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Slothead vs Q597 vs 30th Anniversary vs Balladeer LX

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Mr. Ovation
Posted 2004-01-23 1:57 PM (#196711)
Subject: Slothead vs Q597 vs 30th Anniversary vs Balladeer LX


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On the last day of NAMM I was in the Kaman sound room and had the oportunity to A/B the subject models. To make it simple, of those 4 guitars the "best" which I understand is subjective came down to the new Adamas slothead and the 30th Anniversary. Both of these guitars were just awesome in sound with the 30th having a little more wood sound, and the Adamas having a more full sound. With finger picking and finger strumming, the difference was hardly noticable. Both guitars played great and the sound was similar. Using a pick, the Adamas really was able to belt the lows and the highs for a HUGE dynamic range. The 30th was a little tighter, but I'm not saying that like it's a bad thing. The 30th was just a little darker toned. At the same time, as the Adamas was wide and dynamic, it had a rich tone instead of the typical bright glass tone that has become associated with Adamas in more recent years. I'd say it's overall tone was similar to an Adamas I, but without one in the room, it's hard to tell.

Just my two cents. My A/B'n consisted of tuning them all the same and playing the same chords and notes on each guitar, sitting in the same place in the room.
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cliff
Posted 2004-01-23 2:33 PM (#196712 - in reply to #196711)
Subject: Re: Slothead vs Q597 vs 30th Anniversary vs Balladeer LX


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I know it's a stupid question Miles, but:
Did you find the sound room at the Kaman booth to be a marked improvement over past NAMM experiences??

I would think that if they're looking to tout the guitars' "acoustic" attributes more, it's definitely necessary.

Plus it kinda' proves that they actually READ these things! ;)
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peterbright
Posted 2004-01-23 3:08 PM (#196713 - in reply to #196711)
Subject: Re: Slothead vs Q597 vs 30th Anniversary vs Balladeer LX


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Thanks for the heads up on this. It's tough to make decisions when no one around carries any of these in stock.
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Slipkid
Posted 2004-01-23 3:16 PM (#196714 - in reply to #196711)
Subject: Re: Slothead vs Q597 vs 30th Anniversary vs Balladeer LX



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Miles,
Fantastic info. Thanks. But your title suggested some opinion on the LX. Did you get typers cramp?
Brad
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Mr. Ovation
Posted 2004-01-23 3:26 PM (#196715 - in reply to #196711)
Subject: Re: Slothead vs Q597 vs 30th Anniversary vs Balladeer LX


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The sound room was a good acoustic room. Not dead, just quiet. In past years, I don't recall any room being used. The demo's were usually in the open.

I didn't comment on the LX because by Sunday it had dead strings and sounded like a 2 x 4. I didn't think it was fare to comment. Although in retro, if it was played enough to kill the strings, that sais something.
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Paul Templeman
Posted 2004-01-23 5:44 PM (#196716 - in reply to #196711)
Subject: Re: Slothead vs Q597 vs 30th Anniversary vs Balladeer LX


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I played the LX Balladeer in the booth early on Thursday morning, fantastic guitar.
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Bob Mintus
Posted 2004-01-23 10:13 PM (#196717 - in reply to #196711)
Subject: Re: Slothead vs Q597 vs 30th Anniversary vs Balladeer LX


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From what I can see of the spec, the only major difference between the Balladeer and the Legend is the neck (ebony board/gloss vs rosewood/satin). OK, I guess the gold vs chrome machines, too.

Is that worth a $200 difference on the street?
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peterbright
Posted 2004-01-23 10:28 PM (#196718 - in reply to #196711)
Subject: Re: Slothead vs Q597 vs 30th Anniversary vs Balladeer LX


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AA Sitka Spruce top & Ebony Bridge for Legend & A Sitka Spruce top & Rosewood Bridge for Baladeer are additional differences.
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alpep
Posted 2004-01-23 10:39 PM (#196719 - in reply to #196711)
Subject: Re: Slothead vs Q597 vs 30th Anniversary vs Balladeer LX


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worth is subjective
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Bob Mintus
Posted 2004-01-23 10:39 PM (#196720 - in reply to #196711)
Subject: Re: Slothead vs Q597 vs 30th Anniversary vs Balladeer LX


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I stand corrected! Thanks, Peter. I totally forgot about the different top.
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alpep
Posted 2004-01-23 10:39 PM (#196721 - in reply to #196711)
Subject: Re: Slothead vs Q597 vs 30th Anniversary vs Balladeer LX


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worth is subjective
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Bob Mintus
Posted 2004-01-23 10:56 PM (#196722 - in reply to #196711)
Subject: Re: Slothead vs Q597 vs 30th Anniversary vs Balladeer LX


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Al, have you heard if it's possible to get the LX with a lo-Z output?
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