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    Acoustic Guitar

    Posted on August 9, 2011 by Paul | 2 Comments | Jump to Comments Box Below

    Paul playing McPherson

    Like every guitar enthusiast, I’ve played, bought, and sold countless guitars through the years.  For a long time, my favorite guitar was an Olson with its amazingly balanced tone. I used it a lot for studio work and still do regularly.  Because Olson’s have become difficult to replace, I’ve shied away from taking it on the road.

    About 5 years ago, I was introduced to a McPherson guitar by my friend and fellow worship leader Lenny Leblanc.  I was so amazed by it’s design, craftsmanship, and tone that I began playing one as well.  From the moment I took it on the road I’ve not looked back.  The acoustic resonance combined with LRBaggs electronics blend perfectly and, when playing with a band, cut through the mix exactly where you’d want it too.

    Specs :

    MG 3.5 with Engelmann Spruce top and Indian Rosewood sides and back

    LR Baggs transducer pick-up

    Thoughts on buying a guitar:

    There are many variables that come into play when selecting a guitar.  This makes it impossible to recommend a particular model to anyone.  Here are some general recommendations when it comes to shopping for your next guitar:

    • Save as much money as you can and be prepared to spend a significant sum on an excellent instrument.
    • Visit a guitar store with a large selection of brand name guitars (Martin, Taylor, Epiphone, Gibson, etc.) such as Guitar Center or a well stocked music store in your area.  Plan on spending at least a couple of hours there (more like an afternoon), and try several different models.  Compare as many models and styles as you can.
    • Important: bring a friend along who has a “good ear”, a music teacher or professional musician, someone who can give you an objective and intelligent opinion during your selection process.  They may hear nuances that you won’t hear until weeks after you have made your purchase. Listen to their advice.
    • It may be good to go home, think about the different guitars you tried, and return a second time to go through a comparison again. This time, try only the models you have narrowed your search to.  Then make your purchase.

    Hope this helps.

    PS: If you happen to be in the New York City area, consider visiting the Mandolin Brothers on Staten Island.  Ask for Stan.  Legendary store and an amazing selection, including many McPherson models.

    Paul at Mandolin Brothers with Stan

    2 Comments
    Bryan Johnson 10/01/13

    I was attending a worship leadership conference in Colorado Springs, CO ten years ago when I first heard Paul play with his band and was mesmerized by the sound of his guitar. It was so unique and could be heard easily through the band. I researched the brand and found a local dealer. One strum and I was in trouble. I had just purchased a $3000 Taylor that immediately went on ebay with four other guitars so I could purchase the only six string acoustic guitar I would ever want. My McPherson is a MG 4.5 XP with Adirondack Red Spruce with Flamed Walnut back and sides(SN 157). It has never required servicing for 10 years with daily playing and countless worship services, weddings , funerals, and everything else. I love it more now than whe I bought it!

    keith 07/02/13

    what guitar are you playing in the “same love” video? looks like a Gibson, maybe the old Texan model? i have a similar, but not original, Epiphone “inspired by” Texan, jumbo. Just curious…. :-)

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