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Old 01-30-2010, 01:22 AM
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Default Orchestra Model or Dreadnought

What style best suits you and why?

I am new to the acoustic guitar scene. I always liked the deep full sound from the Dreadnought guitars but have come to learn that the Orchestra models best suit my playing. The dreadnoughts seem more fit for those that strum, while the Orchestra style supports my rockabilly type of playing. They just have more percussive punch and definition.

Below is the guitar I am pretty set on getting. It is a Martin OMC-1E...




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Old 01-30-2010, 01:42 AM
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I am strange because I never warmed up to dreadnought style guitars. Love the tone, but, I could never get comfortable with them. I actually like jumbo, or what some were calling "mini-jumbo" a while ago. Very similar to the guitar you're looking at. If it works and sounds like you want, get it!
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I like the jumbo 's also. I've tried several guitars and I always come back to the tone of the jumbo's
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:35 AM
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Well....It looks like this afternoon I need to go try out some jumbos and mini Jumbos!!!

What is the difference between them and the orchestra?
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Jumbos are large and rounded, like the Gibson J-200s, "Mini jumbos" are very similar to your orchestra model. I don't know what they are calling them now, that was an Ibanez term they used to describe some of their body styles.
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Always have liked the dreadnought acoustic style but then again I havent tried many others very seriously
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Old 01-30-2010, 05:11 PM
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I just got back from GC...(Note to self...never go to GC on a Saturday afternoon again.)
I played most of the acoustics they had in the store and kept coming back to the OMC models. I think they sound more Gretschy to me, and being a Gretsch nut they seem to work best for me. They growl a bit more than the dreadnought guitars, but still sound good when you strum open chords.
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Did you bring one home?
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No, I promised my wife I would sell my Marshall first. I am having fun looking though.
It is good too...It is making me try other guitars rather than rushing to cure my GAS. I also liked the Martin OMC-16OGTE, but it is way more than I want to pay for a guitar at the moment.
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I vote dreadnought...usually. I've always loved them and their sound.
Of course, as I've mentioned in another post, my favorite acoustic of all time is my beaten Applause. I don't know what category the Ovations fall into, though.
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