Think I may have mentioned it before, but just in case I haven't. My Crafter, Grand Auditorium size, with solid Tiger Maple top, back and side also Tiger Maple, maybe laminated not sure,(seen the spec for this Guitar advertised as solid back and sides yet another advertisment stating laminated back and sides).
Anyway to the point I was going to make. My Maple guitar is loud, and quite warm almost mellow.(I think it's lovely). Compared to what I have read, that Maple guitars are very, very bright, to the point of been harsh.
I'm going to check out Crafters in NZ. The store that I found in my area are the agents for Larrivee, Alvarez and Crafter.
I can't decide if I am looking for a bright sound or a warmer sound. In any event, it must different to the heavy mids from the Larrivee OM. I'm not a spruce/rosewood guy. I do like cedar though, although that's no very bright at all. I'll need to check out some Crafters I think. They look like good guitars.
That sounds like a great Guitar shop, agents for Larrivee, Alvarez and Crafter. Think if I when in that guitar shop, just to have a look,my new year's resolution would be broken. When you off to New Zealand, must be soon now, bet the family are very excited. 😀
Derick, yes its very soon now. We just have hold up with my son's visa. He is a bright boy, but was having some attentional problems in class last year. So the powers that be want to know all about that. Hopefully everything will be fine. Its a big move. We are excited, relieved, nervous, and sad, all at the same time.
UPDATE: I went into Music Plant Palmerston in my search for a decent Alvarez. Not a single AJ80 in NZ, and it doesnt look like they will be getting them in anytime soon. The guy told me they are cutting back on their range significantly. They only had 4 models in stock.
They had a couple of the RD series dreads, which are their laminates. I was also able to try the Artist series AD30ce which is the standard sitka/hog cutaway dread with electronics and a natural finish. Nice guitar for sure, but this was NZ$500. And I actually preferred the brighter sound of the Cort I just purchased. The MGA66ce had been either sold or moved, but that went up in price to NZ$1000. The other one there was a rosewood Parlour, which was a nice guitar. I must admit, they do make good instruments.
But the AD30ce was no comparison to the Guild D120ce I played the other day. That was a GREAT guitar. Its was 1400 bucks and way over my limit. But if I had the money, I might have bought that guitar!!!
I think my search for an Alvarez has come to a grinding halt. But the AD1965 is in Tauranga, and if I ever get there, I'll take a look and have a play. Intruiging guitar.
Here endeth the thread.... for now!
Last Edit: Mar 23, 2018 19:29:16 GMT -5 by El Gull