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Rockin Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Jan 8th, 2012 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thinking of getting an acoustic of some sort well, cause I dont have one even though I have many electrics.

Will mainly be used for recording with the occasional gig.

Quite like the look of the Fender Sonoran or the Epiphone EJ200

Any comments on these or other recommendations in the same price range ?

thanks !

Buying new. Used is not an option where I live

the herd

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a little out of tune
Jan 8th, 2012 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Recording King also make some great low-cost instruments

See them at Amazon.com

(This message was last edited by RussB at 11:54 AM, Jan 8th, 2012)


Pocono Mountains USA

Wanderin eye and a smokin gun...
Jan 8th, 2012 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Try a Seagull S6. Handmade in Canada. They are great sounding guitars for about 3 bills. Solid Cedar top that ages nicely, great tone. This guitar is in my rotation with my Martins. Nice stuff!

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I am not a complete

idiot - I have several pieces missing!
Jan 8th, 2012 03:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Inexpensive guitars, particularly acoustics, are real hard to order sight unseen. QC is all over the map. Are you able to get to stores to shop around a bit?

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Jan 8th, 2012 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you can find a used TGX (that's the brand name; now out of production), these guitars were made in Korea for a US importer. Solid spruce tops, solid rosewood back and sides. Excellent guitars; they easily go up against $1K offerings by Gibson and Taylor. And they can be had for about $100, if you can find 'em. The brand shifted to the name Peal in the 90s. Peals are excellent guitars too.



Jan 8th, 2012 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


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Jan 8th, 2012 06:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Take a look at Blue Ridge.

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Throw in a pick and you've got a deal!
Jan 8th, 2012 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I also like the Blue Ridge guitars. Check the pawn shops too.

Bing K

USA Central Mont

Jan 8th, 2012 10:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Alvarez or Guild Arcos and GAD


Rockin Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Jan 9th, 2012 02:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

thanks not many shops around here that stock anything decent even low end stuff.

I have tried the epi a friend has and liked that, but was wondering about the sonorans and other alternatives like the ones mentioned.

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I tried to think

but nothing happened!
Jan 9th, 2012 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently played a Yamaha FG730S, great playing and construction, and good sound. $300. Check it out!


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"I'll have cheese

grits with my cheese biscuit"
Jan 9th, 2012 08:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tanglewood and Great Divide.

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USA, Baltimore

I'm on the Lost Hwy riding my Road King
Jan 9th, 2012 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 on Seagull S6....good value, made in Canada. Simon & Patrick are along the same lines.

(This message was last edited by Winch at 12:06 PM, Jan 9th, 2012)

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Delco, PA

"What a long strange trip its been"
Jan 9th, 2012 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dadical's point about being able to play before you play is key. With that said, Yamaha and Ibanez seem to be very consistant in quality and would purchase either on-line if I had to.

Frank Hudson


Tone is stuck on my fingers
Jan 10th, 2012 07:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Godin line: Seagull and the others. If you like chunky necks you'll like the traditional Seagull neck. If you don't, I think Musicians Friend/Guitar Center have a skinnier neck model. Cedar with the shorter "Gibson" scale is a great sound if you're after a mellow sound or you are not a heavy flat pick strummer--and Seagull offers a lot of great value choices with that recipie.

Yes, you're talking a bit of a shot in the dark with mail order. Most Segaulls have been good QC wise in my exprience, but you miss the ability to audition the sound of the guitars.

There are dozens of Asian imports under many brands to consider. I've been happy with several myself. The world of good sounding sub $1000 acoustic guitars is much much larger than it was 10 years ago, mostly due to the wide range of stuff sold under various names from Asia.

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Johnson City, TN

He who dies with the most toys is dead.
Feb 24th, 2012 08:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought an Eastman AC420 CE from Hello Music with hard case .

It is a dread with all solid woods, ebony board, and Nitro finish, Fishman VT system, Sitka top and solid rosewood back and sides for less than 550.00 bucks....... Real easy to play and great sound...I am a Seagull fan as well, but the wild cherry sides and backs are a bit bright sounding for my taste.

I have a Yamaha LL16, but the sound of the Eastman is far smoother, and the sustain is much better....The Yamaha has a thicker no nitro finish and it makes a big difference in the sound quality.


Highland CA

Close to Corona
Feb 24th, 2012 09:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Displaying your "herd" makes me think why do you want to go low end on an acoustic? Seems like you're a man of distinction.

Having said that Seagull, Yamaha and Takamine offer many decent choices for inexpensive and playable acoustics.

Good luck!



Feb 24th, 2012 09:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another vote for the Seagull S6 or Eastman. The Seagulls have wide necks though as someone said they now have a slimmer version too. I think they record well, not as boomy as some dreads, though mic placement can fix most of those issues.

As Frank said there are many good inexpensive guitars now available compared to when a lot of us were starting.

Enjoy whatever you decide on!


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SW Burbs of Chitown

ILL, where our Gov's make our plates
Feb 24th, 2012 10:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Acoustics are hit and mis. I won't buy a acoustic unless I can play it first. Even if one sounds good at a store doen't mean it will sound or play good it you get off the internet. There are a lot of dogs out there, cheap or expensive.

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Feb 25th, 2012 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Guild GAD30...all solid woods, but Chinese made. As good as guitars 2x the price.

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