I got it because of the price- under 300 bucks drive out with a cheap stand and 3 sets of strings- also, the guitars I had in he past were different top wood. I didn't like the brashness of them, so, I figured mahogany would produce a more mellow sound. It did.
Too mellow- LOL- so, I went to Ernie Ball 10-50 strings, a bone saddle and brass pins- it's better, but still not what I was looking for (don't ask what I'm looking for since I won't know unil I hear it-LOL) using a capo helps a little-
I bought a Fender Parlor Body (cheap one) looking for still different. That little sucker is awesome for loud. I changed strings to Daddario 11 52's which sound better than the Fender originals. I like to capo it too- but, still not what I'm looking for.
Then I got an Ibanez ALT 30- it's a Concert Style body with a longer neck and comes with 10 50 strings. It fits my personality to a T- the sound? I don't know quite how to describe it. Acoustically, it's uh- okay, different but I'm going to make some changes. I have a Tusq saddle coming and when I get a new set of tuners I'll change the strings to 111 52's- it doesn't have a lot of "sustain"- it has a Sapele top wood and mahogany sides and back- I LOVE the way it looks! I'm hoping to get the acoustic sound I want-
Then came the Alvarez AD 60- wonderful sound. It has tone out of this world. It comes with a Tusq saddle and Daddario 11 52 strings- I put Ernie Ball 10 50's on it to tone it down a bit and when I do Amazing Grace with it I give myself goose bumps I also like it with a capo.
Last but not least- a Fender FA 235E- Concert Body (acoustic electric similar to my Ibanez) It comes with a *laminated* top- color me shocked but, it has better sustain than the Ibanez. That may be the strings since it comes with 11 52's- we'll see when I get the Ibanez back together.
All told, I'm not unhappy with any of them (except getting tuners for the Ibanez), but time may tell a different tale- each has its own personality- and each seems to fit a different mood I'm in- I keep them all in sight so there is no out of sight out of mind effect.
Oh, full disclosure on the sounds- I use my thumb only. I don't like the sound of a pick when I'm sitting on top of it so I don't use one. And yes, I've tried different gauges- .43 to .70- not changing my mind.
Anyway, the preceding is brought to you out of boredom by an amateur playing at playing a guitar.
Well, it seems you have 5 (count 'em!) new guitar days in one. It is a good thing we don't age at that rate of 5 days in 1. Congrats on all of them.
Doing a quick check on prices, I think we can assume an average of $250 apiece including extra costs such as tax and shipping (assuming they were not all bought locally), but still round down just in case to $1100. You could get a rather decent guitar for that instead of 5. However, I am sure the hunt is a large part of the fun, so happy shopping and playing. At those prices, you can easily experiment on the guitars in various ways and if one becomes unplayable, you are not out much at all. So good reasons to go the "many" path instead of the "one".
Last Edit: Jul 7, 2020 11:29:43 GMT -5 by tbeltrans
Not a bad selection of guitars. The problem is if your looking for particular sound, you just have to take your time, and play as many as you can, but the one that blows your socks off may be quite pricey. Another alternative is a cheap secondhand electric guitar, different instrument but you can get quite a range of sounds/tones. This may be a big help, may feel a bit strange for an hour or two, but try strumming as if you were holding a pick, strum with your pointer finger on the down stroke, and with your thumb nail on the up stroke, this will give you a total new range of tones, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Yeah, around +/- 1100 bucks is pretty accurate- and I have 5 choices of who to date any time of the day-
I'm a car guy, from a long time back (probably 60+ years), and tinkering with stuff taught me a lot- tinkering with (in my mind is making better usually) to add a personal touch- the factory gives a good foundation for the things too time consuming and costly (complete builds) so, I tinker. Having one isn't as good as having multiples as each has a different foundation as well as image- and I can no longer do the car thing. Too expensive and my skin has gotten really thin which makes me bruise if I look at something wrong or bleed when I don't even know I was cut-
I've thought about an electric guitar- and I'll probably continue to think - about it- LOL
I get all the pros and I have a ton of excuses for the cons- the main one being- me, being me-
Thanks! The Alvarez is actually a less expensive model in their line up. But it not only sounds good it's beautiful to look at, to me, because I like the cream/white binding and the "natural" coloring on the sides and back. The one I got has a Sitka Spruce top wood that is a bit different looking than others I've seen as well.
The link says it retails for 449 bucks- I paid 299 plus Uncle Scams cut.
I just can't get into a pick - I've tried. The last time was this week. I like hearing others use a pick, just not sitting on top of it. I asked, in another thread, about amps(low watt, because I live in an apt) since two of mine are electric acoustic and my phone just doesn't hear my thumbing very well and I've also considered a mic set up for my phone- I just like the sound of my thumb strumming- I like the sound of the more narrow bodied electric acoustics, which is a lot different than the others I have- and, I do like tinkering with stuff, and thangs- I'll likely end up with a mic set up for my phone and a low watt amp- if I hang around long enough
Yeah- the Alvarez sound, even on my less expensive model, is about as full, or sweet, however you want to figure it as I'd ever want. It makes me question paying multiple thousands for one, knowing full well, that if I won a huge lottery, I *might* buy one just because- heavy emphasis on might. Having gotten very utilitarian in my life (wants and desires)it seems a waste to me- although I do admire the skill of the craftsman who build them.
But, I tell you what, my little cheap Fender Parlor Body has, these past few days, really grown on me for it's sound, and comfort.
And, having actually looked at, and given some fair amount of thinking on the acoustics of the different structures, and woods I think I've learned a thing or two- which means I've not wasted either my time or my money- they each have a sound I enjoy fiddlin with- can I say that talking about a guitar? I'm also very pleasantly surprised at the sustain of the Fender FA235E since it is a laminated top-
I guess the most curious thing I keep coming back to is; I wonder about the life span of the cheaper instruments- I've read, and think I'm seeing some top bulging/bowing on my Fender Mahogany already, back in the area around the bridge- I am "leaving" it to a buddy when I'm gone, who is perfectly happy with his Kona he says he thinks he remembers paying like 40 bucks for- LOL- he's a better player than I am, AND, he uses a pick- LOL, I hope it lasts long enough for him to get some enjoyment from.