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Have a Few Bob, fancied my Dream Acoustic

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Si74, Apr 28, 2022.

  1. Si74

    Si74 pfm Member

    Well John, that has me seriously tempted! After 40 odd years of trying, I'm no player. I just love guitars and the joy they give me doodling.
    On looks alone I'd buy that but since it's likely to be my last, taking my time and 3K's my limit. I have a 28 year old Ibanez I would not part with ( Spruce/Ovankol)
    and BIJ Alvarez (Sitka/Mahog) that almost Rocks my Boat but... :) Have serious urge for an all Mahog. Will check him out, thanks.
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  2. Andy Stephenson

    Andy Stephenson pfm Member

    Handmade anything can command serious money.

    I treated myself to an Overwater Progress 5 string bass made to my specs 25ish years ago.

    I was absolutely delighted with the quality of it. But £2000 was a lot of money. But I've got something that I wanted that no one else has!

    For £300/500 I could have had a Yamaha/Squire/Epiphone that would have been perfectly acceptable and a great bass for the money.

    But I wanted something that would be unique and tailored to my preferences. But it cost!!

    A quick calculation - £2000 in 96 is £3500 now.

    As ever - you pays your money and takes your choice.

  3. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    The D42 was always a high end model.

    If you think that's shocking, look at the D-18 Authentic and D-28 Authentic models.
  4. Andy Stephenson

    Andy Stephenson pfm Member

    If you think that's steep, don't even look at vintage guitars or ones with celebrity provenance. David Gilmour sold his collection for £21 million!

  5. Si74

    Si74 pfm Member

    Thing is I'm not one for paying silly money for what are 'name' brands. Waited 25 years to afford a Les Paul, traveled all over Scotland price being no issue, guess what the best one
    was the cheapest in my local shop, a lowly Studio. Not what I fancied but in spite of looking bland, it played best of the lot and had no obvious flaws in the workmanship (Where as my dream flame tops and black beauties did).
    I tried a Maple J200 and was unimpressed, hmn will this improve in ten years. Pissed off now as it would be worth 4 times as much? Hey ho bought an Epi J200 for a couple of hundred
    quid and still regret giving it to my mate for a Birthday present.
    Picked up two Crafters years ago for peanuts, one was sublime from the off, the other had been butchered by some clown but was gem when my mate sorted it, sold them when skint only to find they are now selling for 2 or 3 times what I sold them for
    I've played Guilds, Gibsons, no Martins and only things memorable were my first Yamaha FG 180, my mate at the times top of the range FG, a Flyde and later a mates Yiari.
    I don't want a status symbol that might be a good un or a bad un and fall to bits!

    Hard to tell from You Tube but thru the big rig, you can get an idea. This thing blew my mind:

    Not heard many guitars where the high strings ring like a bells at the top of the neck.
  6. Si74

    Si74 pfm Member

    Memory lapse.long ago, on the assumption I knew anything about guitars, some mate gave me this Maton thing from OZ to 'set up'
    Methinks , sister's Eko looks better.
    jEEZUS, truss rod tweaked nut checked, saddle shaved a bit, mental.
    Once and only time I've ever video'd myself playing and singing.. that guitar made me do it!
    Think my mate picked it from a skip in Oz.
    Look at the price of them now.
  7. andyoz

    andyoz pfm Member

  8. eternumviti

    eternumviti Wittering on the Vine

    As you're going to France, why not give Alister Atkin in Canterbury a call. His guitars are exquisite, and he's a nice bloke. I bought mine 10 years ago in London, and it needed a bit of setting up, so I took it down to him. I was running a bit late and stopped for lunch at the Sportsman at Seasalter (try doing that now) and phoned him, he laughed and asked me if I might tell the owner, Stephen Harris, that his guitar was ready!
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  9. JTC

    JTC PFM Villager...

    To be fair, I don’t know his prices now but I’d expect him to be swimming in the £5k+ per commission pool, but absolutely exquisite instruments…
  10. cutting42

    cutting42 Arrived at B4 Hacker Erg \o/

    Nice place the Sportsman. My cycling and band mates went to school with Steve, still could not get a walk-in lunch.
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  11. Si74

    Si74 pfm Member

    Had a few and misread that, looking for Tartan Guitars pulled up a few surprises? Taran guitars. Well has me wondering, my dream Maserati (an old one) or a Taran geetar? Seems I have till mid 2026 to make up my mind if I can blow 11K+ on a guitar. Don't get me wrong, after looking and listening, one Lottery win later I'd be chapping his door but just a tad out of my budget at the moment. So back to the search for a Yiari. Or decide it would be wasted on my doodling and get the car,lol.
  12. Si74

    Si74 pfm Member

    On a serious note, my 28 year old Ibanez should be killed by the $2000+ Alvarez, not as nice to play as I prefer the shorter scale, much nicer neck and wider nut of the Alvarez but sound wise?
    Ovangol bright, sure is but not a bad thing when the Alvarez seems so heavily braced, the sustain is missing. Hopefully given the thinner tops and forward moved bracing, a couple of current Alvarez might make me see/hear sense.. but far as I can gather, the FG 180 I bought for £47 is still going strong 47 years later so Gibsons, Martins,Taylors, Collings etc are of my Radar.
  13. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Hawkwind and Fire

    If you want the most perfectly executed take on any number of classic designs, then Dave King is your man. Guitars executed with reserve and a mind boggling attention to detail. He will, of course, inlay an abalone lizard into your fretboard if you ask him, but why would you?

    I also notice that @JTC is selling my old j45 with cocobolo fretboard and bone nut, saddle and pegs if you want to spend a bit less on a REALLY nice j45.
  14. Si74

    Si74 pfm Member

    Gibson,no thanks! Down to a Bob Weir Yairi, another nice Yairi Dreadnought with an obvious bad spacing on the lower E, or 4K on a 25 year old top of the line Larrivee. Distance being the only problem as no way I,m parting with that without 'trying> to play it:)
  15. Si74

    Si74 pfm Member

    re your wee,whatever, maybe have a look at the inlays on the Larrivee site and wonder
  16. francoblanco

    francoblanco Always in the kitchen at parties

    For me it would be an Ernie Ball Earthwood bass. Brian Ritchie from Violent Femmes plays one (he owns a few of them). They look like a guitarrón and are huge and have a beautiful sound. Only about 1500 of them made in the 70s. They go for about €5000 if you can find one. I have to make do with a Takamine in the meantime till I can convince my wife that I ‘need’ to get a copy of one made. I can dream can’t I?
  17. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Acoustic guitars get better sonically with age. Annoyingly everything else about them tends to get worse, usually eventually requiring a neck reset!

    PS Never underestimate Japanese guitars, the better ones are as good as anything anywhere IMHO.
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  18. Si74

    Si74 pfm Member

    Strangely enough, logic says buy a Taylor, bolt on neck, easy fix for a neck reset. However they appear overpriced assembly line tho nice enough.
    My 28 year old built in Korea Ibanez is good as new, my 2K built in Japan Avlvarez is nearly nice
    Lusting for Yairi or Larrivee but usually to far away to pay that kind of money without playing. Probably just buy another 3 Alvarez but
    since it will be my last, I want something special.
  19. dadgad

    dadgad pfm Member

    I have four different acoustics and have played many more, including mega-priced US Collings, and some absolutely top-notch custom ones. Of the latter , my favourite is definitely the Taran range made up here in Scotland. However, they is both a huge price ticket and a long waiting list.

    But there is also a superb range of amazing value guitars made by Brook Guitars down in Devon. See
    I have one of their Tamar 12-strings. Superb construction, great sound and really smooth actions.

    Typically made to order*, but a few shops have stock. I'm pretty sure one of these would do the business for you:

    There's a nice range of differing sizes and scale lengths there

    *And well worth a visit to their wonderful premises in deepest mid-Devon - 'Hobbit country'. The Brook guys are lovely people as well. PM for more info if interested.
  20. dadgad

    dadgad pfm Member

    I put my guitars in my avatar profile - the Brook is on the far right!

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