#1
I am looking at getting a guitar for around 300 bucks , my question is if i am not going to play anywhere but home or a family get together, should i just get a standard acoustic and not get a AE? The one i have been looking at is a AE but it has a laminate top should i steer away from laminate too? Are there AE with solid top in this price range?
#2
Stay away from laminate top guitars. You can afford a solid top.

As well, there's no ponit in getting an AE if you're just playing by yourself. Buying an AE would just be a waste of money as it will add about $75+ to the price. Why buy it if you won't use it?

Lastly, there is a "what guitars for under $300" thread stickied that has great suggestions.
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#3
From the ones I've played, you need to pay a LOT for a good sounding acoustic electric. I would just get an acoustic. No need for the electronics of an AE holding back quality.
#4
Go straight acoustic, acoustic-electric is a waste of money at that price. Secondly, look for an Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500M on Ebay (usually marked USED, don't worry, if you buy from a decent site it'll be new with nothing more than a finish flaw if even that, try bsideguitars, that's where I got mine) and if you get lucky you can find one for less than $300 (I grabbed one for $200.00 american. All solid wood and they sound and play like a dream.

Here are a pile of auctions to choose from around your price range:
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Epiphone-Masterbilt-AJ-500M-Acoustic-Guitar-AJ500M_W0QQitemZ120454670503QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item1c0ba868a7&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Gibson-Epiphone-Masterbilt-DR500M-Acoustic-Guitar-SALE_W0QQitemZ120454116289QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item1c0b9ff3c1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Gibson-Epiphone-Masterbilt-AJ-500M-Jumbo-Guitar_W0QQitemZ120455106946QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item1c0baf1182&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Epiphone-Masterbuilt-DR-500M-Acoustic-Dreadnougt-DR500M_W0QQitemZ120455388515QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item1c0bb35d63&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Epiphone-Masterbuilt-AJ-500M-Acoustic-Jumbo-AJ500M_W0QQitemZ110420824954QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item19b598137a&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
http://cgi.ebay.ca/EPIPHONE-MASTERBILT-AJ500M-AJ-500M-ACOUSTIC-GUITAR-SALE_W0QQitemZ270436104478QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item3ef73f791e&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
http://cgi.ebay.ca/EPIPHONE-MASTERBILT-DR500M-DR-500M-ACOUSTIC-GUITAR-SALE_W0QQitemZ270436106965QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item3ef73f82d5&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Epiphone-Masterbilt-DR500M-Acoustic-Guitar_W0QQitemZ290335701530QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item43995b3a1a&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Epiphone-Masterbilt-DR-500M-Acoustic-Guitar-With-Case_W0QQitemZ160353078642QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item2555c9cd72&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

Make sure to account for shipping prices and included items such as cases and whatnot. Also, some may be new and some stamped USED. The USED stamp has been nothing to worry about at all in my experience (make sure the seller has a good rating though) but non USED stamped guitar will have higher resale values.
Last edited by mattvl at Aug 4, 2009,
#5
thats kind of the way i was leaning NOT AE. I was figuring it would be better to put the extra cost for the AE into a solid top Acoustic. I am going to see whats at my instructors shop in that price range today igot a lesson today. He has alot of Alvarez & Recording King i just havent really priced any of them. Kinda scared of the RK because of resale if i ever wanted to trade/sell it. You know everyone knows Epiphone,Fender,etc..
#6
I'd definately look at the Alvarez guitars. Well respected brand.
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#7
Cort SFX 1F
solid top, i tried one at the store, sounded very nice
Originally Posted by Twist of fate
I thought the "clean" button was to clean out the inside of the amp automatically, so I never pressed it.


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#8
you're talking about a $300 guitar - that's entry level. resale/trade barely comes into it. i've never heard a bad thing about recording king but lots of good things from experienced players with some very high end guitars, so why shut down your options because you might get $40 more for it somewhere down the road?

check out the guitars you're considering and make sure they're solid top before you buy. i was surprised to discover that the bottom alvarez regent series was laminate top - i had thought they were all solid. and remember, the saleperson at your local store could be wrong, so it couldn't hurt to check the model you're considering out online before you buy.

you might want to add the yamaha 700 series guitars to your list - the one that sounds best to me is the fg730s, but there are at least 2 more in your price range. and the cheapest seagull s6 is also in your price range - definitely worth a look.

btw, some masterbilt guitars have had an issue with the bridge lifting and some cracking. unless the person you buy from and you both know enough about guitars to see issues that are just starting, i'd stay away from getting one of these used.

Quote by jigman586
thats kind of the way i was leaning NOT AE. I was figuring it would be better to put the extra cost for the AE into a solid top Acoustic. I am going to see whats at my instructors shop in that price range today igot a lesson today. He has alot of Alvarez & Recording King i just havent really priced any of them. Kinda scared of the RK because of resale if i ever wanted to trade/sell it. You know everyone knows Epiphone,Fender,etc..
Last edited by patticake at Aug 4, 2009,
#9
Quote by patticake
you're talking about a $300 guitar - that's entry level. resale/trade barely comes into it. i've never heard a bad thing about recording king but lots of good things from experienced players with some very high end guitars, so why shut down your options because you might get $40 more for it somewhere down the road?

check out the guitars you're considering and make sure they're solid top before you buy. i was surprised to discover that the bottom alvarez regent series was laminate top - i had thought they were all solid. and remember, the saleperson at your local store could be wrong, so it couldn't hurt to check the model you're considering out online before you buy.

you might want to add the yamaha 700 series guitars to your list - the one that sounds best to me is the fg730s, but there are at least 2 more in your price range. and the cheapest seagull s6 is also in your price range - definitely worth a look.

btw, some masterbilt guitars have had an issue with the bridge lifting and some cracking. unless the person you buy from and you both know enough about guitars to see issues that are just starting, i'd stay away from getting one of these used.


I looked at RK ( didnt get a chance to play it) today.It was solid top with laminate back and sides not sure which model it was.I am going back and play it a little and see. It was 299.99 with a case.
#10
RK?

Quote by jigman586
I looked at RK ( didnt get a chance to play it) today.It was solid top with laminate back and sides not sure which model it was.I am going back and play it a little and see. It was 299.99 with a case.
#11
^-- Recording King

And I definitely think you are making a very wise decision in going for an acoustic with a solid top instead of an acoustic-electric with a laminate top.
#12
wow, i am SO sleepy *LOL*

jigman586 - i look forward to hearing what you think of it.

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^-- Recording King

And I definitely think you are making a very wise decision in going for an acoustic with a solid top instead of an acoustic-electric with a laminate top.
#15
also, look into used
or, if new, Cort SFX 1F

And I definitely think you are making a very wise decision in going for an acoustic with a solid top instead of an acoustic-electric with a laminate top.

there are some good AE solid tops
Originally Posted by Twist of fate
I thought the "clean" button was to clean out the inside of the amp automatically, so I never pressed it.


Originally Posted by DjBrandenburg
pedals are stupid
#16
^-- Of course there are. But there typically aren't any good acoustic-electric guitars with solid tops for under $300.