#1
thinking about getting an acoustic guitar sometime to replace my dad's old regent i've been playing. the thing's pretty old and beaten. kinda looking for somethin under $400, because it will be carried around on camping trips and such. i would like a guitar with a cutaway, but those are mostly acoustic-electric, which i guess would be alright, since some of them have built-in tuners. I dont want any different shapes...for example, none of those off-shaped dean acoustics, just the orginal shape you see. i dont think the genres i play matter, but if it does, i play rock in practically all its forms. i've been looking at epi's and ovation. but the ovations body is kinda thin and wont produce as loud a sound. so UG, help me out here...what would you recommend?
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#2
Well, I assume you mean a dreadnaught when you say "original" shape. You have many good options in that price range. But I Highly recommend these two.
Seagull S6: My personal Fascist Killer http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seagull-S6-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=512121
Or this http://www.worldmusicsupply.com/Alvarez-Acoustic-Guitars-Product-AD60SCBK.html
The Seagull is not really In your price range I see, but if you buy one you won't be sorry. They are hand made in Canada by veteran luthiers. the Godin electronics are made by L.R. Baggs. Sounds great. Voted best value by acoustic guitar magazine 7 years in a row. I've never actually played an Alvarez, but they seem like great guitars, and as you can see World music supply is having a kick ass sale. If you do go with the seagull, DO NOT! buy it from Musiciansfriend. Worst site to buy anything from.
#3
Frames4ever, he wanted a cutaway.

since it costs more to make a cutaway guitar, the cheaper ones you see will probably be laminate-tops, which means less volume in most cases - although the non-cutaway s6 has plenty of volume as does the yamaha fg730s.

this one is good for the price, and i've found yamahas to be good quality with good sound http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha-FG-Series-FGX720SCA-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-513387-i1176003.gc

i'm not a fender fan, but this wasn't bad when i tried it - easy to play, solid top, not as well built as the yamahas, but worth trying for sure - http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-CD140SCE-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-105327654-i1446863.gc

also there are a few takamines with cutaways in your price range. i'm not in love with the sound of the lower priced taks as they seem to lack life to me, but you might feel differently. takamine makes pretty good quality stuff.

or you could always go for a guitar you won't worry about when you're playing it in outdoor or party conditions
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1174476
#4
Quote by patticake
Frames4ever, he wanted a cutaway.

since it costs more to make a cutaway guitar, the cheaper ones you see will probably be laminate-tops, which means less volume in most cases - although the non-cutaway s6 has plenty of volume as does the yamaha fg730s.

this one is good for the price, and i've found yamahas to be good quality with good sound http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha-FG-Series-FGX720SCA-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-513387-i1176003.gc

i'm not a fender fan, but this wasn't bad when i tried it - easy to play, solid top, not as well built as the yamahas, but worth trying for sure - http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-CD140SCE-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-105327654-i1446863.gc

also there are a few takamines with cutaways in your price range. i'm not in love with the sound of the lower priced taks as they seem to lack life to me, but you might feel differently. takamine makes pretty good quality stuff.

or you could always go for a guitar you won't worry about when you're playing it in outdoor or party conditions
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1174476

I realize he wanted a cutaway, but I couldn't resist recommending S6
#5
and no wonder. i love mine - it's "the original".

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I realize he wanted a cutaway, but I couldn't resist recommending S6
#6
Quote by patticake
and no wonder. i love mine - it's "the original".


Mine too, not the Coastline series, or the Entourage or any a that.
#7
Guitarhut.net has good stuff. Almost all of them have solid tops and everyone of them has a prewar bracing design, there is a few in your price range.
#8
Seagull S6 Original acoustic. No cutaway, but IMO the best sounding guitar for under $400

However, another great sounding guitar from a fantastic maufacturer is the Takamine G340SC. Solid spruce top, lam nato back/sides, cutaway, $300. You can even get it's A/E brother, the Takamine EG340SC. Has a built-in tuner.

Just a couple suggestions. Just remember to look for solid tops when you're looking at specs. Oh, and get a hard case.
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#9
those takamines seem pretty nice. i'll have to take a trip to GC sometime. i was there too recently to go there now :p

so i'll look around online and see what ones intrigue me and come back here.
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