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  • Solid wood older used guitar for under $400

    My knowledge of old acoustics is definitely not on par with what I know about electrics, so I apologize for the simple question.

    But I'd always love to find an older, solid wood constructed acoustic, but just not pay too much for it. Is there anything out there on the used market worth getting thats around 400? I like dreadnaught style guitars btw.
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    Originally Posted by warplanegrey


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    My knowledge of old acoustics is definitely not on par with what I know about electrics, so I apologize for the simple question.

    But I'd always love to find an older, solid wood constructed acoustic, but just not pay too much for it. Is there anything out there on the used market worth getting thats around 400? I like dreadnaught style guitars btw.


    Blueridge makes a great sounding dreadnaught guitar. To my ear (and I think many on here will agree) it sounds pretty darn close to a Martin dreadnaught. The Blueridge solid wood dreads are the BR 140, 160 and 180 and the BG 140, 160 and 180. The 140s start at $800 new so I'm guessing you could find a used one in your price range.

    The difference between the BR and the BG models is the BG has a rounded or 'soft' shoulder vs the BR having a square shoulder. The numbers (140, 160, 180) only mean they get fancier. In other words, the 140 is cheaper because it doesn't have all the fancy inlays and such but is essentially the same guitar tonaly and structurally as the 180.

    Aha - I just found this BG 160 on ebay for under $400, check it out:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Blueridge-BG-160-Acoustic-Guitar_W0QQitemZ230318319645QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGui tar?hash=item230318319645&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_tr kparms=72%3A570%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240% 3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50
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    • #3
      Guild.
      Originally Posted by jaxn slim


      I'm totally gonna beat my kids until they can play like that.

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      • #4
        Old harmony sovereigns or patricians, course those are archtops...

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        • #5
          Guild.

          I approve this post

          Guild makes some very good sounding dreads. I have a Guild D4 as my beater and it sounds better than most people's primary gits.
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            I approve this post

            Guild makes some very good sounding dreads. I have a Guild D4 as my beater and it sounds better than most people's primary gits.


            Precisely the guitar I was thinking of.
            Originally Posted by jaxn slim


            I'm totally gonna beat my kids until they can play like that.

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            • #7
              Hurry up and bid...you got 20 minutes!


              http://cgi.ebay.com/1960-Harmony-Sovereign-Acoustic-Guitar-With-Neck-Reset_W0QQitemZ290287496420
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              • #8
                Hurry up and bid...you got 20 minutes!


                http://cgi.ebay.com/1960-Harmony-Sovereign-Acoustic-Guitar-With-Neck-Reset_W0QQitemZ290287496420

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                • #9
                  They are not around in great numbers, but if you can find an older Yamaha L series guitar (like the L5A) you will be well pleased at the quality, sound and price. I know of two different L5As that were purchased for under $300. I would not hesitate to match their sound to any guitar up to $3,000. Without a doubt, the best bargain I know of.

                  The body style is a unique Yamaha shape that is closest to a Dreadnought, but the waist is more defined than dreads usually are.
                  Eor sez: You're only going around once, man. Soon enough, your guitar will be placed in a case, too. put some dings on it first.

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                  • #10
                    They are not around in great numbers, but if you can find an older Yamaha L series guitar (like the L5A) you will be well pleased at the quality, sound and price. I know of two different L5As that were purchased for under $300. I would not hesitate to match their sound to any guitar up to $3,000. Without a doubt, the best bargain I know of.

                    The body style is a unique Yamaha shape that is closest to a Dreadnought, but the waist is more defined than dreads usually are.


                    Along with that are the "L6" series yamaha for $489 (B stock). Check EBay and type in Yamaha L series guitar....should find them. They are very nice guitars.
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                    • #11
                      Another soverign.
                      Reserve is at about $90.
                      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&it em=130280427630

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                      • #12
                        Here ya go:

                        Epiphone EMM5NSNHN1 DR-500M Masterbilt "DR Collection" Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar (Natural Satin)


                        These are all solid wood and are great sounding guitars. Also available in either rosewood or mahogany as an Advanced Jumbo (AJ-500) or as an OM (ER-500).
                        Tom

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                        • #13
                          They are not around in great numbers, but if you can find an older Yamaha L series guitar (like the L5A) you will be well pleased at the quality, sound and price. I know of two different L5As that were purchased for under $300. I would not hesitate to match their sound to any guitar up to $3,000. Without a doubt, the best bargain I know of.

                          The body style is a unique Yamaha shape that is closest to a Dreadnought, but the waist is more defined than dreads usually are.



                          Used to have an L5A and couldn't agree more.
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                          • #14
                            Another soverign.
                            Reserve is at about $90.
                            http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&it em=130280427630



                            ah...SOLID WOOD!

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                            • #15
                              ah...SOLID WOOD!



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