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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Best Cheap Acoustic axe

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Warren Pederson


Dec 20th, 2010 12:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Masterbilt Epi's are flippin awesome, but for a woman, I'd suggest the same guitar as I bought my wife for her birthday...a Seagull Folk. There are different options, I got her one with a cedar top and a pickup/tuner. She loves it and swears that it was made with her in mind. It's small enough to feel comfortable for her.

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The Bluegrass State

The chance to be magnamous lasts but an
Dec 20th, 2010 06:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Simon & Patrick. Cousin of the seagull and made by Lasido parent co of seagull it's basically a seagull with a traditional head stock and nut width. Nice for the price.

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downslope of life

Quod ad porcarium tempus est?
Dec 11th, 2014 02:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

After searching the FDP Unplugged section for topics that include the word "cheap," I'm resurrecting this 4-year-old thread as the most recent. A couple of weekends ago, I picked up a used but 10/10 condition 2010 vintage Yamaha FG750S in a TKL Performance Plus case for $250 on Craigslist. (This is the sycamore side/back-Sitka spruce top cousin of the FG730S urbtone posted about, and the wood is gorgeous.) Although I initially was not crazy about the rose colored "Vintage Plastic" Grover tuner knobs, this concern is remediable and quickly faded due to the guitar's impressively complex-resonant tone. I did check the reviews, which are 5/5 in the mid-100's, before I went to look at it. Well worth a look if you're searching for an excellent "cheap" acoustic (not acoustic-electric, but I do have a Fishman Rare Earth sound hole humbucker in reserve if I decide to go that route with it).

Any additional candidates in these past four years?

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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 11th, 2014 03:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not sure I'd look past the Yamaha FG or L series.

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England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Dec 11th, 2014 04:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've just bought a Walden g630ce which was heavily discounted and excellent value for money.

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BC interior

Dec 13th, 2014 09:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a Yamaha FGX700 SC (acoustic-electric with the cutaway) a month ago. $329 CAN plus 5% tax. If I could have bought one without the cutaway, that would have been my choice. I went with the acoustic-electric over a straight acoustic so that I could plug it in. I prefer the sound of a miced acoustic though. I still have my 1994 Seagull S12 with six strings on it. It's a keeper.I like the wide neck of the Seagull and the Yamaha with it's much narrower neck takes some getting used to.

I tried several guitars in the $300 price range but settled on the Yamaha. The F-310 is no longer available. I bought one for my daughter many years ago. For the price, it was the best guitar I'd ever played. I'm constantly on the lookout for a used one.

(This message was last edited by fscott at 11:43 PM, Dec 13th, 2014)


I tried to think

but nothing happened!
Dec 16th, 2014 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yamaha FG730S is a fine guitar for $300 if you don't need an acoustic/electric.


Charlie Macon
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Austin, Texas

Dec 16th, 2014 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I'm not sure I'd look past the Yamaha FG or L series."

That's where I'd start as well. I LLLLOVE the Yamaha FG-series guitars.

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North of Philly

Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Dec 24th, 2014 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

SLM has a new line of Sigma guitars. I just bought the mahogany SF18CE. I had also tried the SF28CE, which is rosewood.

Phil at Hawk music here in Bethlehem had gotten in the 18 first just to check quality, and I was impressed by the playability out of the box. I found the preamp quite useful and easy to use.

The next day a young lady friend of mine bought it to learn to play.

Phil ordered in couple more 18s, and a couple 28s as well. I tried the 28 when it arrived, and my only dissapointment was that SLM had a different preamp in them that I didn't like as well.

So I bought the 18, and saved a couple of bucks. The SLM rep said they have been getting an earful over the change in preamp. possibly they will put the better one in as a running change.

Getcher Sigma here

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Beacon Rock

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Dec 25th, 2014 08:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm visiting family in San Diego. About 7-8 years ago I bought my niece a Yamaha FG-700 as a college graduation gift. I borrowed it from her while I'm here, and it is a beauty! Very affordable, and the neck and action remind me of my Martin D-18. Read the reviews on MF or Guitar Center, and you'll find a lot of lovers of this guitar.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 25th, 2014 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Like I said, it's hard to beat the Yamaha FG series. I've owned two of them (the only two steel string guitars I ever owned until this last month).

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Yakima, WA

Feb 7th, 2015 09:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been eyeing an FS720S for our daughter, smaller body version of the FG series.

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Feb 12th, 2015 06:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a Mitchell (made for Guitar Center) for $225. Best sounding guitar with John Pearce Phospher Bronze .011's on it. I found the sweet spot on the preamp controls and leave it there.
Feels good, easy playing and sounds like a guitar worth 500-600 more. I had a limit of $500 and tried several including a masterbuilt. I had given up trying to find one in that budge that I liked until my wife handed me the Mitchell I bought. I played it to placate her and was pleasently surprised. It went out the door with me.

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Maplewood, MN

"Save the liver!"
Feb 13th, 2015 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have to agree about the Yamaha FG series. I don't know how they make any money on them.

In fact, I have give Kudos to about everything Yamaha makes in their respective price ranges. Nearly all of their products are top value for the $$$.

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So. Cal. USA

Feb 18th, 2015 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just noticed this thread. I'm a huge fan of lawsuit Takamine guitars from the late '70s early '80s. Martin copies most being D28 or D35 dreads. Prices today are typically $250-$500.

For a better built dread you would have to visit a Martin from that era.

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Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Feb 20th, 2015 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another fan of Washburn here. D-10 or D-100 if you can find one used, under a hundred when I bought the D-100 new, D-10, now higher at around 250 or so.

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Feb 23rd, 2015 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hammond, I have a 1979 Takamine (lawsuit copy D-5). Wife and I Bought it for my mom for Christmas 1979. It now belongs to me. They are ok but the Mitchell plays and sounds better (more open) than the Tak. I use John Pearce Phospher bronze strings on the Mitchell and EXP Phospher bronze on the Tak. My wife noticed the difference and prefers the Mitchell. It has a solid top, scalloped bracing. Good volume but 11's are the largest strings you can use on it. Not a problem with me. The guitar sounds loud, clear with good distinct lows and sweet highs. It has a spruse top while the Tak is all Mahogany

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Oceanside, CA

Apr 23rd, 2015 07:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

Monday I took delivery of a Yamaha FG730S acoustic guitar. I haven't owned an acoustic for several years because of rheumatoid arthritis in my hands and wrists. I've been playing nothing but electric. I was down at GC picking up a cheap acoustic for a teenage girl who I'm now teaching to play. I tried the cheaper Yamahas and was surprised how easy they are to play so I ordered one from Sweetwater. For $300.00 this really isn't a bad acoustic and one that allows me to play acoustic again.

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