My ultimate dream guitar, my Lowden O23c is a '10 build of a red cedar and Claro walnut jumbo with a cutaway (useful for partial capo playing!). I bought it from an ex-Pat Brit in 2015 (after a couple of years with a red cedar and mahogany '91 Lowden O10–which went back to a previous owner—and 5 years with a '10 custom redwood and black walnut Crosby FS Elite as my main performance guitar). The O23c is always strung with EXP custom-gauge "true medium" strings tuned to Dsus4 (DADGAD).
Custom-built in 2020, this carbon fibre (CF) guitar comes, like my Lowden, from Ireland, aka 'the Emerald isle'. It is a replacement for the Russel Crosby-built 2012 Jumbo Elite 26"—27.25" fan fret that I played on One Size Does Not Fit All. The X30, while also a jumbo-bodied guitar, is more stable (CF!) and has a wider 25.4"—27.1" fan. It's most often strung as a baritone with custom gauge EXP strings in Asus4 (AEADEA) tuning but can also be tuned to Dsus4 (DADGAD) or Csus4 (CGCFGC) with appropriate string choices.
After much humming, hawing & gnashing of teeth, I finally took the bull by the horns and bought myself a harp guitar. Harp guitars have always been very (very!) expensive but recently HarpGuitars.net's Gregg Miner, and Rob Smith from Timberline Guitars, have made them affordable to the hoi polloi (ie. me!). I'm still learning, oh so s-l-o-w-l-y, how to play this beast...they are VERY different instruments!
There was just one small problem: how was I to reconcile frequent key & mode changes from using partial capos—over DADGAD no less—with the set tuning of the sub-bass strings on a harp guitar? Easy, peasy! Add sharping levers! For the blow-by-blow illustrated story of how I added the sharping levers for the sub-bass strings, see the guest post I wrote for Gregg's Blog!
This was my very first quality steel-string guitar, a late '90 spruce and East Indian rosewood jumbo that I bought—brand-spanking new—at Ring Music in Toronto in '91. It was also my intro to, and my subsequent opportunity to enjoy 3 years of study with, Don Ross. At our first meeting Don asked for, then briefly played, it and said, "Oh, good, you got the good one!" I had the guitar re-fretted and setup for heavy strings, again a custom set of EXPs, to suit Csus4 (CGCFGC) tuning, in Austin, TX in '05.
Presumably a copy—right down to the sunburst!—of the iconic cowboy guitar, the Gibson J200 (hence 'Nashville'?), my '19 Rainsong jumbo is a CF guitar with a difference: it has Rainsong's new 'vintage' Soundboard Fusion Technology (SFT) top that fuses a very thin spruce soundboard to unidirectional carbon fibre in a single moulding step. The rest of the guitar, the back, sides and neck are all carbon fibre. Lately it has been my 'designated' Dsus2 (DADEAE) tuned guitar, using Martin Retro 'Monel' strings.
I also have some newer, and a couple of older (!), guitars that will get play on future recordings. The new ones are another Emerald Multiscale, an OM sized '21 X20 with a 24.9"—26.3" fan. I ordered this with a 25"—26" fan so the 1.4" scale difference on this was a bit of a shock! Bad Emerald! But it has lead to an incoming Emerald Amicus (pictured), a short 18" scale unison-strung 6-course (12-string) guitar-ish-mandolin-like thingy…
Two older guitars, an absolutely pristine cedar/mahogany '01 Tacoma ECM38c and the '17 Asturias GS Custom (Euro spruce & mahogany) that I played on "Elfin Flight" on One Size Does Not Fit All, are still in my 'stable.' Finally, my one surviving Russel Crosby-built instrument is a custom '18 Lutz spruce/figured mango TF 'cittar,' a 5-course (10-string) Swedish-inspired cittern in a guitar-shaped body.