I’ll go with just that question as I cannot limit it to just one. I have 2 favourite acoustics and it would be impossible to pick a single one. Sorry.
First of my 2 is my Epiphone EF-500RANS. It’s been my constant companion for 10 years now and has a fantastic sound. It’s a bit different to play as the neck was modeled on pre-ww2 guitars with a wider nut and saddle and a V shape in the back of the neck.
Here’s a picture of me on stage with it at a country pub in Queensland.
One thing I like about it is how good the projection / volume of it is. i play a lot of fingerstyle so I need all the volume I can get. I get a lot of compliments on it’s sound from other guitar players. I did purchase and have since sold a Taylor GS-8 that had a similar sound. It’s made of solid wood, rosewood back and sides and spruce sound board.
It’s name is Racklesnatch and now has a middle name of Hell Boy for those who followed the thread on the images you can see in it’s pick guard.
Second of my 2 favourites is named Lucky. It’s a custom guitar (Walcott Guitars, Mudgeeraba Queensland) that I had made several years ago.
Here’s a picture of it, on a ‘bucket list’ theme.
Lucky has a lot of personal choice in the woods it’s made of, and it’s the guitar I use now when on stage. It’s made of solid wood, Queensland Silky oak representing my children who were born in Queensland and where I’ve lived for my first 35 years in Australia. The top is North American spruce representing the country of my birth. The fretboard is New Guinea pink rosewood which represents a country that I visited several times and my visits there had a big impact in my life (too long a story to tell here). The bridge is Tasmanian hardwood which represents the state one of my daughters was born in and hidden inside the body of the guitar is a heart shaped piece of New Zealand Kauri pine representing my wife’s country of birth.
What’s missing in that picture is the purple shamrock sticker that’s in the middle of the headstock now, took me a while to find one the right colour.
The guitar features a normal / piezo pickup and an electric pickup which you can see on the photo. It has 2 separate circuits for these pickups and it has a barn door style fishman EQ on the side of the lower bout. I’ve always disliked the look of such barn door EQs so why did I have one put on my custom made guitar where all the choices were mine? Good question. Racklesnatch has a K&K static pickup with no EQ and when using it amplified I bought the K&K preamp which clips onto my belt. It’s a real pain to use especially on stage as the knobs aren’t visible and it’s fiddly esp when the nerves of performing kick in and you have little time for your sound check. So I went with the visually less appealing barn door EQ for Lucky and I’m thrilled with it. I’m really the only one that sees much of it anyway so the looks aren’t as bad as I figured.
Lucky doesn’t have the projection of Racklesnatch and that’s primarily due to the F holes. I love the look of Lucky on stage and it often gets compliments. The luthier wasn’t too keen on the purple colour when I first discussed the guitar with him, but it’s my favourite colour and it’s my guitar so there wasn’t much wiggle room. I’m thrilled with how it looks and it sounds super plugged in.
Because I love the neck width and profile of Racklesnatch, I had Lucky built with the same neck so there’s no adjustment at all going between the two guitars.
Another quite notable feature about Lucky is the sound port on the upper bout of the guitar. I’m thrilled with the sound port and personally believe they should be in all guitars. It gives me the player extra volume and makes quite a difference. The luthier who made this guitar put one in his demo guitar and now regularly gets requests to include them in his custom builds. He said when people are playing his demo guitar he just covers the sound port briefly with his hand so they can hear the difference.
@jkahn - Thanks for the idea for this thread. Great subject, can’t wait to read what others post. I don’t think I’ve fully answered the “why” but I gave it my best shot.