RicardoMarcos wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:13 pm
Hello Simon, I quite agree with you and I'm in love with the C9. I really would like to compare the C9 to other luthier instruments and try to find out whether it's really worth expending that kind of money. In your experience, will I find such a difference to justify the purchase?
There is a lot of people critizing factory made instruments, but out of the four I have (the last two I bought
are the C9 and a Takamine TC132SC) I'm very happy with them. I'd really like to try and compare. If I find such a difference, I will probably buy it.
The oldest guitar that I have, and I also love it, has been completely rebuilt by a luthier in 2002 and it's amazing.
Again, thanks for all your comments.
I used to own the C9 and I currently have a 1978 Takamine C132S. I have played several luthier instruments costing as high as $14k. Without exaggerating, I have preferred both the C9 and Takamine over several luthier instruments I've played costing thousands more. I've come to discover that in the CG market, price, factory vs luthier, etc. are very subjective. Luthier made or higher price point does not always = a superior instrument to your ears. I once was so concerned about what woods were used, aesthetics, how it was made, etc. I've reached the point in my journey where the only thing that really matters to me personally is sound and playability. Another case in point... I was at a guitar shop a few days ago and I played around 6+ different guitars ranging from factory to luthier made. I was utterly shocked along with my wife to discover that the favorite of the bunch was a $500 Cordoba C7 Spruce that I wasn't even planning to try out. Some on this forum reading this are screaming blasphemy right now (in fact years ago I would be saying the same), but I am just reporting my honest personal experience.
Don't get me wrong - the best guitars in the CG market are generally going to be luthier made. What I am trying to say is we should judge each guitar on its own merits without being swayed by things like price, maker, woods used, etc. If we put our biases aside, we can better judge the instrument. If you ever want to get another instrument, be sure to bring your current guitars to compare side by side as a familiar reference point. I think it is also helpful to keep on improving your skill and expanding your repertoire with your current guitars so that you can gain a more discerning ear.
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