Decent budget acoustic?

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Bill Brown 1979

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Can anyone recommend a decent budget acoustic guitar?

I'm looking to spend about 300 ($500 ish), or thereabouts, sometime in the future on an acoustic guitar. Does anybody have any suggestions? Like brands to avoid? Or important features to consider?

Smilie
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Can anyone recommend a decent budget acoustic guitar?

I'm looking to spend about 300 ($500 ish), or thereabouts, sometime in the future on an acoustic guitar. Does anybody have any suggestions? Like brands to avoid? Or important features to consider?

Smilie
http://www.soundcloud.com/retrax

shaniab

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I have one, Its a beautiful Fender Squier SA-100 acoustic. Beautiful sound on it. Nice and full without loosing the bright sounds in the higher 3 strings. The It only cost about 130 after tax. Down side is is that it has no cut away. I got it as a pack too so it came with six picks, a leather gig bag, strap, and a Chromatic tuner. Plus a lesson book.

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I have one, Its a beautiful Fender Squier SA-100 acoustic. Beautiful sound on it. Nice and full without loosing the bright sounds in the higher 3 strings. The It only cost about 130 after tax. Down side is is that it has no cut away. I got it as a pack too so it came with six picks, a leather gig bag, strap, and a Chromatic tuner. Plus a lesson book.

2gross4u

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Couple of ideas

This really kind of depends on a few things like your 'style' or the way you play, whether you prefer a "C" shaped neck or a more flat neck- lots of variables to consider. Are you looking for a purely 'acoustic' guitar or considering a(n) Acoustic/Electric and have at least "some" , if not "the best" of both worlds. I would seriously consider going with the Acoustic/Electric (A/E), myself and at that price point I would highly recommend either the Yamaha APX500 Thinline A/E-thinner body with a nice "C" shape to the neck with a very comfortable and very 'playable' feel to it, not as "full" of a sound unplugged due to the thinner body style, but sounds great plugged in an has a very 'electric guitar' feel to it for $299.99 (U.S.) or along more traditional lines I'd take a look at the Dean "QSA" series of guitars for that great A/E 'full bodied" sound in a bigger bodied guitar with an 'essentially' flat neck. A Very Nice, loud, full bodied sound at $349.99 (U.S.). Both are single cut away body style.

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Couple of ideas

This really kind of depends on a few things like your 'style' or the way you play, whether you prefer a "C" shaped neck or a more flat neck- lots of variables to consider. Are you looking for a purely 'acoustic' guitar or considering a(n) Acoustic/Electric and have at least "some" , if not "the best" of both worlds. I would seriously consider going with the Acoustic/Electric (A/E), myself and at that price point I would highly recommend either the Yamaha APX500 Thinline A/E-thinner body with a nice "C" shape to the neck with a very comfortable and very 'playable' feel to it, not as "full" of a sound unplugged due to the thinner body style, but sounds great plugged in an has a very 'electric guitar' feel to it for $299.99 (U.S.) or along more traditional lines I'd take a look at the Dean "QSA" series of guitars for that great A/E 'full bodied" sound in a bigger bodied guitar with an 'essentially' flat neck. A Very Nice, loud, full bodied sound at $349.99 (U.S.). Both are single cut away body style.

Bill Brown 1979

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Thanks for the reply guys. Smilie

I already have a very nice Prestige Ibanez for the electric side of things, so a fuller bodied sound would be preferable. Style wise, well, I'm wishing to do some solo, chord-strumming-type covers and also wanting to put lots of time into some finger-style stuff.

I guess I'd have to try the differences between the different neck shape variables. I think I'm only familiar with the 'C' shape. To be honest, I was unaware of the differences. I've played guitar for a while, but know not much about the actual instrument design.

Some of the Dean A/E guitars look lovely.
http://www.soundcloud.com/retrax

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Thanks for the reply guys. Smilie

I already have a very nice Prestige Ibanez for the electric side of things, so a fuller bodied sound would be preferable. Style wise, well, I'm wishing to do some solo, chord-strumming-type covers and also wanting to put lots of time into some finger-style stuff.

I guess I'd have to try the differences between the different neck shape variables. I think I'm only familiar with the 'C' shape. To be honest, I was unaware of the differences. I've played guitar for a while, but know not much about the actual instrument design.

Some of the Dean A/E guitars look lovely.
http://www.soundcloud.com/retrax

JoaquinCastillo

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Look into the Yamaha acoustic line of electric guitar. One of my best friends has one and I go over to his house constantly to play it :P. Its the model APX-5a. It is of great value, beutiful instrument! It has that sexyness of a Les Paul.

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Look into the Yamaha acoustic line of electric guitar. One of my best friends has one and I go over to his house constantly to play it :P. Its the model APX-5a. It is of great value, beutiful instrument! It has that sexyness of a Les Paul.

cserway

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Try a Used Seagull Guitar or Blueridge

If I had only $500.00 I would consider a Used Breedlove (Atlas Models) Seagull guitar or a Blueridge. If you can find one on craigslist or used somewhere might be able to buy an all solid model like a Blueridge. I recently purchased a Blueridge BR-160 with the hardcase case off of craigslist. It is in mint condition and plays beautifully. As far as what to avoid.. that is hard to say. I would have to play them first as each one plays differently. I would avoid guitars that don't play easy (or have no room for adjustments). I would also avoid guitars with problem necks or bridges.

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Try a Used Seagull Guitar or Blueridge

If I had only $500.00 I would consider a Used Breedlove (Atlas Models) Seagull guitar or a Blueridge. If you can find one on craigslist or used somewhere might be able to buy an all solid model like a Blueridge. I recently purchased a Blueridge BR-160 with the hardcase case off of craigslist. It is in mint condition and plays beautifully. As far as what to avoid.. that is hard to say. I would have to play them first as each one plays differently. I would avoid guitars that don't play easy (or have no room for adjustments). I would also avoid guitars with problem necks or bridges.

Bill Brown 1979

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Thanks for the advice guys. Smilie
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Thanks for the advice guys. Smilie
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JimmyAlford

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Bill...
Check out these: SERIOUSLY good for the money bro Smilie

http://www.imuso.co.uk/Acoustic-Guitars/Acoustic-Guitars-by-Manufacturer/Collins-Acoustic-Guitars

I have 1 and bought in 3 for the Rockschool where I work. They play like a guitar worth 5 times more!

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Bill...
Check out these: SERIOUSLY good for the money bro Smilie

http://www.imuso.co.uk/Acoustic-Guitars/Acoustic-Guitars-by-Manufacturer/Collins-Acoustic-Guitars

I have 1 and bought in 3 for the Rockschool where I work. They play like a guitar worth 5 times more!

Slipin Lizard

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For what its worth, I tried a Martin DCX1E acoustic, and thought it sounded great, and played super nice too. It has the built-in Fishman pick-up, which also sound excellent. I'll probably buy one once my home reno's are finished and I'm no longer living in a trailer!

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Martin-DCX1E-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=514816

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For what its worth, I tried a Martin DCX1E acoustic, and thought it sounded great, and played super nice too. It has the built-in Fishman pick-up, which also sound excellent. I'll probably buy one once my home reno's are finished and I'm no longer living in a trailer!

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Martin-DCX1E-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=514816

Bonafan1

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Originally Posted by: Slipin
For what its worth, I tried a Martin DCX1E acoustic, and thought it sounded great, and played super nice too. It has the built-in Fishman pick-up, which also sound excellent. I'll probably buy one once my home reno's are finished and I'm no longer living in a trailer!

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Martin-DCX1E-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=514816


Thats exactly what I bought 3 months into....bought a real cheapie Day 1 to learn on which was a mistake (in hindsight, for me)...even if I bought something a bit more expensive and gave up 2 months into it you can sell the better guitar and get most of your money back. I stuck with it and wound up buying a 2nd guitar within months.

Granted, it depends on your financial situation but I would recommend a "longer-term" guitar upfront if you can swing it. You either keep it for a long time or sell it and wind up ok financially.

Just one opinion....

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Originally Posted by: Slipin
For what its worth, I tried a Martin DCX1E acoustic, and thought it sounded great, and played super nice too. It has the built-in Fishman pick-up, which also sound excellent. I'll probably buy one once my home reno's are finished and I'm no longer living in a trailer!

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Martin-DCX1E-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=514816


Thats exactly what I bought 3 months into....bought a real cheapie Day 1 to learn on which was a mistake (in hindsight, for me)...even if I bought something a bit more expensive and gave up 2 months into it you can sell the better guitar and get most of your money back. I stuck with it and wound up buying a 2nd guitar within months.

Granted, it depends on your financial situation but I would recommend a "longer-term" guitar upfront if you can swing it. You either keep it for a long time or sell it and wind up ok financially.

Just one opinion....