I am taking your comments or reviews of your collected Japanese guitars as good reference. Not so many members here share their experiences with their Japanese guitars as detailed as yours. I have a couple of loud Japanese guitars and I like them all. I find a loud sounding guitar more advantageous than the sound of a normal high-end guitar, longer sustain sound is just secondary to me, followed by beautiful sound and easy playability, and so on..... cosmetics is the least and I don't really care if the guitar is full of scratches as long as it is still works fine and durable.rinneby wrote: ↑Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:41 pmHi joelmalit. I'm not 100% sure. But I think it's my Hiroumi Yamaguchi No.SS or maybe my Kazuo Yairi YC-250. Sometimes one can confuse loudness with brightness, so that needs to be taken into account too. My Masaru Matano Clase 600 has a pretty strong/bright voice too. However, I tend to like guitars that are more on the warm side, than bright/loud.
Why are you looking for a loud guitar?
In my experiences when I was still active in guitar playing some decades ago, playing onstage, or on a normal party crowds, or having gigs with some fellow guitarists... a beautiful normal sounding guitar is almost useless or worthless on those occasions unless there is an amplification equipment. People or audiences tend to ignore the guitarist because they simply cannot hear the music. Those who wants to hear often yelled at me that they cannot hear what I was playing, and one from the audience got up on stage holding the mic closer to my guitar until I finished playing. The first Japanese guitar I encounter was a Suzuki guitar, I was so surprised that its sound is so loud that it can fill the big hall of a church even without amplification. I was sitting at the back side near the wall then and people were looking around to see where the sound is coming from.
On some gigs with friends, its my normal habit to check the strings if they are all in tune, plucked the bass E ... and my friends were shocked in amazement and when we compared it to the sound of two other guitars, I've noticed that one of my friends became unhappy with his guitar, and his guitar is roughly six times more expensive than mine.
In doing some recordings at home, a loud sounding guitar is more of an advantage. I can put the mic a little farther away from the soundhole so there is less fingernail sound that can be picked up by the mic.
A loud sounding guitar still sounds like a guitar. If its sound is horrible or bad, I still can improve it or make it beautiful
somehow by experimenting with strings, nut, and most of the times with different saddles (bone, plastic, tusq, putting a strip of fabric or paper under the saddle, adjusting the saddle height, etc) until I'm satisfied. If those experiments didn't work or of less benefits, I may need to adapt with some right hand techniques to make the sound beautiful. On some of my beautiful sounding guitars which are typically not having the volume that I want, there is simply nothing I can do to improve the volume of their sound. They are just good enough for me to use inside a quiet room for practicing.