Julian658 wrote:I never had a great steel string acoustic. I have a J160E Gibson that sounds average. I purchased in 1992 because it was a Beatle guitar. My other acoustics are Guild and Yamaha; never had a Martin.
Back in 1987 I traded a Gibson Blue Ridge, which had a twisted neck, for a 1986 Alvarez-Yairi DY-66 which was in pristine condition. It's now far
from pristine, but it's the finest playing and sounding acoustic guitar I've ever owned (and I've owned a lot). I've put every scratch, dent, ding, scrape and crack on this thing. It's been on fire, it's been in a flood, it's fallen down a flight of stairs and it's been hit by a car. I can't kill it.
It won't let me:
I don't necessarily have the best strumming technique!
I also had a Martin D-40 which, unfortunately, I had to sell some years back when things got a bit lean. I'm actively looking for a replacement for it. Such a great guitar:
They were only made for a few years, and they're difficult to find.
Finally, there's Excalibur, my 1990 Fender American Standard Stratocaster. It was the first American made Strat I've ever owned. I've changed the plastic parts and swapped out the original pickups to Lace Sensors:
My daughter has instructions to bury me with the Yairi, but I know she's gonna' snag it and probably slip an Esteban into the casket with me instead...
Courage is knowing that something will hurt and doing it anyway. Stupidity is the same thing. That's why life is hard...