Describe the guitars you own, the nicest ones you've played!
I was going to post this in the Dorado thread, but it feels off subject, so I'm gonna start a new one! I agree that different guitars are good for different situations. It's hard to pick the best
The guitars I own:
I will say that the one I always go back to is my very first: a 14f Dell Arte Anouman D. I think the fact that I've had the longest has allowed it to break in. But every time I pass it around at jams and such everyone who plays on it loves it, including Jorgenson and Gonzalo. In fact, as they played it, the whole JJQ crowded around and commented on how nice it sounded. It's action is very low and comfortable, but miraculously does not buzz or affect the sustain. My only complaint is that it's not as loud as I'd like. I don't think I've played another Dell Arte that I liked nearly as much.
My most recent is a Gitane D500. I really enjoy it for rhythm plays since the strings are nice and loose, it's loud, and chunky. However, this strength makes it less of a lead instrument. Every time I play it for lead, I feel unsatisfied with the fret buzz and limited sustain. But if I have a strictly rhythm playing gig, it's a lot of fun to play on. You "feel" the percussiveness out of it... which helps a lot.
The Sonora is a unique instrument that was once owned by Hono Winterstein. In fact, the guitar he is playing on the Bireli: Live Jazz a Vienne DVD is this one! I was mainly interested in it for that fact alone, but it's a very unique instrument. It has a much darker tone, that is very expressive and beatiful sounding. However, it is a bit difficult to play due to its unusual scale. It's 13f to the body, and about as long as a 14f which makes the fret spacing wider. Sadly, it stays in its case much more than it should. I really need to get it set up to play better so I can take it out more often. I've played it a handful of times on gigs and always get compliments on how lovely it sounds. Old wood is great.
My least favorite is my Dell Arte Pigalle. No matter what I do, it still sounds like cardboard. It's tone is too bright and uneven. The action is always bit too tight and there is fret buzz at odd places in the neck. I'm also not a fan of the neck shape. It's a bit too thin and boxy; it doesn't feel very ergonomic. It's the only oval hole I own, and it was a gift, so I can't bring myself to get rid of it. Good travel guitar though! I took it to Samois and it served me well.
The nicest guitars I have played:
One was Paul Mehling's Dupont. I'm not sure what model it was, perhaps an MD-50. He had it set up great... it played like a stratocaster, but was full and loud. It's been a while, but I just remember I had a hard time giving it back.
The second was an oval hole Marin owned by a friend of mine, who purchased it from Matthieu Chatelain. It sounded really complex and it's high action sorta "demanded" more out of me... which I thought was quite nice!
Third: An old Busato owned by George Cole. It has a wonderful old sound that can only come from an aged guitar. Great sustain and action. Old wood... you can't beat it.
Fourth: A Selmer D hole owned by George Cole.... its a Selmer.