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Dee45 BS: Can an instrument be too good? (19) RE: BS: Can an instrument be too good? 31 Jul 00


I agree 100% with Little Hawk about every instrument having its own character. And not every instrument is suited to the size of hands and length and thickness of your fingers. Just because something costs a lot of money does not mean it will play well for you.

Case in point. A few years ago, I purchased a new Martin HD-28 Vintage Series guitar and while it had nice tone, the V neck felt awkward to me but I thought that with enough practise I would "grow into it". I never did no matter how much practising I spent and, trying to work with its neck.

It was a very frustrating and as somewhat costly experience for me. The problem turned out to be that I my hands and V necks are not compatible, and a low profile neck ended up much more to my liking. I ended up trading the instrument back to the store and purchasing a different dreadnought with a much slimmer neck, and suddenly everything that I could not play on the HD-28VS, was clear as a bell on its replacement.

There is no such thing as an instrument being "too good" for you, if it feels right to you, and, if it gives you enjoyment playing it.




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