#1
Im going to buy a new acoustic guitar, and i was told about electric Acoustic, what are the pros and cons, decent brand names, and what should be the price range of a decent one
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#2
i recommend Michael Kelly or Oscar Schmidt acoustic-electric guitars.

seriously. check them out. especially michael kelly
#3
Acoustic-electric is simple: it means they took an acoustic guitar and placed electronics in it so you can run it through a sound system.

Some (like Ovation) are practically built with the idea of having the electronics installed. You would think it strange if you saw one of them without electronics.

That being said, you want to make sure the fundamental acoustic sound of the guitar unplugged sounds good. Takamine is known for acoustic/electrics.

Don't go too low in price on an acoustic electric. If you buy an $800 acoustic electric with $200 worth of electronics in it, then you have a $600 guitar in terms of the actual acoustical quality.

You can also retrofit an acoustic with electronics after the fact. This can be done in two ways: You can add a sound-hole pickup. These don't require any drilling. You just place them into the soundhole. Like these:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/New-Gear.gc?internal=1&src=soundhole+pickup&Search.x=0&Search.y=0&Search=Go

The other option is to have a guitar tech drill and cut into your guitar to install permanent electronics. That's fairly drastic.

Budgets always matter. I could recommend this:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Taylor-655ce-12-String-Jumbo-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-102116837-i1175327.gc

But it's always easy to recommend a $3000 guitar!

Between that price point and the "who knows?" $300 and under category, there is the $600-800 price point. I can't recommend an exact model because I haven't shopped these in a while. But I would start at this model as a reference point:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Takamine-G-Dreadnought-EG530DLX-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-583213-i1490647.gc

A $700 Takamine is a good reference point. Then you can make decisions on different brands and going higher or lower on price.

See if you can buy from a store that has a no-hassle full-refund policy. There are things like feedback from the PA system or unexplainable signal noise that will be hard to conclusively tell from a 20 minute in-store trial.
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#4
Well the pros are that if your going to play live, the people can actually hear you
I would really recommend going electro acoustic even though you have to pay a little more cause its got electronics ( pickup) in it.

a very good electro acoustic would be the Taylor 814ce all the wellknown guitarist-singers have it but you know as te post above said, it is easy to recommend expensive guitars :P

If you go on the litle more cheap side, I have heard that takamines are awesome

And dont forget, you get what you pay for ! :P
#5
A Taylor 12 String? I can barely handle 6 at the moment ha! Andreschou Do you have an Electric Acoustic?
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#6
you don't mention a budget or your guitar preferences - neck type, body type - so here's a few i like:

you pretty much can't go wrong with the guild GAD series for all solid wood, good tone, pristine gloss finish, nice build quality and included hardshell case, and they're a very good value.

guild GAD-30re is an all solid guitar (sitka/rosewood) with a beautiful, good bass response and sparkling highs, gorgeous finish. http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Guild-GAD30RE-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=620822

guild GAD-m20e is a small bodied all mahogany guitar with a bright but not overbright sound, some lows, not boxy at all, the wonderful guild finish, and like all guilds, high quality hardware and a hard case. http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Guild-GADM20E-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=620829

guild GAD-40C - a dread, with all of the above and a bigger sound and more bass.
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Guild-Gad40C-Acoustic-Design-Series-Cutaway-AcousticElectric-Guitar-With-Case-?sku=512093

blueridge makes guitars i really like in a traditional style with great bass response, nice highs and great prices. another of my favorite brands.

br-40e is a solid top guitar that sounds better than most in its class, with a gloss finish, good bass and highs, and as always with blueridge, some of that martin sound and styling.
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_40ce/53455

here's an all solid 000 - sitka over mahogany, great sound, cutaway, reasonable price. a great guitar. big sound for the size, lots of resonance like all blueridges.
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_143ce/53350

and the br-160e, all solid dread with sitka top and rosewood back and sides for a little richer tone.
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_160ce/53473


yamaha fgx730sc - solid top, nice finish and build quality, good silvery sound if you're looking for a dread with a little less bass than the blueridge.
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-FGX730SC-Solid-Top-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=582169

if you have to go cheap, this all laminate yamaha isn't bad at all
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-FX-335-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=512943
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#7
Thanks a ton, and the reason i didn't specify is that i am still very new compared to most of you and im trying to pick up on termonolgy :p
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#8
ah, you're new? then i recommend either this one if you like a full sound with plenty of bass
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_40ce/53455

the seagull s6 with electronics - full beautiful sound, just gorgeous, good fit and finish
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seagull-S6-Original-Q1-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=512121

or this one if you want something not as big as a dread
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_43/80419

or this one if you want a brighter sound
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-FGX730SC-Solid-Top-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=582169

and this is another seagull - not quite as nice as the other, but not bad at all and has a cutaway http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seagull-Entourage-CW-Black-GT-QIT-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=430652

all solid top, laminate back and sides, all good guitars, all value priced.
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#9
I checked em all out and i think i am leaning more to the Seagull S6 Original Q1 Acoustic-Electric Guitar. My current Acoustic is a fairly cheap guitar, got i for free, but its time to move up. Im going to take a trip to guitar center this weekend, what are things i should look for when buying a quality acoustic
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#10
if you're buying from gc, the seagull is an excellent choice. you might also want to check the all solid epiphone masterbilt guitars - not the regular epiphones.

concentrate on tone, comfort, playability. make sure the neck is comfortable to play barre chords on. your hands may get tired, but they shouldn't hurt. look for cracks, scuffs or dings. plug in and check to see that there's no crackling or other oddness, and that you like the plugged in tone. check to make sure the bridge is attached well on both sides.

don't worry about action - that can be adjusted - but play each string to check for buzzes. my husband actually plays every string on every fret.

there's lots of other things you could check, but with seagull you aren't very likely to find issues.
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#11
Dude, if you get one, get the Ovation Celebrity. It's the best guitar i've bought so far. you can play it and get a great sound and decent volume for an electric acoustic without plugging it in, and it just gets more amazing when you plug it in. on the website theyre priced between 600-900 dollars, but i scored mine in great shape off craigslist for like 300 bucks
#12
i'd say don't get the ovation celebrity. it's got a slightly cardboardy sound unplugged, and many people find it rolls around when they play it.
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#13
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Martin-DCX1KE-Dreadnought-Cutaway-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-514515-i1148320.gc

What do you guys thing about this?

I have a yamaha acoustic which I dont like very much. Its a $300 guitar... your typical OK starter type guitar, but its got no pickups. I play a Gibson Les Paul Studio right now and a Fender Jazz Bass. I have nice clean tone tube amp.. Fender Blues delux and was amazing how nice my friends acoustic sounded pumped through there.

I really want a good acoustic w/ pickups. I play some rhythm guitar (Im still pretty new) and like the sound. I adore my LP but want something for when I just want to get quiet and Ive outgrown my current acoustic. I dont need a big sound. I care nothing for appearance. I like 1) playability 2) durability 3) versatility 4) I ran out of bilities...

Obviously Martin is a classic name that most with any guitar experience identify with, so there is some feel good there.

I will play a bunch of stuff @ GC but I greatly appreciate all your thoughts.

Im good enough to easily tell the difference between a $300 guitar and an $800 guitar. Not sure I really tell the difference between the $800 and the $1500. What am I getting for my money?
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#14
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http://www.guitarcenter.com/Martin-DCX1KE-Dreadnought-Cutaway-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-514515-i1148320.gc

What do you guys thing about this?

I have a yamaha acoustic which I dont like very much. Its a $300 guitar... your typical OK starter type guitar, but its got no pickups. I play a Gibson Les Paul Studio right now and a Fender Jazz Bass. I have nice clean tone tube amp.. Fender Blues delux and was amazing how nice my friends acoustic sounded pumped through there.

I really want a good acoustic w/ pickups. I play some rhythm guitar (Im still pretty new) and like the sound. I adore my LP but want something for when I just want to get quiet and Ive outgrown my current acoustic. I dont need a big sound. I care nothing for appearance. I like 1) playability 2) durability 3) versatility 4) I ran out of bilities...

Obviously Martin is a classic name that most with any guitar experience identify with, so there is some feel good there.

I will play a bunch of stuff @ GC but I greatly appreciate all your thoughts.

Im good enough to easily tell the difference between a $300 guitar and an $800 guitar. Not sure I really tell the difference between the $800 and the $1500. What am I getting for my money?


try the Epiphone Masterbilt line. All solid wood guitars, absolutely sound amazing IMO. I have two, my brother has one and we swear by them.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation?q=epiphone+masterbilt
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