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#281
I'm looking to purchase an acoustic guitar with certain characteristics, however I don't know what brand in particular I should be looking for so I requires some assistance. I've been practising on an unplugged cheap Epiphone Les Paul for over two years at this point and since I've started playing significantly more as of late I've realized that the guitar is holding me back for several reasons. First of all, the body of the guitar gets in the way of my left hand when I play notes on frets 20-22 and this is my primary concern. Thus I want the acoustic guitar that I'm looking for to be such that the body does not cause such a problem to the extent of my Les Paul. Since I've practised on an electric guitar, I would like the neck of the guitar that I am looking for me be such that the distance in-between one string to another or between the strings and the fretboard to be the same so that I can continue soloing. In order for the guitar to be played comfortably I want it to be quite slim, yet again to resemble that of which I'm used to. My budget is approximately $1000. I could a couple of multiples of $100 above that should I find an exceptional beauty but preferably I'd like to purchase a guitar that is not absurdly expensive since I certainly am not in a position to do such a thing. What brands in perticular sell these kinds of guitars? Some links or names of brands and guitars would be greatly appreciated.
#282
"Music became a healer for me. And I learned to listen with all my being. I found that it could wipe away all the emotions of fear and confusion relating to my family." Eric Clapton
#284
That it does. It wouldn't be my first choice personally but if you want double cutway acoustic that is about the only one I know.
Edit: I also found this thing. I don't know much about it though.
https://www.amazon.com/Wechter-5730-Elite-Pathmaker-Guitar/dp/B001NPDRFQ/ref=sr_1_74?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1485705406&sr=1-74&keywords=double+cutaway+acoustic
If you are open to single cutaways, check out some Taylors, and Takamine. They made some thinner cutways. Maybe Tony or Captian will have better suggestions.
"Music became a healer for me. And I learned to listen with all my being. I found that it could wipe away all the emotions of fear and confusion relating to my family." Eric Clapton
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#286
Gottschall made some killer double cutaway acoustics, but they're expensive and AFAIK, the company went under years ago- I believe the luthier died.


As I recall, Jon Kammerer made a few double cut acoustics & acoustic-electrics. I could be wrong about the pure acoustics, though.
http://www.jonkammerercustoms.com/8-8-16new-update_002.htm
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#287
It is quite surprising that in 2017 it's still essentially impossible to find thin double cut acoustic guitars without spending a fortune on ones that are custom made... Am I really that much of an anomaly for wanting to shred comfortably unplugged? Even Steve Vai's signature acoustic ibanez is not optimally constructed for playing solos that involve many high notes. It's like thumb ergonomics are irrelevant to all popular manufacturers since double cut acoustic as opposed to single cut ones are particularly to rare to come across. By the way, why does the guitar in the picture above not have a hole in it? Doesn't that sort of defeat the purpose of playing an acoustic guitar? It's double cut but if you look at where it's cut you'll see that it really isn't much better than my Les Paul for playing solos high up the fretboard since beyond the 19th fret it's still ergonomically inadequate and there's also a really dumb cut in the fret board at the end of it. Perhaps my standards are a bit high but they're met on countless electric guitars so I though that there would exists at least a couple of acoustic guitars with similar structural properties. That does not appear to be the case though, which is unfortunate, but the search continuous.
#288
I think part of it is the acoustic market's general preference for tone over upper-fret access. That's going to limit the commercial viability of adouble-cut acoustic.

A few years ago, one of the bigger builders- Dean, I think it was- made an acoustic V. Looked great and had wonderful shredder's ergonomics.

...and it sounded like crap.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#290
Quote by davidmanolis
It is quite surprising that in 2017 it's still essentially impossible to find thin double cut acoustic guitars without spending a fortune on ones that are custom made... Am I really that much of an anomaly for wanting to shred comfortably unplugged?


It is not surprising when you understand that those exact features generally are what cause an acoustic guitar to sound bad, quiet, and inarticulate. Why would a builder spend a lot of time and then charge a lot of money for an acoustic guitar that is essentially bad at being an acoustic guitar?

Exceptions exist, like the one dannyalcatraz posted (very pretty btw), but this is why "thin double cut acoustic guitars" are not more prevalent.

Also that's basically a semi-hollow electric.
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#291
Anyone know which guitars might have the sturdiest headboards? I keep breaking mine in the same spot from hitting it too hard, regular pickups don't pick up the percussive elements through a loop pedal so I use a feedback controller, but that means I hit the guitar really hard, I'm looking for a guitar I can play more like a drum
#292
jcrandallism 

I have a Baggs M1 active soundhole pickup, and it is very good at picking up percussive sounds, so that might go part way to solving you damage problem. Rory Block has to put an extra brace in her guitars to help withstand the beating. An old Gibson square-shoulder J160E would have a thick plywood top - they were really just hollow electrics that looked like acoustics - I don't know about the earlier slope-D version. In the lower price ranges, something like an Ibanez AEW looks and sounds very solidly built, again more like a hollow electric, but I don't know how strong it really is. In any event, some kind of laminated top would be better than a solid one.
#295
swaggeringbolly I don't know this particular model (may be you made a mistake in model name?), but acoustic yamahas are one of the best choices in low-price range.
#296
Just chipping in, I've glanced through the 8 pages, and don't see my guitar's maker up there. So here's a small add-on for GC Shred Off , if you want to add it into the intro post!

Sigma Guitars
Sigma was once Martin's sister company, now owned by Germans. When under Martin, they produced a good bunch of "officialised" Martin replicas, and they were good bang for buck too!

And now, even off Martin's hook, their quality and playability remains. Being made in China doesn't mean sloppy and shoddy quality! The Sigma 000mc-4e (close replica to Martin 000-28) has absolutely no flaws. Everything inside, and outside is perfect. Brilliant setup out of the box, and brilliant electrics, and it only was for around $600, a little steep for a beginner, of course!
They offer a wide range of guitars, ranging from mid $200s to much higher. And each one of them play perfectly. I've been to a shop carrying Siggys, played most of them available. Practically no faults, and the sound was amazing. Really a good option for beginners if you're looking for a little Martin heritage, good tone, good build for less cash. Beats the low end Taylors and probably the high end Epis anyday.

Just my 2 cents! Every opinion counts for someone finding a guitar, and maybe a Sigma may just the one for you.
www.sigma-guitars.com/guitars
*bare in mind those prices are list prices. They go for a little cheaper in your local guitar shop, and probably even less 2nd hand. But always always try them in person!
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