#1
hey...ive owned a couple of nice acoustics and i've come to the realization that i dont play acoustic enough to have to "baby" it...so i sold off my collection and am now looking for a 6 and 12 string that i dont have to worry about...i hang all my guitars on the wall and dont want to have to put it in its case to humidify it...i'd rather keep them onwall year round...so what's a decent acoustic i shouldn't have to worry about?
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#2
You could get a Rainsong. They have a bit of a different tone than normal acoustic guitars though because they're all graphite.
#3
Depending on where you live, you may have no choice but to humidify in the winter.

Plywood (laminate) guitars are less susceptible to humidity related damage. And graphite or carbon fiber guitars are completely immune. Those last two are quite expensive though.
#4
ok...but can you guys name the guitars that might work for my situation
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#5
Well any regular wooden guitar will need to be taken care of in low humidity and other harsh conditions so no. Since you don't want to have to take care of it you would have to go with a material that isn't going to be affected by seasonal or geographical conditions.

Unless someone knows something I don't about it I'm pretty sure that's the only answer.
#6
Ovation guitars don't have as much wood in their construction, mostly a fiberglass body. They don't react to changes in humidity as much. I like them because of the awesome sound and the fiberglass body means you can knock it around a bit and still have an awesome looking axe.
#7
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Ovation guitars don't have as much wood in their construction, mostly a fiberglass body. They don't react to changes in humidity as much. I like them because of the awesome sound and the fiberglass body means you can knock it around a bit and still have an awesome looking axe.

This is your best bet.
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#8
also looking for a very playable guitar...something like a martin without the martin price tag
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#9
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also looking for a very playable guitar...something like a martin without the martin price tag


Well, you aren't going to really get a martin quality guitar that sounds and feels like a martin unless you have a martin or something similar. Everything similar, however, would have to be humidified.

Now, as for playability, the Ovations that someone mentioned earlier are known for their ridiculously low action that makes it almost feel like an electric.

If you have the money then get a graphite one though, I know it has been suggested, but they suit your needs and actually sound really good in my opinion, but then they are really expensive.
#10
^^^thats what im looking for...great playability, thanks
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#11
good acoustics need to be babied.

except for anything not made of wood, of course. those things are all $1500+
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#12
Yamaha FG730S. Solid tops I think are the best trade off b/c you don't have to go as far as humidifying them IMO.
#13
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Well, you aren't going to really get a martin quality guitar that sounds and feels like a martin unless you have a martin or something similar. Everything similar, however, would have to be humidified.

Now, as for playability, the Ovations that someone mentioned earlier are known for their ridiculously low action that makes it almost feel like an electric.

If you have the money then get a graphite one though, I know it has been suggested, but they suit your needs and actually sound really good in my opinion, but then they are really expensive.


every ovation i've ever played has had terrible action...

Very mellow town though.. which can be SICK!
#14
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good acoustics need to be babied.

except for anything not made of wood, of course. those things are all $1500+

Actually technically the Martin HPL gutiars are a composite/wood mix and I've heard they're pretty humidity retardant. I saw a guy walk out of a local shop with a floor model DX1 for $350, $500ish new. You can also get the DXM (all HPL) for around $450 new. Something to consider. They do play pretty nice.
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Actually technically the Martin HPL gutiars are a composite/wood mix and I've heard they're pretty humidity retardant. I saw a guy walk out of a local shop with a floor model DX1 for $350, $500ish new. You can also get the DXM (all HPL) for around $450 new. Something to consider. They do play pretty nice.


sorry, i was under the impression of a good acoustic, not one that sucks and isnt worth your money.

btw, flame retardancy doesnt mean it wont light on fire. so in effect, a humidity retardant guitar will be affected by humidity.

also it's just the physics of an object too, as things heat up they expand, blah blah blah boring physics of guitar here blah blah blah.

i do not recommend a martin unless it's a d-15 model or higher, or basically costs at least $1000 dollars. most models that are lower numbered are just HPL with solid top or not, and have the name martin on it so it's just paying for the name.
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#18
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good acoustics need to be babied.

except for anything not made of wood, of course. those things are all $1500+

You're wrong. No acoustics need to be babied. They are made to be played and require minimal upkeep and storage effort. All of my acoustics, expensive and inexpensive, get the same treatment. They reside on stands, sans humidifiers, in the open for everyone to see and enjoy.

For the thread starter, get a guitar that you love, put it in the open, share it, play it, enjoy it, and do what you want with it. Don't worry about humidity, sun-bleaching, or whatever else. Your guitars will be fine as long as you're sensible.

Edit: And because I didn't actually make a suggestion...

I would recommend you stay away from Ovations because they sound like garbage unless plugged in (and have the feel of electric guitars). I didn't catch a price range, but I'd assume because you have had a fair number of guitars, you're looking to spend a bit. I'd recommend Blueridge guitars or some Breedloves in the $1000 range or so.
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#19
I would suggest a Fender telecoustic or stratocoustic. I own a telecoustic and while I want to upgrade my guitar, as I now believe I would be able to look after a nice guitar properly, it is an amazing guitar to have fun with, knock around, take out of the house etc etc. As it has a fibreglass body it requires very little maintenance and it still sounds decent. I think it may work for your needs.
#20
If I were to choose any guitar to just play around with around the house without having to worry about it too much, I would choose this. It's small, it sounds decent, it has a solid top. It feels a little like a toy, but it sounds good. Especially for it's small size. Great for usage without having to worry too much.
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#21
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You're wrong. No acoustics need to be babied. They are made to be played and require minimal upkeep and storage effort. All of my acoustics, expensive and inexpensive, get the same treatment. They reside on stands, sans humidifiers, in the open for everyone to see and enjoy.


If you don't think they don't need to be taken care of then it's not my problem. Many guitarists do take precautions to make sure that we won't have to take it to a shop for something like humidity factors (humidifier will prevent cracking, sharping frets, etc.). I'd rather just make sure that I don't have to deal with that stuff. You can do whatever you want.

Price range would be nice to know, after all this time of just taking peoples suggestions. Also, avoid any kind of guitar made by any well known electric company (Epiphone is the exception).
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#22
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If you don't think they don't need to be taken care of then it's not my problem. Many guitarists do take precautions to make sure that we won't have to take it to a shop for something like humidity factors (humidifier will prevent cracking, sharping frets, etc.). I'd rather just make sure that I don't have to deal with that stuff. You can do whatever you want.

Price range would be nice to know, after all this time of just taking peoples suggestions. Also, avoid any kind of guitar made by any well known electric company (Epiphone is the exception).


I think what he meant was more along the line of... "as long as you're sensible, guitar care is a breeze." Not so much that you don't have to take care of it, which is true for the most part. Guitar care isn't really that hard. You just need to treat your guitar right using common sense.
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#23
My old Westfield acoustic that I paid £50 for just stays on a stand with an old t-shirt covering the stings and it plays perfect all the time. Never adjusted anything.
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I think what he meant was more along the line of... "as long as you're sensible, guitar care is a breeze." Not so much that you don't have to take care of it, which is true for the most part. Guitar care isn't really that hard. You just need to treat your guitar right using common sense.

Yes, you've got the right idea. There have been too many threads lately with the posters being nervous about, or even driven away from acoustic instruments because they're under the impression that acoustics are high maintenance. The truth is, they require an absolute modicum of care. My advice to the thread starter is still to get whatever guitar he desires and play the heck out of it. Just don't be foolish with it.