03-26-2013 05:48 AM - edited 03-26-2013 05:49 AM
Hey all, I'm looking at picking up a new electro acoustic in the next couple of months. I'm not going to rush into it, so can wait out for deals etc.
Generally into bigger, fuller sounding guitars so I don't think something with a small body would suit me. Maybe a dreadnought, Jumbo, grand auditorium type of size would work best?
Budget is about £300ish and I wondered what people here might recommend.
My old electro acoustic was a Takamine Dreadnought, from the cheaper G series. It played really nice, but I always felt like its plugged in sound was lacking. From experience, most piezo pickups I've played and heard tend to have that same abrasive, aggressive tone to them.... is there a better alternative to piezo?
03-26-2013 06:03 AM
Just to add.... I've generally been looking at Crafter, Tanglewood and Epiphone as they seem to make decent guitars for that sort of budget.
Totally open to suggestions of other brands, as I'm not too well up on acoustic stuff these days.
03-26-2013 06:21 AM
03-26-2013 06:43 AM
I'm definitely open to that if it sounds better than your average piezo pickup. It'll be running through a Zoom G3X anyway, so I can always have an EQ module running on that for tone shaping etc.
03-26-2013 07:12 AM
03-26-2013 09:41 AM
03-26-2013 12:05 PM
I really like my Baggs M1A. Pretty darn acoustic sounding plus all the advantages of a magnetic pickup (no piezo quack, no need for a preamp, no feedback).
Not cheap, but good. Mounts in any acoustic guitar.
The Woodys are ok. But something easily permantly mounted with adj polepieces is better IMO.
03-26-2013 01:11 PM
03-26-2013 08:01 PM
The Shadow has the rep for being the best. And thats what you'll see most pros using when cost is not really and object. But they are 2x the price of the Baggs. The Wodody looks to have come a long ways from the older ones.
Adj pole pieces. But its still just a cord hangiing outof you soundhole. I dont like that. I much prefer it to be direct wired to an endpin jack.
03-27-2013 11:12 AM
03-27-2013 11:16 AM
No worries mate, thanks for checking.
I may not even need a soundhole pickup yet, I guess it depends what guitar I end up with and whether it has a pickup and/or sounds good amplified.
It's really confusing, all the brands I'd normally look at for electric guitars aren't great options for acoustics, and I'm so far out of the loop with acoustics (since I last bought one almost 10 years ago) that a lot of brands I'm reading about being good are companies I've never even heard of before.
03-28-2013 09:37 AM
Yamaha all the way for me. Played with a couple of guys who used them all the time and they're a great stage guitar. I used an APX5A for a long time and loved it. Very fast neck, easy player.
I've also tried soundhole pickups with a couple of my guitars. The S&P sounded lovely as did the Yamaha LS6. In the end, the S&P won as it's a bit warmer, the Yamaha is brighter and is next on my selling list.
03-28-2013 01:49 PM
03-28-2013 03:10 PM
It depends on how you use them. If you use an APX as the only acoustic on stage, it does lack something. Use it to add a bit more sound up there with another acoustic as the main sound and it goes well.
All the Yamaha guitars are damn fine for the money. A friend of mine has one of the cheap models from ten years ago and it's one of the most playable guitars I've ever come into contact with. It's not the best sounding acoustic I've used but it's just so much fun to play.
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