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Fritz_D_Cat
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Aug 4th, 2010 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A coworker wants to get a guitar to learn rock & blues on. I came up with Seagull S6, but thought the FDP collective could marshall an opinion. Budget about 400 to 500 and I don't think she has time or inclination to browse used. Would love to point her to a used Guild.

Thoughts?

Prefer opinions from those who have played their entries, as opposed to "heard my buddy's".

(This message was last edited by Fritz_D_Cat at 04:31 PM, Aug 4th, 2010)

Tom B.

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Aug 4th, 2010 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not a bad choice, but may want to consider the slim model. You probably know Seagull necks are kinda wide.

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Aug 4th, 2010 05:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Women need narrow waisted guitars to be comfortable sitting. Even a Jumbo is fine, but a dread interferes with a woman's body and becomes a difficult reach while sitting.

GC has Epi 200 Jumbos for $199 brand new down here. I played a couple of them with a female player friend in mind. I think it's a great deal for her.

(This message was last edited by Dadical at 05:11 PM, Aug 4th, 2010)

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Aug 4th, 2010 06:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Scooting you over to the Acoustic room ...

Fritz_D_Cat
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Aug 4th, 2010 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

kents you know that'll lose a lotta traffic...

the s6 does have the narrow waist model, anyone played it?

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Aug 4th, 2010 07:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an S6. The body is smaller than a dread, but the neck is the deal-breaker for a new player: it's 1.75" wide at the nut and big and chunky throughout.

Consider the lower-end Yamaha and Alvarez offerings. You can get a very nice guitar and a really good case for about $325 or so.

Include a PT-10 clip-on tuner, two sets of strings, a chord book, and a few picks. That will bring you into the finish line under $400.

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Aug 5th, 2010 06:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Seagull's have a great sound and playablity at those price points. I've owned and played several. The S6 Folk is a nice all-rounder for finger pickers or less agressive strummers, and it's just the body size and resonance I gravitate to. They have the mini-jumbo size body in the line as well. Their dreadnaught line used to be stocked even at Guitar Centers and I think GC featured ones with narrower necks. I have one of their mahogonny and spruce dreads and it's an easy player.

If this a smaller person and they want to finger pick the blues they're learning, the Seagull Grand is a fine little parlor guitar. I loved the one I owned and I currently have a Simon and Patrick parlor (another Godin line).

Necks are a matter of taste. I find the wide-fat ones extra comfy and the increased string spacing helps me clean up what would be even more sloppy technique on my part without it. The shorter scale length that Seagull uses helps me form some chord voicings that would be no-go with longer scale and keeps the string tension down a bit.

There are tons of decent Asian-made solid top guitars out there these days in this price range. I like my Seagulls but I'd he glad to learn to play on most of them.

If you don't do your own guitar nut work, spare some money and get a good setup done with attention to the nut slot height as well as the saddle and truss rod adjustment on whatever you get. No reason to make the early days of building up callouses worse with high string action down at the first few frets.



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Aug 5th, 2010 07:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Used Epiphone Masterbilt or any of the cheaper new Epis that are now made with solid tops. There are some affordable Epi parlor types, too.

The Seagull S6 is a good guitar, too. the fingerboard is a little wider but the neck is shallow. Mine felt a bit awkward to play with its shorter scale and wide waisted body, but I doubt she's built like me.

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Aug 5th, 2010 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How big or small is this person? I tend to shun Asian guitars, so although there are many choices, I won't recommend one. The Taylor GS Mini is a great American-made guitar for $500. The Taylor Big Baby is a bit bigger, not quite as nice, but still a good one, and it is about $450. I can't recommend Martin's X-Series guitars, since they are made of wood scraps mixed with glue, and are made in Mexico. Seagull makes several fine guitars in that price range. They are made in Canada. Necks are wide and chunky, though.

My strongest recommendation, if a smaller guitar is fine, would be the Taylor GS Mini. Scale length is 23.5 in. Most guitars are 25-25.5 in. This is a great guitar for only $500.

(This message was last edited by El Kabong at 10:21 AM, Aug 5th, 2010)

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The Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M is a shockingly good acoustic for the price. Do not overlook it!


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Aug 5th, 2010 09:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The following Seagull models have a 1.72 nut width, instead of the usual 1.8--S6 Original Slim, Entourage series, & Maritime SWS Rosewood.

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Aug 6th, 2010 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recommend Ibanez acoustics. Affordable, comfortable and well made. You can find solid tops in the $200 - $400 range.

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Aug 6th, 2010 09:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

These are great, you guys. Thanks !

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Aug 7th, 2010 06:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Used Guild for sure!

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I have a 95 Seagull that is a treat to play, albeit I bought it USED for $400...it is a CWMHOG-HG ( Cutaway, Mahogany, high Gloss) which is Solid Spruce top and Mahogony sides and back, AMAZING guitar and I love the Canadian guitars as far as solid feel. I hade a bunch of Asian made guitars (Fender acoustics, Ovations) and they are all gone. The "ONLY ASIAN" acoustic I have is an older SIGMA MARTIN I recently bought which is a gem...seriously great guitar, and I paid $200 for that guitar...

VanGoghsEar

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Aug 11th, 2010 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Solid wood body and top, decent tuners, hardshell case, free setup in the USA, made in China.

I have one. Great sounding and nice looking guitar. Holds tune great. Very resonant.

This one is the dreadnought, they have jumbos too.

The case is a nice $100 Gator.

I like the Seagulls, my neighbor has one, but my Mumbo Jumbo sounds better.

Mumbo Jumbo Dreadnought Guitar

Tony Salieri

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Aug 11th, 2010 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, those Mubo Jumbos are have some very attractive pricing, and "The Mumbo" looks interesting.

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Aug 12th, 2010 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guild GAD series is awesome. I have a GAD30r that is possibly the best OM sized guitar I've ever played. The 30r is over $700 but they do have a few models in the $500 range.

Blueridge is a great option. If you can deal with the bling on their headstocks, you can get an all solid wood, well-constructed axe for well under $500.

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Aug 14th, 2010 11:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 on the Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M

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Aug 16th, 2010 08:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I thought the MUMBO looked very, very "cheap"...just my opinion.

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