#1
I am torn about what to get, I am a huge fan of Martin's but I'm not very knowledgeable about what to look for in acoustic guitars, as I'm not very experienced with them. I am definitely looking for something with a smaller body and at a decent price range (around $850 or under?). I am just wondering if any fine UG'ers have any suggestions on a new acoustic I could look into? Acoustic influences:

- John Mayer
- Jack Johnson
- Ben Harper
- Bob Marley
... etc
#2
i went through this early this year,

i got myself an Epiphone Masterbilt EF500RCCE.

You should check the EF(fingerstyle) series out for small bodied acoustics.

I love mine its around your price range.
#3
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Masterbilt-EF500R-Fingerstyle-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=519061

i REALLY like this guitar. i don't play enough acoustic to justify having a second, but if i did it would be this one. i want a smaller body guitar, and the concert is perfect for me. i owned one a while back, but have never owned a decent solid wood concert style acoustic. solid back, sides, and neck (martin uses laminates until you get more expensive than $1000 [maybe even more than that]). and you save! $600 is a great deal for the features.
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Last edited by LifeIsABullet16 at Nov 15, 2009,
#4
not a huge fan of the masterbilts myself.

if you like the sound of martins, here are a couple options:

save and extra $50 past your top limit and buy an all-solid martin in an OM size. i've played it and it's very nice.
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Martin-1-Series-OM1-Orchestra-Model-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=581932#used

save a few bucks - get a OM with a laminate back and sides, but it's well within your price range and compares favorably to most other brands solid top lam b&s guitars
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Martin-000X1RGT-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=501669

or you could go blueridge - the best of the martin clones, with very similar sound, loud and full, and a lower price. i've played a bunch and they impressed me very favorably. in fact, the 163 really got my attention.

all solid, mahogany back and sides blueridge BR-143
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/35949

all solid, rosewood back and sides blueridge BR-163
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/35940

and another mahogany
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/53483
Last edited by patticake at Nov 16, 2009,
#5
ah didn't even think of blueridge! they're very hard to find to test, but if you buy through a respectable online store you shouldn't have much to worry about. never gotten to play one myself, but the only complaint i've ever heard on them is that they're just not stocked in many stores.
Warmoth Telecaster Deluxe. Warmoth Strat. Seagull Artist Portrait Acoustic.

"Well good God damn and other such phrases, I haven't heard a beat like this in ages!"
-Dan Le Sac Vs The Scroobius Pip
#6
luckily for me, i live an hour away from mccabe's in santa monica. they've always got a bunch of different blueridges or i may never have gotten to try 'em. maury's is very reputable, but not sure if he has the no-questions return policy that musiciansfriend, guitarcenter and sweetwater offer.

Quote by LifeIsABullet16
ah didn't even think of blueridge! they're very hard to find to test, but if you buy through a respectable online store you shouldn't have much to worry about. never gotten to play one myself, but the only complaint i've ever heard on them is that they're just not stocked in many stores.
#7
Add in Parkwoods to the list to check. They seem to get excellent reviews.
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#8
wow, i had no idea they were all solid. they didn't match the blueridges or solid martins for tone, but they were pretty decent.

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Add in Parkwoods to the list to check. They seem to get excellent reviews.