#1
I'm looking for decent all solid wood for christmas.
Guitar availability in my local shops are very bad. This means I can't test guitars before I order them (except alvarez).

I've done some research and narrowed it down to 4 guitars. Each represents one price range. I haven't decided how much I want to spend on a guitar yet, so I keep my options open.
I posted this thread here for opinions on those chosen guitars. I can't find many soundclips or reviews on 2 of these guitars (gibson and tanglewood)

1. Tanglewood TW170
199£
Solid spruce top, Solid mahogany back, bonded mahogany sides, Rosewood fretboard, OM body type.

2. Alvarez MD60
299£
Solid cedar top, Solid mahogany back and sides, rosewood fretboard, Dreadnought body type.

3. Gibson DSM songmaker
450£
Solid spruce top, Solid mahogany back and sides, Ebony fretboard, dreadnought body type.

4. Larrivee L-03
750£
Solid sitka spruce top, solid mahogany sides and back, Ebony fretboard, Larrivee L body type.

I play mostly fingerpicking tunes, thats why I chose 2 smaller body guitars (OM and L)

If enybody owns one of these, comments would be welcome
#2
the larrivee you list isn't mahogany back and sides, it's sapele
http://www.larrivee.com/3_products/products_models.html
i felt it was a light, bright sound when i tried it. not my style, but may be yours.

as i mentioned in another thread, i tried around 25 canadian gibsons and every one had string buzzing, which could be a fret issue. they do have a nice sound, though - a little quieter than some all solid guitars.

you say you want to go all solid, but the tanglewood isn't.

have you considered all solid blueridge or seagull guitars? i especially like the solid blueridges (i may pull the trigger on one at the beginning of the year, actually) and the seagull SWS deliver good tone and good build quality. i also hear that the yamaha L series includes some very nice all solid options, with their usual build quality and finish.
#3
Tanglewood should be made of solid wood. It has bonded sides but some websites list it as all solid guitar.
It's full name is TW170 AS, AS - all solid (not sure if it stands for all solid).
http://www.pjsmusic.com/latest.asp?prod_id=207

Sorry about Larrvee's false information, my mistake.

Every Seagull I've tried has had wide neck. I've assumed that every Seagull that doesn't have "slim neck" in it's name has wide neck (correct me if I'm wrong).

I already own a yamaha. I would like to try something different.

I've looked through european webshops and I haven't found many blueridge guitars. The ones I've found have been wrong model or overpriced.

Sound wise I'm looking for guitar with less bass and mellower tone.
#4
Have a look at the Faith guitars they are solid wood for the 2009 range and around £400. I bought an Eclipse FECV electro acoustic which I chose after trying out several guitars. Also came with a free hard case.
#5
Quote by darkhorizon
Have a look at the Faith guitars they are solid wood for the 2009 range and around £400. I bought an Eclipse FECV electro acoustic which I chose after trying out several guitars. Also came with a free hard case.

Thanks for advice. Found faith saturn ex-demo guitar for 199£ (solid engelmann spruce, solid mahogany sides and back, ebony fretboard)
#7
Quote by scippy
Tanglewood should be made of solid wood. It has bonded sides but some websites list it as all solid guitar.
It's full name is TW170 AS, AS - all solid (not sure if it stands for all solid).
http://www.pjsmusic.com/latest.asp?prod_id=207


The TW170 isn't all solid, if you want solid sides as well try the TW15 http://www.pjsmusic.com/prod6.asp?ID=250&sub_cat=611&offset=&prod_id=205&grpid=205&#prod_anchor

I played one the other day and it was lovely, but then it's the only acoustic I've played other than my crap starter one in a long time so anything would seem good to me.