April 15th, 2012, 10:00 PM
So I'm getting back into playing guitar after about a 10 year break. I've got the electric covered but I need an acoustic to play when I don't feel like going all the way down to the basement or I don't want to wake the whole house up. I've got about $200 to spend and I've narrowed it down to an Epiphone Hummingbird from the pawn shop with hard case or a new Fender cd60. I'm not looking for anything fancy just somthing to continue to learn on. Thanks in advance for any input I really appreciate it.
April 15th, 2012, 10:14 PM
roachcore? roach from the goolies?
the only way to choose is to play them both and pick the one you like best
although on paper I like the Epi with case better,
April 15th, 2012, 11:49 PM
Oh yea I forgot to put in there that the fender comes with the hard case also
April 16th, 2012, 09:42 AM
I would play them both. To me, I might prefer the Epiphone without looking, but knowing how it feels and sounds is much more important. This is a good problem to have.
April 16th, 2012, 06:27 PM
I would still take a nicer used guitar over a cheaper new guitar any day,
but the only way to be sure is to play them both, same price and both with case make it a close call, let your ear's and fingers decide for you
April 16th, 2012, 10:40 PM
I would still take a nicer used guitar over a cheaper new guitar any day, . . . . . I think this way, too.
Why is a new Fender the only new guitar for $200? Well, you don't have to answer, I think there are a bunch of guitars at that price point if you happen to live near a GuitarMart.
April 17th, 2012, 03:36 PM
Some of the Epiphone Hummingbirds were really nice and some of them weren't worth carrying home. In any event, I'd rather have the "bird" than the Fender. Actually, if I was going to spend $200 on a new acoustic, it would be a new Yamaha FG700S or just about any Alvarez dread that falls within that same price range. A case is gonna cost extra, though.
April 17th, 2012, 03:46 PM
Play them is the only safe answer. If you are not comfortable after that much time take a friend and have them play while you listen. I agree with the others here that there are a lot of nice guitars in your price range. If I had to choose, I'd go with the EPI. Good luck and glad you are back in the fold.
April 17th, 2012, 03:49 PM
I'd go with the Epiphone, sight unseen. Fender acoustics are usually pretty skippable, but this could be the good one somehow, so I'd not go on a blind recommendation.
I will recommend that you have the guitar professionally setup, though... inexpensive guitars can be good and can do all you are asking of this guitar to do, but they can be a beast if they aren't set up right. Get the action to where it should be, and you'll find it a lot easier to play and learn on.
Edit: I looked up the two, and the Fender doesn't look all that bad and has gotten some pretty good reviews. On the other hand, though, the Fender has a laminate top and the Epiphone a solid spruce top, which surprises me in that price range. All other things being equal, I'd absolutely go with a solid top over laminate. It will probably sound better right out of the gate, and solid topped acoustics should get better with age.
April 19th, 2012, 02:12 PM
You might be able to find a Seagull S6 near that price range.