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  • Best beater guitar for around $100-$150

    I already have a mahogany Bedell parlour guitar that is worth almost $1000 but am afraid to take it to the park to play. Need a beater guitar that I won't fear getting banged up. Don't mind if it's a dreadnought and don't mind used. Are there any cheap brands that have a decent reputation?

  • #2
    If you say where you are located, somebody here can probably find a few on your local craigslist.

    An old Harmony might do the trick:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Harmony-H-362-H-162-Deluxe-Acoustic-Guitar-/130517344181?pt=Guitar&hash=item1e63709fb5#ht_4674 wt_1139
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    • #3
      I picked up a Fender CD series off CL for $100. Also, a buddy bought a low end Epi from MF for $99 and he is happy with it for sitting poolside and strumming tunes.
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      • #4
        If you say where you are located, somebody here can probably find a few on your local craigslist.

        An old Harmony might do the trick:
        http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Harmony-H-362-H-162-Deluxe-Acoustic-Guitar-/130517344181?pt=Guitar&hash=item1e63709fb5#ht_4674 wt_1139


        I live in Savannah, GA but am a two hour drive away from Jacksonville, Florida and/or Charleston, SC

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        • #5
          If you're looking for a used guitar, you can't go wrong with most old Yamahas. Just be sure to carefully check the neck angle.

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          • #6
            Pick up a used Yamaha FG700S - solid spruce top and nice tone.

            You can buy a new one for $199.

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            • #7
              You can used jaxed to find some guitars near you. For example, here are all of the Yamaha FG700S's in the southeast:
              http://instrument.jaxed.com/cgi-bin/music.cgi?cat=msg&fil=fg700s&itm=&state=XSE&ps=&pe =&ys=&ye=&so=d&submit=+GO+
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              The thing with Chinese guitars is that when I play one, half an hour later I want to play it again... -- Knockwood
              If you know who wrote it, it ain't folk music. -- DHone
              Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts. -- Richard Feynman
              De recta non tolerandum sunt. -- Monty Python

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              • #8
                They have the picture wrong in the ad
                http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-HAGSTROM-D15-DREAD-ACOUS--26--GLOSS-NAT-Q410-106364938-i1750701.gc

                Another listed
                http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-HAGSTROM-D15-DREAD-ACOUS--34--GLOSS-NAT-Q410-106365083-i1748393.gc
                Has been further reduced to 129.99 This one has the correct pic
                http://used.guitarcenter.com/usedgear/index.cfm?page=3&srch&category=37&q=Hagstrom%20&di stance=100&sort=0&dir=desc The last one down

                I recently purchased 2 other models in the line while they are being sold out, They are much nicer than "beater Guitars" Mine arrived decent setup, I did tweak truss rod of the one and they are in mint shape
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                • #9
                  Old Yamie, red label is possible. FG-150, 160, 180..... Neck angle will be the deciding factor - if the angle and action are good, you've got a winner - if not, run.

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                  • #10
                    Used Yamaha F335. You can get them for less than $100 used. $149 new.
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                    • #11
                      Yet another vote for an older Yamaha...lotta bang for your buck!

                      These might suit you, as well, for a beater.

                      http://savannah.craigslist.org/msg/2364784784.html
                      http://savannah.craigslist.org/msg/2352108213.html
                      http://savannah.craigslist.org/msg/2322961525.html
                      http://savannah.craigslist.org/msg/2319594019.html
                      http://savannah.craigslist.org/msg/2305501651.html
                      http://savannah.craigslist.org/msg/2301954038.html
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                      • #12
                        Terry Allan Hall mentioned a couple of the guitars I found on your local CragsList but here they are anyway with a couple more:
                        Applause $65 w/gig bag http://savannah.craigslist.org/msg/2364784784.html (if you can get used to the round back)
                        Ibanez AW400 $170 w/gig bag http://savannah.craigslist.org/msg/2346255089.html (solid top, should be fairly nice; you should be able to get the seller down another $20)
                        Yamaha FG 400 $100 w/chipboard case http://savannah.craigslist.org/msg/2340096085.html
                        Epiphone DR-100 $55 w/gig bag http://savannah.craigslist.org/msg/2319594019.html (all laminated but the price is right)
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                        • #13
                          A cheap Yamaha would be a good bet. Seagull, Art & Lutherie, and Simon & Patrick are all made by the same company and I've regularly seen cheap 'gulls and A&Ls go for around $150.
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                          • #14
                            For $100 I'd suggest the Epiphone AJ-100 or DR-100.



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                            • #15
                              Find a new Alvarez! I paid 149 for a new all wood orchestra model with a hard shell case.

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