Cheap acoustic???

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by lineboat, Jun 27, 2019.

  1. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

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    I’m thinking about picking up a cheaper acoustic to drag around. Not looking for a dread. The Takamine and Yamaha stuff looks interesting. I have a Seagull, a Guild, a higher end Guild and a nice Martin.
    What small bodied, cutaway A/E would you guys recommend in the $4-600 range?
     
  2. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Friend of Leo's

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    Ibanez has some good parlor sized and cutaway models in your price range. I have a Talman style acoustic that's been pretty good.

    EDIT: Here's my Talman acoustic/electric

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    I've always liked the Yamaha APX series. Those are especially good if you're primarily an electric guitar player because they have that feel. They're probably cheaper than the range you're looking for, but those guitars punch above their weight class, IMO.
     
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    shop used on GC online. You'll get a good deal, it is shipped to your local GC, and if you don't like it you return it.
     
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    Peavey has a nice parlor guitar. Unique body style and a couple nice finish options.
     
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    Love my Epiphone EL-OO Pro. Amazing playability, great sound, nice size and very decent electronics. Having owned Martin, J-45, etc. this instrument holds it own and has cured my acoustic GAS. Going on 4 years now.

    Oh sorry...just saw you’re looking for a cutaway
     
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    Yamaha and Washburn are the usual recommendations.

    However ... you can get any under $100 acoustic and pay for a $100 fret level which includes a $50 value pro setup, and have a guitar that plays like $1,000.

    Then you will have no worries as you drag it around.

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    Ibanez. I recently went through the same thing and had my heart set on buying a yamaha as they have been my go-to budget acoustic most of my life. The gritty frets turned me off.
     
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    Blueridge BR-43
    A lightweight ( solid Sitka top/laminate mahogany) 000-18 style guitar with real quality tone and playability ( comfy neck/setup)
    Unlike some guitars I have tried, similar price range, $350 or so, it does NOT have a generic ( what I call 'toneless' ) uninspiring sound- but real body on the low notes, and sustain/clarity throughout
    Knocked me out!

    ( I'm a big Blueridge fan and along with some of my buddies own more expensive models- but the BR-43 IMO , is a great value)
     
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    Best - Yamaha Parlor

    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/yamaha-csf1m-parlor-acoustic-electric-guitar

    Better - Yamaha 3/4

    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/yamaha-apx-thinline-3-4-size-acoustic-electic-guitar

    Good - yes it's designed for kids but they're very nice

    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/yamaha-jr1-mini-folk-guitar

    If you wanted to stay in the Martin camp get an LXM travel guitar. Indestructible. The backpacks are fantastic.

    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/gui...in-acoustic-guitar?rNtt=Little Martin&index=3

    I have two LXM's. The black one goes on every scuba trip. It has seen some miles. Love it.

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    The Grateful Dead - Felix the Cat model stays home. These are so nice for travel and they feel like real guitars.

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    schmee Poster Extraordinaire

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    The new Guilds are pretty well liked. The new Westerley (import) or some US made ones too.
     
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    Took the words out of my mouth. I shopped in-depth (in VERY depth) for months for an inexpensive acoustic.

    I should note--NOT A/E.

    Ended up with a more or less parlor-sized and a concert size, both Ibanez, both punch WAY above their weight.

    Preferred them greatly to various Recording King, Alvarez, Yamaha, Fender and other brands I tried, even some costing 2-3 times as much.

    For what it's worth, I've been playing since 1977.
     
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    Eastman has some amazing solid wood models under $600.
     
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    I’ve had great luck with Washburns for inexpensive acoustics.
     
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    You can get away with ever play acoustics. They cost 100 to 150.and sound good
     
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    Taylor Big Baby or Taylor Academy would also be good choices.
     
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    I have a Washburn AG30S that I think I paid around $250 for.....no cutaway or pickup, though.
    I've got an older Yamaha FG Jr (3/4 size) that I used for music therapy when I taught Special Ed.....it is SO cool, and held up well to my students who seemed to think guitars were percussion instruments.;)
     
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    I recently purchased a Washburn EA15 acoustic-electric, mini-jumbo and could not be happier. They retail for $249. Impressive projection, and tone from the smaller body, and sounds great plugged in. Built-in tuner to round out the package. s-l1000.jpg
     
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  20. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

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    There sure are a ton of choices.
    We have to drive a couple hours or more to get to any place with any real inventory. It might be worth it to find the right one though. I know it’s not a high end purchase, but I like to know the feel of an acoustic before buying it.
     
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