As you may know, I have been on a minor quest for a new 6-string guitar. As in, I've been looking at guitars for a couple of years, trying to find one that felt right, but I haven't been pursuing it obsessively.
This past weekend at ConClave, Barry Childs-Helton had a Tacoma Road King RM6C which he allowed me to play. This is an American made solid wood guitar, with some unusual construction features including a bolt-on neck, a small offset soundhole, somewhat unusual bracing, and a curved bridge which is heavier at the bass end than the treble, all of which give it really powerful bass response without losing the high end.
I liked it. I can't remember Barry's exact words, but he said something to the effect of "I can recognize a man in love when I see it." As I said at the time, it's the first guitar I'd tried since I started looking that spoke to me without saying "I cost way more than you can afford".
My local guitar store had one on the shelf. The truss rod was out of adjustment and the strings were so old they were rusty, but even so it felt good. And at $750 including case, strap, strings, and sales tax, I could live with the price. So I bought it.
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I've never named one of my instruments before, but I think this one may be Tiger. You'll get to meet him at OVFF.