Ah, thank you. I appreciate your time JB.
I think my minds already made up on an Avalon Guitar. I'm playing a Takamine right now. It's a much cheaper model, I think in the 3-4 hundred range (t was a gift). The top is solid spruce, and the sides are laminate...rosewood I beleive. It sounds fin when I'm unplugged, well, it sounds like an acoustic. And it sounds okay when I've mic'd it up. But when I plug in....woooosh there it goes right down the drain.
I met up with Charlie Hall some time back, who plays one of your guitars, and I've messed around with a couple here and there. I was thinking about a Taylor before, but the Taylor sounds more like a better quality Takamine, and I don't want to reproduce the same tone I'm getting.
Heres the hard part~to describe what I'm looking for:
A guitar that when plugged in, sounds like an acoustic. A tone that is NOT so bright you don't want to strum, but that is tight, crystal, and responsive. Suited for worship in a folk-driving rock-alternative kind of sound.
The majority of Taylors I've messed with had laminate sides, I believe they were all 3, 4, and 5 hundred series. When I found a cedar top, I loved it, the tone. So, I'm not so sure that the Silver having laminate sides is a HUGE issue with me, considering what I'm looking for.
The solid sides and back are going to enhance the sound unplugged, I'm sure, but what effect will it have as it's played through a system?
With proper care and handling, what kind of life-span do you think one could expect from a Silver: before needing minor fret board work; before other serious work might need be done?
Again JB, thank you so much, I really appreciate your time and energy into all this.