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    What would you say is the BEST bang for the buck guitar, in your opinion. I'm not shopping, so there are no parameters. I'm just interested in which specific guitars you think are the best for their price and why.
    The "artist" formerly known as RKO

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    For the low to mid price range I would say Yamaha based on price, quality and value.
    If you find your self alone riding in green fields with the sun in your face... do not be troubled, for you are in Elysium. And you are already dead! Brothers... what we do in life... echoes in eternity! (Gladiator)

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    • #3
      I doubt you can buy anything for just a dollar.
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      Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Men" -- Luke 2:14

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      • #4
        Eastman 'E' Traditional Series guitars - materials, build and sound, the real deal.

        here -

        http://www.guitarsplususa.com/eastman-acoustic.shtml

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        • #5
          Yamaha, Martin, and Taylor come to mind. Reasons: quality control, consistency, sound. All good.
          Jack1969 Martin D12-20 12-string1984 Martin HD-28

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          • #6
            EDIT: just saw this was Acoustic. I like Seagulls.

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            • #7






              Quote Originally Posted by kiowa1
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              Yamaha, Martin, and Taylor come to mind. Reasons: quality control, consistency, sound. All good.




              Almost in agreement...Some Martins are amazing, some are kinda lacking. Yamaha, Guild, and Taylor are dependable.
              God(s) bless the rest of the world(s), too

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              • #8
                Godin/Seagull.
                Good deals with - Yarbicus, CBH5150, BozzofAngels, Alvin Wilson, Harris Quinn

                Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.

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                • #9
                  How many bucks do you have, and how much bang do you want?



                  If all you got is a hundred bucks, a Rogue or similar will be the best bang for the buck guitar.

                  If you have a couple of grand, a Martin D-28 or 000-28 maybe.

                  If you really have deep pockets, might I suggest an Olson.
                  Proud reject from the HCAG Civil Posters Society, Martin snob, vitriolic sociopath, and tantrumist

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                  • #10






                    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Allan Hall
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                    Almost in agreement...Some Martins are amazing, some are kinda lacking. Yamaha, Guild, and Taylor are dependable.






                    If you're talking Hoboken or Westerly Guilds, I'll agree with you. But after Fender took over, not so much. I test drove a few newer Guild 12's a year or so ago, and there was just something missing. The punch seemed to be lacking. Hard to describe. Sort of like leaving the salt out of the stew. All the meat, and carrots, and potatoes and celery were there, but it just wasn't right. Maybe it was my 66-year-old ears, but they just weren't the same.



                    I do think Sandy Cheeks has a point, though. I wouldn't feel bad about putting Seagull on the list.
                    Jack1969 Martin D12-20 12-string1984 Martin HD-28

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                    • #11
                      a Keller. The last one I sold was for the cost of materials plus one dollar.

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                      • #12






                        Quote Originally Posted by Freeman Keller
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                        a Keller. The last one I sold was for the cost of materials plus one dollar.




                        If, and I say if, I was the owner of said guitar...




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                        • #13






                          Quote Originally Posted by Freeman Keller
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                          a Keller. The last one I sold was for the cost of materials plus one dollar.




                          I'll take a 000 and a LP thanks.

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                            Quote Originally Posted by Freeman Keller
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                            a Keller. The last one I sold was for the cost of materials plus one dollar.




                            Not a bad deal, Freeman. Is it being used well?



                            That brings a good point though: there's something satisfying about making something with your own two hands. I'm hoping the first Kwakatak guitar is able to make something resembling music without any intonation issues and a good bit of sustain. THat being said, I don't think that it's been a great "bang for the buck" since I burned through two of everything to make 1 guitar and had to buy tools along the way too. All told I think I'll have put in at least as much on my cedar/mahogany medium jumbo as the monetary cost of the used 2007 Taylor GSMC (precursor to the GS5) that has been sitting in my local mom & pop shop and lists at $1400. So far I have about $200 in materials invested in Kwakatak #2 - but then again I'm recycling some bits and pieces from my old Lawsuit Tak. Not the JLD though.



                            But we're talking factory instruments so I'll digress. Even then, it changes for me with each discovery. This past visit to GC opened my eyes to a used Martin DM for $675. Even then, that's not the best deal I've heard of for that particulat model. Indeed, I thought my D-16GT was a good buy at $950 but a week after putting down a deposit on it I found one with a Baggs element installed listed for $500.



                            I guess the best bang for the buck is kind of like playing Russian roulette. You have to know when to pull the trigger or risk getting a bigger hole blown in your wallet.



                            OT: Jeez- listen to me. It's almost like I"m some kind of gun nut!
                            Cornelius Clodhopper

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                            • #15
                              Neil, I couldn't help but notice your comment about the DM you found for $675. Just a little reminder.......I bought my DM, with case, pristine condition, when it was 10 years old and got it for $400. This DM amazes me every time I pick it up. So, I'm sure you can find a DM for quite a bit less than $675. I feel the DM is a lot better guitar than most people would believe. I think it's one of the Martin models you have to own for awhile before you realize just how good it really is. Could also be part of the reason Martin stopped building them. (?)
                              Three Dreads......2 Martins and 1 YamahaA fiddle, a mando, a uke, eight harmonicas, a Zoom H2, a Panasonic recorder, coupla penny whistles, an Italian made Titano accordion, three handguns, at least a dozen chess sets, more power tools than Bob Vila, and one old Westclox "Big Ben" wind-up alarm clock that still works! Oh, BTW, I forgot to mention my ocarina and maracas.

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