My favorite guitar to play is the explorer that is in my avatar here. I love the way it feels, it's very comfortable to me. But there are a couple little things that I don't like about it. There is a finger print from (I'm assuming) the person that did the lacquer on it, and every spring and fall, I have to set up the guitar because the high e string gets the slightest buzz to it. So it works out to a 7 compared to all of the guitars I have played. But compared to all my other guitars I have, it's an 11.
I played a lot of acoustics up to Martin D-28's, high end Taylors and Larivees and the 2012+ Martin D-18 I played was the best of the bunch. Maybe you get a slightly better guitar for way more money but that doesn't make sense to me.
I picked a 6 for my Alvarez MD-60. It is more like a 6.5. The neck is just about perfect but I am sure there are many fine guitars that would be slightly better tonally for me, even though it is quite sweet. I like the Martin sound a bit more but won't part with the Alvarez when I get my Martin because of the variety they will give me.
My Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II would have rated a 7 and maybe an 8 if the neck would have been a bit wider.
I've had over 300 guitars over the years and have a few that I think are perfect:
Collings OM1SSGSB - acoustic perfection for me. I've had other high end acoustics, including more expensive, but this blows me away each time I play it.
2001 Gibson 1954 goldtop reissue (with Fralins and RS wiring kit, weighs just under 8 lbs (not chambered) and plays and sounds amazing)
Recent Fender 1963 AVRI P-bass - lightweight, perfect action and sounds exactly like a P-bass should
My 1999 Gibson Historic ES-335N is a 9. Plays and sounds fantastic, was my #1 in a gigging period. If it were a bit lighter - it is 8.8 lbs - I'd give it a 10.
I had a 2001 R8 flametop that was also a 10 - great vintage looking flame top, super low action, almost like a shredder, 8.2 lbs, I gave it to my nephew earlier this year since his family couldn't really afford such a guitar and he's very passionate about guitar and loves Les Pauls.
My Fender Squier Telecaster. Took out the original pups and installed a matched set of Reilander custom P90s. Love the new sound but really curious what it would sound like with a humbucker in the bridge. Replaced the pup switch, pots and cap. All mods very worthwhile IMO. Neck is silky smooth and really suits my style.
Actually, the sustain is slightly short. There's no good reason for it that I can see. High mass bridge, neck is thick and heavy. It could be the Empress wood body, which is very light. It is NOT a deal killer, as I said....all else about his bass is essentially what I've dreamt about since I switched to bass something over 2 years ago. Also, a compressor is an essential part of *my sound*, which adds back sustain.
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