#1
Hi Everyone,

This is my first post on this forum and I could do with a bit of advice in buying my first acoustic. I have set myself a budget of £150 and I have been looking at the following guitars.

Vintage V300 (£100)
Ibanez SGE430C (£130)
Yamaha APX500 (£100)

These took my fancy (except the Ibanez) due to the slim body and good reviews (my girlfriend is also keen on learning and want's something that is easy to play and with a slim neck. As there seem to be a lot of guitars on the market I would really appreciate your help on which on that list you would recommend or any other I should look at. I am mainly into music like muse, the national, minus the bear etc so relatively mild rock with strumming and picking.

Any help with this welcomed.

Thanks

Lozz
#2
My recommendation would be to get something with low action, because the first time I played guitar I physically couldn't get any unmuted sound.

Also, check out some online guitar lessons.
#3
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My recommendation would be to get something with low action, because the first time I played guitar I physically couldn't get any unmuted sound.

Also, check out some online guitar lessons.



that's true, but in the price range you are probably going to need to get a new guitar setup at the shop you buy it at. If you are new to playing guitar and starting on an acoustic it's well worth the money to get a good setup right away. Should be around £30.

I've had nothing but great experiences with Yamaha's in the past so I'd steer you there.
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#4
Hi thanks for the advice, any idea which of the guitars mentioned has the lowest action, with cheaper guitars if the action is low do you increase the risk of string buzz?

Lozz
#5
The Vintage V300 is the only one on your list with a solid spruce top. If you are dead set on one of these three, that is the one I would pick. A solid top will do you a world more good than anything else.

The Yamaha on your list isn't very good, for a Yamaha. They make fantastic guitars and I would certainly recommend that you consider getting one, but make sure it at least has a solid top.

I would recommend steering clear of Ibanez acoustics because of extremely shoddy build quality, miserably poor bracing (both in terms of bracing style and actual fitting), and awful quality control.

Don't buy a guitar for its setup; buy it for its construction. Action can be adjusted to anything you wish.
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Hi thanks for the advice, any idea which of the guitars mentioned has the lowest action, with cheaper guitars if the action is low do you increase the risk of string buzz?

Lozz



no, not necessarily just because they are cheaper. Yamaha tends to make quality products at all ranges. The thing is though the "cheap" guitars tend to just get a quick setup at the factory and really need a good tending to once you buy them to get them in tip-top shape. What part of the UK are you in? When I lived in London for a few years this guy in Stevenage, Herts at www.tjcguitars.com setup an acoustic for me and did an amazingly low action saddle and nut. I should take pics for you!
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Hi thanks for the link, I don't live too far from Stevenage so I will definitely get my guitar set up on your advice. Are there any other guitars that I should look at or try out?
#8
how high or low the action is won't matter if you get the guitar set up. and string buzz is usually caused by overly low action, which can be caused by dryness or else is something that can be fixed by a set-up. not always, though - it could be from too little neck relief, which can also be fixed during a set-up.

are these guitars used? the prices seem to indicate that. if so, look carefully over each one for cracks, and if there is buzz, figure out where it's coming from. if it seems to be coming from inside the guitar body, pass on that guitar and move on.

all things being equal, i, too, would go with the vintage v300. it's got a solid top, and if all else fails, a solid top means better tone.

i love yamahas, but the apx slim bodies don't sound as good as a guitar with a deeper body. sort of cardboardy, not very good. i also thought the plastic rosette was tacky - too bad, because the guitar looks good at a distance. the apx500 not only has a thin body but a laminate top, so it really doesn't sound too good.
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#9
Awesome! I like your three choices, and I suggest you buy a mid priced guitar. So it's a good starter. And yeah, there are those "starter" guitars, you can try 'em and you'll still be fine.

And with lessons, try out some books, or better yet, go to YouTube and practise there, and there are TONS of websites out there.

Good luck dude

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