Yamaha vs Fender.. Which one?


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aiz121
02-22-2010, 05:22 PM
Hi guys,

I have been planning to buy a new acoustic-electric guitar. My old guitar was a Yamaha APX5. I loved the guitar, low action, great cutaway. Although the guitar was light and easy to move around, I felt that I needed a slightly bigger body since I play unplugged more than plugged.

I've narrowed it down to two guitars: Yamaha CPX500, or the Fender T-bucket 300 CE dreadnought cutaway.

My max budget would be that of the Yamaha CPX500, around $350. Can you guys give me some opinions or advice on which one I should get?

Things I'm looking for:

Low action
Body not too big (I would say in the middle of a jumbo and a slim)
Good sound quality
Durability
Design


Here are the links to the guitars:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-T-Bucket-300-CE-Dreadnought-Cutaway-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-530011-i1398868.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha-CPX-Series-CPX500-Jumbo-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-798736-i1396024.gc



Thanks!

Bluesrocker5150
02-22-2010, 05:32 PM
Fender is a bigger name, but as far as acoustics go I actually prefer Yamaha. I just recently bought a Yamaha acoustic and I'm very pleased with it. I went with the APX because I loved the thin style body, but I can understand why you would want a bigger body for more sound. I played some Fenders around the same price range, and even though I though they where visually appealing guitars I didn't like the way the felt in my hands.

Bluesrocker5150
02-22-2010, 05:33 PM
oh, and if your a blues-rock fan: Joe Bonomassa plays a yamaha acoustic!

captivate
02-22-2010, 05:39 PM
The Yamaha is pretty much guaranteed to be a better guitar in terms of build quality. I would honestly go with that.

Also, low action should not be a criteria. Almost all companies will set it a little bit high so that the player can choose to lower it if they so desire. You can always lower the action, but raising it back up again can be difficult.

dakotajoe
02-22-2010, 05:42 PM
I say you can find better guitars. Check these out. Everyone seems to overlook Taks for some reason. Fenders have horrible build quality and I'm just not a huge fan of Yamahas sound for the low ranges. If I had to pick between the two you mentioned I would go with the fender cause at least it has a solid top. Both of these Taks have solid tops too. You should definitely physically try guitars out before you buy though. good luck with the guitar whichever you get.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Takamine-G340SC-Solid-Top-Cutaway-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=516423

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Takamine-GS430S-NEX-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar?sku=515653

Skeet UK
02-22-2010, 06:48 PM
I say you can find better guitars. Check these out. Everyone seems to overlook Taks for some reason. Fenders have horrible build quality and I'm just not a huge fan of Yamahas sound for the low ranges. If I had to pick between the two you mentioned I would go with the fender cause at least it has a solid top. Both of these Taks have solid tops too. You should definitely physically try guitars out before you buy though. good luck with the guitar whichever you get.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Takamine-G340SC-Solid-Top-Cutaway-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=516423

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Takamine-GS430S-NEX-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar?sku=515653

Neither the Fender or the Yamaha he linked to have solid tops. It even states that the Fender has a laminated top, back and sides.

On the Yamaha it says select Spruce top, but does not state Solid, so is in fact laminated.

Takamine are excellent guitars as are Tanglewood. Likely to get solid tops with both those brands, in that price rage.