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If you had a $3000 budget...what guitar would you buy?

#41 User is offline   Murph 

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 05:19 AM

As entertaining as this has been, I can't imagine making guitar suggestions for a player with your experience.

However...

I must admit I DO have questions about the tax liabilities involved in such a deal with several Countries and at least 1 State involved.

Oh well, it's not like any of the details have been splattered around the internet or anything.....

Enjoy 'Murica, Jinder !

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 06:00 AM

Looks like you might have a little left over towards swapping out that LR Baggs.
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 06:37 AM

In all the decades I gigged, I refused to play weddings. $3K though, whether it be in cash or a guitar, might have swayed me. No clue as to what I would buy though. With me, it would probably be something like a Harmony Sovereign 1265 with the two asymmetrical pickguards. While these do not run anywhere near $3K, they occupy that territory where they are still expensive enough to make you sit down and have to chew on it before a purchase.
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 07:26 AM

Good for you AJ Maple could nicely fill a hole in your line up... but listening to other's that have weighed in - i've been swayed and got to say vintage. A really nice new guitar is a really nice new guitar, a vintage guitar is one of a kind (imo)
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 07:34 AM

Iím startig to think the same as a few have said.
How often you in America ? How often you get 3000 to spend ... youve plenty there to be gigging with .... a nice old guitar with plenty of songs in it
Hard to come by over this side of the river unless you want a neck set hanging over you
Iíd check them out
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 07:51 AM

View PostE-minor7, on 10 February 2018 - 04:03 AM, said:

Ouh, , , I see the button is pressed - good for you.
Still I stick to post #38 though. Vintage - or rather having both - is the way.

Seriously


I think he has the '67 J45, no? Are you saying older? It could be done!
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 12:34 PM

View PostJinder, on 09 February 2018 - 06:53 PM, said:

Iíve spoken to Wildwood and to the wedding organiser and have put a deposit on the AJ Maple Ltd...


Nice. I have a maple AJ myself. I don't think you'll be disappointed. I hope the one you get lives up to your excpectations.

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 01:29 PM

View PostMurph, on 10 February 2018 - 05:19 AM, said:

As entertaining as this has been, I can't imagine making guitar suggestions for a player with your experience.

However...

I must admit I DO have questions about the tax liabilities involved in such a deal with several Countries and at least 1 State involved.

Oh well, it's not like any of the details have been splattered around the internet or anything.....

Enjoy 'Murica, Jinder !

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I will have to pay import tax on it, but itís worth the sacrifice as the Maple AJ isnít a beast thatís obtainable in the UK anymore, at least not at present...Iíll bite the bullet tax wise happily. It comes with a CITES permit too which takes a lot of the cross-border sweat out of the deal thankfully.
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 04:11 PM

View Postaliasphobias, on 10 February 2018 - 07:51 AM, said:

I think he has the '67 J45, no? Are you saying older? It could be done!


I do have a Ď67 J45, itís a beauty. An early Ď30s steel bodied Dobro M32, too. I love vintage instruments but I do tend to favour more recent (late Ď80s onwards) guits for gigging as I tend to worry less about them when carting them all over the place. Now the Maple AJ is in the bag, my dream collection is nearly complete...I need a classy parlour at some point, and Iíll definitely go vintage for that as itíll be a house/studio only guitar. As a 6í7Ē, 18st man I look like a bear with a twig when playing out with a parlour!
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 04:33 PM

View Postbillroy, on 10 February 2018 - 07:26 AM, said:

A really nice new guitar is a really nice new guitar, a vintage guitar is one of a kind (imo)

I find both new and vintage pieces appealing, especially if the new guitar is a rather limited model.

I just went through this with a recent quest for a J-50. Had been looking at vintage & newer models, but then came upon a NOS 2015 custom shop model with, I believe, a run of seventy-something guitars at a very reasonable price & apparently not another one available anywhere. Took a chance & it arrived yesterday. Dead mint, with warranty, superb neck for my hands, very full & even tone, lovely natural Honduras mahogany b&s, and beautiful wide grain spruce top (which I often prefer regardless of conventional wisdom). In short, virtually everything I could have asked for in a J-50. Mojo, I'll create myself!

Wildwood's maple AJ seems like a rather similar situation. Very limited model, good price-price, and the potential to have a killer tone. As a fan of maple, that strikes me as something worth a leap of faith.

Jinder, hope it turns out to be a golden guitar moment!

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'00 J-100 Xtra / '02 J-45 Rosewood / '02 SG Faded-moon / '09 ES 339 / '10 ES 330L
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'13 LG2-AE / '13 Midtown Kalamazoo / '14 J-15 / '15 J-50 CS
> Epiphones: '00 AIUSA-John Lee Hooker 1964 Sheraton / '05 McCartney 1964 Texan (Terada)
'09 Elitist 1965 Casino / > Ibanez: '81 M-340 / > Breedlove: '10 American Series OO Mandolin
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 05:29 PM

View PostAnneS, on 09 February 2018 - 12:00 PM, said:

Iíd be looking at this (and with one dollaí to spare):
https://wildwoodguit...m-3/?cat_id=369

The 24.5" scale length is quite interesting.

Had never noticed that before.
> Gibsons: '22 "A" Mandolin / '66 ES 125T / '66 Epi FT-45n Cortez (B-25) / '90 Tennessean
'00 J-100 Xtra / '02 J-45 Rosewood / '02 SG Faded-moon / '09 ES 339 / '10 ES 330L
'11 ES 335-P90s / '12 ES 330 VOS / '12 LP Special / '12 J-185
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> Epiphones: '00 AIUSA-John Lee Hooker 1964 Sheraton / '05 McCartney 1964 Texan (Terada)
'09 Elitist 1965 Casino / > Ibanez: '81 M-340 / > Breedlove: '10 American Series OO Mandolin
> Guilds: '73 F-30R / '74 F-40 / '76 G-37 / '92 D-6 / '94 JF-30 / '97 Starfire / '14 Savoy A-150b
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 06:41 PM

View Postaliasphobias, on 10 February 2018 - 07:51 AM, said:

I think he has the '67 J45, no? Are you saying older? It could be done!


Guess I'm just suggesting a 'parallel' oldie. Not many things more exciting than comparing new'n'old models of the same dna.
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 11:21 PM

View PostE-minor7, on 10 February 2018 - 06:41 PM, said:

Not many things more exciting than comparing new'n'old models of the same dna.


He has a point there.
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 11:55 PM

View PostMurph, on 10 February 2018 - 11:21 PM, said:

He has a point there.


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 01:28 AM

View PostMurph, on 10 February 2018 - 11:21 PM, said:

He has a point there.

So has he, , , the Murph up there. .

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Pardon, Jinder, for forgetting the 67'er.
Hadn't checked your list for a while and I don't believe you gave it much page-play here. Am I wrong again, , , if no, please do. . .


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 05:54 PM

View PostE-minor7, on 11 February 2018 - 01:28 AM, said:

So has he, , , the Murph up there. .

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Pardon, Jinder, for forgetting the 67'er.
Hadn't checked your list for a while and I don't believe you gave it much page-play here. Am I wrong again, , , if no, please do. . .




I perhaps sometimes get lost in the more decorative guitars...have been thrilling to my Ď90 Bird and Ď05 CS Bird 12 for the last few months, but the Ď67 45 is a wonderful piece. Really crisp and direct but warm and woody. Hereís a Townes song from my last LP which Iím playing it on:

https://open.spotify...RTvSKMi6mOskX2w
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:46 AM

View PostJinder, on 09 February 2018 - 08:23 AM, said:

What guitar would you buy (in the US) for $3000?

I’m playing a show at a wedding in Denver in June as I mentioned before, and am being paid in the form of a guitar-unconventional I know, but I’m not complaining!

I’ve suggested a trip to Wildwood for the purchase, so I’ll be driven there and given my choice of guitar with a maximum budget of $3000.

I’d really like to pick up a Maple AJ, a Maple J45 or a J185, but I have no idea if any of those will be in stock at the time.

My question is, what would you spend your $3000 on? I’d not be averse to the idea of a Martin OM or D18/D35, but obviously I’m a Gibson player at heart.

Any suggestions would be great. I currently own an SJ200, Dove, Hummingbird, Hummingbird 12 and a ‘67 J45.


I am a Gibson fan myself and I have a Limited Hummingbird that I love, but a Martin HD 35 would fit into your arsenal really good IMO.

Good Luck!

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:12 PM

I would take the credit..put in the difference or trade in something I have to buy something special.
If I had no acoustic guitar and would pick only one Id pick a good Lowden.
I think a good Lowden is one of the few new/recent guitars that is as good as a 1940's Gibson or Martin.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:12 PM

View Postmerseybeat1963, on 12 February 2018 - 06:12 PM, said:

I would take the credit..put in the difference or trade in something I have to buy something special.
If I had no acoustic guitar and would pick only one Id pick a good Lowden.
I think a good Lowden is one of the few new/recent guitars that is as good as a 1940's Gibson or Martin.


Really interesting thoughts, as have been everyoneís on this thread...I love the sound of Lowdens in the hands of other players, but Iíve never played one that suited my playing or jived with me just right. Thereís something about the boom, clang and sting of a great Gibson that just fits me perfectly. Maybe itís just because Iíve played them forever, but I can always make a Gibson do EXACTLY what I want at any time with subtle changes of attack both with fingers or flatpick.

Then again, if Iíd always played Lowdens or Martins, Iím sure Iíd have some other symbiosis with those guitars.

I do love the build quality and finish of a Lowden though-stunningly well put together guitars.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:43 PM

View PostJinder, on 09 February 2018 - 06:53 PM, said:

I've spoken to Wildwood and to the wedding organiser and have put a deposit on the AJ Maple Ltd...


Well, major congrats on that! For me, I would have gone for a Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio 12-string.

Or a New Hartford-built Guild F512, which are really hard to find anywhere....

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