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digiboy

New York City

Sep 14th, 2015 03:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very limited budget. $300-500 max. Sound is not a huge concern as long as it's a decent guitar. I'd like something that will have low action on a thin, fast, easy to play neck like you'd find on a Fender Strat or Tele.
suggestions?


RufusTeleStrat

San Diego

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Sep 14th, 2015 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Strat or tele acoustic, or a taylor.

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Sep 14th, 2015 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You might look into a "Zager EZ Play" guitar. They're famous for being as easy to play as electrics. Al ot of them started out as Martin Sigma models he converted.
(BTW, Zager was in 'Zager & Evans' back in the 60s and penned 'In the year 2525.')

Here's one on ebay

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Sep 14th, 2015 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Skip the Zager's - they're a rip off. (I live just up the road from where Zager markets "his" guitars...)

Look for a used Takamine, or a used Ovation (or a new MIC Ovation). Check the necks on both to make sure they have no issues, but if they're in good condition, they should be very easy to play.

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 01:20 PM, Sep 14th, 2015)

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Sep 14th, 2015 12:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 on Ovation brand. The Applause (their old "Squier/Epi" style line) had one of the easiest necks I ever played - like playing an electric. Gifted it to my niece who still plays it on a regular basis....


twangdoodles

michigan usa

Sep 14th, 2015 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Most acoustic necks seem pretty thin to me, I think it's more about set-up than anything else.

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Sep 15th, 2015 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Taylor.

5Strats
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Sep 15th, 2015 01:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Taylor acoustic, if set up correctly. They don't all play that great. However, the Taylor T5 hybrid plays does play like an electric.

Note - I realize Taylors don't fit your price range. Taylors are expensive.

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Sep 16th, 2015 02:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ovation

Dadical
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Ovation

twangdoodles

michigan usa

Sep 16th, 2015 04:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's true, I had an Ovation for many years. It did play quite like an electric but I never knew if they were like that as a rule or if I just had a rare one. The neck on mine is not what I'd call thin though...

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Sep 16th, 2015 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The most "electric" playing neck I ever played on an acoustic was a 1970's Conn. Pretty sure it was a Japanese import. Tone wasn't half bad and really played beautifully.

MLC

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Sep 16th, 2015 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ovations have long had the reputation of playing more "like an electric" than most.

Mine plays great, but one of the main reasons I bought it was because the neck felt - and played - like an old Telecaster. It's pretty beefy, so this probably isn't the one you'd want.
Which is fine, since it's a keeper for me. ;^)

I have played others that had a smaller profile, though. And, for whatever reason, the lower cost models seem to have the smaller neck profiles. Not sure if that's a general rule, but that's been my experience.

JuiceDaddy

Dallas, TX

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Sep 16th, 2015 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Taylor. You can find a used 100 series for about $400

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Sep 16th, 2015 08:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ovation

shunka

Willoughby, OH , USA

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Sep 16th, 2015 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree with the Ovations and would include some Guilds, though they can be pricey. Some of the Fenders look very much like a sTRAT NECK.

shunka

Willoughby, OH , USA

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Sep 16th, 2015 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree with the Ovations and would include some Guilds, though they can be pricey. Some of the Fenders look very much like a sTRAT NECK.

MLC

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Sep 16th, 2015 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll also add that I've tried the Telecoustic guitars.
While they DO play like an electric, unless you're looking for a beginner-level instrument, they fall somewhat below the category of "decent guitar."

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Sep 16th, 2015 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Used Ovation.

Not the best choice if you have a beer gut, however.

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So. Cal. USA

Sep 17th, 2015 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Setup is the key. Find an acoustic that sounds good to you, has the neck feel you like, is within your budget, then spend another $40-60 for a complete set up.

You didn't saw if you wanted an acoustic electric guitar but two of those that come to mind but only sound correct plugged in are the Guild SongBird and the Gibson Chet Atkins SST. Both guitars are no longer made so it's a used market. I have an SST and did own the Guild. Both make excellent stage guitars.

Maybe a bit beyond your budget but just about the best at what they do.

Also, take a look at Seagull acoustics. Really good bang for the buck. I own an S6 + cedar and bought it used for $200 in a nice gigbag. The electronics are nice too.

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