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If you had to pick just one...the "Desert Island Guitar" thread.

#1 User is offline   Jinder 

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:19 PM

Okay, ignore the fact that humidity issues would be a nightmare on a desert island...but if you had to pick just one acoustic guitar to do it all for the rest of your days, what would it be?

For me, the SJ200. It's a VERY close run thing between the 200, the Dove and the Hummingbird, but I've played SJ200s as my main stage, writing and recording guitar for well over a decade and eight of my ten albums have been made using an SJ200 of some description. They fit me (I'm a 6'7", 260lb guy so like a big guitar!), the neck just falls where my hands live and the tone is big, brave and beautiful.

Plus, Townes Van Zandt, Rev. Gary Davis, Emmylou and countless others can't be wrong...

How about you?
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:22 PM

I love maple .Maple is my voice.

If I could only have one guitar for the rest of my days I would probably choose an Everly Brothers model !



If I couldn't have that I would be happy with an L 00




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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:24 PM

RainSong.
we had longer ways to go, but no matter, the road is life.

a few of my songs from first ever gig for originals band
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:40 PM

Bah! The answer is always: J-45.
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:48 PM

 theflyingturtle, on 31 July 2017 - 02:40 PM, said:

Bah! The answer is always: J-45.


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:55 PM

Considering my annual crush on a specific guitar changes, err, annually...I have to be very careful how I would answer this question as undoubtedly I'd grow bored with whatever guitar I would say is my answer. So maybe my answer really is any of the guitars I presently own, provided there is a lifetime of strings and a wire clipper in the case (or
gigbag).

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:56 PM

Call me weird but I avoid living on desert islands, so I'm good.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 03:16 PM

I'd have to go with the H'Bird. I've come to the conclusion that, although I usually grab the J45, and I enjoy playing the SJ200 more - the H'Bird sound intrigues me most - because it shimmers.
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 03:20 PM

I think my 34 l2.
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 03:31 PM

J50 for sure. And I can get her sounds to change ... picks... strings... she a chameleon and she feels just right.
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 04:00 PM

View PostJinder, on 31 July 2017 - 02:19 PM, said:

Okay, ignore the fact that humidity issues would be a nightmare on a desert island...but if you had to pick just one acoustic guitar to do it all for the rest of your days, what would it be?

For me, the SJ200. It's a VERY close run thing between the 200, the Dove and the Hummingbird, but I've played SJ200s as my main stage, writing and recording guitar for well over a decade and eight of my ten albums have been made using an SJ200 of some description. They fit me (I'm a 6'7", 260lb guy so like a big guitar!), the neck just falls where my hands live and the tone is big, brave and beautiful.

Plus, Townes Van Zandt, Rev. Gary Davis, Emmylou and countless others can't be wrong...

How about you?


Amos Lee is one of my favorite singer/songwriters. He has always played a SJ-200 and I wanted to get one too. I tried my first SJ at Music Villa on a trip to Yellowstone and I was unprepared for how big it would be. Then I saw Amos in concert and he's a big dude. It did not come across to me in the music videos or on Austin City Limits. That's because on Amos a SJ-200 looks like a fairly normal sized guitar.
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 04:04 PM

"I say, you chaps lying on the sand there, would you be so kind as to give me a hand with these guitar cases that need taking from the boat up to the hut?" [mellow]

Can I have 5? I need at least 3 for standard tuning, slide, DADGAD respectively, so I need the 37 Gibson L-0, Lowden S35, Cargill custom, Martin OM18 Authentic, National Tricone, and I am not sure because I only just got it and it still needs setting up but pretty sure I want my Lowden O22.... Oh, that makes 6? May as well add the J45 to make it 7![biggrin]


That should cover it.



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 04:23 PM

Ever seen those double-cases with a broad leather handle, a total of 10 latches and a lid on each side.

Well, neither have I, , , but just made it up.

And in it I got a HD-28V and a Bird.

The case of course can be used as a boat to get away in when you and the sea has calmed down. Say after 3 weeks.

Which guitar to leave back on shore, , , still not sure. .
You just can't keep coincidences down. .
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 05:14 PM

If I forgot the nail clippers, flat picks, and the digital tuner it would hardly matter. I remember how tuning was such a hassle before digi clip-ons. Sad. I think I'd end up drowning myself if I couldn't get the L00 in tune after fighting the B-G string interval the way I used to.

Under the circumstances though, maybe the composite type guitar that Nick takes on his 'death wish' summer sail is the best pick.
I may not be good lookin', but at least I ain't got no money.
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 05:36 PM

After much consideration
and great searching of soul - looks like the Dove becomes the companion. Nobody's asked, but are we allowed x-tra string sets and flatpicks?
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 05:56 PM

Some good points there, JZ and Cowboy - we don't want be on an episode of Survivor Comedy Guitar Hour, so yes - tuners, strings, capos, clippers, wipe cloth, slides, music stand, tab books, music book, iPad for music/forums, iPhone, WeberQ, Esky - what are we eating/drinking and where are we sleeping? [confused]



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 06:43 PM

Little Jimmy Dickens main guitar was the SJ200.
Apparently size doesn't always matter.
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 06:55 PM

Actually the cliche "desert" island is an illogical abridgement of the original "deserted island". I think it loses its deserted status once you bring nail clippers. And strings. And tuners. I've not seen a string winder mentioned, so we really ARE roughing it in the spirit of the game I suppose. How about a Wilson soccer ball to talk to?
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 07:43 PM

I would have to say the Hummingbird.
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 08:12 PM

I would have to hunt down Buc's discarded HB and learn to play left handed. That decal would help keep me company.
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