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    I'm looking for a fingerstyle guitar for under $500 (either used or new). The only requirements I have is that it has a small(er) body, and 1.75" or wider nut.

    If you have any suggestions, let me have 'em!

  • #2
    Seagull.
    Originally Posted by jaxn slim


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

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    • #3
      Most Seagulls have 1.8" nuts and they do make some "folk" sized guitars as well as parlors. You can find used ones for under $500. A lot of nylon string classical guitars have wider necks, but I'm not sure that's what you're looking for. Some Epiphone Masterbilts and Guild GADs have 1-3/4" nuts and you can probably find one of them used in your range. Larrivee also has a 1.75" nut, but I doubt you'll find one under $500.
      c 2005 Fender FR-48 Resonator (China)2010 Seagull Coastline Cedar Grand (Canada)2001 Art & Lutherie Ami Nylon (Canada)2003 Tangi Koa Tenor Ukulele (USA)2010 Yamaha GL1 Guitalele (Indonesia)c 1920's Oscar Schmidt Sovereign Parlor (USA)

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      • #4
        I'm looking for a fingerstyle guitar for under $500 (either used or new). The only requirements I have is that it has a small(er) body, and 1.75" or wider nut.

        If you have any suggestions, let me have 'em!


        How about the one I ordered today!?

        http://www.kraftmusic.com/catalog/guitars/acousticguitars/index.asp?product=6553

        Yamaha LS-6 (comes with a case!)
        1) Under $500 (new)
        2) Smaller (000 size) body
        3) 1.75" nut

        Not to mention solid Engleman spruce top, lam rosewood body and sides, 3-ply mahogany/rosewood neck, oversize ebony bridge, ebony fingerboard, and Yamaha consistency and warranty...
        Yamaha LS6
        Yamaha FG730S
        Alvarez MD350

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        • #5
          I'm looking for a fingerstyle guitar for under $500 (either used or new). The only requirements I have is that it has a small(er) body, and 1.75" or wider nut.

          If you have any suggestions, let me have 'em!


          With your requirements, one suggestion is the Seagull Coastline Folk.

          The second suggestion is a used Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500R. New, they're around $600, but you can find them used for under $500. Keep any eye on eBay and the classified forums on Harmony Central, Acoustic Guitar Forum, and the Larrivee forum.

          BTW, you can sometimes find a new Epiphone EF500M (mahogany instead of rosewood b/s) for around $500.

          Best,
          Bill
          Martin OM-21; Eastman AC710S

          The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever (Westminster Shorter Catechism--1647).

          Carolina Commentary

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          • #6
            Best fingerstyle guitar I have ever come across for 500.00 or less is my Walden G2070. All solid woods. Red Cedar top. Solid mahogany back and sides. 1.75 nut width. Neck as thin as my Blueridge guitar but with a wider neck. I use it solely for fingerstyle. Prefer it over my larrivees if I'm just using my fingers.

            http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Acoustic+Guitar/product/Walden+Guitars/G2070/10/1


            Abando

            Art & Lutherie Ami Parlor
            Aria AD-35
            Walden G2070
            Blueridge BR-160
            Larrivee L-03E
            Larrivee D-03R
            Martin HD-28

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            • #7
              A Guild is a good choice. I like mine. For the price and the fact that you can still find an American Made acoustic used for $500 that sounds like a much more expensive guitar, that says a lot.

              An "F" style is very "open" for finger picking...lots of room.
              The older GF or D series also sound great finger picking.

              And I'm not too sure you need a 1-7/8 nut for good finger picking. The shape of the body, neck and spacing has a lot do with your ability to play in the style of your choice.

              I would try to play some guitars at shops....new and used and find out what is comfortable for you.
              Steve Goodman Fan/Eddie Wright Fan/Damon Fowler Fan 2006 Martin OM21, 2014 Martin GPC12string, 2012 Gibson J45 Standard Spruce/mahogany1969 Framus 12 String Spruce/Mahogany1990's Larrivee D2 (Spruce/Mahogany)2007-8 Guild C0-2C (Spruce/Mahogany)2009 Recording King RO-26 (Spruce/Mahogany)1962-3 Gibson LG2 (Spruce/Mahogany)

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              • #8
                How about the one I ordered today!?

                http://www.kraftmusic.com/catalog/guitars/acousticguitars/index.asp?product=6553

                Yamaha LS-6 (comes with a case!)
                1) Under $500 (new)
                2) Smaller (000 size) body
                3) 1.75" nut

                Not to mention solid Engleman spruce top, lam rosewood body and sides, 3-ply mahogany/rosewood neck, oversize ebony bridge, ebony fingerboard, and Yamaha consistency and warranty...



                I played one of those last week at a shop...
                I may go back and try it again. Sounded fine.
                Be Prepared

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                • #9
                  [QUOTE=Abando;30592514]Best fingerstyle guitar I have ever come across for 500.00 or less is my Walden G2070. All solid woods. Red Cedar top. Solid mahogany back and sides. [COLOR="Red"]1.75 nut width. Neck as thin as my Blueridge guitar but with a wider neck. I use it solely for fingerstyle. Prefer it over my larrivees if I'm just using my fingers.

                  http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Acoustic+Guitar/product/Walden+Guitars/G2070/10/1

                  deleted...the Walden site listed the correct specs...Nice Guitar
                  http://www.poweralley.com/Walden%20G2070%20Guitar.htm
                  Be Prepared

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                  • #10
                    Outdoor, the info on Poweralley site is incorrect. They are using old specs. When Walden first started, all their guitars had a nut width of 1 11/16. That has since changed. Walden started using 1.75 nut width around 2005/2006 for some of their guitars. My Walden is 1.75. Walden's own guitar site has the current specs for the Walden G2070. Poweralley is either selling old stock or they never updated their info.

                    http://www.waldenguitars.com/steel/supra/G2070.html

                    Abando

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