August 1st, 2012, 03:49 PM
I'm looking for an acoustic for my MIL.
My first choice would be an Epiphone, Yamaha or something along those lines for around $100 on craigslist and then set it up but I have to ask - anyone tried one of these out?
They have a Concert size for $60 plus shipping that is interesting. She's not a particularly small woman but a big old dreadnought can be tough for anyone.
August 1st, 2012, 03:52 PM
They seem to make good stuff. For $100 I'd go for it.
August 1st, 2012, 04:08 PM
Be prepared to do some work on it before handing it over. That being said, Kurt's stuff has been great, and from what I've heard he's good about working with you if you have problems.
I'm still working on my NGD review of the SX Calisto I bought, basically a $139 set-neck P90 LP Junior that might be the best-playing guitar I own at the moment. I like it so much, in fact, that it will get no mods. None.
One string change and a few twists of the bridge screws, and I was in easy-playing heaven.
August 1st, 2012, 04:09 PM
I'm prepared to do a set up on whatever I buy for her.
I had an SX tele for a minute and I was impressed with the quality but I did need to tweak it. Just wondering how the acoustics stack up.
August 2nd, 2012, 09:24 PM
For under $100 you can get a Jasmine Takamine that has gotten pretty good reviews. Lots of videos on Youtube and better resale when she wants to move up. Amazon has the best price: http://www.amazon.com/Jasmine-Takamine-S34C-Acoustic-Guitar/dp/B0002GXZK4/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1343956944&sr=1-1&keywords=jasmine+s34c
August 4th, 2012, 01:47 PM
I have several electric guitars from Rondo Music, including my #1 guitar. I've been happy with all of them.
Acoustic guitars are a different kettle of fish, though. I've never bought an acoustic from Rondo, but I've been amazed at how many bad-sounding or indifferent-sounding acoustic guitars are sold at high prices in the big guitar chains, including some very well known brand names. I've heard nasal ones and boxy ones and ones that sounded as bright as a tin can with strings stretched over it.
In my experience, when the budget is tight, I've never been able to beat a Yamaha acoustic guitar for tone. They're not the loudest guitars out there, and the nut widths are on the low side, but they invariably sound better than other guitars at the same price point - to my ears, by a wide margin.
I'd go for the $100 Craigslist Yamaha...or check Guitar Center's used gear for a pre-loved Yamaha.
If you do get the SX, please do let us know how it sounds and plays.