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  • Acoustic dudes....I need some advice.

    I'm looking into getting an acoustic. I think that $500 would be my max. What should I be looking at?

    Those cheaper Martin line of acoustics are on sale at GC this weekend for like $429. Are those any good?

    I've never really owned an acoustic so idk much about them.
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  • #2
    Acoustics are even more sensitive to slight differences in the build than electrics. Go to a shop that has a lot of acoustics, try ALL of the ones out that are within your budget, and pick the one you like best (sound/playability).
    When I got mine, I thought I'd end up with a Martin, and the shop owner thought I'd end up with a Seagull. I walked out with the ugliest Taylor dreadnought in the shop, but it sounded way, way better for me than any of the other guitars I tried that day.
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    • #3
      ^ Yes
      Plus, if it was me I'd forget totally about plugging it in. Get the highest quality acoustic tone you can for your budget, worry about plugging in later.

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      • #4
        i play my cheapo martin daily, love it. been great for the last 10 years. the fishman pickup sounds really good through a PA.

        but i did play my dad's d 28 last weekend. it just ****************s all over mine, its crazy how much better it sounds.
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        • #5
          I bought a high-strung (nashville tuned) Wechter from Loop a few months ago and have been very impressed with it....Wechter pleks all their guitars.

          Also came with sweet Fishman electronics.

          Definitely give them a look.
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          • #6
            I have a Seagull that I would put up against anything under $1000 and they are right in your price range. The cedar top sounds amazing. It's big, warm and loud as hell. Sounds great plugged in too. Of all the guitars I've owned both acoustic and electric this is the one that has never left my collection.

            http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/seagull-s6-original-q1-acoustic-electric-guitar

            http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/seagull-coastline-series-s6-slim-cutaway-dreadnought-qi-acoustic-electric-guitar

            I have the cutaway version
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            • #7
              What are you going to do with it? If you're playing live thru an amp or a PA, you should most definitely plug in and listen to it. If you play at home, the electronics aren't so important at all.

              I only play acoustic guitar on a stage and never at home, so for me the plugged in sound is what matters most. I tried out loads of acoustics and decided on a Breedlove. It was reasonably priced and sounded best plugged in to my ears.

              I wasn't a fan of the budget Martins. Seagulls are nice guitars but they pretty much all have a huge neck. I initially bought a Seagull but the 1.75" nut width was too much for me. As for lower priced models, Taylor's budget guitars sound the best acoustically to me. If I never plugged in, I would have chosen a Taylor, hands down.
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              • #8
                Play as many as possible.

                Don't play ANY above your price range.

                Don't look at the name on the headstock. Find one which speaks to you.
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                • #9
                  What are you going to do with it?



                  Mostly just for home use and recording.
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                  • #10
                    Play as many as possible.

                    Don't play ANY above your price range.

                    Don't look at the name on the headstock. Find one which speaks to you.


                    This^^^ Although I'm partial to Guild's,...

                    More than any other piece of gear in the guitar realm, it's important to actually play the acoustic you end up with prior to purchase. If your max price is set in stone avoid playing higher price models because if you do,...you'll more than likely end up with the more expensive guitar.

                    If this is your first acoustic purchase I think the most important factor is playing comfort. Make sure it feels right and comfy in your hands.
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                    • #11
                      I got a really cheap acoustic guitar yesterday (gift from gf) and I spent the whole night playing it. It sounds great. Don't worry too much about brand, just play a few guitsr and find one that sounds good to you acoustically.
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                      • #12
                        I have a Seagull that I would put up against anything under $1000 and they are right in your price range. The cedar top sounds amazing. It's big, warm and loud as hell. Sounds great plugged in too. Of all the guitars I've owned both acoustic and electric this is the one that has never left my collection.

                        http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/seagull-s6-original-q1-acoustic-electric-guitar

                        http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/seagull-coastline-series-s6-slim-cutaway-dreadnought-qi-acoustic-electric-guitar

                        I have the cutaway version


                        I came in here to say "Seagull".

                        AFAIK they have the most inexpensive solid topped guitars out there.

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                        • #13
                          Acoustics are even more sensitive to slight differences in the build than electrics. Go to a shop that has a lot of acoustics, try ALL of the ones out that are within your budget, and pick the one you like best (sound/playability).


                          This. When I did this I ended up with an all-solid wood MIC Ibanez and I preferred it over the more well known and expensive brands I tried. It's been a fantastic acoustic for many years now.
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                          • #14
                            I think I paid around that for my Seagull , Godin is also the mother company of Art & Lutherie acoustics which are darn good and very affordable .
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                            • #15
                              I came in here to say "Seagull".

                              AFAIK they have the most inexpensive solid topped guitars out there.


                              They do have a chunky neck but it's easy to get used to and the sound and build quality are excellent. Mine plays great to with little to no maintenance
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