Buying a new guitar. Give me some ideas - under 15k

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Re: Buying a new guitar. Give me some ideas - under 15k

Post by Waddy Thomson » Sun May 27, 2018 3:39 pm

I have recommended him before, and will again. I have heard Steve Walter's guitars played by a lot of folks in competitions. They stand up to nearly any other guitars I've heard. Steve is, in addition to being a fine guitar builder, also a PhD in Guitar Performance from FL State Univ., and an award winning performer, who plays his own guitars! His most popular guitar model is his Millennium style with a raised fingerboard and, as I understand, currently, using a lattice style bracing and a solid wood top. Not a double top or Smallman style though. He has over 200 guitars out there, and I have never heard a bad one. Not true of every high price builder. Check out his website. Google Steven Walter guitars. He also builds a standard model that is along the lines of a Hauser body style.
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Re: Buying a new guitar. Give me some ideas - under 15k

Post by nmshu1 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:03 am

souldier wrote:
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I would certainly still prioritize tonal quality/beauty and clarity over volume in that situation.
Yes! Tone quality and clarity are the most important... Macro phone can do better for projection and volume...
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Re: Buying a new guitar. Give me some ideas - under 15k

Post by JohnH* » Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:36 pm

John Ray wrote:
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What your budget does allow you is the liberty to afford the guitar that you find which is perfect for you even if it is marked up by a dealer. You can try all the guitars at one of the better shops and take that one that suits whether it costs you 7 or 15 thousand. Sounds like fun. Ordering a guitar from someone at 15000 is a perfectly valid option but you would want to be really sure you were going to be happy with it. Go the dealer route, the mark up is worth it in order to find what you really like.
Seriously good advice. I think if I had $15K to spend on another guitar I'd have a pretty good idea of where I wanted to start looking. What's great for you won't necessarily even be remotely satisfactory for someone else.
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Post by Jack Douglas » Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:32 pm

Charles Mokotoff just listed his Antonius Mueller in an OP here on Delcamp. If you are anywhere close to DC it would be worth contacting him.
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Post by simonm » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:20 am

Woodfield was mentioned earlier in the thread. One is now for sale here viewtopic.php?f=3&t=121087

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Post by Jabberwocky » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:25 am

A Pavan TP20 with a Barbera Soloist Transducer or DPA 4099 onboard mini condenser microphone or AMT, a Buscarino Chameleon on a pole, an Acoustic Image Clarus, your favourite strings and I will gladly listen to your ensemble. Total cost: about $3600 and it makes your listeners and ensemble members happy. If you cannot be heard, the wunderholz is not going to matter. Playing harder for volume isn't going to elicit very nice tones out of any guitar, regardless of pedigree. If it is for personal satisfaction and pride of ownership I guess one could just look at what the dealers are offering for $15 000 and just buy a name that suits your fancy. You'd still require decent amplification to be heard.

If I had $15 000 I would plump for a $7500 Michael Thames and a $7500 Steven Walter. I could spend more but why would I?

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Post by guitarnuke » Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:17 pm

Everybody will have a favorite. I have a Ross Gutmeier Santos Hernandez base model. Affordable snd amazing if you want s traditional guitar. Huge volume and very musically expressive. Pick a note, anynote and you can set it out in the air and make it hang there as long as you want. It has less range of color than my Sergio Tezanos, but has a more charming introverted sort of sound.
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Post by Arkheospruce » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:37 pm

Second hand Bernabe Royal is may be really good but if you can buy/find(difficult under 15k) a second hand Fleta (as my 73 cedar). That is perfect. Best regards.

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Post by jaan » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:55 pm

If this is still an open question, I'd throw Dake Traphagen into the mix. Under your price point for a double top, plenty loud, wonderful clarity and separation. My spruce double top from him is the best guitar I've ever played, and I've compared it to Dammanns, Fletas, Bernabes, (all of which I love) and many others.
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Post by Jack Douglas » Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:02 am

jaan wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:55 pm
If this is still an open question, I'd throw Dake Traphagen into the mix. Under your price point for a double top, plenty loud, wonderful clarity and separation. My spruce double top from him is the best guitar I've ever played, and I've compared it to Dammanns, Fletas, Bernabes, (all of which I love) and many others.
+1 for Dake Traphagen. Likely the best deal and quality from an American Luthier!!
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