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Offline Tassie

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What Acoustic is best for Finger Style .
« on: June 26, 2018, 06:05:16 am »
G'day ,I have been learning for around 14 months and have found that I quite enjoy and favor finger style playing ,Travis picking etc,I have a Cort dreadnought that is fine but I would like a finger style specific guitar if such a guitar exists ,I am not sure if name specific requests are allowed on this forum but as I live in Australia I have a liking for the local products ,Maton  ,Cole Clarke makes but if anyone can recommend a particular model especially if you use one it would be appreciated ,I am also interested in any other makes that may be suitable ,thanks a heap ,Tassie.

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Re: What Acoustic is best for Finger Style .
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2018, 06:09:17 am »
Any acoustic can do fingerstyle. Matons and Coles are premium makers, so best to try them out. I find them much the same, as Coles was started by ex Maton builders. Getting the right body size is more important than anything else.

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Re: What Acoustic is best for Finger Style .
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2018, 06:46:14 am »
Take a look at 00/000 size guitars, as above Finger pickers tend to favour the smaller size guitars. Cole Clarke and Maton are superb guitars and if your pockets are deep enough an excellent choice!
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Re: What Acoustic is best for Finger Style .
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2018, 09:37:25 am »
I have tried many guitars over the years. I always come back to the Cole Clark and now have one of each size acoustics. (FL2-AN2 and LL2) out of the 3 I prefer the rich tones of the Fat Lady but the ease of playing of the Angel. However, Maton sound amazing too. Best to go into a store and play a few different types; see what appeals to you. See what sits 'right' with you. Let us know what you choose.

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Re: What Acoustic is best for Finger Style .
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2018, 10:46:42 am »
The dreadnought will be fine for fingerpicking but if you have the GAS for a new guitar go for it … may be different body size / shape as already mentioned.
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Re: What Acoustic is best for Finger Style .
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2018, 03:31:44 pm »
I started out on a dread, but for me it is way too big and I tend to get a sore right shoulder. After I got my OM sized Sigma I never have any issues.
Personally I find that a slightly wider neck fells easier for fingerstyle.
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Re: What Acoustic is best for Finger Style .
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2018, 03:38:33 pm »
I started out on a dread, but for me it is way too big and I tend to get a sore right shoulder. After I got my OM sized Sigma I never have any issues.
Personally I find that a slightly wider neck fells easier for fingerstyle.
I was the same although I'm lucky enough to have a choice, I almost always go for the smaller bodied Angel 2

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Re: What Acoustic is best for Finger Style .
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2018, 03:55:05 pm »
Take some of the nylon string guitars for a spin at your local shop. I have an old Yamaha guitar that is great for fingerstyle playing, throaty deep tone too. The strings are a bit wider apart than a regular steel string, which has its pluses and minuses, but it is easier on the fingers and a lot of fun for fingerstyle.   

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Re: What Acoustic is best for Finger Style .
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2018, 06:06:46 pm »
And, looking at Godin, one of the most pleasurable guitars I am pleased to own and play daily is the Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin p90.
Not only does she sound lovely plugged in but also has a sweet acoustic sound which is actually louder than any of my Cole Clark's

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Re: What Acoustic is best for Finger Style .
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2018, 11:08:53 pm »
To borrow a quote from photographer Chase Jarvis, modified for guitar:
The best guitar is the one you have with you.

One of the most iconic and pioneering fingerstyle guitarists ever used a dreadnought. A Martin D-28 to be exact. Can you guess who that could be?

Yup, Michael Hedges. He collected various guitars over the years, but he's mostly known for using his D-28 and the Dyer harp guitar.

That said, I love my Taylor GS Mini-e koa for fingerstyle. Any of the GS Mini variants would do, though. They all sound great and play wonderfully.
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Re: What Acoustic is best for Finger Style .
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2018, 01:23:24 am »
G'day and thanks for the replies,I have some time to go yet before I make the commitment and hand over a quite large sum of money for me and purchase a high end guitar with a specific use such as picking , I suffered badly from the ukulele acquisition syndrome (7) before buying one made by a local luthier ,should have bought it first !!!
I have had a little play with a Cole Clarke Angel 2 pretty nice ,I would still like to hear even more from those who have had a particular guitar for some time and comment on its continued sound etc (aging) ,thanks for the great and quick responses so far ,cheers . :)Tassie.

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Re: What Acoustic is best for Finger Style .
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2018, 10:34:36 am »
I would always go with with either a Cole Clark or a Maton. Beautiful, sounds amazing and sustainable timbers.
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