#1
Hi all,

Leftie looking for his first acoustic guitar (technically second, but it was a right handed one that went a bit wrong through the conversion).

Im on a bit of a budget of around £100-150 as Im testing the waters of acoustic guitaring. Ive been playing electric for about 1 and half years and mainly solo, but as my interest in rhythm peaks, so does my GAS to buy a acoustic guitar . Im mainly looking to play unplugged, both strumming and finger picking (will need to learn that!).

My interests are mainly blues, rock, but more mellow and melodic rhythms aswell.

So Im mainly aiming at the second hand market as I don't really want to buy one of those starter pack guitars.

I've recently come across some Washburns and Vintage, Tanglewood, Westfields and Stagg guitars but unsure of the quality at £100-150 price range, and other none heard of brand names, such as freshhmans, crafter etc, which again makes me unsure of the quality. I hear Yamaha's are the way to go but Ive yet to find one second hand on ebay or gumtree.

I however did find a Fender DG-14 for a reasonable price:
The seller seems to have a youtube link of him playing it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHvqFLCKHss

He described it as "Here is my left handed 2004 Fender acoustic guitar for your consideration, it is a fine guitar with great playability and tone. I use it for fingerstyle as it seems better balanced than most guitars of this type for picking. I think this guitar has a little sparkle that is missing from a lot of guitars even high price instruments.

This is the Solid top model, not the basic laminated one, this is the same as the top of the line but without the fancy trim (which I would rather not have anyway). Nicely aged spruce top with mahogany back/sides/neck and rosewood bridge/fingerboard.

Having got to know this guitar I can guarantee it has absolutely no defects at all and has not been altered, damaged, repaired or modified since new. It has been looked after and is in very good condition, let's just say there is one or two marks, I couldn't find any but this way you won't be dissapointed if you find one."

As Im new to Acoustic guitar's I'd be most grateful if the good folk here can point me in the write direction to whether the Fender's a good deal for £120ish, and what they think of the other brands such as westfield, Washburn, stagg, vintage make guitars.

Thanks!
Last edited by Azaril000 at Sep 11, 2010,
#2
Just a quick update.

I've looked around and found a few deals, I'd like you guys if possible to have a look at. I've narrowed it down to 3 guitars.

Fender DG-14 - second hand, sold by a luthier - £109 (approx $190)

Washburn D10S - New - £151 (Aprox $260)

and Lastly a Tanglewood TW28 STR - was £100, but manage to talk owner down to £75 (approx $140) second hand.

So what do you guys think? Saving some money is always great, but I want some decent tone, and not have to look for another acoustic.

Thanks!
#3
if you're fairly new to playing, learn to play righty and you'll have many more guitars to choose from. my husband is left handed, but he plays right handed. that gives him approximately ten times the guitars to choose from, and after all - you use both hands to play the guitar.

i personally don't care for washburns - nothing really wrong, but their tone always disappoints me and the necks are generally not comfortable. fenders tend to have less quality control and lower quality hardware, but i do actually prefer them to ibanez, epiphone, dean and a lot of washburns. i've heard good things about tanglewoods, but in the u.s. we don't see a lot of them - i've never seen one.

can you try the tanglewood and fender in person?
#4
Seeing as you're in the UK I'd suggest Tanglewood as a solid choice, they make plenty of lefty models. Always plenty on eBay too. I had a lefty TW28 for a while and it was a great full-sounding guitar. The Fender would also be a fine choice.

As long as you stick to a name brand you should be fine. Once you've played for a while you can pinpoint your preferred playstyle and upgrade to something laser targeted to your niche.

Don't worry about learning right handed just to get more choice. With acoustics this is much less of an issue as they are much easier to manufacture left handed, so there is more than enough choice. In fact most big name brands (Taylor, Martin, Larrivee etc) make almost all their guitars left handed.
#5
Quote by Azaril000
Just a quick update.

I've looked around and found a few deals, I'd like you guys if possible to have a look at. I've narrowed it down to 3 guitars.

Fender DG-14 - second hand, sold by a luthier - £109 (approx $190)

Washburn D10S - New - £151 (Aprox $260)

and Lastly a Tanglewood TW28 STR - was £100, but manage to talk owner down to £75 (approx $140) second hand.

So what do you guys think? Saving some money is always great, but I want some decent tone, and not have to look for another acoustic.

Thanks!


Washburn D10 S is HIGHLY recommended and has a solid top, can be bought for £135 plus £10 postage. Google Shopping search

Vintage V300 is also highly recommended.

Yamaha might be out of your price range, as you would be looking for an FG730 etc.

Tanglewood, yes...but you won't get much for that money....but it will be well made. Best place to buy would be Eagle Music (look online). They are a specialist Tanglewood dealer, give you 2 years warranty and each guitar goes through their tech for a setup (decent) before it is sent out.

This one would be a stunning buy, as it is down from £280 to £161 TW28 SSA and has s solid spruce top etc.
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Last edited by Skeet UK at Sep 15, 2010,