Open D guitar

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  1. southernrock

    southernrock TDPRI Member

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    Hey all,

    I have a Taylor 110ce and I love it. I am also playing 1/2 the time in open D tuning and have grown lazy and want a separate guitar for standard tuning and one for open D.
    I will use the Taylor for standard tuning. . .so, what would be your recommendation for a good acoustic guitar to use for open tuning? $300 budget

    Thanks,
    Jorey
     
  2. dog fart

    dog fart Friend of Leo's

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    Find a used Yamaha. Even brand new Yamaha is a bargain, always has been. There's no snob appeal, but that's a good thing.
     
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    idjster VERY grateful member Ad Free Member

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    I agree with dog fart. I've had two Yamahas and they have both been more than worth what I paid for them. They really are under appreciated.
     
  4. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

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    I've played a couple of those 110s - nice guitar. I play about half open tuning and half standard on both elctrics and acoustics. I would say that the Taylor might well be better suited open tunings than standard - so get a Yamaha for your standard tuning. ;)
     
  5. southernrock

    southernrock TDPRI Member

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    Thanks Tony, I had thought that as well. . .what if the Taylor was better for open tuning?

    I play about half and half as well.

    Jorey
     
  6. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

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    Just out of interest, I've got four flattops. Two are dedicated to standard tuning fingerpicking, an old Maton M300 and a 1934 Gibson L-00, and two are dedicated to slide, a Maton 225 with a cedar top and a Bourgeois Martin Simpson Sig. The Bourgeois was purpose designed for open tunings, and is an absolute killer - but not cheap. The cedar top on the Maton is good for open tuning, and many inexpensive cedar topped dreads I've tried have also seemed well-suited. So, if you want to keep the Taylor in standard, an inexpensive cedar top might be worth looking at for open tuning.
     
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    If your playing is mainly south of the 7th fret, I would recommend a Harmony Sovereign in the under $300 range. The action tends to be on the high side on most all of them, but the sound is great.
     
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    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

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    +1 on Yamaha. FG series have been going for decades.

    I have 3 yamahas.
     
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    I've picked up three Yamaha FG310's in the past year for $60-$80 each. Great playing and sounding guitars, especially for the money. Yamaha has always been like that, for all instruments. +1 from me
     
  10. southernrock

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    Looks like the Yamaha's have ìt!

    The Epiphone aj200ce looks good as well.
     
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