#1
I really want an acoustic(or acoustic electric) guitar but I don't really have knowledge of what sounds great and if it has good sustain and what not. Also I don't know all the brands that are good. Brands don't matter to me as long as it plays, sounds, and looks good. I thought you guys could help me choose. There's just a couple things i want to point out first.

- guitar has to have cutaway so i can reach all the frets with ease
- guitar has to sound good and look nice
- guitar can't be overly expensive(like $3000-$1000 is way to much for my range)

Can you guys also explain to me how to take care of it. I've heard of humidifiers and things like that and I have no idea what they are or do. Please help.
#2
Well, as far as the care of an acoustic, there's an FAQ posted at the top of the forum. Give it a look. Probably the highest amount of knowledge on instruments on any forum in UG.

One thing you really want to look for in an acoustic is all solid wood. Solid wood has much better tone than laminate. Trust me.

I would stay away from any company that is known for their electrics. With the exception of Epiphone and Gibson, companies who primarily make electrics don't put as much effort into the acoustic division, and therefore the acoustics they make are quite lackluster in comparison to primarily acoustic companies. The name on the headstock really does matter a little bit more in acoustics than it does in electrics.

I'd wait on the more experienced (and more wealthy ) users to give you suggestions. I try not to play acoustics that are out of my feasible price range so that I don't feel disappointed with what I can actually afford.
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#3
- guitar can't be overly expensive(like $3000-$1000 is way to much for my range)


Thats very vague. How much are you willing to spend?
#4
Do you know what kind of sound you are looking for? Deep lows or wonderful highs? or just balanced?
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#5
Seagull makes excellent and affordable guitars starting around $200 or so. Other subdivisions of Godin (Seagull's parent company) make some higher-end acoustics...all good, AFAIK.

Taylor and Yamaha are perennial favorites for acoustics, as is Martin.

Acoustic-Electrics are a different breed. You need to decide whether you'll be playing primarily acoustic, primarily electric or a mix.

If your answer is the first, don't get an AE unless its a full-bodied guitar- the thinlines don't have the same projection as the bigger guitars. If your answer is the second, a thinline would be just fine, but you might be happier with a hollowbody electric. Otherwise, go with the mid- to full- bowl AEs. My personal AE of choice is the Ovation Elite (full body), but there are LOTS of good choices out there.

No matter which way you go, you'll also need to think about tone. Do you want the chiming bright sound of a maple guitar? Or do you want the warmth of a walnut? Or is there something in-between?
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#6
Umm...Seagull makes high end acoustics. Very, VERY good high end acoustics.

A/E guitars aren't a different beast than pure acoustics, per se.

No, if he wants an acoustic, a hollowbody electric would NOT be right for him, because they don't have good acoustic tone.

A thinline acoustic will have a different sound when plugged in as well as acoustically.

Taylor and Martin are favorites in the high-end category ($1000 and up)

Yamaha is a favorite in the lower end category because they make quality instruments for a low price.

In the price range he is, I would assume, describing as around $950, brands to look at are Seagull, Alvarez, Washburn, Takamine, and Breedlove to name a few. At this price you'll be able to walk away with an all-solid guitar for a good price.

Also, be open to buying used! If you are willing to buy used, you can strike a deal on a guitar that costs up to around $1500 new for under $1000!

dannyalcatraz does make a good point about knowing what kind of tonewood you would prefer. By knowing the kind of tone you want, you can easily eliminate masses of guitars.

A good starting point is compile a list of guitars that interest you just from listings on instrument retail sites like MF and Music 123. Next, bring the list of guitars that intrigue you here so we can see what your tastes are. From there we can help you eliminate some choices that probably won't be right for you or aren't worth your time and money, and we can also make suggestions as to what else you might like.
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No, if he wants an acoustic, a hollowbody electric would NOT be right for him, because they don't have good acoustic tone.


I think you misunderstood me- I was suggesting a hollowbody electric if he was thinking about playing an acoustic-electric primarily as an electric (for which purpose many people buy a thinline A-E). Yes, the sound is different, but there are fewer feedback issues.

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dannyalcatraz does make a good point about knowing what kind of tonewood you would prefer. By knowing the kind of tone you want, you can easily eliminate masses of guitars.


Thanks.

Simply put, you need to wander into a good guitar store and try a bunch of different guitars with a variety of woods. You'll hear differences in projection and tone based on body shape, depth, and wood. You'll also experience a wide variety of different feels based on design, finish, and yes, shape. Thinline or deep body. Flat or arched top. Wood or resonator.

(When going into acoustic guitars, avoid the temptation to try somebody's wildly-shaped guitar, though. Things like the Dean V-coustic generally don't sound very good- they're the wrong shape to properly resonate.)

Personally, I have acoustic-electrics on both ends of the tonal scale- my Ovation has a very bright sound, similar to the maple guitar my Mom had, while my JK acoustic-electric is walnut, and is very warm- distinctly different despite being a thinline.
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#8
Ovation are great looking and great sounding guitars, if you can bear the roundback. They are more like an electric to play with great action and full-range sound. At the lower end, Yamaha set the standard and most far-eastern brands are based on Yamaha designs. They are all (apart from the absolute cut price types) very playable and will do the job that's needed for occasional songs on stage. But if its to be the prime guitar used for gigs, its worth spending a bit more for the re-assurance of quality. Then we're back with Ovation being the best value around.
#9
As an Ovation lover and owner, I still have to put that caveat on there- don't buy any Ovation smaller than a mid-bowl depth if you want a good sound acoustically.
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#10
Ovation for primarily played plugged in. Takamine or seagull for both, or yamaha for acoustic


these are the best of brands for lower range guitars/ best bang for the buck
#11
sorry for not being clear. I'll save up the money some how if I really like the guitar, but I wont spend more than $1000. I'm really just trying to get a guitar that I can play unplugged(mostly) and some others times with an amp. As I said, I don't really know when people say warm tones or high wonderful ones. I guess I'm tone deaf but I can tell when a guitar sounds bad. I am trying to keep it around the $500 dollar range so I'm gonna take care of it if I spend so much.
#12
If you want good plugged an unplugged sound around the $500 range, my personal choice would probably be the Seagull S6 A/E. IIRC there is a cutaway version of this guitar, and it also comes in a variety of finished, including (my favorite) violin sunburst
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#13
Everything said so far has been pretty spot on. Only one thing I wanted to address.

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By knowing the kind of tone you want, you can easily eliminate masses of guitars.


While it's very true that you can generalize the tone you get from certain tone woods, other factors can play an even large role in tone production than the wood. What I immediately think of is the bracing pattern. It's definitely possible to make a naturally brighter tonewood sound bassier than rosewood, which is considered the more bass-balanced wood.

It might be a better idea just to try them all out since you don't know what kind of tone you really want yet. It's good to keep doors open if you don't know where to go.
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#14
You make a good point. I totally forgot about bracing patterns when I read the tonewood thing.

I need to stop reading up so many electric builds so I can keep my acoustic knowledge.
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#15
get get a breedlove or taylor for 1000$ if you can spend that much.. make the people at the music store set it up and give you a case and strings.