#1
Alright, I need a new acoustic, I'm playing a 200 dollar starter yamaha and i've had it for 3 years now, its time for the next step up. Can I get something decent for 400-500 dollars? Give me some things to try out, I'm going to the guitar store tomorrow to try a bunch out.
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#3
Check out some Alvarez, Takamine, Seagull, Epiphone, and some other brands; they make good guitars for the money. But chances are, in this range, you'll only be able to get a solid top, unless you go used, in which case you might find a guitar with solid backs/sides too.
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#4
is your $200 starter yamaha a solid top? how much better you can do depends on that - at least partly.

i'd say seagull or blueridge are two good bets. there is also the epiphone masterbilt line - i don't think that all of the line are solid wood, but some are all solid for $499 and are very nice guitars for the money:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Masterbilt-AJ-500M-Advanced-Jumbo-Acoustic-Guitar-519028-i1321998.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Masterbilt-DR-500M-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar-104385182-i1387322.gc

if you go with a masterbilt, check to make sure the bridge isn't lifting and that there's no bulge beneath it - some have issues with that. on the other hand, they are cheaper and sound good, but i wouldn't mess with it myself. most of those have "SECOND" or "2nd" on the back of the headstock.
#5
nope my starter isnt a solid top
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#6
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is your $200 starter yamaha a solid top? how much better you can do depends on that - at least partly.

i'd say seagull or blueridge are two good bets. there is also the epiphone masterbilt line - i don't think that all of the line are solid wood, but some are all solid for $499 and are very nice guitars for the money:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Masterbilt-AJ-500M-Advanced-Jumbo-Acoustic-Guitar-519028-i1321998.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Masterbilt-DR-500M-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar-104385182-i1387322.gc

if you go with a masterbilt, check to make sure the bridge isn't lifting and that there's no bulge beneath it - some have issues with that. on the other hand, they are cheaper and sound good, but i wouldn't mess with it myself. most of those have "SECOND" or "2nd" on the back of the headstock.


Good suggestions. All of the Masterbilt line is solid wood. Blueridge is one of those brands that is hit or miss with a lot of people (I love them, others don't for some reason). Seagulls are great.
#7
in that case, you can definitely step up for your price. i recently played a yamaha 300 series (laminate top) and then a yamaha fg730s, and then had someone play each one so i could hear from in front - you could REALLY hear the difference.