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This guitar sure was a big step up in tone from my Takamine and I'm fortunate to have it, but it's still nowhere near as nice as Ben or Mike's GE model. GAS is a pernicious disease. - I've got a nice Martin and I'm still coveting other guitars!
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An odd thing happened to me in my GAS activities... As I get new guitars in search of "the one" guitar to rule them all, my appreciation for my others grows. I mean, I had some humble ones early on, but the ones I currently have are good for different reasons. I sometimes seem to be a bit contrarian with them as well. Sometimes I enjoy fingerpicking on my adirondack dreadnaught and flat picking on the sitka OM. That's not the way it's "supposed" to work, but I like what I like. I was planning on selling my OM when I got a "better" one to replace it, but I never did. The "better" guitar is great, but I still like my OM. I still have my Tak, because I can take it anywhere or loan it to anyone and not worry about it. If you are like me, I would bet that if I sent you my GE, you'd have things or applications that you like about yours better than mine. The difference in tone is huge from a beginner guitar to a nice Martin like the one you have, but from that point as you start adding little tweaks, the differences become less with every addition. They just have different voices, and you may already have that perfect voice developing in the guitar you already have (and with flat picking it can change quickly). I'm not saying to call off the search that GAS inspires. But I am saying that you have what seems to be a great guitar. Enjoy it, because you may never find one that suits you better.