GAS'ing for a new acoustic in 2021 - With a happy ending!

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  • Ah ok, yeah it sounds similar, very top endy and bright though! Ironically my playing style matches the other guitarist in the video more, as he's primarily the rhythm guy. But I don't know what model he's playing.
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  • chromatunachromatuna Frets: 204
    Hi, it’s couldn’t remember what Furch I bought and have been locked down 120 miles away from it for four months guy here  :)

    Back in my hands now and its a yellow G-CR - so it’s grand size with cedar top and rosewood back. Very glad to be back with it
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 753
    I think I saw those had been discontinued? At least when I looked on their website back in January.
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  • chromatunachromatuna Frets: 204
    I can’t really tell from their web site. I don’t know that much about acoustics other than what feels and sounds right to me and on the day when I set off intending to acquire a Martin this one came out tops for my personal taste.
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 753
    Fair enough. I think Guitar Village which is about 45 minutes away from me has some Furch's in stock so once I can get in there I will definitely try some out. I may land on one I like.
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  • chromatunachromatuna Frets: 204
    Fair enough. I think Guitar Village which is about 45 minutes away from me has some Furch's in stock so once I can get in there I will definitely try some out. I may land on one I like.
    That’s where I bought mine last summer
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 753
    I think this is the one! Probably helps NG is the reason why I play the guitar in the first place and his playing style is similar to me (strummed chords).



    I believe its either a HD28 reimagined or a D-something. 
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  • jellyrolljellyroll Frets: 2786
    I’m no expert but black pick guard and large round fret markers suggest D rather than HD, I think. 
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  • RicjoRicjo Frets: 1
    edited May 8
    The black pick guard simply states it’s pre-reimagined. Nothing to do with HD or D. The herringbone purfling is how you can tell the HD apart from the D. However, given the low resolution of the video, it’s actually hard to tell if the purfling is herringbone or not.
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  • TanninTannin Frets: 370
    I started watching the video to see if I could get a look at the back or sides and work out if it was an -18 or a -28. But it's early morning and I don't want to wake anyone up. Watching someone you've never heard of sitting and playing with the sound turned off gets pretty boring, so I stopped. :)
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 753
    I'm pretty sure its a HD28. I think I recall another thread on here about him talking about how he just picked one off the wall in a shop and loved it the moment he played it. He also uses the LR Baggs Anthem pickup which sounds great.
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  • Andy79Andy79 Frets: 614
    There’s a HD-28 on Reverb at a reasonable price. 
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 753
    Should hopefully be trying out a D28 next week in store. They ain't got the HD28 in stock so I'll have to go to a different one to compare. But if the D28 is good enough for NG its good enough for me!
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 753
    Finally tried out a D28, a HD28e (with an LR Baggs Anthem) and a Grand something (auditorium?) model (cutaway) with a Fishman today.

    I liked the D28 the most on feel, the HD28e sounded brighter and had that top end. Maybe it was the action but the guitar didn't feel as nice as the D28. The Grand one was my least favourite, and the Fishman pickup was a bit boomy and hard to control.

    Will continue to try out different models though, Furch, Larivee etc. Was nice to try the ones out today.
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 753
    I'm kinda talking to myself now but I looked up more info on the Larrivee L-05 and it sounds really nice in the clips I've watched! Similar specs to a D28 I believe, unfortunately last week I only visited 1 of the 2 shops planned as a road accident held us up so we pretty much turned up at the 2nd shop 15 minutes before closing time! So we will go back hopefully this week well before closing time and no one has bought the D28 or L-05 so I can compare the two as they are similar in price. Maybe throw the HD28 into the mix as I believe there was one of those in stock too.
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  • SnagsSnags Frets: 2791
    If you head up towards Coda for any try-outs, let me know. I'm only a 20 minute drive from Coda (heading south-ish again, so possibly sort-of on your way back) and you'd be welcome to have a spin on my Furch if you don't get a chance anywhere else. Obviously (?) I only have the one, not being a shop etc. but ...
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 753
    Snags said:
    If you head up towards Coda for any try-outs, let me know. I'm only a 20 minute drive from Coda (heading south-ish again, so possibly sort-of on your way back) and you'd be welcome to have a spin on my Furch if you don't get a chance anywhere else. Obviously (?) I only have the one, not being a shop etc. but ...
    Where is Coda Music again? Stevenage? And what Furch model do you have?
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  • SnagsSnags Frets: 2791
    Yup, Coda is in Old Stevenage. I'm in Hertford, with a Furch G23CRC. In the current model range I think it's closest to a Yellow series.
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 753
    Ok cool will bear that in mind if I ever swing that way!

    Looking like a decision between a Martin D28 and a Larrivee L-05 though.
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 753
    2nd visit yesterday to try out D28 and HD28e again. Took a mate to do a "blind test" and funnily enough I picked guitar 2 which happened to be the HD28. However the D28 felt more comfortable to play. Switched back and forth a few times and it was a tough decision. Tried a Larrivee L-05 which was very nice but the body was very big and it made it tricky to hold. Nice guitar though.

    Ultimately I plumped for the D28. It always felt the nicest whenever I picked it up and when I played it for the first time I kinda knew it would be the one. Almost went for the HD28e but it was £600 more as it had the LR Baggs Anthem in it (it did sound great through an amp though).

    The guitar has 12's which took some getting used to after years and years of 11-52's on the other acoustic I have. But I do like the mellow warm rounded tone this has. A beautiful sounding guitar and one I hope to have many years strumming out chords to!

    *NB only when I was about to leave the shop the guy on the desk informed me Noel Gallagher bought his HD28 from the same place. I had just paid my deposit down and about to walk out....maybe I picked the wrong one haha.




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  • TanninTannin Frets: 370
    A happy ending indeed! Very nice. 

    On a point of detail, the strings are mediums, 13-56 Martin Lifespan Phosphor Bronze. So if you feel you need to, you could drop back a gauge and still be playing 12s. 
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 4583
    Absolute belter that.

    I know what you mean about sometimes one just feels more like the right one - whatever specs or supposed differences between models are meant to mean. 
    "Congratulations on being officially the most right anyone has ever been about anything, ever." -- Noisepolluter knows the score
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    Fine work.

    A good D28 can be a lifetime guitar.
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 753
    Thanks chaps, very happy with my purchase, haven't stopped playing it since Friday. Was a great day for me indeed!

    The guy who was handling the sale told me they were 12's, maybe they are 13's as they're a considerable jump up from what I'm normally used to. String bends are almost impossible! I may put Elixir's on instead though as I'm not overjoyed on these Martin 80/20's.

    And yes, the feel just felt right the first time I picked it up, I kept going back to it after trying the others and it was meant to be I think.

    I hope to keep it for life yes, its a fantastic investment. If lo behold I was forced to sell it they retain their value well apparently.

    Now to find a nice condenser mic to record some clips of it, I did a few using an iRig studio mic but it doesn't do it justice, the natural unplugged sound is so nice!
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