Cheap acoustic???

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

  1. Steve Holt

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    Go with an Art and Lutherie! You won't regret it!

    I have the legacy concert in Bourbon burst. It's the guitar that finally brought me over to the world of acoustic!
     
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  2. t-ray

    t-ray Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I recently visited my local NYC Guitar center and played every guitar on hand for $400 or less. The last one I picked up was this Mitchell - a GC brand I believe - thinking since I tried all the others I ought to try it out. I was shocked at how good it sounded for $300. Not quite as good as the Taylor Big Baby (about $400), but pretty close. Sounded way better than all the Fender models and others - more balanced, less trebly. Plus, quilted burl ash. Never heard of such wood being used for acoustic guitars. Bought one for my daughter.
    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Mitche...OIH3SkmNmWVrArKFUZ2cExs0F1fIE3gBoCElsQAvD_BwE
     
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  3. Controller

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    Good for you, there is no substitute for playing a bunch with an open mind.
     
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    lineboat Friend of Leo's

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    That’s the one I keep looking at!

    My dad has a Mitchell for a long time. It was a great guitar, but I have no idea what happened to it. His desire to play has kind of fell off since a table saw incident.....
     
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    Who wants to walk.......... with ELIAS?????

    (WWE wrestler Elias used to use that same Mitchell on TV, he would order two
    of them before every show to be delivered to the town they were performing
    in- he recently changed to Fender acoustics for some reason).

    They must be sturdy, because after he played his song he often cracked his
    opponent over the head with it.
     
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  6. Steve Holt

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    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/need-s...xpensive-decent-acoustic.939715/#post-9000336

    Here's a lengthier review I wrote up last time I offered my two cents. If it doesn't take you straight to it, I'm post number 6. It is just such a sweet guitar for the money. I got mine from a shop on Reverb that was offering 15% off and free shipping. And as a fellow lover of the classic series 50s strats you know you you have to take my word for it ;)

     
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  7. reckless meanie

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    I'd say Ibanez as well.
     
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  8. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

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    You KNOW I’ll take your word for it!
    If only they had that neck carve....
     
  9. LGOberean

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    Small(er) body, a/e, cutaway, $400-$600 range? You are describing a Breedlove Concert CE. If you're not familiar with Breedlove's Concert size, here are the dimensions: lower bout, 15”; waist, 9”; upper bout, 11-1/4”; depth, 3-3/4". It's very close to a Martin 000 or OM. Martin doesn't state the width of their guitars at the waist, but I'm betting they're comparable to Breedlove's Concert. The upper and lower bout measurements are the same, and the depths are comparable.

    I own two Breedloves, one a dread, the other a Concert CE. Mine are older models from discontinued series, the Passport Plus (Concert CE on the left and in second pic) and the Atlas series (dread on the right). Both were made in Korea. I bought the Atlas dread in August of 2008 as NOS, after the model had been discontinued, for $550. The Passport Plus Concert CE I bought used for $350 with hard shell case in 2016.
    My Breedloves - 1.jpg My new Breedlove Passport Plus C250SBe - 1.jpg

    Practically every time I go into the acoustic guitar room at my local GC, I'll pick up a Breedlove Concert CE. I don't recall ever playing a bad one.

    Well, let me qualify that last statement. Breedlove's current entry level line of acoustics is their Discovery series, the next step up is the Pursuit line, followed by the Pursuit Exotic (comparable to the MiK Passport Plus line). I've played a Discovery series Concert at my local GC that I felt was on a par with the Pursuit series models, but a couple of other Discovery models that weren't.

    The Discovery series Concerts are in the $400 range, the Pursuits, $500. I think most of the Pursuit Exotics are out of your price range, though at least one of them is $600. The Pursuit Exotic models use exotic woods like Koa or Striped ebony for the laminate back & sides, and they all have LR Baggs EAS electronics.
     
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  10. Steve Holt

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    Did you ever decide on anything?
     
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  11. lineboat

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    I bought the A&L parlor guitar. 12 fret, really good sounding guitar. It’s probably not a keeper though. I can’t get used to the 12 fret thing. I wish I’d bought one like yours.
     
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  12. Steve Holt

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    That's pretty cool. I've had my eye on the parlors too, but I feel like it would be too similar to mine. But you say it plays nice? I think they have a pretty cool sound!


     
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    Yes sir, plays real nice. The neck is AWESOME! There’s quite a bit of difference in the tone of this one and my other acoustics. It has a lot of midrange, and is a lot louder than I expected. It’ll easily overpower my little OM Guild.
     
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    That's funny, It really is how it feels to the player! I had an ibanez A/E and wanted to love but it just wasn't happening ended up with an Alvarez Grand Auditorium - Love it!

    On the inexpensive side for the OP - I had an olympia by tacoma that played well and sound nice and my nephew has a Bristol - which apparently is made by blueridge - that was short money and sounds great!
     
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    My beater acoustic guitar is a breedlove discovery. Bought it used for like $180 from guitar center. Im happy with the purchase. Very low action and have had no problems
     
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    Whatever you decide is the model and price range, best to play as many of that particular model before expecting the "one they sent you" is going to make you happy.

    Guitars are like people, they may look the same but they all sound and act different.

    Buying a guitar online is like snagging a mail order bride. Best to meet and greet your betrothed in person!

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  17. Average_Joe

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    Brought home one of these - https://www.washburn.com/product/ag40ce/

    haven't put down all day, except just to to sign in and post :)

    Sounds great into the focusrite and JBL monitors too!
     
  18. Charlie Bernstein

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    Aw, shoot, to hit the highs, I got a mandolin. Seagull has one at a nice price!
     
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  19. lineboat

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    I’ve considered one of those! That would be another instrument to learn, but a mandolin definitely has a place in my heart. It may be worth it!
     
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    I started by accident. A friend asked me if I wanted to buy a mando. I said no. She said fifty dollars. I said yes.

    Now that one's gone and I have two fancier ones. Most important thing to remember: When you're hanging around serious mando players, never ever refer to the things as "little guitars"!
     
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