Originally Posted by Brian SD
Where would I be able to find Larrivee or Tacoma? I went to GC and tried out quite a few guitars, and I did get a feeling of what Who was saying about lower end Taylors, it did sound a bit "chunkier." Overall, my favorite guitar was the Martin DM, but a quick look on Harmony Central doesn't have that fantastic of reviews for it. I did find through conversation with the GC employees and multiple tries of different guitars that my definition of "average, not too bright, not too deep, not too airy" is a very deep, percussive sound.
I took a look at the Tacoma website and many of the guitars are not what I generally think acoustics would look like... ?? Looks very unique. I'd like to give it a shot, though from my twisted philistine unlearned logic, it doesn't *look* like it would have a very deep, resonating sound..
Interesting, I owned a Tacoma dreadnought several years ago (it was stolen from my car
) that they apparently don't make anymore. Too bad, because it was a fairly bassy acoustic guitar that sounds right up your alley. I can't comment on what appears to be their mainstay model these days (the ones with the unique soundhole). Here is Larrivee's California dealer page.
They have one location in San Diego. If you like the Martin DM, forget the Harmony-central reviews. They are commenting on their experiences on average, which probably were either "It's a Martin. It has to be good!", or "It's a Martin. It must be overrated!". You'll find that with a lot of the reviews for the bigger name makes. The DM is a pretty solid starter acoustic. I felt I could do better with Larrivee for the money, but I prefer a brighter tone, which is what you'll find with most Larrivees. Martins are typically much deeper and more subdued, a little warmer. And anyway, if you go to a large guitar store and try 10-20 guitars and like one noticeably more than the rest, I highly doubt you'd be unhappy leaving the store with that one. Obviously, keep trying as many as you can. And don't forget to ask the to put new strings on (and be particular about which ones) before you buy, because that can significantly alter a guitars sound. Older strings will give a duller, less bright tone every time, so don't be fooled into buying a guitar with those attributes without making sure it's not the ridiculously old strings on nearly every guitar shop guitar that's doing it. Different gauges can have an effect too, depending on what comes stock on the instrument.