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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Archtop View Post
    For my fifteen's birthday, my parents decided to buy me a real instrument. It was an Ovation, Legend model, narrow neck, fully acoustic. Man, this was the real thing. So easy to play with such a good sound. BAM!

    Since that time I've had many guitars and I know that Ovations are certainly not considered the best guitars around. But this feeling of getting the real thing in my hands for the first time, I got it just once, for my fifteen's birthday.

    Cheers.
    I started late playing guitar. I was 22 and working and my first guitar was an Ovation I purchased a deep bowl Ovation Legend from Paulus Music in Jacksonville Fl in 1973. Fred Paulus the owner let me buy it on credit and I was happy as a clam. It was a great playing guitar.

    Now has far as the best archtop guitar I have ever played would be Scott Chinery's Monteleone Blue guitar. Knowing what I know now, I should have scraped together the money and had Monteleone make me one at that time.
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  3. #102

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    I think the best guitar I have ever played is the archtop I had built for me. It certainly is the most playable.

    But I reserve a fraction of that for the best sounding guitar I have ever played - which is a '59 ES 175 (with the neck hummy) owned by a friend of mine across the ditch...he paid about 3 grand for it - and it is a stunner.

    Those things just seem to come his way....

  4. #103

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    Some of my guitars are the best guitars are mine including my shelley park gypsy jazz guitar modele encore & G & L ASAT Sparkle tele.

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  5. #104
    Quote Originally Posted by rob taft View Post
    I started late playing guitar. I was 22 and working and my first guitar was an Ovation I purchased a deep bowl Ovation Legend from Paulus Music in Jacksonville Fl in 1973. Fred Paulus the owner let me buy it on credit and I was happy as a clam. It was a great playing guitar.

    Now has far as the best archtop guitar I have ever played would be Scott Chinery's Monteleone Blue guitar. Now what I now now, I should have scraped together the money and had Monteleone make me one at that time.
    Wow Rob. Now that's one I didn't expect. That must have been really special.
    Can elaborate a little on what made it the best guitar you've played? I need to live through you a little.
    joe D

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    Best neck I ever played ...
    Ibanez JP20 , should have bought it really
    Never even plugged it in , didn't the wedge at the time

    Still don't !

  7. #106
    Pingu,
    the JP is an amazing guitar. To me the unique pickup placement made it a great guitar. The Strat of Archtops. I really wish I could have gotten along with the shallowness of the neck.
    Joe D

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    What is the best guitar you've ever played? There could only be one..-img_0073-como-objeto-inteligente-1-jpg

    I logged in to the Forum after 4 hours of playing acoustically this guitar that I love, my Gibson L5 Studio Custom with BJB and bridge piezo pickups, stringed with Martin SP acoustic guitar strings. Difficult to put it down.

    I have owned some Gibsons throughout the years, all of them masterpieces: Super 400, Es 175 blonde, Es 165 Herb Ellis, Es 350T, Es 335 Cherry, 3 Les Pauls, etc.

    But ended having this guitar built by Gibson Custom direct to my specifications 15 years ago, and since then now mainly play this guitar, tap tuned by the late great master luthier J. Hutchins.

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    Oh yeah baby..
    I can see that that guitar never leaving my side.. BJB and a piezo blended to perfection.
    Thanks for showing that to us. Beautiful.
    Joe D

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingu View Post
    Best neck I ever played ...
    Ibanez JP20 , should have bought it really
    Never even plugged it in , didn't the wedge at the time

    Still don't !
    I agree with this. A JP20 had the best neck I've played. I did plug one in and enjoyed it very much. The pickup position is great for chord melody playing and very workable for singlenote by changing your picking location. I've played 2 and both times wished I had bought them but the timing wasn't right....

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    I played a great Nash Tele today.

    But, a Google search turned up some controversy regarding Mr Nash and his guitars.

    Now I've got Danocaster on my brain.

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    I had the opportunity to play many of the instruments in Chinery's collection - D'Angelicos, Strombergs, Benedettos, Epiphones, Barkers, Gibsons, etc. (I was amazed at how light the earliest Gibson archtops were!).

    I've also owned some outstanding guitars - Gibson Super V, late 50's 175 and 125; as well as archtops by boutique builders - Megas, Ribbecke, Benedetto, Sadowsky, PRS.

    However the most outstanding of them all was a friend's Citation! Of all the guitars I played, that one left the most indelible impression. Beyond the beauty and craftsmanship, it played like a dream and the sound - both acoustic and amplified was stunning. Coming in a close 2nd is a 2008 Mirabella Jazz Moderne Non-Cutaway that is my "till death we do part" guitar.

    Albert

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    My 22 year old Carvin DC-127 it really is a tone beast.made out of Koa.



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    It's so long ago that rose-coloured spectacles probably enter into the equation.....
    In 1971/72 I was 16/17 and had been playing acoustic guitar for a couple of years (folk clubs around Manchester, UK). In the local newspaper there was an ad for a strat in one of the outlying small towns up in the Peak District National Park (Glossop). My dad had always encouraged me and put me on the back of his motor scooter and drove us 45 minutes up to Glossop.
    The guitar was a 1962 strat in sonic blue, in immaculate condition. Up to then I had never played a guitar of that quality. It was like butter, and my hands just fell naturally into position everywhere up and down the very dark rosewood neck. After a few pleas of "poverty", "give the kid a break" my dad paid £90 (down from the £100 asking price), and I carried it next to me on the motor scooter all the way home. For the next couple of years it was never out of my hands whenever I was at home, and it was the first instrument that made me really love playing the guitar.
    Three years later a 1961 ES175D joined it, and although I still have the 175 and love it dearly, the initial impact of that first strat will remain with me for the rest of my life. As a struggling student, I had to sell one of my guitars a few years later, and I chose to keep the 175, but the strat will haunt me for the rest of my days. I hope whoever has it today is giving it lots of TLC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405 View Post
    Wow Rob. Now that's one I didn't expect. That must have been really special.
    Can elaborate a little on what made it the best guitar you've played? I need to live through you a little.
    joe D
    Joe, Sorry for the late reply, had a family issue. In 1999 or so, the Blue Guitars were exhibited at a building owned by the Savannah School of Art and Design (SCAD). I stumbled across this exhibit because it was across the street from a bookstore I visited. All of the guitars were arranged on stands on tables. I got to play these guitars because the two SACD students who were supposed to be watching the exhibition were too busy making out with each other. I asked the two students if they minded if I played the guitars and they said "Sure no problem". I had expected to be told No but they could have cared less.


    So for at least 45 to an hour it was just me, the guitars and the students. I was able to tune up the guitars but the D'Aquisto was too far out. The D'Aquisto's stings were completely slack and the bridge was not in the right location so I passed on that one. I remembered thinking what a shame this was for these wonderful instruments, especially the D'Aquisto. At the time I hadn't heard of 3/4 of the luthiers who made the collection but the one that I would have grabbed was the Monteleone. Acoustically is just rang my bell. I knew his guitars even at that time were expensive and had a long wait time but in hindsight I should have gone for it.


    It was also the first time I played a guitar with a side port and it made me a believer. It was very dynamic and well balanced tonally. At the time I was a pick player and it was very responsive to pick attack. Tonally it fit between an archtop and flattop. It was just a remarkable guitar.
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    Hey Rob, thanks buddy. I hope everything is ok with your family.
    I love the side port too. I played a Ribbecke Halfling once that made me a fan too. One day I'd like to have one.
    One of our esteemed members here, QAman is very good friends with Mr Monteleone. What a genius he is. I also like Cris Mirabella too. He one of the coolest guys out there. Very similar guitars too.
    Thanks for sharing your experience. Young love.. I was thinking about my 1st kiss yesterday. Her name was Lori. I walked her home and then I kissed her and ran away.
    Joe D

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    Late 60s Super 400... at Guitar Center in Hollywood about 20 years ago. Totally overpriced but wow.!

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    Since for the most part, we seem to be the limiting the discussion to archtops, I will share my favorite(s) which I am fortunate to say I own. Other types of guitars is another discussion...

    Across the years, I have sampled a variety of vintage Epiphone/Gibson/D'Angelico/D'Aquisto/Stromberg and modern luthiers such as Steve Andersen, Steve Grimes, John Monteleone, etc. across the years. To me, both of my 16" archtops by luthier Bill Comins are simply the best that I have played.

    Bill has made well over 300 guitars across the last 20-years and his insights as a jazz guitarist and his sense of design are what do it for me. Not having an Italian last name as an archtop luthier, has likely been an impediment to Bill's notariety as a luthier (Benedetto, Buscarino, Campellone, Mirabella, Monteleone etc.)...

    My 2013 16" Comins Classic has both a great acoustic and plugged in tone. The combination of the Kent Armstrong 12-pole piece humbucker and the Barbera Soloist transducer blended together (prodominantly, the KA) is simply fantastic played through my AI Clarus + Buscarino Chameleon. It has a 1-3/4" nut and a 25" scale to make those closed voicing stretches manageable.



    My 2016 16" Comins Zelig hybrid archtop with its sloped rims tapering from 3" to 4-1/8" with a ladder braced mahogany back has acoustic bass performance beyond what I have heard from any archtop regardless of its size. It has a very flat carve and unique top bracing that preserves the clarity and fast attack of an archtop but adds some upper partials like a flat top. It also has strong fat trebles to carry the melody. I play it with 80/20 .013"-.056" strings. This guitar has a 25-1/4" scale and a 1-3/4" nut width. I find that I use this more than my Gypsy Grande Bouche now.

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    Gotta be my Eastman AR503ce. Like a Shackleton high seat, it's lurvely.
    Simon, Norfolk UK

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    Both of those Comins archtops are simply stunning!! I can only imagine how they feel, play and sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iim7V7IM7 View Post
    What is the best guitar you've ever played? There could only be one..-86f7be2a-0464-4751-a551-64fd55e32e54-1226-000002bd0bcb9206-jpg
    Imm7vkjgjygjyg,
    did you know you had a broken string when you took that photo?
    Just kidding buddy.
    I played a Comins once. It really was a nice sounding guitar. It wasn't setup right for me but it had the potential to be a player extraordinaire for sure.
    Beautiful guitars you got there buddy.
    Joe D

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    iim, i remember when that comins zelig was incoming...beautiful guitar

    comins is top guy...was/is jimmy brunos (gods bless him) main tech recently too...

    also designed what i consider the best of the recent d'angelicos..the semi ss


    cheers

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    That Comins Classic is gorgeous. Hoo-wee!

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    Andersen Streamline. Best acoustic instrument I've owned, bar none. So responsive that it seems to know what I want it to do even before I do. Steve obviously did his homework! Sounds beautiful amplified as well.

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    1951 L5 with P90s. Not mine sadly.

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    The D'Aquisto New Yorker Lou at Guitars N' Jazz has... Unreal...

    What is the best guitar you've ever played? There could only be one..-img_6383-jpg
    What is the best guitar you've ever played? There could only be one..-img_6375-jpg
    Disclaimer: Quilter Sales Manager. (But have been a regular forum member here for longer.)

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    BINGO! That D'Aquisto would be THE guitar, if us mere mortals could afford it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greentone View Post
    BINGO! That D'Aquisto would be THE guitar, if us mere mortals could afford it.
    No kidding. Maybe if we both sell our kidneys we can treat it like a timeshare and take turns with it every other month.
    Disclaimer: Quilter Sales Manager. (But have been a regular forum member here for longer.)

  29. #128
    Peter,
    That smile on your handsome face will probably never go away!
    That is the pinnacle right there. I'd be afraid to play it at first. But after I realized it was built to last forever, that would be the only guitar I'd ever play for the rest of my life.
    One of Jimmy's babies. Oh my god.
    Joe D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petermelton View Post
    The D'Aquisto New Yorker Lou at Guitars N' Jazz has... Unreal...

    What is the best guitar you've ever played? There could only be one..-img_6383-jpg
    What is the best guitar you've ever played? There could only be one..-img_6375-jpg
    cool...whats the switch do?? on/off??...lot'a guys liked to have an on/off to quickly cut single coil hum whilst recording...(thinkin burrell)


    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic View Post
    cool...whats the switch do?? on/off??...lot'a guys liked to have an on/off to quickly cut single coil hum whilst recording...(thinkin burrell)


    cheers
    I bet that is the Dearmond 1100 rhythm switch
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger View Post
    I bet that is the Dearmond 1100 rhythm switch
    could be...that was a push button originally!!

    What is the best guitar you've ever played? There could only be one..-1960s_gold_1100_in_box-jpg


    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger View Post
    I bet that is the Dearmond 1100 rhythm switch
    According to the website it is the lead/rhythm switch

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    Quote Originally Posted by petermelton View Post
    The D'Aquisto New Yorker Lou at Guitars N' Jazz has... Unreal...
    mine is an Excel from approx. the same year, and the sweetest as well

    What is the best guitar you've ever played? There could only be one..-image1-jpg
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    On mine the original pickup (likely ? I think ?) was the hi-A which was later replaced with a Johnny Smith pu

    why is that dearmond pickup square on the top. I think it is a later addition also
    "Oh, those jazz guys are just making that stuff up!" - Homer

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    Maybe this one wasn't certainly the best, but it was absolutely the biggest, most pleasant surprise ! I stumbled upon this at a guitar show. I didn't know Gibson ever made them. The fingerboard seemed to be in a class by itself, L-5's included.
    As I played it, those listening said it sounded better to the listener than the player, and I had to agree. With a sound port, it would've been perfect - -and it was pretty close just the way it was !

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    Heaven help me if I ever see another !

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    The one I literally dreamt about after playing it and 2 weeks later bought, is my Gibson Legrand. Wayyyy more guitar ($+quality) than I will ever need or use but the "tone" I've been chasing for years. Stumbled upon it at Elderly's in Lansing when I dropped off my Guild X175-B for an input jack repair. Couldn't believe anyone would ever pay that kind of money for a guitar - and "used" at that. After a hour or so of playing, I just couldn't get it out of my mind. Thought about it solid for 2 weeks and when I went back to pick up my repair, it was still on the wall. Dare I play it? After 15 minutes I wasn't leaving without at least making an offer. Nothing I have ever played in the last 55 years has the feel and soul of this instrument. Very grateful for a retirement gig that can accommodate an acquisition like this one. Very happy.
    2005 Gibson Le Grand

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    For three summers ago I played a Jay Turser JT-220 Gold Top in a music shop in Helsingør, Denmark. That’s the best guitar I’ve ever played in my entire life. A Les Paul type of guitar (not a copy) with a very thin neck and wonderful playability. I regret that I never bought it!

    Last summer I played a Fender Classic Series ’72 Telecaster Thinline Natural. Definitely also one of the best guitars I’ve ever played, but still far from first place in this case.
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    I'd have to go with a late 30's L5. Incredible sound.

    And, I've played a lot of great guitars over the years, including multiple D'Angelicos, Benedettos and other great makers.
    But, my memory of that L5 ....

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    My opinion is probably worth what it costs, but

    A few years ago, at the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Workshop gathering/clinic, Bill Comins had some of his guitars there for us to check out. He had a used 7 string that he was selling for a client who was having a new guitar built. It was the best. I don't own a 7 string guitar, have no desire to own one, and have not played one since, but that thing was absolutely amazing. If I had money, I'd certainly trust Bill to build me something with 6 strings.

    FWIW I have not played any classic Gibsons, D'Angelicos, D'aquistos, or any of the other current highly regarded builders' guitars. I did play a $17,000 Benedetto in Howard Paul's office that was not as good as the Comins. (again, just my opinion)

    ...but then again, I'm about a $500 guitar player and don't need a $10,000+ instrument.

    Cheers.

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    It was my Larriveé acoustic, 1st gen parlour guitar, that I bought when I got back from a deployment to the Middle East. Got it on clearance for half-price from Musician’s Friend (we all called it “The Fiend” back then). Larriveé was moving from Vancouver Island to California and MF was selling everything at ridiculous prices. The actions was just high enough to play slide cleanly (with a WIDE nut!) and yet not so high that it lost intonation. I could strum, pingerpick, dlatpick, slide, or whatever, and while it never boomed, it always got out the message I was giving it. My Hamer does a pretty good job responding to my play, but not like that Larriveé

    I sold it because I had to pay some bills, and it was either take a loan or sell an asset. It lasted less than 24 hours on eBay before someone in California bought it. I still miss that thing. I keep jonesing to buy another, but finding a Vancouver Palour model at a good price + shipping is not easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zcostilla View Post
    It was my Larriveé acoustic, 1st gen parlour guitar, that I bought when I got back from a deployment to the Middle East. Got it on clearance for half-price from Musician’s Friend (we all called it “The Fiend” back then). Larriveé was moving from Vancouver Island to California and MF was selling everything at ridiculous prices. The actions was just high enough to play slide cleanly (with a WIDE nut!) and yet not so high that it lost intonation. I could strum, pingerpick, dlatpick, slide, or whatever, and while it never boomed, it always got out the message I was giving it. My Hamer does a pretty good job responding to my play, but not like that Larriveé

    I sold it because I had to pay some bills, and it was either take a loan or sell an asset. It lasted less than 24 hours on eBay before someone in California bought it. I still miss that thing. I keep jonesing to buy another, but finding a Vancouver Palour model at a good price + shipping is not easy.
    Was it similar to this: Larrivee Guitars - Products ?

    I've wanted a parlor guitar for the longest time! I found a Bedell Parlor guitar in Guitar Center once... Oh man, I was so tempted to just walk out with that guitar--It was used, but it played like a dream and sounded like a dream. Honestly, whoever bought that beauty better be playing her every dang day! She's the one that got away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petermelton View Post
    The D'Aquisto New Yorker Lou at Guitars N' Jazz has... Unreal...

    What is the best guitar you've ever played? There could only be one..-img_6383-jpg
    What is the best guitar you've ever played? There could only be one..-img_6375-jpg
    Lou had a back room? WHAT?!? He never showed me that?!?

    What a guy. I think he's the nicest guy I've ever met in the guitar sales business. A true gentleman!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irez87 View Post
    Was it similar to this: Larrivee Guitars - Products ?

    I've wanted a parlor guitar for the longest time! I found a Bedell Parlor guitar in Guitar Center once... Oh man, I was so tempted to just walk out with that guitar--It was used, but it played like a dream and sounded like a dream. Honestly, whoever bought that beauty better be playing her every dang day! She's the one that got away.
    just about. I can’t recall if the nut was actually 1 13/16” or 1 3/4”. Seems to me it was extra wide, which was great for bottleneck slide because I could easily single out the individual strings for lead runs. And the mahogany was darker. I am pretty sure I paid $499 new on clearance from The Fiend.
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    That would be my Herb Ellis. I fitted it with a hand wound Kent Armstrong 12 pole floater and a black chicken head vol knob.
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    For me it was the (most of a) day I spent with the 1943 D'Angelico non-cutaway New Yorker in my avatar. There was also a 1950s Stromberg cutaway in the same place which was very nice, but the New Yorker was perfect for me. Well, except for the price...

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    Best build quality, acoustic, electric, best sounding, prettiest, easiest to play? Not sure there's a single answer to this. To me, best was my '68 Tele that I bought used for $120 in about '72 and played for over 30 years - it would do anything and everything that I asked of it from hard country to rock to chord melody to orchestra pit (Evita, Jesus Christ, Superstar, Little Shop of Horrors) and everything in between. Been trying to build one like it for 20 years.

    Presently, it's my 2013 Brook Torridge acoustic made in Devon, England. Gorgeous Sitka top over some really old salvaged mahogany from the doors of an old public building in Exeter. My Martin sits in the corner.
    What is the best guitar you've ever played? There could only be one..-brook2-jpg

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    Well, here we are two years later and my picks have been supplanted. A while back I got this 1952 Levin Deluxe. The frets were worn nearly flat and the fingerboard needed to be planed. I had my luthier, Darrell Guinn, take care of the work, including installing Jescar EVO Gold fretwire.

    I also had him repair the lead wires on an original Kjell pickup that I already had and install it. The guitar had one on it originally, but it was missing when I got the guitar.

    After the work was done, I was completely astounded by this guitar. I find it satisfying in every way. The tone, both acoustic and plugged in is amazing, and the playability is second to none, despite my worries about the neck having a thinner profile than I usually prefer.


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    In the 70s, I was fortunate to be able to make a living playing guitar, supplemented by giving lessons at a small music store in NC. One day, a teacher at UNC stopped by with a guitar that he wanted to leave at the store for safe keeping while he was out of town during his summer break. He graciously said that I could play it during breaks between students, and it was the nicest guitar I have ever played - a virtually brand new D'Aquisto New Yorker. Truly a fine instrument; it was the most well balanced guitar (volume/tone wise), perfect neck and and beautiful sound/looks. I had never heard of Jimmy D'Aquisto, but I called Manhattan information, got his number and gave him a call. At that point he was charging $5K to make a New Yorker, and there was a 5 year wait. Unfortunately, I didn't have $5,000 to my name, and didn't have the foresight to give him a deposit and get on the list...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray175 View Post
    It's so long ago that rose-coloured spectacles probably enter into the equation.....
    In 1971/72 I was 16/17 and had been playing acoustic guitar for a couple of years (folk clubs around Manchester, UK). In the local newspaper there was an ad for a strat in one of the outlying small towns up in the Peak District National Park (Glossop). My dad had always encouraged me and put me on the back of his motor scooter and drove us 45 minutes up to Glossop.
    The guitar was a 1962 strat in sonic blue, in immaculate condition. Up to then I had never played a guitar of that quality. It was like butter, and my hands just fell naturally into position everywhere up and down the very dark rosewood neck. After a few pleas of "poverty", "give the kid a break" my dad paid £90 (down from the £100 asking price), and I carried it next to me on the motor scooter all the way home. For the next couple of years it was never out of my hands whenever I was at home, and it was the first instrument that made me really love playing the guitar.
    Three years later a 1961 ES175D joined it, and although I still have the 175 and love it dearly, the initial impact of that first strat will remain with me for the rest of my life. As a struggling student, I had to sell one of my guitars a few years later, and I chose to keep the 175, but the strat will haunt me for the rest of my days. I hope whoever has it today is giving it lots of TLC.
    Two years on and I've just acquired a 2008 Custom Shop 1961 Stratocaster NOS that is everything I remember about my first quality guitar.
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    I see I last commented on this thread 2 years ago already. Since then I've tried a bunch of guitars, bought a couple, traded/sold a couple. I've been unimpressed by expensive archtops, pleasantly surprised by obscure flatops, impressed by high-end factory-made acoustics.

    I'm not sure it's a fair question for an electric guitar- after all, the amp is a big part of the sound. The strings and set-up, too. Maybe that's why people often say the best guitar is one they own! It's dialed in to their style.

    When I want to really enjoy the sound and feel of a guitar I tend to gravitate to acoustic guitars, or at least playing unplugged. I think it tells you the most about how good a guitar it is.

    One of the best guitars I've tried recently is a Taylor 814ce-dlx. It's a GA-size flatop, not a guitar I would used for jazz, and it doesn't even have the acoustic sound I prefer. It's bright, even, and loud for it's size. It's very comfortable ergonomically, very playable and in-tune. Usually when I try a strange guitar it's a little awkward, I have to get used to it. This one, it just felt like I couldn't play a wrong note.