Favorite Guitar?

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Contreras
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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by Contreras » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:41 pm

Petemayo wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:53 am
Ever order one without first playing it?
Yep ... my 1929 Simplicio :mrgreen:

I wasn't disappointed.
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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by guitarseller345645 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:42 pm

Petemayo wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:53 am
Ever order one without first playing it?
Most of my guitars were ordered from abroad.

Most recent one was a Cordoba C7. I had read mny good things about it. Lookwise it was pretty nice but China made guitars look good as a rule - I have had beautiful guitars that were really cheap.

The action was horrible and so was the buzzing. I could either send it for setup or make a saddle myself, neither of which I was looking forward to. I happened to have an old saddle from a Hofner guitar which I tried on the C7.

The result, and with new strings on, was great. It played/sounded as well as or even better than any guitar I have ever played, even those many times more costly.

This turned out well - but I think I had better stop buying guitars, or at least ordering guitars from abroad.

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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by Altophile » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:43 am

Since I've never owned either of these, they are my "favorites" conceptually speaking:

1. A good Brahms guitar

2. A good eight string Alto guitar

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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by Wesjr1 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:39 pm

Petemayo wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:25 am
What do you like?I have had a Gianinni since 1976. Maybe time for an upgrade. Recommendations?
That's going to depend on what you can afford to spend. I love my Greg Byers (2006) cedar top, but he's on the higher end money-wise. I also have a David Schramm I like a lot. I don't think I'll be "upgrading" ever again.
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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by JohnH* » Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:05 am

Today I had the privilege of playing my teacher's 1967 Hauser II. It was absolutely magical! But since it isn't mine, and I don't get to play it every day, my favorite is still my 2013 Anders Sterner.
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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by dofrenzy » Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:10 pm

bogdan wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:39 am
Among the ones I own, two of them, by the same luthier: a "Hauser" and a "Bernabe", both by Darren Hippner.
Yep....my favorites are my Hippner's too; a Hauser style and a Torres style. But I did get a 2004 Kenny Hill Munich about 2 months ago that might take the top spot (currently taken by my Hauser-style Hippner). It's being setup with a new nut and saddle now, and the neck felt a little rough so having the neck refinished too. Can't wait to get it back.

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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by Jack Douglas » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:36 pm

I’ve owned and played quite a number of guitars and there are two that stand out. Andrea Tacchi’s personal, not for sale, Bouchet model and my Hauser III.
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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by fast eddie » Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:02 am

I have only two guitars so it's hard to pick a favorite. But if I have to I guess it would be my Hernandis. Bought to around 1974.
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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by guitarseller345645 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:38 am

fast eddie wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:02 am
I have only two guitars so it's hard to pick a favorite. But if I have to I guess it would be my Hernandis. Bought to around 1974.
Does it compare well to a Ramirez 1A, if it was a top of the line model?

And do you know if the Hernandis, Barbero and Garcia guitars were on sale at the same period?

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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by albert-canuck » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:49 am

I love my 1992 Paulino Bernabe M50. It has the most balanced sound with deep bass and sweet trebles. The tone is warm but each note is clear. Lots of sustain and can play as loud or soft as I want. Did I say I love my Bernabe?

I also really like my 1979 Ramirez 1a 10 string. It also has a balanced and warm tone and projects well but is a little harder to play with higher action and a longer scale length. I just got it not too long ago so I am still adjusting to this. The resonance from the extra strings really adds another dimension to the sound.

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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by Marco32 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:21 am

Howie wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:41 pm
1832 Panormo, Fecit model. So small and easy to play. Every time I pick it up I play a piece of history.
Howie, you might interested in knowing that “fecit” is not a model. At that time, luthiers didn’t think in terms of “models” which is a later concept. Many luthiers used to write their labels in latin and “fecit” means “built”, like you can see in this label from a Guarnieri’s violin, which translates “built by Giuseppe Guarnieri in Cremona in 1750”.

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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by Arash Ahmadi » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:18 pm

My favorite guitar is the Jeroen Hilhorst that I have.
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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by bogdan » Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:54 am

dofrenzy wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:10 pm
Yep....my favorites are my Hippner's too; a Hauser style and a Torres style. But I did get a 2004 Kenny Hill Munich about 2 months ago that might take the top spot (currently taken by my Hauser-style Hippner). It's being setup with a new nut and saddle now, and the neck felt a little rough so having the neck refinished too. Can't wait to get it back.
Please let me know how it does sound when you get it back.
My Kenny Hill Fleta is also just behind my two Hippners, but very close. ;-)
It is hard to compare them, anyways, the tone and the feel are so different...
It's mostly a matter of which one(s) I would prefer, which is what this topic is all about anyways. :-)

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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by Scott Phillips » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:13 am

I’ve never owned a luthier-built guitar. I have had several factory guitars, including 4 different Ramirez guitars. Of them my favorite was my 4NE, and it is the only guitar I have left. I sold the rest, as the 4NE was the best in terms of playability and sound out of a 2NE, R4, and a George Harrison. The 4NE was also the biggest bargain out of the bunch, at just north of $2000 brand new.

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Re: Favorite Guitar?

Post by nmshu1 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:46 am

My favorite guitar is Córdoba C9 cedar/mahogany. I have same 2 guitars. I can play for long, long time till my left hand can not afford it because of high tension strings. Never feel boring... And they are the cheapest guitars I owned in the US.

I purchase guitars with highly selective way. So all my guitars are over my expectation...
Otto Vowinkel Concert 650 | Paulino Bernabe Torres 645 | Juan Hernandez Torres 640 | German V. Rubio Concert 635 | Kenny Hill Performance 630

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