#1
Just trying to figure out where to start. What are a couple of good acoustics for me to take a look at if i have about a $600 max. Used are perfectly fine too. Basicly something that can play blues but still well rounded by the way. Thanks.
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#2
I just got done playing a few at a local store and was impressed with some of the Alvarez guitars. Even one of the cheaper Regent series sounded better than a Guild on the wall. I'd suggest trying a few and seeing what you like best. There are a lot of guitars under your price range. A couple of the Dean solid tops or Luna brand are great for the money.
1981 G&L L 1000
Dean Razor NT5
Dean Hardtail 5
Dean Sledge Hammer 5 Ash
Dean Sledge Hammer 5 Mahogany
Dean Edge 1-5
Dean Edge Q-6 string
Dean Rhapsody 4
Axle Acoustic bass
MiniStar 5 string bass
Dean DOA Caddilac
Dean V-Wing acoustic
#3
a lot of really old blues is played on smaller guitars - robert johnson is a good example. these older guitars don't actually sound great - they tend to have little resonance and lots of buzzes. if you're looking for that kind of tone, i suggest you talk to steve at vintageparlorguitars.com - great prices on actual classic parlors, and he knows his stuff.

later blues is often played on martin dreads, and these guitars have a bigger more open sound. blueridge makes excellent martin copies that are all solid, have a warm and full martinlike tone, nice finish, and just sound great.

http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_140/52957/35952
(sitka/mahogany dread, 1 11/16" nut)

http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_140a/52957/80426
(adirondack/mahogany dread, 1 3/4" nut, love that adi top! it's what a lot of the original blues guitars had)

http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_143/52957/35949
(sitka/mahogany 000, 1 11/16" nut)

here's an all solid all-mahogany dread with a stunning finish from guild
http://backstage.musiciansfriend.com/Guitars/Acoustic-Guitars/6-String-Acoustic-Guitars/GAD-25-Acoustic-Design-Series-Dreadnought-Guitar-with-Case.site1prod513142.product

and you might want to check out recording king guitars if you can find them. here are some online http://elderly.com/brand/20N_recording%20king.html - keep in mind that the two cheapest options in each size are solid top, not all solid.


that is not the case to my ears - guild makes some great sounding guitars, and the cheaper regents can't compare, nor should they. maybe the store you were at had really crappy old strings on the guilds.

as far as deans and lunas, the op can do better for the price. they can't deliver what better quality guitars do when it comes to tone.

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I just got done playing a few at a local store and was impressed with some of the Alvarez guitars. Even one of the cheaper Regent series sounded better than a Guild on the wall. I'd suggest trying a few and seeing what you like best. There are a lot of guitars under your price range. A couple of the Dean solid tops or Luna brand are great for the money.
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