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My new obsession.

Posted by BoneDigger on Monday, May 2, 2011

I am now getting hooked on guitar playing.  I have been listening to Doc Watson and Tony Rice a lot.  I now have two guitars and they serve slightly different purposes.   My guitar purchases really prove that how a guitar sounds isn't restricted to any individual maker and that even "cheap" guitar makers can make a good guitar.

Guitar 1: Ibanez Artwood: This guitar cost me $500 new, marked down from nearly $1000.  I doubt it ever really sold for that amount, but it's their MSRP.  Solid Eiglemann Spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides, with no laminate on this guitar.  The neck is mahogany.  This guitar really has a lot of punch to it and can be really loud.  The spruce top and rosewood body really make for a great bluegrass guitar.  I played this guitar next to several $2000+ Martins and I thought it sounded just as good.  Did it sound like a Martin?  No.  It has it's own voice, and it sounds really good.

Guitar 2: Epiphone Masterbuilt: I picked this one up used from a local shop.  I was looking for something with more sustain for playing folk music and classic rock.  While looking at the Taylor guitars I found this one used sitting in the corner.  After playing it I new I had to have it.  It has a solid Sitka Spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides.  It really has a soft and sweet voice with a lot of sustain.  Gordon Lightfoot songs sound great on this guitar.  The cost was $450 and the guitar is like new.  It still had the plastic cover on the pick guard!  Also, it came with a zippered hard case.

So, I now have one guitar for bluegrass and one for other types of songs.  Both feature solid tops, backs, and sides, and both sound great.  Also, the cost for both combined was less than $1000!

That makes for 2 banjos and 2 guitars in my collection now.  I want to get a Helix open back for my collection, maybe even a long neck.  Then I'll be done for a while... maybe.


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