Coffee house gigging acoustic recomendations

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by NBS2005, Mar 7, 2020.

  1. tubelectron

    tubelectron Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 25, 2010
    Here's the option that I choose - maybe not suitable for the music you intend to play, though... o_O;)


    Electrifiability attachment is nonetheless possible (and much easier if you are not Lefty ! :rolleyes:) :


    But it's me, OK ? :D

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  2. NBS2005

    NBS2005 TDPRI Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Hamilton, ON
    Thanks everyone for the feedback. I'm going to check out some of the suggestions. I live close to some really nice acoustic focused shops.

    Will let you know what shakes out.

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  3. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 26, 2003
    Augusta, Maine
    Ditto dat. If you're happy with the Art & Luthier guitar, stick with it.

    I used a soundhole pickup for years happily, and they've gotten even better over the years. They run from around $50 to $200. Three advantages: you don't have to pay someone to install it, you don't have to drill a hole in the guitar, and you can move them from one guitar to another, so a new guitar doesn't mean a new pickup.

    If you don't like soundhole pickups and would rather have a piezo (that is, non-magnetic) pickup installed, you might look intro either a K&K Pure Mini or a JJB Prestige-330. (There are other brands, but I don't think you can do better, and you won't be paying for a name.)

    PS—North American:

    A lot of folks above are recommending Pacific rim guitars. I don't. For one thing, there are so many great deals on used US-made guitars in places like that it's silly to mail your hard-earneds overseas.

    And as you well know, the Godin family of acoustics—Art & Luthier, Seagull, Simon & Patrick—offers a world of great choices at great prices. For instance, one of those little Art & Luthier Roadhouse Series would be a hoot.

    PPS—thin necks:

    And for a thin, thin neck, check out old Gibson LG-0s while you're browsing I don't think anyone's ever put a thinner neck on a standard guitar. I found one for my sister a year or so ago for $700.

    If they're not collector items, they're certainly great conversation pieces. And they're a blast to play, too.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2020
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  4. Axegrinder77

    Axegrinder77 Tele-Holic

    Mar 21, 2019
    for a $1000 in Canada you can easily find an used Larrivee on Craigslist. They are (at least they used to be) dominant in the mid level guitar market. L3 is a nice guitar.

    Yamaha is certainly worth looking at. I can`t believe how good their cheaper guitars are. And they make nicer ones too. Possibly best bang for buck. If you can afford it, why not consider a nicer guitar, even if you have to finance half of it. It`s a solid investment for a singer songwriter. They don`t lose value, and you`ll probably be more satisfied and less time thinking how your sound could be better (um, ok that`s a lie).

    Once you pick up a nice Gibson, Martin, Taylor...
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  5. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    Yamaha FG or FJX models.. great value/features

    If NA Is critical, I did play and nearly buy a great plain jane Larrivee that was a great price but it had no pickup.
  6. LGOberean

    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

    May 31, 2008
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    So, @NBS2005 you have a parlor, and you want fuller sound than that. I would suggest splitting the difference between the parlor size and a dreadnought. Four years ago, I did this. I went from a dreadnought I was using at a restaurant gig to a smaller bodied acoustic/electric guitar.

    The specific brand of both guitars was Breedlove. The smaller one is Breedlove's Concert shape/size (below left). Both are older Breedlove guitars "Crafted in Korea." I've done hundreds of gigs with both guitars.
    My Breedloves - 2.jpg

    Nowadays, Breedlove guitars that aren't made in the USA are crafted in China. You said you prefer North American made, and I get the idea of buying "local." But if you're open to a guitar that wasn't made in the USA or Canada, I can recommend Breedlove. Of course, Breedlove makes guitars in Bend, Oregon, but you'll spend a couple of grand or more for those, unless you happen upon one for sale in your price range.

    My Breedloves are nice guitars, and so whenever I go to my local GC, I check out their Breedloves. Consequently, I've played quite a few of those Chinese Breedloves, and the playability of Breedlove guitars has been consistent over the years.

    As for a guitar size that's smaller than a dreadnought, you have several options with Breedlove. In their production line guitars, they don't offer dreadnought or parlor sizes anymore. Their "Companion" is the smallest of their smaller guitars, then the "Concertina," then the "Concert." The latter is comparable to the size of a Martin 000 or OM. Below are the dimensions of those three Breedlove body shapes.

    Companion – upper bout, 9.93"; waist, 7.93"; lower bout, 13.53"; scale length, 23.5"

    Concertina – upper bout, 10.828"; waist, 8.64"; lower bout, 14.75"; scale length, 25"

    Concert – upper bout, 11.25"; waist, 9"; lower bout, 15"; scale length, 25.5"

    I've played an A&L Ami before. I didn't do a side-by-side comparison of the Ami and a Breedlove, but in my opinion the Breedloves play better than the Ami. You could buy a Breedlove Pursuit series Concert sized acoustic/electric guitar (L.R. Baggs electronics) for $500, a perfectly giggable guitar that plays well. That's $250 under your guitar budget, and for just $80 over that budget, you could also buy the Fishman Loudbox Mini amp that has already been recommended several times over in this thread. I'll join in recommending the Fishman LBM for singer/songwriter applications. My brother has gigged with his, I gig with mine every week. In fact, I just came home from a gig using that amp. Breedlove Concert + Fishman LBM is a great rig for voice and guitar gigs.
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  7. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Silver Supporter

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
  8. Mark the Moose

    Mark the Moose Tele-Holic

    Sep 4, 2018
    Erie, CO
    There are loads of great guitars being made right now. Find one that feels, sounds and looks great to your hands, ears and eyes. Really nothing else matters. That being said, I have a $1500 Martin GP that I dearly love and a $75 Washburn D10 that I also dearly love.
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