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Cheap Acoustic

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by Gbinge, Oct 16, 2016.

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  1. Gbinge

    Gbinge TDPRI Member

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    Thanks for all the suggestions!! Im thinkin I'm either gonna go with a smaller sized Martin. The ones that are 3/4 sized. Or I'll get a cheaper one (100$-200$) used and get it set up all nice a pretty lol
     
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    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I have an Epiphone Inspired by 64 Texan. It's a little bit more at about $400 new, but the solid spruce top and solid mahogany back makes a big difference. The Achilles heel is the tuners. Other than that, great player and it's a cannon. I was jamming downstairs on the couch the other day unplugged and the wife called down for me to turn it down a couple notches.
     
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  3. zosofan

    zosofan Tele-Meister

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    My #1 acoustic is my Crafter D7. It sounds and plays very nice and needed no setting up out of the box. They are very underrated in my location so prices are good.
    Hth
     
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    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I was shocked at how nice my Fender CD140SCE was when when I first played it and then bought it. $300. But it is an acoustic / electric and you may be looking for an acoustic?
     
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    I was looking for the same thing you are about two weeks ago. Budget was $300. I did my research and Yamaha FS830 and Recording King EZ-Tone Plus 000 were on the list. Then I went to GC and decided I much preferred the Yamaha FG800 (at $199) over the FS830 and I thought the Recording King neck was too much of a baseball bat for me. As I wandered around trying other sub $300 guitars by Fender, Epiphone and others (FYI, I hated the Epi Hummingbird -- sounded terrible to me). Finally, I found a used Epi EJ200-EC with a solid top for $299 (with case). I fell in love (a bit more of a C-shape neck than the others) and that was it (even at $439 new they are a bargain, IMO). I had really wanted a 000 size, but you just never know what will catch your fancy.
     
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    I will also recommend the Epiphone EL-00 Pro.
    I purchased the one with solid Mahogany top and laminated mahogany back and sides. It's a perfect size for messing and playing da blues.
    Mine has opened up finally and sounds exactly like a J-45!
    Well in mind at least.
    It's very comfortable.
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    lineboat Friend of Leo's

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    I've been dragging an old solid cedar topped S6 Seagull around for years. Extreme heat and cold, it's never let me down. Seagulls are hard to beat!
     
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    Solid top Yamaha FG700s. $199 everywhere. Great guitars
     
  9. Tony Done

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    There are plenty of good acoustics available these days, so I go on looks and performance rather than name or reputation; I trust my ears. The thing I look at first on acoustics, often before I play them, is neck angle. That is, will there be plenty of saddle (at least 1/16") still showing after I have lowered the action to where I like it? Neck angles vary a lot, even in expensive guitars.
     
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    6stringcowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Seagull. I've had 3 different Seagulls, 2 S6s and 1 S12. Beautiful, great sounding/playing, and affordable.

    Lots of great suggestions here. Play a bunch of guitars, enjoy the hunt. :)
     
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    Alvarez parlor AP70 fits your budget and is a good little travel companion.
     
  12. Charlie Bernstein

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    I'd get a used guitar. More for the money.

    But if you want a new North American-made guitar, Art & Lutherie and Seagull are both decent builds for nice prices.

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    Yamaha FG 335 is a heck of a good one to get if you are patient enough to find one that doesn't need a neck reset.
     
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    Yes, always check neck angle on any acoustic guitar, new or used - but the risk of bad neck angle is greater in inexpensive used guitars. It isn't just Yamaha.
     
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    I have a Seagull S-6 cutaway. Cedar top, cherrywood back/sides, and maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard. They have tusq compensated bridge and nut. Purchased $250 used and won't be selling it. Love the tone.
    Also, have read good things about Recording King guitars.
    Would also recommend trying out different guitars and getting the one that speaks to you...if you haven't already.
     
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    I had a Seagull S6 Slim. It sounded GREAT, but even though I love a 1.69" nut width, I could never get used to the Seagull's 1.72" nut.
     
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    This is the best advice.
     
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    Add the Jasmine S34C to your list of things to try. You might wind up like me, not missing the solid board top it doesn't have, and shocked at how good a Indonesian-made plywood box that retails for under $100.00, street, can sound and play.

    I'm biased, though. I got my first one because I was looking for a "beater" I could play the campfire, travel around with, and not care too much about if it got lost, damaged, or stolen. I got my first one from Amazon Prime for $70.00 and liked it so much I bought another later that same evening that my first one arrived. Everything I wanted was there -tone, even volume and sustain response up, down, and across the board, rock-solid tuning stability, and playing comfort. I now own a bunch of the things and use them both for recording and live performance. If they didn't work for me for those things, I'd get something else.
     
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