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Decent acoustic/electric < $300 recommendations

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  • Decent acoustic/electric < $300 recommendations

    I'm on the lookout for a decent acoustic/electric for $300 or less. What would you guys recommend? I used to have a Takamine EG544SC that I had to sell. I definitely regret selling it, because they are now discontinued.
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    Peavey 4x12MS - unloaded - $90<br />
    Schecter C1 Plus Transparent Blue with JB/59 pickups - $300<br />
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    That's a tall order. For a decent A/E at that price point, I'm thinking you are going to be looking at used Yamah, Epi Masterbilt, or Seagull. You might luck up and find one of the used Martin X series at that price, or maybe a Taylor 110E.

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    • #3
      Decent electronics alone costs over 1/2 your budget.

      Thats the problem with acoustic electrics in that price range, they skimp like hell on the electric bits.

      I'd just get a decent acoustic for $200 to $300, then save up another $100 to $200 for a good pickup system.

      My fav undersaddle pickup is the LR Baggs Element, they go from $120 to $140 or so. I like it better than a Fishman undersaddle.

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      • #4
        Fishman rare earth into either a Yamaha, or Seagull.
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        • #5
          Washburns.

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          <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>mistersully</strong>
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          • #6
            I'm not looking for anything top of the line. When I got the Takamine, it was around $400 brand new, and that was perfect. Unfortunately, I had to sell it.
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            Fender Mustang II<br />
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            <b><font size="+2">SPAM:</font></b><br />
            Peavey 4x12MS - unloaded - $90<br />
            Schecter C1 Plus Transparent Blue with JB/59 pickups - $300<br />
            <br />
            <b><font size="+2">WANTED:</font></b><br />
            Seymour Duncan Custom/59 or Custom/Jazz set (zebra)<br />
            Dimarzio AZ/AN set (zebra)<br />
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            <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>OverDriven</strong>
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            • #7
              Used Seagull Entourage CW would fit in your budget. I saw one recently at the local GC for $350 that looked mint, and there's a couple showing online used for less than that...
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              • #8
                Yamaha FG700S - $200. Fishman Matrix Infinity pickup - $150. Maybe pay a tech $35 -$50 to install it or do it yourself. Total - $350 - $400. Voila! Instant budget A/E.
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                • #9






                  Quote Originally Posted by FretFiend.
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                  Yamaha FG700S - $200. Fishman Matrix Infinity pickup - $150. Maybe pay a tech $35 -$50 to install it or do it yourself. Total - $350 - $400. Voila! Instant budget A/E.




                  I don't know diddly-squat about pickups, but I'd have to agree with FF that buying a Yamaha FG700S and adding a pickup to it would be the way to go. I'll take his word on the Fishman Matrix Infinity. I think the end result would be a better all-around A/E guitar for your budget.
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                  • #10
                    Actually, there are several decent pickup systems available in that price range. The Fishman was just one of the ones I knew about right off.
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                    • #11






                      Quote Originally Posted by FretFiend.
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                      Actually, there are several decent pickup systems available in that price range. The Fishman was just one of the ones I knew about right off.




                      Yeah, the K&K pickups are easy to install (though not for use with a full band setup). Also, anything soundhole would be an easy self-install option. The Baggs M1a gets all kinds of rave reviews.

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                      • #12
                        I agree with the yamaha fg700. But why not a JJB Electronics Prestige 330 for 50 bucks? Now you are only at 250, and have some extra cash for a $50 external preamp. Or if the OP plays electric he may already have something on his pedal board that will work for him.
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                        • #13
                          I'm not familiar with Yamaha acoustic guitars. Do they sound and play good?
                          <div class="signaturecontainer"><b><font size="+2">My Gear:</font></b><br />
                          Peavey Wolfgang<br />
                          Squier Tele Custom II<br />
                          Marshall DSL50<br />
                          Custom 2x12 w/ Vet30 and ET65<br />
                          Fender Mustang II<br />
                          <br />
                          <b><font size="+2">SPAM:</font></b><br />
                          Peavey 4x12MS - unloaded - $90<br />
                          Schecter C1 Plus Transparent Blue with JB/59 pickups - $300<br />
                          <br />
                          <b><font size="+2">WANTED:</font></b><br />
                          Seymour Duncan Custom/59 or Custom/Jazz set (zebra)<br />
                          Dimarzio AZ/AN set (zebra)<br />
                          <br />
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                          <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>OverDriven</strong>
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                          • #14






                            Quote Originally Posted by ledvedder
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                            I'm not familiar with Yamaha acoustic guitars. Do they sound and play good?




                            They're not Martins, but for the kind of money you're speaking of, yes, they sound and play good.
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                            • #15






                              Quote Originally Posted by mike003
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                              I agree, Washburns are pretty good bang for buck. My advice is to scour Craigslist,pawnshops and local want ads. It seems somebody is always selling a guitar. I have picked up a couple of used Seagull S6 for $150 each. Like FF said, you could electrify a good second hand guitar for not a whole lot. I also have bought a terrific made-in-Japan Takamine A/E at a pawnshop for $300. Buy used and you get twice the guitar for your money.
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