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Archie Moses

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I play what is commonly referred to as “fingerstyling” guitar. All acoustic (so far). All instrumental. If you’ve heard of John Fahey, he’s sort of The Godfather of this niche.

My studio is very basic, but that’s all it needs to be. Some good Sennheiser mics powered by a zoom H6. My stuff sounds best when it’s on the raw side. All my recordings will be done in a single take, start to finish, and then I’ll mix whatever the 4 mics capture. I’ll probably layer in some field recording stuff, but that’s all down-the-line right now.

I have well over an hour of my own compositions that need to be re-drafted, finished, and recorded... And then I’ll contemplate how to push them across some kind of finish line. I was in a touring band in my 20s, and I’d love to hit the road again with this material some day.
That's awesome.

I've written a ton of stuff on the guitar. I have Logic Pro and everything to record, but I'm not good at it so I don't do it.
 

TheGoldStandard

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I play what is commonly referred to as “fingerstyling” guitar. All acoustic (so far). All instrumental. If you’ve heard of John Fahey, he’s sort of The Godfather of this niche.

My studio is very basic, but that’s all it needs to be. Some good Sennheiser mics powered by a zoom H6. My stuff sounds best when it’s on the raw side. All my recordings will be done in a single take, start to finish, and then I’ll mix whatever the 4 mics capture. I’ll probably layer in some field recording stuff, but that’s all down-the-line right now.

I have well over an hour of my own compositions that need to be re-drafted, finished, and recorded... And then I’ll contemplate how to push them across some kind of finish line. I was in a touring band in my 20s, and I’d love to hit the road again with this material some day.
What is your preferred guitar for fingerstyle?
 

NAOS

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What is your preferred guitar for fingerstyle?
I’d love to own a Collings mini-jumbo made out of maple, but they are expensive and hard to come by. Absolutely out-of-this-world beautiful sounds and control out of those. I had a chance to buy a used one a few years ago for $3500, but it was my first exposure to that company and I balked. It was gone a day later. The same guitar would be worth over $5000 today, I think.

You have to have all solid wood construction, that’s for sure.

I own some good Guild dreadnoughts. My favorite is a weird guitar by a company that went by the name Flint Hill for a couple of years. Most people didn’t like them, but I somehow got a really good one... the thing is full of character and sounds perfectly antiqued.
 

TheGoldStandard

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I’d love to own a Collings mini-jumbo made out of maple, but they are expensive and hard to come by. Absolutely out-of-this-world beautiful sounds and control out of those. I had a chance to buy a used one a few years ago for $3500, but it was my first exposure to that company and I balked. It was gone a day later. The same guitar would be worth over $5000 today, I think.

You have to have all solid wood construction, that’s for sure.

I own some good Guild dreadnoughts. My favorite is a weird guitar by a company that went by the name Flint Hill for a couple of years. Most people didn’t like them, but I somehow got a really good one... the thing is full of character and sounds perfectly antiqued.
I really started getting into fingerstyle during the pandemic. My playing tapered a lot before the pandemic, but I have been playing a lot lately. I don

I have a 45 year old Guild D25, a "Chartin" D45 for campfire playing and a Martin D35, with light retro strings that is my go to for fingerpicking now (Guild does well too), but I haven't researched buying a guitar just for fingerstyle.. Even with light strings, it sounds amazing. Have a Taylor 214ce and Martin 000 and don't love either, so was thinking of selling them and getting something a bit wider for finger playing. I don't mind spending money on guitars, as they tend to keep their value.
 

NAOS

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I really started getting into fingerstyle during the pandemic. My playing tapered a lot before the pandemic, but I have been playing a lot lately. I don

I have a 45 year old Guild D25, a "Chartin" D45 for campfire playing and a Martin D35, with light retro strings that is my go to for fingerpicking now (Guild does well too), but I haven't researched buying a guitar just for fingerstyle.. Even with light strings, it sounds amazing. Have a Taylor 214ce and Martin 000 and don't love either, so was thinking of selling them and getting something a bit wider for finger playing. I don't mind spending money on guitars, as they tend to keep their value.
I think all solid maple is something to investigate.

I don’t think many people would recommend all mahogany, but I have an old guild D25 in all mahogany that’s pretty beautiful. Full of the warmest mid-tones (but it definitely struggles outside of that).

I’m generally of the opinion that it’s cool to have a cast of weirdo guitars. But if you find a high-end gem, then pounce.
 

TheGoldStandard

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I think all solid maple is something to investigate.

I don’t think many people would recommend all mahogany, but I have an old guild D25 in all mahogany that’s pretty beautiful. Full of the warmest mid-tones (but it definitely struggles outside of that).

I’m generally of the opinion that it’s cool to have a cast of weirdo guitars. But if you find a high-end gem, then pounce.
My Guild is the D25m (mahogany). Agree on the mid-tones.

I tried a Martin 00 that seemed to have better spacing for fingerstyle, but will probably explore a while before pulling the trigger. The D35 does a pretty good job now.
 

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So I bought a larger gift for my wife for Christmas back 3 weeks ago and was concerned about her finding out about it so I wanted to make sure I could get it when it was delivered. I had to use a separate Amazon account so she wouldn’t see the purchase. I got charged for it but the order always said “order received” and never updated to shipped. I finally reached out to the company yesterday and they said it is pending on Amazon’s end and to contact them. I called Amazon today and they didn’t know why it was showing that way so they told me to cancel it and reorder. Wasn’t super thrilled about that but they informed me that there was now a coupon on it for $100 off. So now it’s being delivered next week.
 

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