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  1. I just acquired two fabulous guitars from a gentleman who unfortunately severed a tendon on his fretting hand and could play no longer. The guitars are a Martin J-40 (2017) and a Gibson SJ-200 Standard (2016) Whilst both guitars are on the larger side, they are very different from each other sound wise - the Martin has a very pronounced mid range (almost nasal, but in a good way), whereas the Gibson has a very neutral EQ. I find the Martin great to as a lead instrument, whereas the SJ-200 is a perfect accompanying instrument for a vocalist, thanks to its more balanced EQ, with chords sounding lush. Due to their big size, I expected plenty of volume from both. Whilst the Martin delivers in spades, I find the SJ-200 noticeably quieter volume wise, almost as if it has a virtual volume control toned down to 6-7. Both are strung with light strings (the Martin is strung with Santa Cruz Parabolic and the Gibson with D'Addario XT), so I am wondering if the Gibson is tamed by the choice of strings. I still love its sound, but it feels strange that it is so much quieter for such a big guitar. Any tips / wisdom on this?
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    A year ago almost to the day I bought a new Taylor 814 CE with the V class bracing, and it was everything that it was advertised to be, but I just never bonded with it for some reason. I had gone from their Grand Concert size to a Grand Auditorium and the tone and punch I was looking for just wasn't there. No point in having an expensive guitar sitting in the case all the time so I went on a quest for a new acoustic. Solution - SJ200 Standard: Spruce top, maple back/sides, two piece maple neck, rosewood board, tusq nut and bridge pins - this is what an acoustic should sound like to me. It has an LR Baggs Anthem system which I haven't quite got dialed in yet, but only fooled with it less than an hour so it will get there. I traded the Taylor in as well as a LP I didn't play much anymore so very little out of pocket and now I have an acoustic that I will really look forward to playing. 😎
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