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Best Acoustic Guitars around 350?

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Hey guys I'm sure this has been brought up before, feel free to point me to the correct thread. :)

I keep looking at Taki's, so now I'm trying to un-brainwash myself a little lol.

Or maybe I just know what like...I don't know for sure yet. Help!

Sooooo the question is....

Your favorite/best/exceptional guitars, used or not (I prefer used), Around 150$ - 350$ ?????????????????????

No other criteria ...

 

PS

Really I want to know what y'all think but...

I realize a lot of this is preference, so my main criteria are as follows

1. Sound (most subjective one lol)

2. Craftsmanship

3. Uniqueness

4. Toughness

In pretty much that order.

Anyways... doesn't have to be your criteria!! Takis still welcome!!!

 

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At a minimum, you want a solid wood top.    At the top of your price range, you might be able to find both solid top and solid back, like this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Washburn-WD150SWCE-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Electric/dp/B0058GZQQ4

Yamahas are usually a safe bet.

In terms of craftsmanship, everything in that range will be made in China.   Most of them probably in the same factory.    And they're all pretty good these days.

I'd forget about uniqueness and focus more on a brand with good resale value.

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I've never met a Yamaha guitar that I didn't like - at any price point.

Several years ago I bought a Yamaha F-310 for $175 new and used it for many projects. It turned out to be a surprisingly good guitar

 

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Play as many guitars as you can in your price range, and pay no attention to what's on the headstock, nor what anyone on the internet says about them.  The guitar that will work best for you is then one that feels best in your hands, and that you enjoy playing.  Within your budget, nothing else really matters.

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3 hours ago, SteinbergerHack said:

Play as many guitars as you can in your price range, and pay no attention to what's on the headstock, nor what anyone on the internet says about them.  The guitar that will work best for you is then one that feels best in your hands, and that you enjoy playing.  Within your budget, nothing else really matters.

No more to be said ^  ^  ^  ^.

 

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If you're looking at Takamine, in your price range that means the "G Series." As long as you get a straight acoustic you'll be fine. "G Series" acoustic/electrics have the saddle and transducer element integrated in one piece, which makes setups unnecessarily complicated since you have to shave material off the top of the saddle instead of the bottom. As for " Uniqueness," Breedlove comes to mind. As mentioned, Yamaha is generally a good bet. But yeah, just go out and play a bunch of guitars and see what rings your bell.

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Let me be first to chime in with "look for used guitar"

It will effectively double the range of what available with your budget.

Sound could be better as the wood may now be "seasoned"

Can't speak to craftsmanship, but

Tough? Well, if it's still around, most things that could go wrong probably would have already happened

Uniqueness? here could be big payoff if you are willing to take the time looking. 15 yrs ago I was at GC Seattle and saw a "Fairytale" ("World's finest guitar" said so on sticker inside). Made in Japan, possible 70's. Copy of a Martin D-35, but $150. Took it acoustic room where real Martins were and did comparison. Close enough for government work, as some say.

Keep your eyes open for used Tacoma and/or Olympia (Korean made versions). My Tacoma jumbo amazes me

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Amazon, search guitars, prioritize price, scroll down until you hit 350, choose.

C’mon.  Seriously?

edit:  I apologize.

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Takamine is just a brand name, made by huge guitar factories. I'd lose that brand loyalty and just go play a few until one clicks with you. It's a completely personal thing. If you find a Yamaha LL6 in that price range I'd recommend trying it out. 

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I'd look for a 2nd hand Walden Supranatura. They are all solid wood. I have a G-2070 that I got off someone for around €300. It is worth more than twice that, imo. Also Eastman has a new line of budget guitars, the PCH series. Eastman makes some great guitars that punch far above their weight.

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$350 is basement pricing. if you're just looking to learn then you're going to want something that's functional and comfortable to play. Quality costs a little extra. Double that and you're getting something that will not fall apart as you learn. At some point you will want to upgrade and you'll be looking at stuff in the $1200-$1500.

Personally, I'd say keep your eyes open for a used Taylor 100 series. As a rule I don't buy Asian imports anymore. If they have to cross an ocean to get to me and are made in a country that selectively follows international law then I don't feel comfortable buying "durable goods" from them.

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59 minutes ago, kwakatak said:

$350 is basement pricing. if you're just looking to learn then you're going to want something that's functional and comfortable to play. Quality costs a little extra. . . . 

Oh I think $350 is ample money to get a good guitar. There are so many good guitars around these days that it's hard to go wrong.

The Yamaha FG830 comes in around that price point and that is an excellent guitar.

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28 minutes ago, garthman said:

Oh I think $350 is ample money to get a good guitar. There are so many good guitars around these days that it's hard to go wrong.

As always, that would depend on one's definition of "good".

For a beginner, the most important thing is getting something that is easy to play and comfortable to hold.  That is what will allow them to play more often and longer, which in turn makes their experience more likely to be successful.

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1 hour ago, SteinbergerHack said:

For a beginner, the most important thing is getting something that is easy to play and comfortable to hold.  That is what will allow them to play more often and longer, which in turn makes their experience more likely to be successful.

You have to like the tone, too.    I had a Takamine of some sort when I was just starting out.    Flawless construction.   Nice comfortable OM-like guitar.    Utterly dead sounding.    Yeah, tone is a subjective thing, but dead is dead.    That was one of the guitars that got me interested in building them and understanding what influences tone.

Oh, and for those allergic to Chinese guitars, maybe a Seagull?    The S6 is around $400, I think.

You used to be able to find a used Martin 15-series for close to that, too.    Lovely guitars, and they come in a nice variety of body styles.

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3 hours ago, kwakatak said:

$350 is basement pricing. if you're just looking to learn then you're going to want something that's functional and comfortable to play. Quality costs a little extra. Double that and you're getting something that will not fall apart as you learn. At some point you will want to upgrade and you'll be looking at stuff in the $1200-$1500.

Personally, I'd say keep your eyes open for a used Taylor 100 series. As a rule I don't buy Asian imports anymore. If they have to cross an ocean to get to me and are made in a country that selectively follows international law then I don't feel comfortable buying "durable goods" from them.

That's one reason why I won't buy American guitars anymore.

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7 hours ago, kwakatak said:

$350 is basement pricing. if you're just looking to learn then you're going to want something that's functional and comfortable to play. Quality costs a little extra. Double that and you're getting something that will not fall apart as you learn. At some point you will want to upgrade and you'll be looking at stuff in the $1200-$1500.

Personally, I'd say keep your eyes open for a used Taylor 100 series. As a rule I don't buy Asian imports anymore. If they have to cross an ocean to get to me and are made in a country that selectively follows international law then I don't feel comfortable buying "durable goods" from them.

Considering you can get a decent guitar for half that--especially if you buy used--I'd hardly refer to $350 as "basement pricing." The OP gave his criteria for what he wants and I'm going to try to follow them.

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6 hours ago, SteinbergerHack said:

As always, that would depend on one's definition of "good".

 

Indeed. But certainly in the past 10 years or so I've found that there are very many very good guitars around at about that price point. And really, something like the Yamaha FG830 I mentioned would cost 3 to 4 times as much if it was US-made. So you could say it's just as "good" as a guitar costing $1000 to $1500. 

 

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On 8/26/2019 at 7:50 AM, kwakatak said:

$350 is basement pricing. if you're just looking to learn then you're going to want something that's functional and comfortable to play. Quality costs a little extra. Double that and you're getting something that will not fall apart as you learn. At some point you will want to upgrade and you'll be looking at stuff in the $1200-$1500.

Personally, I'd say keep your eyes open for a used Taylor 100 series. As a rule I don't buy Asian imports anymore. If they have to cross an ocean to get to me and are made in a country that selectively follows international law then I don't feel comfortable buying "durable goods" from them.

Ding ding ding ding.  We have a winner!

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Eastman has a very affordable introduction line, I think they come in under $300 USD street, a bit more for the model with cutaway and pickup. I think it is called PCH. I would absolutely check them out if you can. Eastman makes guitars that punch far above their weight. 

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Yamaha is an international company sourcing from another country that doesn't always abide by international law. Perhaps the lone wolf or the alpha male of the pack? I don't distinguish based upon the who and their personal mantras. That would eschew many, possibly most musical artists if I got that wrapped up in irrelevant and tertiary aspects diluting an interest. Any playable and sonically pleasing instrument should be considered sans the philosophes restricting what would otherwise free us all to employ our own good judgement.

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13 hours ago, Idunno said:

Yamaha is an international company sourcing from another country that doesn't always abide by international law. Perhaps the lone wolf or the alpha male of the pack? I don't distinguish based upon the who and their personal mantras. That would eschew many, possibly most musical artists if I got that wrapped up in irrelevant and tertiary aspects diluting an interest. Any playable and sonically pleasing instrument should be considered sans the philosophes restricting what would otherwise free us all to employ our own good judgement.

You couldn’t dumb that down a bit for us dropouts, could you?  Tertiary, that’s a place you go see birds, innit?

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