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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Loudest Acoustc Guitar


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Duffy - Posted - 12/12/2010:  12:06:27


I was just wondering if there has been an "actual" study or if it has been proven who makes or made the "Loudest Acoustic Guitar"(not reso) in the world? and if so by being the loudest....does it still have "tone to die for"??.....curiosity killed the cat

MitchellB - Posted - 12/13/2010:  04:45:18


Local legends often site the pre-war herringbone D28 Martin as the winner. There are a lot of good sounding and loud guitars being made today by various makers, but like buying a bushel of apples, some will be better than others.

jazzrambler - Posted - 12/13/2010:  11:49:29


A well made solid topped Petit Bouche Selmer copy is usually louder than a dreadnought. Greater surface area and forced archtop, I don't know all the physics, but my Dell Arte Dark Eyes will cut through at any acoustic jam. It is far louder than my Larivee and almost as loud as my National Triolian.

delboy - Posted - 12/13/2010:  13:26:02


That sounds like a nice set of guitars, JazzRambler!

jazzrambler - Posted - 12/14/2010:  04:44:10


You shoulda seen what I had when I was single! I have gradually sold off most of the good ones for orthodontics, tuition and some to just blow in Mexico. Feeding 5 kids on red beans and rice is still expensive.

Duffy - Posted - 12/14/2010:  07:57:09


I have seen these Dell Arte guitars in a shop near me....they also have the one with the "HUGE" mouth shaped sound hole as well...are these "steel string" guitars?....

jazzrambler - Posted - 12/15/2010:  12:13:35


Most folks use a 'Gypsy Jazz' set, they are XL's, silver-plated copper is wound on a high carbon steel core. I just use Darco XL's.

seanray - Posted - 12/16/2010:  09:34:00


Yeah the Selmer/Macceferri style guitars are the loudest I've ever heard and yes they use steel strings. They just have a classical (nylon) guitar quality about them.

A large part of the gypsy pickers, including myself, prefer Argentine strings.
shoppingcart.djangobooks.com/S...Argentine

Brent361 - Posted - 12/17/2010:  13:21:40


Anything a guy I call "big ears" at the local jam plays. He even broke one.
Yeah....playing it!

Dono - Posted - 12/18/2010:  02:12:48


Strange not to see a Martin D-28 or other Martin mentioned here. I guess I'v not seen enough jumbos. But the first time I heard a Martin, I never knew that sound from an acoustic could almost knock you over. Wouldn't anyone say pound for pound if made to the same specs/size as another guitar Martin would win this battle every time?

ccravens - Posted - 12/18/2010:  07:07:24


quote:
Originally posted by Dono

Strange not to see a Martin D-28 or other Martin mentioned here. I guess I'v not seen enough jumbos. But the first time I heard a Martin, I never knew that sound from an acoustic could almost knock you over. Wouldn't anyone say pound for pound if made to the same specs/size as another guitar Martin would win this battle every time?



My answer would be no.
With all of the great builders out there like Collings, Huss & Dalton, Bourgeois, Merrill, etc., Martin has been losing high-end guitar market share for years. Now they are losing market share on the low end of the guitar spectrum from the Chinese imports like Blueridge, Recording King, even Chinese made Guilds, etc. They make SO MANY different Martin makes & models, signature series, etc. (must be over a hundred by now), and there is such a wide variety in the sound and quality between each model, that you would have to cherry-pick to get a good one. A cherry-picked good Martin could certainly hold its own against the above mentioned builders, but that's the problem; you need to hunt to find one.

Dono - Posted - 12/19/2010:  01:32:52


OK i'll buy that. It's a good thing there are better guitars around that maybe even be cheaper too.
My point was exactly what you said the old Martins were tremendous.
What a shame they lost that nitch. But again if they had it, you'd paid for it dearly.

Duffy - Posted - 12/19/2010:  06:41:39


so.. I take it there has "not" been a study or test on the "loudest acoustic guitar with tone to die for"...ya think by now someone would have taken some sound testing equipment and some of these fine boutique six stings and had a little shoot-out....I just thought it would be interesting to see or hear which one went off the "db scale" so to speak without making you cringe....I guess not?....curiosity still killing the cat!

fred davis - Posted - 12/19/2010:  17:33:13


Don't know about guitar test but I was once told that my Gold Tone 110 wasn't loud enought for bluegrass so bought a National resonator mandolin and was told it was to loud becouse it drowned out the banjos Go Figure

tomm - Posted - 12/20/2010:  10:32:13


Originally posted by Dono

Strange not to see a Martin D-28 or other Martin mentioned here. I guess I'v not seen enough jumbos. But the first time I heard a Martin, I never knew that sound from an acoustic could almost knock you over. Wouldn't anyone say pound for pound if made to the same specs/size as another guitar Martin would win this battle every time?
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Just thought for the record, when talking dreadnoughts, bluegrass guitars...whatever, I have a '89 D-28 that is a true (obnoxious) cannon. You hear so many refer to "cannon's", well i have a D-18v "cannon", but my 28 is one of those just luck of the wood and whatever combination of sets a guitar away from the rest. The thing sounds GREAT and is obnoxiously, attackingly ( if that's a word) loud.

rookie_davis - Posted - 12/26/2010:  20:24:57


I think it'd be hard to do a real study on this topic, since there is so much that varies from guitar to guitar, player to player. I remember back in late fall of 2008 when I was shopping for a guitar, I went to the Music Emporium here in Lexington, MA. I had my eyes on a Bourgeois "Banjo Killer", which is a slop-shouldered dread. The price was right and it sounded good. I made the mistake (?) of picking up the Collings D2HA that was hanging up on the wall (way up high on the wall, that should've been the first indication that I couldn't really afford it). I played a solid G on the Collings and nearly broke a rib! The $ difference between the Bourgeois and the Collings was substantial, but I had come down with a hopeless case of "gotta have it". Now I'm glad I stretched myself a little thin, but for a few months it was rice and beans, no beer, and a po'd girlfriend.

robbif - Posted - 12/28/2010:  19:08:57



Here's where Martin checks theirs...



Audio testing & Calibration

Fred Etheridge - Posted - 12/29/2010:  04:55:05


quote:
Originally posted by rookie_davis

I think it'd be hard to do a real study on this topic, since there is so much that varies from guitar to guitar, player to player. I remember back in late fall of 2008 when I was shopping for a guitar, I went to the Music Emporium here in Lexington, MA. I had my eyes on a Bourgeois "Banjo Killer", which is a slop-shouldered dread. The price was right and it sounded good. I made the mistake (?) of picking up the Collings D2HA that was hanging up on the wall (way up high on the wall, that should've been the first indication that I couldn't really afford it). I played a solid G on the Collings and nearly broke a rib! The $ difference between the Bourgeois and the Collings was substantial, but I had come down with a hopeless case of "gotta have it". Now I'm glad I stretched myself a little thin, but for a few months it was rice and beans, no beer, and a po'd girlfriend.


I would have to agree about Collings & Bourgeois, I have both, when I played in a 4 piece Bluegrass band, my band mates used to tell me to put a towel in the sound hole, & these guys were playing a Huber banjo, & Flatiron mandolin, old Kay upright, I got the Bourgeois as a backup & because I wanted a 28 style guitar, I love the volume & cut of my Collings, but I find my Bourgeois to be warmer,smoother a bit more musical, the neck profile is also very comfortable to play, I also found it to be a better instrument, & value than the Martins that were avaliable to me to AB against the Bourgeois, I would have liked to have bought a Martin, the Bourgeois was a better guitar.
Collings also spoiled me for other brands or a least set the bar very high



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