoustic For......

Postby slidnslim » Sun Apr 16, 2006 1:56 pm

Back to laminate guitars, Ive got a Jumbo Kay That has taken over
as my finger picker that has replaced some highend guitars
and its laminate,ladder braced,L1 shape except gigantic 17"
wide,its got the sound Ive been always looking for,
and cost me less than 200,

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RE: Best Acoustic For......

Postby ricochet » Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:36 pm

I don't play it as much as some of my other guitars, but I still like the sound of my first guitar, a Washburn D11. Its body is all laminated, of "Mountain Ash." It has good volume and a much brighter sound than many dreadnaughts. The bass is there, it's just got more on the high end.

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RE: Best Acoustic For......

Postby bighollowtwang » Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:36 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Apr-16-06 AT 11:38 AM (EST)]>Ive got a Jumbo Kay That has
>taken over
> as my finger picker that has replaced some highend guitars
> and its laminate,ladder braced,L1 shape except gigantic 17"
> wide,its got the sound Ive been always looking for,
> and cost me less than 200


The "laminate" used on your Kay has little in common with the veneer/glue/pressed sawdust sandwich used nowadays. Most 50s Kay acoustics I've seen don't have laminated tops....but in those days "laminated" meant two or three good pieces of wood glued together, as opposed to the thin layer of veneer disguising glue-impregnated woodchips and sawdust that you see on inexpensive modern guitars.
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RE: Best Acoustic For......

Postby marlboroman » Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:44 pm

I was looking at an Alvarez Jumbo 12 string on the web this morning and it looks like a nice guitar it has a Solid Spruce top and Maple Sides and Back.

I was wondering what some of the characteristics of a Jumbo guitars sound??

and how would a guitar with a maple back and sides sound???

here is a link to the guitar http://www.alvarezgtr.com/productpage.h ... &ItemID=77

I was also looking at these two
http://www.alvarezgtr.com/productpage.h ... &ItemID=83
On this guitar it doesn't say SOLID Mahogany so does that mean its Laminate??

http://www.alvarezgtr.com/productpage.h ... &ItemID=45

obviously the $900 dollar one is gonna be better BUT what do you guys think???

Does anyone know anything about Alvarez Guitars???
I've givin up on finding a Maton guitar, NO ONE SELLS THEM IN MY AREA....
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Postby ricochet » Sun Apr 16, 2006 7:38 pm

>I was wondering what some of the characteristics of a Jumbo
>guitars sound??
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>and how would a guitar with a maple back and sides sound???

Well, I've got a Gibson SJ-200 jumbo with maple sides and back. Sounds pretty good. It's a big, loud guitar, but not so boomy as a lot of dreadnaughts. Has a nice, broad frequency response.




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RE: Best Acoustic For......

Postby grady » Sun Apr 16, 2006 9:30 pm

I play Jumbo size Acoustic Guitars exclusively.

Every time I tell myself I'm going to buy a Small Body Guitar, I come out of the store with another Jumbo.

Maple Sides and Back are going to give you a brighter sound with more "punch"
Rosewood Back and sides will be darker sounding.

My Martin JC-16WE has Walnut back & sides which gives you a Tone that's in-between Rosewood and Maple.
You have a darker tone with the "punch" of Maple

But hold on, there'll be someone else along in a little while with a totally different explanation..LOL !!
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RE: Best Acoustic For......

Postby crowduck » Sun Apr 16, 2006 9:53 pm

Gosh, this thread has really taken some twists & turns. From delta blues, to laminates, Martin's, and now to Jumbo's. Keeps it fun.
Lately, I too, have been favoring some Jumbo's for some music. I have an Epi AJ18VS 6 string that I love for Jorma Kaukenon stuff, and a huge Martin Sigma SDR12-7 for 12 string. I'm also starting to build a Jumbo of my own. Something about those big bodies just feels good, and the sound is like cranking up a big bore engine.

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RE: Best Acoustic For......

Postby slidnslim » Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:30 am

>Something about those big bodies just feels good, and the
>sound is like cranking up a big bore engine.

Thats exactly right Crow,I find swicthing from National to
Jumbo Kay for different songs just seems eazyer for me
(The volume difference) is closer! And they seem to mic nicer
as well with my SM 57,than with smaller guitars,

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RE: Best Acoustic For......

Postby marlboroman » Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:41 am

So what do you guys think about Alvarez Guitars??? are they an OK company??? I don't really know much about them
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RE: Best Acoustic For......

Postby ricochet » Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:22 pm

They've got a good reputation. I've never played one.

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RE: Best Acoustic For......

Postby nizer » Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:38 pm

>"Delta Blues" is an overly abused term. I see people call
>any solo acoustic blues "Delta" blues without even
>comprehending that there was no one specific style there -

Okay Zak, define Delta Blues for us.
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RE: Best Acoustic For......

Postby rustyslide » Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:59 pm

>Clapton 'attempts' RJ's delta songs
>with his Martin 000, and the results are rather mediocore.

That's not the Martin's fault. He's played lots of better blues on his Martin guitars than on that album, as have others.
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