#1
I'm hell bent on buying a decent sounding acoustic in a natural matte/satin finish, but I really don't know where to look brand wise.
I've got about $500-600 Australian to spend, but I really don't know which brands and models to look at/avoid. Playing a lot of Pete Murray, Jack Johnson and John Butler style acoustic, so a tone that's in that direction would be good.
Anyone have any opinions?

EDIT: I won't be plugging it in much/at all, so it wouldn't even need to have the option.
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Last edited by JaykeSucks at Nov 19, 2009,
#2
Taylor 110 its matte finish, sounds amazing and is 599$ US$ not sure what that figures to in your currency?
#3
Quote by kmyers18
Taylor 110 its matte finish, sounds amazing and is 599$ US$ not sure what that figures to in your currency?


Any Taylor in Australia is +$1000
#4
Try looking for the acoustic brands under Godin - Seagull, Norman, Art & Lutherie, Simon & Patrick. For the most part, they're satin/matte finish. They're all made in Canada, so quality won't be an issue. I'm not sure how the price will be though.
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#6
Thanks for the answers guys. I went to the local music shop and played a few acoustics, with the Washburn WD18SW and the Cort MD710F standing out the most in my price range. Anyone here had any experience with these guitars?
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#7
I would check out the seagulls. The Maritime 33454 is an awsome guitar. I played it today and I will probably go buy it in a couple of weeks. It was 599 american dollars.
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#9
I went through a similar process recently.

Seagulls/Taylor are great but really expensive here compared to in the US (around doucble the price)- it is cheaper to buy and get them shipped from the US, but that brings other problems.

My mind was made up as soon as I played a Maton M225 and had to have it - is only a touch above yopur price range but worth every cent and they are made in AU. Also the Cole Clark FL1 is worth a look, but is a bit more expensive. It is all solid but I preferred the Maton. Not all shops stock them though - tends to only be the more specialised guitar shops and not the chain stores

I paid AU$670 for my Maton new and love it

http://www.maton.com.au/acoustics/225-series.html
http://acousticcentre.com.au/uploadedFiles/1186016942936-7709.jpg

Where in AU are you?
#10
^Being in Australia I'd definately give Maton and Cole Clark a look. They have a great reputation
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#11
If you can find a 225 as cheap as shelf did I say go for it. $670 brand new is very cheap though, I've never seen them that cheap before.

My honest recommendation is to save a bit more. I've seen Cole Clark FL1's as cheap as $849.

If that's not a possiblility, the Washburn you mentioned in post #6 is a good guitar from my experience.
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If you can find a 225 as cheap as shelf did I say go for it. $670 brand new is very cheap though, I've never seen them that cheap before.

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I must have been lucky. Sticker price was $899, but the guy in the shop dropped it to $670 ("but only if you buy it now") - must have been really keen to sell. I've seen them used on ebay for more. I also tried the Cole Clark FL1 and would have spent the extra if I though it was worth it, but I actually preferred the Maton
#13
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Washburn WD18SW . Anyone here had any experience with these guitars?



i own this guitar, its my favorite of my guitar lineup. neck is wider than most guitars you may have played, but i think most washburns are. but i absolutely love it, under 500 $ . throw some elixir nanos on it .
#14
Just got my A&L Folk Cedar Black yesterday for 319 euros. As someone said, A&Ls come from the same house as Seagulls (Godin) and are supposed to be very good for that price range. It has what they call a semi-gloss custom varnish finish. It looks beautiful and classy next to my cheap-ass high-gloss finished guitar.
#15
Ok so I went out and bought the WD18SW. I played the M225 too because everyone I've asked has said it's the most amazing guitar in that price range.
Honestly, I prefered the Washburn all around. Looks, sound...everything. Put Ernie Ball coated strings on it (got them for free with it), and that improved the sound heaps, and I'm going to put a bone saddle on it and get it set up with slightly higher action for slide playing.
But thanks heaps for everything guys, and yeah. WD18SW = much better than people & reviews give it credit for.
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