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  • What's a modestly priced solid wood acoustic?

    Nothing fancy, just a good lower end all solid wood guitar for gigs & studio work. Something below $1000. Trying to find something used, but I can't seem to have any luck at the moment.

  • #2
    Check out the guild gad d-150. Or the taylor dn3.
    Bob.
    Martin HD35 | Gibson J45tv | Taylor DN3 | Guild GAD25 | Taylor Baby | Yamaha FG413SBD | Yamaha FG200

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    • #3
      Check out this article: http://digital.premierguitar.com/premierguitar/201207_1#pg153
      Good Day. I said Good Day!

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      • #4
        How about an all-solid guitar for $500?

        http://www.gearhounds.com/crafter-dv200nv-acoustic-guitar.aspx

        And it's a very, very good guitar!

        Crafter DV200NV

        Howard

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        • #5
          Blueridge. 'Nuff said.

          Mel
          AKA "SuperChunk"

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          • #6
            In the US, Blueridge, or maybe Recording King, or maybe this Washburn from a recent thread.
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            • #7
              I would look for a used Martin 15 series, a D-15 or a 000-15. Look for one from before they put out the 15M series in 2010. They should go for between $800 - $900 and you can't do better. They are consistently good.

              Here's a 12-fret slothead 000-15S, and here's one of the newer "M" models, all mahogany.

              Or, if you prefer, a dreadnought...

              ...see...I've done all the work for you...
              Tom

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              • #8
                I agree with Tom ^^^.......just saw this on my local craigslist this morning. Martin D-15.....seller is asking $650 for it. So, the deals are out there.

                http://columbus.craigslist.org/msg/3079295667.html
                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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                • #9
                  For less than $1k you can get a new Martin D-15M or 000-15M...

                  Or a D-16GT or 000-16GT.

                  With warranty.

                  http://www.maurysmusic.com/home3
                  *If interested in a particular model, email them and ask for their best pricing, and they will send you a list of sale prices.

                  I'm not affiliated with these guys in any way. They just happen to have a great sale price sheet that I like to look at... a lot...
                  I guess I kinda lost control, because in the middle of the play I ran up and lit the evil puppet villain on fire. No, I didn't. Just kidding. I just said that to help illustrate one of the human emotions, which is freaking out. Another emotion is greed, as when you kill someone for money, or something like that. Another emotion is generosity, as when you pay someone double what he paid for his stupid puppet.I.K.F.C.E.S.C.Potato SocietySAWG

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                  • #10
                    I would disagree with the d-15 suggestion. If the OP is looking for an all purpose acoustic, i would stick with a spruce top. The d-16gt suggestion is a good one.
                    Bob.
                    Martin HD35 | Gibson J45tv | Taylor DN3 | Guild GAD25 | Taylor Baby | Yamaha FG413SBD | Yamaha FG200

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                    • #11
                      My vote goes to Guild GAD-series gits. Excellent tone and build quality, all solid woods. Very good value.
                      Kicking cancer one day at a time, 1.5 years in remission - Yay!

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                      • #12
                        My vintage nomination is the Harmony H1260:

                        All solid woods. Red spruce and solid quartersawn one-piece Honduran Mahogany back sides and neck. Spirit varnish finish. Hide glue. Brazilian rosewood fretboard and bridge. Adjustable truss rod unlike an inferior 60's Martin D18. Made in USA in the 60's and 70's. Impossible to reissue.
                        they sell for $300 to $600 depending on the need for a reset. Want to hear one? Listen to the intro to Stairway to Heaven.

                        Lots of people have their own definition of what "vintage" means. I define it as something impossible to recreate today in terms of a reissue for any price remotely associated with what they cost on the market.
                        The Brazilian rosewood, large quartersawn mahogany lumber, red spruce, shellac and hide glue would make an exact replica of this guitar cost easily thousands of dollars. But originals show up on Ebay for less than $500 routinely.

                        Buy it and pay for the reset. They are worth it:

                        http://www.ebay.com/itm/HARMONY-H1260-SOVEREIGN-GUITAR-1970-NEEDS-NECK-SET-VERY-CLEAN-/380447608720
                        "I don't want to be immortalized through my work. I want to be immortalized by not dying." Woody Allen

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                        • #13
                          I've been curious about the new PRS SE acoustics as well. IMHO they look quite nice and the pricing is very attractive. There's a mahogany version as well for a little less $. The sides are lam, but I couldn't give a rip. Good for stability, and if sides impact tone in some way, my ears are not good enough to notice.


                          http://elderly.com/new_instruments/names/prs-se-angelus-custom-acoustic-model-with-case--SEAC.htm
                          I guess I kinda lost control, because in the middle of the play I ran up and lit the evil puppet villain on fire. No, I didn't. Just kidding. I just said that to help illustrate one of the human emotions, which is freaking out. Another emotion is greed, as when you kill someone for money, or something like that. Another emotion is generosity, as when you pay someone double what he paid for his stupid puppet.I.K.F.C.E.S.C.Potato SocietySAWG

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                          • #14
                            There is an Avalon Gold Series on e bay for $899.

                            I've played these and not come across a better solid wood dread in that price range.

                            Hey, Knock. How come you haven't been to Rudy's in Soho and I have?

                            I don't believe I am that much worse a git junkie than you! Next trip Mandolin Bros. Might be able to afford a pick there.

                            (PRS headstock butt ugly imho)
                            Please give me talent and patience - lots and soon.

                            HCAG Civil Posters Society Charter Member 005. Ignoring yer man permanently.

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                            • #15
                              There is an Avalon Gold Series on e bay for $899.

                              I've played these and not come across a better solid wood dread in that price range.

                              Hey, Knock. How come you haven't been to Rudy's in Soho and I have?

                              I don't believe I am that much worse a git junkie than you! Next trip Mandolin Bros. Might be able to afford a pick there.

                              (PRS headstock butt ugly imho)


                              You've been to Rudy's in Soho wile I have not because my mantra is, "Never leave the apartment." Sometimes I slip, but for the most part I am able to maintain discipline.

                              I have been to Mandolin Bros., though. Almost walked right past it - doesn't look like anything at all from the outside. No flash on the inside either, really... except for the inventory. HOLY CRAP.

                              I agree with you about the PRS headstock, although I like the overall look of the git. At least the hs shape is consistent with that of gits in PRS' high end offerings. For some reason, *reasonably priced* acoustics are often marred by either a bizarre/fugly/hideous headstock shape or a tacky logo. It's like the manufacturer is trying to punish you for not spending thousands more on their high end schtupf.

                              Edit: Now that you mention Avalon's Gold Series and Mandolin Bros. in the same post... Mandolin Brothers used to have its own line of Gold Series Avalons that were made in the factory in Ireland. If they happen to have any left, what an amazing score that would be for someone. Truly awful that the git world is losing such an excellent company.
                              I guess I kinda lost control, because in the middle of the play I ran up and lit the evil puppet villain on fire. No, I didn't. Just kidding. I just said that to help illustrate one of the human emotions, which is freaking out. Another emotion is greed, as when you kill someone for money, or something like that. Another emotion is generosity, as when you pay someone double what he paid for his stupid puppet.I.K.F.C.E.S.C.Potato SocietySAWG

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