#1
im in the market for an acoustic, i would prefer no electronics, and of course the standards(like no laminate and what not) but what types of woods would you recommend for an acoustic to get a jazzier sound, or would just doing something like stringing it with flatwounds help.

feel free to recommend me a guitar too but preferably if i could find it <300
im wide open to used, i've checked craigslist and theres a few like an alvarez MD 70

i play jazz, blues, funk(probably not too much on acoustic) some folk and i'd like to possibly get into bluegrass.
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#2
I would recommend an archtop, but since you also want to play bluegrass, you're going to need a flattop - preferably a dreadnought.

Definitely go with maple back and sides and a spruce top (avoid engelmann if you're into really aggressive strumming, otherwise it's a great spruce). The maple back and sides will have less sustain and a "zingier" sound so when you're playing fast jazz licks the notes won't trip over each other. And a spruce top will be harder to overdrive than a cedar top for bluegrass.
#3
Godin 5th Avenue is relevant to your interests. I'm looking into one, but I hate jazz. Will string it without flatwounds and see if that makes a difference..
#4
after going and testing out a bunch of guitars, i found that i really liked the takamine tgs430s its the same shape as a jumbo, just slightly smaller body wise, i tested out several dreadnought bodied guitars and none of them really had that bassy-ness to them, and i was thinking about putting flatwounds on it to give it that almost matte sound thats so relavent in jazz, while still being able to play different genres.
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#6
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I can actually get a pretty good jazz tone out of my dreadnought. With roundwounds.

it'll do jazz already, but i want less of the bright sound, like as close to archtop, while still retaining some of the versatility of a dread.
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#7
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it'll do jazz already, but i want less of the bright sound, like as close to archtop, while still retaining some of the versatility of a dread.

See, I like a little bit of top-end when I play jazz. I usually leave my tone pot fairly high when I'm playing jazz on my semihollow. The treble makes those 9ths and 13ths sparkle.