An acoustic, yes. But which one?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by kingfish, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. kingfish

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    Started jamming with some folks who are playing just acoustics (and one electric bass). I think I'd like to get back into that groove cause it's really fun.

    I showed up with my old Alvarez Regent 5212, but quickly realized that it needs to be replaced. Not because that cheap old bugger doesn't sound good, but the top has warped and the action is finger-shreddingly high. Out of the question to have it repaired - although I'm tempted.

    So, I've been looking at acoustics at the shops around town and realized this decision is not going to be easy.

    Sure, I'd love a Martin D-28, and that's the sound I'd kind of like, but I don't know if I want to plop down that kind of money. Then there's the Yairi stuff.
    Taylor, Washburn, Guild , etc. etc. Takamine comes up but nobody sells them around here.

    I'd like to spend about $600-$800, but that range doesn't seem to offer much. I'm a confessed hack, but I can play decent rhythm.

    Anyone play a straight dreadnaught style sprucetop that falls into this category?

    I realize it's all subjective and a matter of opinion, but who out there is REALLY HAPPY with their mid-range instrument?

    Forgive me if this question has been beaten to a pulp already...
     
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    Seagull S6-Original

    I´ve been playing guitar for 20 years and acoustic guitar is one of my strongpoints. I just got this in the mail yesterday and I don´t see myself upgrading any time soon. 400 dollars. You´d be hard pressed to find a better bang for the buck. Can I get a witness?
     

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  3. Dan German

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    Seagulls are good workhorse acoustics. Good price, excellent quality, great sound. Also (if it matters to you) they're made in Canada at a price to match Chinese/Indonesian guitars. Also look for the other lines from LaSiDo: Godin, Simon & Patrick, Art & Lutherie, Norman. Quality varies with price, but all are good value at their respective prices.
     
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    The Recording King guitars are great.
     
  5. kingfish

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    Who sells these?

    I wonder if the local Godin dealer has them...

    Definitely will check it out. Heading for Google next.
     
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    I got mine from musicians friend but I was looking today and found one with an SKB case for 397. I would jump on that. I still have to buy a case...oh but I will.
     
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    If your looking to spend 600 to 800 dollars I would suggest a Martin DX1. They don't make that model any longer, but they now make the same guitar with electronics for less than $500.00. You might also look at a Martin D1. I have both a DX1 and a 2000 D1 and in my opinion they both hold their own. I like to use them on occasions when I don't want to use my D28. (Like outside)

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    Godin is the parent company. They make Seagull, Art & Lutherie and Simon and Patrick.

    RonS
     
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    Thanks! There seems to be a lot of love for the Seagull.

    I'm on the hunt!

    Looked at a couple of lower priced Martins at GC yesterday (after I choked down my pride and went in there) but didn't see much. There's a good shop in Ashland (Oregon) that I haven't checked out yet, since I've been content with my Teles and Casinos, and they sell primarily acoustic instruments.

    This may turn out to be more of a fun adventure than a chore!
     
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    I've really enjoyed my Guild GAD-50, which falls in your price range. Solid wood all around, bone, pretty details. Well built, and a great value.
     
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    In that price range...I'd be beating the bushes looking for used! Checking Craigslist and the used stuff at the local shops. ;-)

    You might find a nice used Martin or Taylor.... If not the Seagulls or Epi Masterbuilt's for new.

    Good hunting! :D
     
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    +1 Seagull...big sound for not a lot of bucks.
     
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    I recently got an Epiphone EF 500M Masterbilt, it's really nice in every way.
     
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    If you like the martin sound try out a Blueridge. they are great martin copys and they are priced more in your range.
     
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    or go a step farther and take a look at a Recording King. A LOT of guitar for the money!
     
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    I'm all about the Eastmans. I have the E10OM, all solid woods, vintage Martin knock off. It beats my old Martin 000-16's all to splinters. If the shop in Ashland is the one on the main drag near Lenny's god stuff store, I think they have Crafters, which can be nice or cardboardy, depending. Epi Masterbuilts bear a gander. Good luck!
     
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    +1, I do not own one but have played them and the higher end ones do sound a lot like a Martin. If you ever watch RFD-TV Check out Jimmy Capps ( the sheriff ) on Larry"s Country Diner 10:00 pm CENTRAL on Saturday nights. He is I believe a session player in Nashville and on the show he plays a Blueridge with a cutaway. Sounds pretty good, too.
     
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    I'm a big fan of Takamines, Breedloves, and almost anything that comes out of the Godin stable, but for the combination of build quality, sound, and value for money, nothing beats a Yamaha IMO.
     
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