Best Double Top for the cost

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Best Double Top for the cost

Post by Dustin McKinney » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:03 am

I am starting to save away for a new guitar. I have always loved the resonance of double top models. These are very pricey, and I am not in an area that has a lot of guitars to play. In your opinion, what is the best sounding double top for the money? What luthiers do you recommend? Is there someone out there who builds great instruments but it lesser known? Thanks in advance!
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Re: Best Double Top for the cost

Post by petermc61 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:09 am

John Dick cedar.

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Re: Best Double Top for the cost

Post by Tim522 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:57 pm

+1 for JD

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Re: Best Double Top for the cost

Post by Jack Douglas » Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:36 pm

A friend of mine has a John Dick guitar. It's superb!
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Re: Best Double Top for the cost

Post by Dustin McKinney » Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:45 pm

I will check him out!
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Post by Emil Krasich » Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:35 pm

I am a huge fan of my Marcus Dominelli double top. He is extremely communicative and a pleasure to work with. Best guitar that I've ever played in 27 years and reasonably priced especially with the USD to CAD conversion. He has done every type of top configuration and back and sides and can get you exactly the sound that you are looking for. Mine is a 630mm and just a cannon that also has incredibly complex and beautiful tone with excellent sustain.

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Re: Best Double Top for the cost

Post by souldier » Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:06 pm

Dmac8684 wrote:I am starting to save away for a new guitar. I have always loved the resonance of double top models. These are very pricey, and I am not in an area that has a lot of guitars to play. In your opinion, what is the best sounding double top for the money? What luthiers do you recommend? Is there someone out there who builds great instruments but it lesser known? Thanks in advance!
Could you explain what kind of tone you are looking for? "Best" is a very subjective term. You can have 10 different double tops in one room, all sounding very different from each other.

Also if I were you, I wouldn't limit myself so thinly to only considering a double top. You can easily find a very resonant and powerful solid top as well.
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Re: Best Double Top for the cost

Post by Adam » Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:33 pm

Hill Performance is $5k.

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Post by Dofpic » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:19 pm

John Dick as good or better than any double top at four times the cost of his $7,000 in every way!
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Re: Best Double Top for the cost

Post by Guitar-ded » Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:26 am

You should also look at Canadian luthier Martin Blackwell.
His start around $8000 and considering the 25% discount you get due to the state of the Can $ to US $ you are onto a winner
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Re: Best Double Top for the cost

Post by Jabberwocky » Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:59 am

+1 John Dick. Also, Patrick Mailloux in Canada.

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Re: Best Double Top for the cost

Post by Dustin McKinney » Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:14 am

souldier wrote:
Dmac8684 wrote:I am starting to save away for a new guitar. I have always loved the resonance of double top models. These are very pricey, and I am not in an area that has a lot of guitars to play. In your opinion, what is the best sounding double top for the money? What luthiers do you recommend? Is there someone out there who builds great instruments but it lesser known? Thanks in advance!
Could you explain what kind of tone you are looking for? "Best" is a very subjective term. You can have 10 different double tops in one room, all sounding very different from each other.

Also if I were you, I wouldn't limit myself so thinly to only considering a double top. You can easily find a very resonant and powerful solid top as well.

I am looking for a guitar with a strong projection, clarity between the strings, and a warm overall tone. I'm also looking for luthiers that offer options for small hands. I've developed tendinitis in my wrists and have been doing exercises to combat, but I think my biggest issue is straining on the reach. I think a nut with slightly closer spacing and a 630mm scale length with an elevated finger board would help best. I was looking double top because, scientifically speaking, the extra resonance would make up for the lack of body in the guitar.
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Re: Best Double Top for the cost

Post by Debussychopin » Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:42 am

Uh. Who's john dick. Please enlighten me.

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Re: Best Double Top for the cost

Post by Jabberwocky » Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:51 am

John H. Dick is a classical guitar maker in Iowa. He's been making classical guitars since 1992, double-tops since 1998 or so.

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Re: Best Double Top for the cost

Post by markodarko » Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:16 am

Debussychopin wrote:Uh. Who's john dick. Please enlighten me.
Well duh! He wrote the novel "Do androids dream of electric guitars?".
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