#1
Hi,
I've been playing guitar for a couple of years and I'm really getting into it, playing some more advanced stuff - I have a decent electric but my acoustic is only a beginner £120ish guitar. Based on the following criteria, can anyone recommend a guitar that suits me?

I prefer fingerpicking to strumming but still do both
I like a range of genres, ranging from solo acoustics like Andy Mckee to bands like The Kooks
I can spend up to £250, max £300
I think steel strings best suit my style - see the first point
I would only get a natural looking guitar where the focus is on making a nice sound

I don't know if I've missed anything important there, but if anyone can help me that would be a great help! I've read loads of threads about buying a guitar but the emphasis seems to be that it depends on you... so here's me! I don't really know where to start looking.

Thanks in advance for any help,
1uk3
#2
Whats up man
I totally understand you, I've been playing guitar for alot of time
and I still have an acoustic, and right now I find totally necessary to buy
an electro-acoustic, its easier to record and when you play live, the sound's much better.

I dont know about you, but Im really after an Epiphone Electro Acoustic, the guitar's beautiful and the sound's way better, in my country it costs like 200 dollars, I dunno
in the UK thou, but good luck mate
#3
Depending on what sound you're looking for, some artists are opting to go with three-quarter guitar rather than the full bodied ones. I've read that this is the choice of several top name acoustic players. Why? Maybe they have smaller hands or they just like the feel of picking and strumming a smaller guitar with a big sound. That does feel rather nice, I must admit.
#4
i'd recommend a yamaha
this one is my favorite below $500
http://www.thomann.de/gb/seagull_entourage_rustic.htm
but you might consider this one, too
http://www.thomann.de/gb/yamaha_fg_720s_nt.htm

if you can go a little over, i'd recommend this one
http://www.thomann.de/gb/seagull_s6_the_original.htm
beautiful sound, wonderful guitar in every way.

if you're in the uk, tanglewood is supposed to be very good, too. i haven't been lucky enough to try one, but i've never heard a negative comment about one.
#5
Quote by 1uk3
Hi,
I've been playing guitar for a couple of years and I'm really getting into it, playing some more advanced stuff - I have a decent electric but my acoustic is only a beginner £120ish guitar. Based on the following criteria, can anyone recommend a guitar that suits me?

I prefer fingerpicking to strumming but still do both
I like a range of genres, ranging from solo acoustics like Andy Mckee to bands like The Kooks
I can spend up to £250, max £300
I think steel strings best suit my style - see the first point
I would only get a natural looking guitar where the focus is on making a nice sound

I don't know if I've missed anything important there, but if anyone can help me that would be a great help! I've read loads of threads about buying a guitar but the emphasis seems to be that it depends on you... so here's me! I don't really know where to start looking.

Thanks in advance for any help,
1uk3


Everything Patti said.

Nice range of Tanglewoods HERE and they are also a specialist so you get a 2 year warranty instead of 1 and a full setup how you want it.

If you could find some extra cash get a FAITH VENUS , if you can afford £300 now and 9 months at £20 a month interest free, look at the Take It Away scheme, purely for musicians, set up by The Arts Council....and get the Faith Venus (all solid, hard case, sexy as hell, sounds like Angels making love).
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#6
Thanks for all comments I've looked at all of them and really like the look of some of them but I'm not buying just yet so I'll keep looking. But thanks some of those looked great.
1uk3
#7
Hi 1uk3,

I bought a new Fender Malibu (California Series) recently and just love it...I mostly do fingerpicking like you and strumming. I have light guage steel strings on it and it has a cutaway. It has a nice thin shallow neck like an electric guitar. I bought mine for $399 - this guitar has a really nice sound and is easy to play...I get lots of compliments on the sound of it..

if you want to check me out playing on it, you will see it and hear the nice sound

http://www.youtube.com/parsleysage76

Best regards,
Sage
#8
the look isn't the best way to choose a guitar. many guitars look great and sound poor, and many others look great but aren't the right guitar for me for a variety of reasons from good sound that isn't what i'm looking for to build quality and ergonomics.

some of the best sounding guitars i've played don't look great, and my ca cargo isn't exactly my cup of tea, but when i play it, it sounds amazing.

Quote by 1uk3
Thanks for all comments I've looked at all of them and really like the look of some of them but I'm not buying just yet so I'll keep looking. But thanks some of those looked great.
1uk3
#9
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the look isn't the best way to choose a guitar.


Sorry patticake by looked great I didn't mean appearance I just meant at first glance they seemed to tick most of the boxes - I'd never buy a guitar just for its looks of course.