I have up to $500 to spend. any suggestions?
what acoustic do you have at the moment?

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Jellyfish are 97% water or something, so how much are they doing? Just give them another 3% and make them water. It's more useful."
I have never played one, but I have heard alot of good things about Seagull.
I would also look into Alvarez, maybe a used Taylor 110 if you prefer bright.