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Steel-string Guitar

  • Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid European AAA spruce
  • Back and sides: Solid rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany, one-piece, silk-matte
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 44 mm
  • Finish: Natural high-gloss
  • Incl. case (Lakewood Hiscox hardcase)

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Beautiful Guitar

GF. Big, 17.05.2014
The Lakewood D-32 is a stunningly beautiful guitar. Everything was immaculate. However, I found the sound to be a bit less than what I hoped for, especially the bass response. I found the tone not terribly different from my Lakewood M-32, so I could not justify the expense, as I was seeking to add a guitar to my collection that contrasted in tone with my other instruments. For this contrast, I am going to require a Martin, and am replacing this Lakewood with a Martin D-28. However, I would recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a lovely dreadnought with a very balanced tone. I just wanted more 'OOOMPH' in a dreadnought. Your mileage may vary.
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Class universal guitar, equally for fingerpicking, strumming / flatpicking!

Mikelander, 30.06.2013
Martin D-28, Martin HD-28, Lakewood D-31, Lakewood D-32, Lakewood M-32 (und verschiedene Taylors).

Die fünf zuerst genannten hatten die gleichen edlen Zutaten, die mir wichtig waren: Massive Fichtendecke, Boden und Zargen aus massivem indischen Palisander, Ebenholz-Griffbrett. Umso erstaunter war ich, wie unterschiedlich das Ergebnis bei fast gleichen Bestandteilen ausgefallen ist.

Die Martin D-28 und die Lakewood D-31 sind zuerst ausgeschieden. Weil der Händler separate kleine Räume zum Anspielen der Instrumente bot, konnte ich über eine Stunde die Martin HD-28, sowie die Lakewood D-32 und die Lakewood M-32 testen. Ich muss zugeben, dass mir die Entscheidung auch nach einer Stunde nicht leicht gefallen ist, denn alle drei sind tolle Instrumente. Die Taylors (Modelle weiß ich nicht mehr) waren keine Alternative, was vielleicht daran lag, dass sie einen Mahagoni-Korpus hatten.

Als ich - ohne Kauf - nach Hause ging, meinte ich, die Entscheidung auf D-32 (mir vertraute Dreadnought-Form, die mir gut gefällt, gleichermaßen Bässe, Mitten und Höhen) vs. M-32 (gefühlt etwas stärkere Bässe und Höhen, weniger Mitten, 2mm breiteres Griffbrett) reduziert zu haben.

Letztlich habe ich die vertraute Dreadnought-Form (Lakewood D-32) bestellt.

Pro:
- perfekte Verarbeitung
- klasse Bespielbarkeit/optimale Seitenlage
- ganz eigener, "transparent-perlender" Klang (kann es nicht besser beschreiben; einfach mal Ulli Bögershausen auf guter Anlage hören)
- von Bässen über Mitten zu Höhen beindruckende, gleichmässige Lautstärke ohne einzelne Klangbereiche übermässig zu betonen
- langes Sustain (Vollholz-Kombination Fichte/Palisander kommt wohl zum Tragen)
- riecht toll, sinnliche Erfahrung (massives Palisander riecht würzig!)
- super stimmbar und sehr stimmstabil (Schaller Mechaniken!)
- extrem stabiler, maßgenauer Hiscox-Koffer (wahrscheinlich mit der beste Koffer, den es zur Zeit gibt)
- made in Germany (Qualität und deutsche Arbeitsplätze!)
- 10 Jahre Garantie
- ab Werk mit 0,12er Elixir-Seiten ausgestattet
- der Korpus ist zwar etwas kleiner als bei Standard-Dreadnoughts (Martin, Cort, ...), aber die Lautstärke ist dennoch von vergleichbarer Durchsetzungsfähigkeit

Contra:
- sehr großer Lakewood-Schriftzug auf dem Koffer; stört mich nicht wirklich, erhöht aber vielleicht die Diebstahlgefahr, wenn Lakewood noch etwas bekannter ist
- goldfarbene Mechaniken sind mir eigentlich zu viel "Bling", passen aber dennoch zu dem Gesamtbild

Nach langem hin und her-Überlegen und Testen, wollte ich mich doch für die M-32 entscheiden, auch wenn die Grand Concert-Form mir weniger vertraut ist, als die Dreadnought-Form. Hintergrund ist, dass mir das um zwei mm breitere Griffbrett der M-32 noch einen Tick besser gefällt für Fingerpicking. Hätte mir zwar im Lakewood Custom-Shop auch eine D-32 mit breiterem Griffbrett zusammenstellen können, wollte aber nicht noch einige Monate auf die neue Gitarre warten. Mittlerweile habe ich mich aber wieder umentschieden und behalte die doch D-32, da ich mit der Griffbrettbreite eigentlich gut klar komme und mich von dem Instrument nicht mehr trennen möchte. Wenn die D-32 hinreichend gut eingespielt ist und es mein spielerisches Können in meinen Augen rechtfertigt (d.h. ich z.B. die anspruchsvolleren Stücke von Ulli Bögershausen oder Peter Autschbach spielen kann), werde ich mir vermutlich als Belohnung noch eine M-32 oder M32-CP (vielleicht auch als Custom-Modell) zulegen.

Die Lakewood D-32 (auch die M-32) ist für mich eine universelle Gitarre("Allzweckwaffe") für Fingerpicking wie Strumming/Flatpicking. Klang ist immer eine Geschmacksache, aber man sollte, wenn man eine Gitarre in der Preisklasse ab 1.400 EUR sucht, Lakewood auf jeden Fall eine Chance geben. Der Klang der Natural-Serie (z.B. D-31) hat mich nicht ganz so angesprochen (der Klang von mehr Lack auf dem Korpus entspricht wohl überraschendeweise mehr meinem Geschmack), aber die Deluxe-Serie, zu der die D-32 und die M-32 gehören, hat mich sofort begeistert.

Geschmack ist aber immer subjektiv und ich muss zugeben, dass ich zur Zeit viel Musik von Sunga Jung und Ulli Bögershausen höre, was vielleicht mein "Klangempfinden" beeinflusst." data-mt-lang="en-x-mtfrom-de" data-translated="Half a year ago I did not know that there is Lakewood. Three months ago, I considered Lakewood to be another American or Canadian brand. <br><br> Then on detours (Youtube videos from Sunga Jung and Ulli Bögershausen, pictures on the Internet) I landed on the Lakewood homepage and have learned that there are high-quality, yet affordable steel-side guitars made in Germany. <br><br> A month ago, I went to a dealer in my region to search for a guitar that will accompany me to life, even if it exceeds my present playing strength (rather than "play weakness" or "we say" "potential increase potential") Guitars played: <br> Martin D-28, Martin HD-28, Lakewood D-31, Lakewood D-32, Lakewood M-32 (and various Taylors). <br><br> The five first mentioned had the same noble ingredients that were important to me: Solid spruce top, solid Indian palisander back and sides, ebony fingerboard. I was all the more amazed at how differently the result was almost identical. <br><br> The Martin D-28 and the Lakewood D-31 are first exhausted. Because the dealer offered separate small rooms to play the instruments, I could test the Martin HD-28, as well as the Lakewood D-32 and the Lakewood M-32 over an hour. I must admit that the decision was not easy for me after an hour, because all three are great instruments. The Taylors (models I do not know anymore) were not an alternative, which perhaps was because they had a mahogany body. <br><br> When I went home with no purchase, I thought the decision on D-32 (my familiar dreadnought form, which I liked, equally basses, mids and highs). M-32 (feels slightly stronger basses and treble, less mids, 2mm wider fingerboard). <br><br> Ultimately, I ordered the familiar dreadnought shape (Lakewood D-32). <br><br> Per: <br> - perfect processing <br> - great playability / optimal side position <br> - very own, "transparent-pearling" sound (can not describe it better, just listen to Ulli Bögershausen on a good system) <br> - from basses to mid-range impressively impressing, uniform volume without individual sound regions to exaggerate <br> - long sustain (full-wood combination spruce / rosewood is probably used) <br> - smells great, sensual experience (massive rosewood smells spicy!) <br> - super-tunable and very tunable (Schaller tuners!) <br> - extremely stable, custom Hiscox case (probably with the best suitcase available at the moment) <br> - Made in Germany (Quality and German jobs!) <br> - 10 years warranty <br> - factory fitted with 0.12 Elixir sides <br> - the body is slightly smaller than standard Dreadnoughts (Martin, Cort, ...), but the volume is nevertheless of comparable enforceability <br><br> Cons: <br> - very large Lakewood lettering on the case; Does not really bother me, but perhaps increases the risk of theft if Lakewood is something more familiar <br> - gold-colored mechanics are actually too much "bling", but still fit the overall picture <br><br> After a lot of back-and-forth overlaying and testing, I wanted to choose the M-32, although the Grand Concert shape is less familiar to me than the dreadnought form. The background is that the two-mm-wide fingerboard of the M-32 is still a bit better for fingerpicking. If I had in the Lakewood custom shop synonymous a D-32 with a wider fingerboard can assemble, but did not want to wait a few months for the new guitar. In the meantime, however, I have changed again and keep the D-32, since I with the fretboard width really well clear and me from the instrument no longer want to separate. If the D-32 is sufficiently well-played and it justifies my playing skills in my eyes (ie I can play eg the more demanding pieces of Ulli Bögershausen or Peter Autschbach), I am probably as a reward still an M-32 or M32-CP (Perhaps also as a custom model). <br><br> The Lakewood D-32 (also the M-32) is for me a universal guitar ("general purpose weapon") for fingerpicking like strumming / flatpicking. Sound is always a taste, but if you are looking for a guitar in the price class from 1,400 EUR, Lakewood definitely give a chance. The sound of the natural series (eg D-31) did not quite appeal to me (the sound of more varnish on the body corresponds surprisingly more to my taste), but the Deluxe series, to which the D-32 and the M -32, immediately fascinated me. <br><br> But taste is always subjective and I have to admit that I am listening to a lot of music by Sunga Jung and Ulli Bögershausen, which perhaps influences my "soundness"." > Half a year ago I did not know that there is Lakewood. Three months ago, I considered Lakewood to be another American or Canadian brand.

Then on detours (Youtube videos from Sunga Jung and Ulli Bögershausen, pictures on the Internet) I landed on the Lakewood homepage and have learned that there are high-quality, yet affordable steel-side guitars made in Germany.

A month ago, I went to a dealer in my region to search for a guitar that will accompany me to life, even if it exceeds my present playing strength (rather than "play weakness" or "we say" "potential increase potential") Guitars played:
Martin D-28, Martin HD-28, Lakewood D-31, Lakewood D-32, Lakewood M-32 (and various Taylors).

The five first mentioned had the same noble ingredients that were important to me: Solid spruce top, solid Indian palisander back and sides, ebony fingerboard. I was all the more amazed at how differently the result was almost identical.

The Martin D-28 and the Lakewood D-31 are first exhausted. Because the dealer offered separate small rooms to play the instruments, I could test the Martin HD-28, as well as the Lakewood D-32 and the Lakewood M-32 over an hour. I must admit that the decision was not easy for me after an hour, because all three are great instruments. The Taylors (models I do not know anymore) were not an alternative, which perhaps was because they had a mahogany body.

When I went home with no purchase, I thought the decision on D-32 (my familiar dreadnought form, which I liked, equally basses, mids and highs). M-32 (feels slightly stronger basses and treble, less mids, 2mm wider fingerboard).

Ultimately, I ordered the familiar dreadnought shape (Lakewood D-32).

Per:
- perfect processing
- great playability / optimal side position
- very own, "transparent-pearling" sound (can not describe it better, just listen to Ulli Bögershausen on a good system)
- from basses to mid-range impressively impressing, uniform volume without individual sound regions to exaggerate
- long sustain (full-wood combination spruce / rosewood is probably used)
- smells great, sensual experience (massive rosewood smells spicy!)
- super-tunable and very tunable (Schaller tuners!)
- extremely stable, custom Hiscox case (probably with the best suitcase available at the moment)
- Made in Germany (Quality and German jobs!)
- 10 years warranty
- factory fitted with 0.12 Elixir sides
- the body is slightly smaller than standard Dreadnoughts (Martin, Cort, ...), but the volume is nevertheless of comparable enforceability

Cons:
- very large Lakewood lettering on the case; Does not really bother me, but perhaps increases the risk of theft if Lakewood is something more familiar
- gold-colored mechanics are actually too much "bling", but still fit the overall picture

After a lot of back-and-forth overlaying and testing, I wanted to choose the M-32, although the Grand Concert shape is less familiar to me than the dreadnought form. The background is that the two-mm-wide fingerboard of the M-32 is still a bit better for fingerpicking. If I had in the Lakewood custom shop synonymous a D-32 with a wider fingerboard can assemble, but did not want to wait a few months for the new guitar. In the meantime, however, I have changed again and keep the D-32, since I with the fretboard width really well clear and me from the instrument no longer want to separate. If the D-32 is sufficiently well-played and it justifies my playing skills in my eyes (ie I can play eg the more demanding pieces of Ulli Bögershausen or Peter Autschbach), I am probably as a reward still an M-32 or M32-CP (Perhaps also as a custom model).

The Lakewood D-32 (also the M-32) is for me a universal guitar ("general purpose weapon") for fingerpicking like strumming / flatpicking. Sound is always a taste, but if you are looking for a guitar in the price class from 1,400 EUR, Lakewood definitely give a chance. The sound of the natural series (eg D-31) did not quite appeal to me (the sound of more varnish on the body corresponds surprisingly more to my taste), but the Deluxe series, to which the D-32 and the M -32, immediately fascinated me.

But taste is always subjective and I have to admit that I am listening to a lot of music by Sunga Jung and Ulli Bögershausen, which perhaps influences my "soundness".
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