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digiboy



New York City

Sep 14th, 2015 03:00 AM        

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. <br /> suggestions?<br />



RufusTeleStrat



San Diego

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Sep 14th, 2015 11:04 AM        

Strat or tele acoustic, or a taylor.<br /> <br /> R



archiestone

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Sep 14th, 2015 11:16 AM        

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.<br /> (BTW, Zager was in 'Zager & Evans' back in the 60s and penned 'In the year 2525.')



reverend mikey

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Sep 14th, 2015 11:18 AM        

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



super mario

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Sep 14th, 2015 12:01 PM        

+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....<br />



twangdoodles



michigan usa

Sep 14th, 2015 04:22 PM        

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



Ayns

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Sep 15th, 2015 01:03 PM        

Taylor.



5Strats

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Sep 15th, 2015 01:45 PM        

Taylor acoustic, if set up correctly. They don't all play that great. However, the Taylor T5 hybrid plays does play like an electric.<br /> <br /> Note - I realize Taylors don't fit your price range. Taylors are expensive.



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Sep 16th, 2015 02:30 AM        

Ovation



Dadical

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Sep 16th, 2015 02:30 AM        

Ovation



twangdoodles



michigan usa

Sep 16th, 2015 04:49 AM        

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...



jhawkr

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Sep 16th, 2015 05:56 AM        

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        

Ovations have long had the reputation of playing more "like an electric" than most.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> Which is fine, since it's a keeper for me. ;^)<br /> <br /> 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        

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



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Sep 16th, 2015 08:15 AM        

Ovation



shunka



Willoughby, OH , USA

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Sep 16th, 2015 11:57 AM        

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        

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        

I'll also add that I've tried the Telecoustic guitars.<br /> 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        

Used Ovation. <br /> <br /> Not the best choice if you have a beer gut, however.



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Sep 17th, 2015 10:45 AM        

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