#1
hey guys im in the market for a new acoustic guitar. i have about 3500usd for the guitar. i want to keep it acoustic and run an l.r. baggs m1active soundhole pup through it. i was wondering on what body style i should look for. i already have a grand concert but i feel its too thin i play alot of fingerpicking and leads in a folk band and like a real woody sound. help?
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#2
folk leads? def cutaway...

but i'd reccommend a dreadnought for fingerpicking--much more volume+slightly better tone

I reccommend an Alvarez MD6104 if you plan on putting aftermarket pickups in it...excellent action--great for doing stuff high on the fret board, but also rich rich rich tone...i've played on a couple

it won't break the bank and it doesn't have all that electric innuendo, so you can put in aftermarket pickups at breeze...
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#3
OM or OO body styles are popular for fingerpicking. Pretty much anything with a wider nut would work though. As far as woody tones go, mahogany back and sides seem to be the choice for that description. A spruce top would probably be better than cedar in that scenario.

In terms of brands, I would look at Martin and L'arrivee first. Check out some Taylors after that. But really, at 3500 bucks you may just want to get into private luthiers and have them build a guitar to your unique needs.
#4
can you recommend some luthiers?
Gibson Grand Concert Acoustic
roland AC90

I mean this one time I was jacking it pertty hard and was making noises and what not

You, my friend, are a genius!
#5
the world is full of really great guitars for from $2000 to $3500 - have you spend some serious time in your local guitar stores trying out j-45's, martin d-28's, high end guilds and so on?

also not every smaller body guitar has a smaller sound. i was blown away by the santa cruz 00's - warm and fat and beautiful. also the composite acoustics that are still around sound amazingly big - every single one of them, even the smallest. it's definitely worth trying lots of guitars.

most luthiers charge more than $3500 for a guitar, and the ones who've been around a while have long waiting lists, as well. did you know you can order a custom made martin, gibson or some other brands? i think with gibson you have to go through a dealer, but with martin you can order direct although i think it costs less to go through a dealer.

this is a luthier finding service from lmi
http://www.lmii.com/ProLuthier/CustomGuitar.asp

you can find a list of luthiers mixed in with the sponsors on the right side of agf
http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/index.php

there are a lot of used luthier built guitars here
http://www.dreamguitars.com/

if you're looking for a jumbo, here's a guy a couple people have recommended and he's got very reasonable - like crazy reasonable - prices:
http://www.greenmountainguitars.com/jumbo.htm

i know there's a guitar store in florida with used luthier built guitars, if i can think of it, i'll post.
Last edited by patticake at Sep 14, 2010,
#6
btw, i'm curious - what gibson is a grand auditorium? nothing strongly comes to mind...
#7
it was a custom shop build for a worker at my local guitar store, he wanted a a martin instead so the shop sold me the guitar for 1500 bucks. its an ok guitar not for me but it gets the job done.
Gibson Grand Concert Acoustic
roland AC90

I mean this one time I was jacking it pertty hard and was making noises and what not

You, my friend, are a genius!