#1
Hello everyone, I just started playing the guitar not more than 3 months now. I figured I'd learn how to play during a deployment to Iraq since I've always wanted to learn. Now that I'm back home I'd like to buy one but don't really know what to get. I just came from GuitarCenter.com and picked out a few that looked pretty cool and had good reviews. I need your help and opinions so that I don't waist money. Thanks in advance people. Here's the list.


Dean Performer Archtop Acous/Elec $199.00

Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acous $173.99-$199.99

Ibanez SGT520VS SAGE Series Acous $219.99

Yamaha F345 Sycamore Top Acous $229.99

Lucero LCT 250CE Thinline Cutaway Acous/Elec Classical $173.99-$229.99

BTW... what's the difference with classical and normal (?)
#2
dude the reviews on guitar center.com are always good never trust them, and you dont want a yamaha, you should look into look more into ibanez if you like metal and just warning you cheap fenders arnt REAL fenders just guitars made in mexico with the fender sticker
#3
A classical guitar uses nylon strings. A "normal" guitar is called a steel string guitar. Steel string guitars are what most people think of when they think acoustic guitar. Now, of those choices you have there, I would go with the Yamaha. Dean, Fender, and Ibanez don't have a very good reputation for acoustic guitars, and the classical guitar is a pretty bad combination for a cheap guitar. Thinline, A/E. The electronics will be horrible in this guitar. I can almost promise you that.
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dude the reviews on guitar center.com are always good never trust them, and you dont want a yamaha, you should look into look more into ibanez if you like metal and just warning you cheap fenders arnt REAL fenders just guitars made in mexico with the fender sticker


I mean no offense when I say this, but...

Do you even know what you're talking about?

Yamaha makes good low-priced acoustic guitars
Ibanez is to be avoided.
Fenders are Okay acoustic guitars. Not amazing.
Dean is to be avoided.

When you buy an acoustic guitar, don't go for looks. It generally leads in a bad direction.

For your price range, this Yamaha is most likely your best choice.
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-FS700S-Folk-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=518274
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dude the reviews on guitar center.com are always good never trust them, and you dont want a yamaha, you should look into look more into ibanez if you like metal and just warning you cheap fenders arnt REAL fenders just guitars made in mexico with the fender sticker

Huh?

Aww...now I get it!

Look everyone! An electric player got lost and gave advice in the acoustic forum. Poor little guy!

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look at takamine, i dont know if they have guitars under 300 that sound good, but worth a try.

Yes, they do. I have a Takamine G320. It cost me $150 new and I couldn't be happier with how it sounds for how much I payed.

If you have to get an all-lam guitar, Takamine makes some of the best laminates around.
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I mean no offense when I say this, but...

Do you even know what you're talking about?

Yamaha makes good low-priced acoustic guitars
Ibanez is to be avoided.
Fenders are Okay acoustic guitars. Not amazing.
Dean is to be avoided.

When you buy an acoustic guitar, don't go for looks. It generally leads in a bad direction.

For your price range, this Yamaha is most likely your best choice.
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-FS700S-Folk-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=518274

sorry, wasnt paying attention to the whole acoustic thing
i have failed
#9
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sorry, wasnt paying attention to the whole acoustic thing
i have failed

It's ok.

JUST DON'T DO IT AGAIN!!!!!

I kid, I kid

Oh, and to the guy above me, I agree.
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#10
Quote by VertigodowN
sorry, wasnt paying attention to the whole acoustic thing
i have failed


haha, no biggie.
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#13
thanks fellas, I appreciate the advice. I think I like the Yamahas. I obviously don't really know how all these different guitars sound and their individual pros and cons but I do notice that a lot of people like the Yamahas. Got to do more research!
#14
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thanks fellas, I appreciate the advice. I think I like the Yamahas. I obviously don't really know how all these different guitars sound and their individual pros and cons but I do notice that a lot of people like the Yamahas. Got to do more research!

If you're unsure what your looking (and listening) for, my advice is to bring along a more experienced player (if you know any, that is). They'll be able to give you a decent idea on what's good and whats bad. If you don't know any, ask anyone in the acoustic section of a guitar center. They generally wont misguide you.

Also, if you're curious about the differences between standard acoustics and classical guitars, a quick search of youtube will give you some examples of each. The vast majority of acoustic players play standard, steel-string acoustics, but they each have their place.
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If you're unsure what your looking (and listening) for, my advice is to bring along a more experienced player (if you know any, that is). They'll be able to give you a decent idea on what's good and whats bad. If you don't know any, ask anyone in the acoustic section of a guitar center. They generally wont misguide you.

Also, if you're curious about the differences between standard acoustics and classical guitars, a quick search of youtube will give you some examples of each. The vast majority of acoustic players play standard, steel-string acoustics, but they each have their place.

Agreed.

I've discussed the numerous quality control problems with Ibanez guitars in past threads, and I don't like to reiterate. Dean just misses the mark entirely on what makes a good acoustic. The Fender acoustics aren't (and have never been, in my opinion) anything to write home about. The headstock and neck are more a novelty than anything else.

Yamaha is quite the winner. They make great student and intermediate model guitars.
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