#1
Hey everyone!

As you all know, christmas is fast approaching, and I'm looking for my first steel string acoustic. I already own a classical, and I personally think it's rather average, so I'm looking to upgrade.

What would be a decent guitar at a reasonable price that I could ask for?

If it helps, I usually play metal, but I'm doing metal covers on acoustics.

Thanks in advance.
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#2
acoustic or electro acoustic?
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#3
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acoustic or electro acoustic?


I'm thinking just acoustic- only for quiet playing and campfire jams

oh, and preferably a cutaway.
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price range?

Acoustic guitars rarely come with a cutaway unless you buy onboard electronics.
You probably won't use a cutaway the all though, to be honest.
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#5
Be4myT,

Just remember, nobody ever "owns" a guitar. They are just ours to play for awhile. The best way to choose a guitar is to play as many as you can... each has a different voice and feel. Pick one that suits your style. Good luck and Rock on, Brother!

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price range?

Acoustic guitars rarely come with a cutaway unless you buy onboard electronics.
You probably won't use a cutaway the all though, to be honest.


ah okay then

my price range is from around $150 Australian up to $250, so like 100 bucks American...



I'm poor.

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Be4myT,

Just remember, nobody ever "owns" a guitar. They are just ours to play for awhile. The best way to choose a guitar is to play as many as you can... each has a different voice and feel. Pick one that suits your style. Good luck and Rock on, Brother!

Dish


And now I'm inspired to play every acoustic on the planet.

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I like the look of that Epiphone...
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#8
That epiphone should serve your purposes just fine. It's got a solid top.
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

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#9
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That epiphone should serve your purposes just fine. It's got a solid top.


Cool, thanks everyone.

I think I'll get an Epiphone.
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Cool, thanks everyone.

I think I'll get an Epiphone.

Be aware that website is a UK site - I looked up that Epiphone on Australian sites for you, and it looks like they're going for $400 where you live. That's quite a bit out of your price range.

However, I do hope you would consider spending a little more than your current budget - not necessarily $400, but the quality of instrument improves drastically once you start getting into $250-$300 range, as captivate said, that's where you start getting into solid tops.
#11
If you have an Allans Music store nearby you can do there 3 month deal where you pay 50% up front, 25% next month and the last 25% a month after that.

So basically if you can afford $250-$300 today and $125-$150 next month and again the month after then you can start looking at guitars in the $500 - $600 price range and you'll get a much better instrument.
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If you have an Allans Music store nearby you can do there 3 month deal where you pay 50% up front, 25% next month and the last 25% a month after that.

So basically if you can afford $250-$300 today and $125-$150 next month and again the month after then you can start looking at guitars in the $500 - $600 price range and you'll get a much better instrument.


Sounds good, I'll have a look.

EDIT: Called them, and they said they could do that deal. I'm getting an Epiphone AJ-100.

Is that a good guitar?

(Pardon my acoustic n00bishness)
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#13
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Sounds good, I'll have a look.

EDIT: Called them, and they said they could do that deal. I'm getting an Epiphone AJ-100.

Is that a good guitar?

(Pardon my acoustic n00bishness)


I'd head in to the closest music stores to you and pull as many guitars in your price bracket off the range and play them. Some you'll strum twice and put straight back because they're just not right, others will get your interest. Once you've narrowed down your selection to 2, 3 or maybe 4 guitars, play them again, and again, go back and forth between them comparing them. Listen to how they sound, see if they're comfortable, feel how they play under your fingers, keep doing this until one of them stands out as the guitar you want.

Take you're time, don't be rushed by the sales guy. Take all the time you need finding your instrument.

G'luck =)
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I'm getting an Epiphone AJ-100.

Is that a good guitar?

(Pardon my acoustic n00bishness)

Why are you so set on a guitar you've never had your hands on? You need to go to the guitar store and play as many guitars as you can, both in and out of your price range. I say "out of your price range" as well, because you need to know what you're missing and whether or not it would be worth it to wait a little longer and spend a little more money to get a better guitar.

As for whether I think the AJ-100 is a good guitar... I'm going to say that it's okay for the price, but you can't do much worse. The ones I've seen were sloppily constructed and finished, and sounded quite dull. I highly recommend that you check out the Yamahas. They are ridiculously good guitars for the money, and they have great selection of inexpensive models.
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Why are you so set on a guitar you've never had your hands on? You need to go to the guitar store and play as many guitars as you can, both in and out of your price range. I say "out of your price range" as well, because you need to know what you're missing and whether or not it would be worth it to wait a little longer and spend a little more money to get a better guitar.

As for whether I think the AJ-100 is a good guitar... I'm going to say that it's okay for the price, but you can't do much worse. The ones I've seen were sloppily constructed and finished, and sounded quite dull. I highly recommend that you check out the Yamahas. They are ridiculously good guitars for the money, and they have great selection of inexpensive models.


I'm set on it because I HAVE played it, and the one I played was awesome. As for the Yamahas, we hardly have any around where I live that are in my price range- They're either sold out or the joints don't stock them.
I'll look around for some Yamahas, but I'm still set on the Epiphone.
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I'm set on it because I HAVE played it, and the one I played was awesome. As for the Yamahas, we hardly have any around where I live that are in my price range- They're wither sold out or the joints don't stock them.
I'll look around for some Yamahas, but I'm still set on the Epiphone.


If you're set on the Epiphone then get it and enjoy =). As long as you liked it when you played it and you've compared it with as many other guitars as you are able to then thats all that matters.

If it sounds right (is pleasing to your ear), feels right (is comfortable and plays well) and looks right (appears well put together and there are no obvious defects) then it's the good guitar for you