This year includes a couple of Australian choices - Blackheart Sassafras and Tasmanian Blackwood. I mostly recall seeing these woods on the Cole Clark website - one reason I've been wanting to see and try some Cole Clarks. However, the LTDs aren't likely to make their way into my local shop - I've usually only seen used LTDs there, after about 5 years....
Also a dread Baritone with Engelmann spruce and Ovangkol. I would also love to hear that guitar - my 418e has really made me appreciate that tonewood. I also understand Martin is now using an Ovangkol related species, Mutenye, that looks just like Ovangkol.
The Lutz Spruce and Tasmanian Blackwood is a 314ce-LTD.... that could have a price that could really invite the GAS... the 400 series Engelmann/Ovangkol Baritone could also cause a case of it.
A nice set of LTDs. I sure would like to see them lined up on the wall and give them a try......
I happen to be one who loves them. I feel very comfy in the bass space! Don't get me wrong, I love playing guitar. But I also think it's because I love being part of a band and playing rythym. Bass guitar is perfect for that. It's also a great place to make a difference while hiding in the shadows.
Derick , I sure love playing in a group with a good bass player. I'm not a bass player myself, but I have pretended using the bottom four strings of a guitar and learned some cool bass lines, but this does not transfer easily to bass. My son Darcy is a super bass player, playing both dog house and bass guitar as his first instrument. His brother Clay owns a bass guitar and plays it when a gig calls for one, but his main instruments are guitar and mandolin.
-1962 Martin D-21 -1950 Gibson LG1 -1958 Goya M-26 -1974 Yamaha FG75 high strung -A number of banjos, mandolins, Autoharps, ukuleles, dulcimers, mouth harps, a Tele clone and various other stuff. -I own a fiddle, but only play it when Maggie and the cats are all out of the house.
Post by Greg Ballantyne on Jun 30, 2017 22:34:10 GMT -5
phjim , as usual I think I should try and learn more than is likely realistic, so the acoustic bass seems quite attractive. I have to recalibrate myself from time to time, and realize I should put my efforts into learning the things I have been fooling with for years but haven't quite mastered yet.
In order of appearance: Aria LW-20 Seagull Maritime HG Dread Seagull Natural Elements Cedar/Cherry Dread Taylor 418e Taylor 514ce LTD Trinity College TM-375 Irish Bouzouki
Anyone know if the limited series guitars hold their value more than the regular models?
Guitars are not like cars. I mean the name will always carry a certain weight, but there's no "blue book" value. It's all about the demand. You could have two Taylors or Martins of equal value, but when selling one will get a higher price than the other just because that particular model is more popular.
But, if you can find a buyer that is looking for that particular model, then you may get a good price if you're selling.
Just my experience and 2 cents worth. It all comes down to finding someone who really wants that particular model, otherwise the general rules of selling used always apply.
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!
Post by Greg Ballantyne on Jul 16, 2017 14:47:09 GMT -5
terryd , there is an example I can think of - there is a 2011 Taylor DNCE-FLTD for sale in the shop in town. The guitar is a dread cutaway, with spruce top and quilted sapele body. It's dressed up, gold Gotoh tuners, and relatively fancy inlaid fret markers. It is in great condition, cannot easily tell its a used guitar by looking at it. I nearly fell in love with it last fall. It's a great sounding guitar, but I wasn't really looking for a dread. I ended up with the 2016 514ce-LTD. They had a price on it of $3399.99, and when the fellow in the shop noticed my interest he remarked that I could take it home for $2600. The Taylor MSRP was $4298, so that tag price is nearly at MAP new. The Taylor page: www.taylorguitars.com/guitars/acoustic/dnce-fltd Here is another currently for sale on the web: www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-TAY-DNCEFLTD-LIST this one listed at $2299. I saw another Reverb page where that model sold for $2199 in Nov 2016. Two weeks ago the one in the shop was still hanging there. I didn't check the tag, although I did pick it up to listen to it again. They had another used LTD in there as well, but I didn't look at it as closely as I did the first one. I will however check on both of them the next time I'm in the shop. So the used DNce-FLTD in the shop is priced as though it has held its value, but it's been hanging there for 10 months that I've seen. I believe the other two prices are perhaps a better indication of value.
My buddy Dave thinks that my 514ce-LTD is a special guitar, not because it's an LTD, but simply because he has become enamored with it. I cannot blame him, I've certainly been under its spell since January. I agree with him that the balance of the tonewoods gives the guitar more than a great sound, its appearance is also enhanced by the combination.
I'd say TonyKgull has the gist of it - but I'm not likely to find out as a seller. I don't often sell guitars, and I'm certainly not planning on selling that one....