#1
Hi there, as my last post here (which seemed to go un-noticed) Im still looking into getting a nice accoustic but issue is my budget is £100. I've hunted around a bit and found 3 I like, one is a Martin smith accoustic that I found in cash converters (pawn shop I guess) it was listed as a spruce top (didnt say if laminate or solid) and solid mahogany sides, rosewood neck and bird inlays (if It helps identify model) for £80

Had a quick play it felt nice but then online I found a epiphone accoustic for slightly more with the same sort of specs in terms of woods but I have no clue as to which one is best in terms fo quality for money?

I know it comes down to feel thats why the Martin smith has a edge right now but if the epiphone is considerably better quality would it be worthwhile buying blind i nthe sense of not playing it?
#2
I would advise completely against Martin Smith. Seems like they make utter piles of rubbish. I'm sorry to say, that £100 will not buy you a nice acoustic, as you generally get what you pay for in acoustic land, because any wood advertised in this price range will be laminate.

I would suggest trying as many as you can in your range, who knows, you might find a hidden gem somewhere. Buying blind is generally a bad idea, when it comes to acoustics (unless from a really well known company, and you know exactly the specs you want), and you'll end up with something you're very unhappy with.

Alternatively, you could save up a bit more, and maybe even push into solid top territory, with perhaps something like a Takamine, Yamaha, even something second hand. If electronics (pickups) aren't a big deal, you will probably get a better quality guitar for the price, if you buy without one.

Hope that helps
#3
Ah mk thanks for the help will give the martin smith a miss then and keep looking around, I popped into a local music store and they had some nice guitars there for around £150-200 range which I can push to I guess. I've played electric for a year roughly now and just want a accoustic to play when I dont feel like plugging in my amp and for when I goto uni so I dont want a really expensive one incase it gets stolen or whatever in Uni.

I'm planning on popping into the other music store in my town to go check out what they have as its suposidly alot nicer than the one I went to yesterday so hopefully they have something I like, either way thanks for the help will look out for yamaha's etc. when out tomorrow and hopefulyl if in my price range I'll give em a test
#4
If you seriously only have £100, I'd say get an Epiphone DR-100. They are £70 on thomann.de and probably around £85 in the shops. Use the extra money left over to get a setup to improve the action and keep the intonation right.

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#5
Ok new question looking around has anyone heard or tried a Lindo? seemed to have mostly good reviews online for the lindo "feeling" electro accoustic and is £120 on amazon and there was one in the store earlier (didnt get to play it as i was rushed for time)


Overall specs in terms of woods are are mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard with a Sapele body
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#6
i'd skip the lindo and the epiphone. neither are very impressive tonally.

i suggest a yamaha fg700 ms as it's well made, has a solid top and nice finish.
http://www.thomann.de/gb/yamaha_fg_700s_nt_matt.htm

i also recommend a walden. this model has a solid top, and while i've played less of these than the yamahas, but i was quite impressed with their tone

nat
http://www.thomann.de/gb/walden_d350_g_standard.htm

black
http://www.thomann.de/gb/walden_d350b_g_standard.htm

also check out the cort earth 70 - it's their lowest priced solid top. cort hasn't blown me away, but they're not bad at all and lots of people who know their stuff consider them good for their price range.

here it is in black
http://www.thomann.de/gb/cort_earth_70_bk.htm

and in nat
http://www.thomann.de/gb/cort_earth_70_ns.htm
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#7
Ah thanks for the suggestions will be going back tomorrow to actually play a few and will keep an eye out for some of those models (or by that brand) to see if I like them.
#8
keeping an eye out for the brand won't be as useful as finding those models. both yamaha and walden make all laminate guitars, which won't sound as good as the solid top models i listed.
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#9
A lot of brand name pompous crap is talked about guitars ..ooh its fender ooh its a gibson.Listen guitars are my living and yes generally the more you pay the more you get.
But don't let the my guitars better than your guitar brigade put you of listen for your self.


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#10
A lot of brand name pompous crap is talked about guitars ..ooh its fender ooh its a gibson.Listen guitars are my living and yes generally the more you pay the more you get.
But don't let the my guitars better than your guitar brigade put you of listen for your self.


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#11
Hi Phil,
refreshing comment, I have several expensive guitars and still liked the sound of the Martin Smith W40 a bright sounding guitar and no doubt 20 years from now people will be saying- Great sound on the old Martin Smith can't beat them qulaity is quality! I picked mine up for £40 in a cash coverter. I liked the Tanglewood they had but honestly the Martin Smith sounded better.

Forget brands marketing and snobbery this is music use your own ears and judgement and find a guitar that resonates with your style of play. Don't ever buy a guitar on line or from Argos (mind you if you do you ahve 30 days to take it back) always play it first. Two accoustic guitars in the same model and coming off the same production line can sound so different. The way the woods dry, the climate they are kept in, the quality of the strings etc. Go p;ay it and listen. find the soulmate you have been searching for you will know it when you hear it respond to your style of play.