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digiboy

New York City

Sep 18th, 2015 12:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Many years ago a friend of mine had a Fender acoustic that had a Strat style headstock and the neck did feel just about like a Strat, amazing low action, very easy to play. There are a couple of acoustics in the current Fender line that have that style headstock but they are not the same model that he had. I hope to find one and try it out anyway.

I will take a look at the Ovations too and some of the other models mentioned. Thanks for the help. Any further suggestions still appreciated.

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Sep 20th, 2015 04:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't buy anything until you've at least tried out a Taylor.

Our singer has a 414ce, which is a beautiful guitar, but expensive. He also has a Big Baby which is a great guitar for its price.

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National City CA USA

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Sep 25th, 2015 11:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I would also suggest a concert breedlove. I have a AC25SR the neck is pretty close to my Ibanez AS73 as far as the neck goes. Not quite a fender neck but still very comfortable.

VanGoghsEar

USA

Oct 26th, 2015 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yamaha A series fits the electric neck feel, designed for electric players who want an acoustic that feels like an electric. The ACM3 (all solid wood) model is great, but over your budget, the ACM1 (solid top only) is closer, in the 500's new.

Another option is the Michael Kelly Hybrid Special, sort of a budget Taylor T5, but more versatile (the MKHS has two coil split humbuckers, a piezo undersaddle pickup, a Fishman blender to blend the tones and stereo or mono output). New, its a bit over your budget too.

Michael Kelly Hybrid Special

Coral Head

Sunshine State

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Nov 12th, 2015 04:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Depending on whether you want acoustic sound plugged in or not, I like this guitar. It's an LTD / ESP thin body that is not quite solid. It's very well made, nice to play (not a 1 5/8" nut like a Tele but close), and sounds good plugged in, especially through an EQ pedal. I have replaced my true acoustics with this in all live shows. I still have nice acoustics for a recorded sound.

I also have an old Guild D-40 from the seventies with a 1 5/8" nut. With .010 strings, it plays very well and sounds wonderful.....not quite like an electric though.

LTD

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Merrill, Wisconsin

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Nov 18th, 2015 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's more of a setup and string gauge issue than being an acoustic. A proper setup, with lower action, properly cut nut, and correct relief (or lack of it) and lighter gauge strings should do it.

I've set up many beginning students' acoustic guitars like this to help them get started and they played like electrics.

I have many electric guitars with piezo bridges and if I run light gauge, electric strings, the acoustic like tone is lacking. The heavier I go with the strings, the closer they sound to acoustics.

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Nov 19th, 2015 06:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Used Takamine.

digiboy

New York City

Nov 28th, 2015 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Will light gauge strings made for electric sound OK on an acoustic guitar? (I assume they won't be as loud.)

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Nov 29th, 2015 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sweetwater has new acoustic/electric Ovations on sale this week for $300.

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Merrill, Wisconsin

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Dec 2nd, 2015 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Any electric strings will work fine on an acoustic. The volume acoustically will be determined by the gauge.

May I suggest an electric hybrid set (light top, heavy bottom.) Either a 10-52 set, or if you need lighter, a 9-46 set.

The 10-52 uses the top three strings from a 10 set and the bottom three from an 11 set. The 9-46 uses the top strings from a 9 set and the bottom from a 10 set. I use D'Addarios, but most companies have these hybrid sets.

IF you use a soundhole, magnetic pickup, these pickups are balanced for standard acoustic strings...phosphor bronze or the like. The magnets or polepieces for the unwound B and E are lower so they match the cores of the wound strings...the only part that the pickup senses. Electric strings won't balance on these pickups, unless they have adjustable polepieces.

If you use piezo pickups, the type of strings doesn't matter.

Here's a link to Monte Montgomery, who appears to use electric strings on his acoustic. I've seen him and he's amazing. But the bending he does tells me the strings are lighter than standard light acoustic strings.

Little Wing Monte Montgomery

kego
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Dec 2nd, 2015 09:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"But the bending he does tells me the strings are lighter than standard light acoustic strings."

Nope. He uses pretty standard acoustic strings (D’Addario EXP strings gauged .012-.053) based on what he says in the link below. I've seen him live several times and I've always had the impression that they are standard acoustic strings as well. He is an absolutely stunning player for sure!

Guitar Player Article

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

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Jan 4th, 2016 09:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just fixed up a 1967 Framus Texan a former student found for $3 at a thrift store. The bolt on neck is the most electric feeling neck I've ever felt on an acoustic guitar...bolt on too. Dead straight, original frets not showing any wear yet although the body shows a lot of wear and pick scratches and fantastic action, once I shimmed the neck angle.

I thought of you when I was working on it, digiboy. I see them on Reverb.com for upwards of $249. It's well worth that. BTW, I worked on all the wear and scratches before I took this pic. The neck is laminated...dozens of layers of maple veneer at right angles to the fingerboard. It will never warp or twist.

Framus Texan, 1967

(This message was last edited by Steve Dallman at 11:36 AM, Jan 4th, 2016)

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Feb 10th, 2016 02:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Only buy a Zager in the year 2525

D Bone

Charlotte, NC USA

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Mar 18th, 2016 11:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have you looked into the Fender Kingston acoustic guitars/basses? I was impressed with the acoustic bass model. I believe they even come with a h/s case. The bass version I picked up and played at the music store impressed me. Had white blocks, cream bindings and built-in Fishman preamp/tuner. The bass version was $599. If it had Chromes flat wound strings on it, it would have most likely came home with me. It looked like the bass would have been neck heavy, but it was balanced, even with those elephant ear tuners.

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