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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / easy playing flat top

6 Cylinder Slim

north woods

It just needs more voltage
Jun 17th, 2017 05:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Old man Aurther Itis been beating up my hands as I age. Having trouble playing a properly set up flat top lately. I'm going to start shopping for a thin body flat top acoustic/electric that can be set up to play with light strings. I need really light, like .010 to .048 strings. Any suggestions? Thanks

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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Jun 17th, 2017 11:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

The only experience with thin body guitars is a lack of resonance in the lower registers. They usually sound great when plugged in so that was always my go to method for using them. For that the Godin guitar models always worked well for me. Sound is a bit thin when unplugged but sound great when plugged in. A lot of the travel guitars are strung lightly but they feel awkward to me.

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

"Everywhere I look, I see guitars..."
Jun 17th, 2017 03:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Carvin AC375 will get you an incredible neck, a thin body with a solid top, and very good plugged in sound. Pricey, but look for a used one.

BTW, I prefer the 375 to the 275 or 175 - those aren't true hollow-bodied (albeit very thinline) acoustics - the 375 has a separate top, sides, back and set-in neck - the others are neck through on a carved out body with a top attached - very different critters.

Coral Head

Sunshine State

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Jun 19th, 2017 04:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have the LTD shown in the link. It plays well and sounds good plugged in....not much sound unplugged. I use .010s on all my acoustics so don't be afraid to try them on the ones you already have.


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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Jun 19th, 2017 04:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

This one is pretty easy to play but it is a tad expensive.



What It Was!

Fairly Unbalanced
Jun 19th, 2017 07:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Not a thinbody, but I had a cheapo Yamaha acoustic that had a neck like a strat - piece of cake for the left hand.

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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Jun 19th, 2017 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

A second mention and recommendation for the Godin models - I had a 6 and a 12 for a few years, they play like electrics. They were very nice guitars.


on the rhine

Jun 19th, 2017 08:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi 6 Cylinder Slim!

What Dolemite said - Yamaha has this line of reasonably-priced Electric/Acoustics. A friend of mine has one and it actually plays like "buttah" ;-)

cheers - C.

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South Florida

Jun 19th, 2017 09:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have the same issue and got a Taylor 414CE for that reason.

I prefer the bigger sound of a Gibson J45 with mediums for performing at my local open mics. But the Taylor and light guage string gets most of the play at home.

It might be a little thin sounding but it's much easier to play and you can EQ in a decent tone.

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So. Cal. USA

Jun 19th, 2017 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

There are only two that I would consider in the thin category and I have owned both.

The Guild Songbird. An approximate LP sized acoustic electric that sounds fabulous plugged in. I made the mistake of letting this one go a few year back.

The Gibson Chet Atkins SST. This one is a solid body AE guitar. It really has nothing of an acoustic tone but is also wonderful when you plug it in. Epiphone also has a version that is pretty darn good. I still own the Gibson. It makes a great stage AE guitar or home picker with an amp.

You can set up either of these with electric strings and have a very easy to play acoustic electric guitar.

Neither guitar is still in production so it's a used market.

The other side of this may be a slot head AE from somebody like Taylor. Available as 12 or 14 fret guitars, they have a shorter scale length and with a set of extra lights might do the trick. I have a 2011 Taylor GC6e. Awesome guitar plugged in or not. I stole it at $1200 used in mint condition at the local GC. (even a blind hog finds an acorn every once in a while)

Te 52

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Jun 19th, 2017 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Agree that the Yamaha APX models are worth a look. For a bit more $, I would also want to check out a Martin 00CXAE. I believe they are now only available used, there are three on reverb.com as I write.



Jun 19th, 2017 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Taylors tend to do better with lighter strings than others, largely because they're kinda under building them. Not sure if something like a 214 would fit your budget.

I'd also suggest just getting your hands on some. It may be that extra string spacing helps (or the opposite) and you can always have it set up later if need be.

super mario
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I am on a quest...just not sure where!
Jun 21st, 2017 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I used to have an Ovation Applause super shallow bowl AE that played like an electric. Umamplied it was somewhat thin but plugged in had a nice tone. I gave it to my niece when she needed a new guitar and she still plays it on a regular basis. It was the easiest playing AE I've ever played. One thing I have thought of doing is tuning down my Seagull a 1/2 strap and capping the 1st fret to get a lower overall action when I do play it.



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Jun 21st, 2017 03:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yamaha made a thin body A/E guitar.



Jun 21st, 2017 07:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Get one with scalloped bracing . It allows you to use lighter gauge strings and still get a big low end

6 Cylinder Slim

north woods

It just needs more voltage
Jun 22nd, 2017 05:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for all the input. I'm going shopping this weekend so I'll play as many as I can get my hands on. It feels really strange to be retired. I have some friends that host open mics. Seems to be the only week day gigs around these days. A nice flat top that sounds decent through the board is all I need. Been playing Strats so long that the wrist angles feel strange to me on a deep body. Maybe I could get used to one.



Jun 26th, 2017 06:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ok for one that has scalloped bracing. The are made for lighter strings. In fact you do not want to go above 11's. They get a bigger tone using lighter gauge strings. YAMAHA has some good ones. Suggest you go and play some different guitars and make your own choice. If you look in the sound hole you can see if it has scalloped bracing ( it will have an arch in the bracing ). Yamaha also has some decent priced guitars with a solid spruce top

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