#1
Hello everyone, glad you could take a look on this thread. So lets get to the point. Ive been looking for an acoustic/electric guitar that fits me well for a VERY long time. I finally settled on an Ovation Applause (Shallow body). It sounded nice and was comfortable to play, but it just doesn't have the IT factor and feels WAY too much like an electric which is something I cant deal with because I can only play my Tele and anything else I try to use just doesnt feel right.

My price range is up to around $500-$600. I am looking for something that looks very nice, has electric system to be play through an amp/pa system, reliable, sounds great, some designs on fretboard or head, and something that is built to last a long time.

So if you could, give me ideas of what to look into, some experiences youve had with buying/trying out acoustics, or maybe even reviews.

Thanks for your time.
#2
Look for a Faith Saturn, i love the sound of it, plenty of demonstrations on YouTube.
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#3
you're not in the great guitar price range but there are some pretty good options. i suggest you check out a blueridge br-40ce http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_40ce/52948/53455 which is a great sounding solid top guitar, or perhaps a yamaha fgx730sc which doesn't have as rich a tone, more silvery, also pretty nice with a solid top.

if you can go up just a little, the blueridge br-143ce is all solid sitka/mahogany, and it's got very nice tone
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_143ce/52951/53350

last, you might want to try a masterbilt
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-masterbilt-dr-500mce-acoustic-electric-guitar

i don't like the tone as much as the blueridge, but it is an all solid guitar with electronics at a fair price.
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#4
Guitar Centre has this on sale:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha-FJX730SC-Solid-Spruce-Top-Rosewood-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-620226-i1448908.gc

The FJX730SC is much like the FGX variant but has a deeper body, and a correspondingly richer tone. I kind of go on about this particular model, but only because I love mine so much and because I haven't owned very many electro-acoustics.

That said, I did play about 20 before picking this one.
#5
Ovations are great guitars. I would avoid Applause Brand or the Celebrity lines. For $500-600 you could get a decent new (imported) Ovation or a great US made used one. There are plenty to be found.

One good place to look is The Ovation Fan Club. There are always nice O's for private sale and the sellers are great people. They know their O's. Another is your local Craigslist.
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#6
@ Auriemma : Out of curiosity,why would you avoid the Applause range? I play one and has been happy with it . But then again ,I'm new at this ...
#7
Don't get me wrong. I love Ovations (that includes Applause as well as Adamas... opposite ends of the scale with O's being the middle) and I have a Celebrity (my first O). Applause is nice to start with. But...if you play an Applause, then play a Celebrity, you will feel and hear a difference. The quality of the build and materials goes up. If you play an Applause, then play an Ovation (non-Celeb), you will feel and hear a HUGE difference the quality.

An Applause should cost about $150-300 new. A O Celebrity model will cost $300-450 depending. If you have $500-600, you can do much better than an Applause or Celebrity is all I'm saying. My 2007 Elite-T is one of the last USA made Elites. It was $600 new. It SMOKES my Celebrity in ALL aspects. Its my favorite acoustic.

Another reason I suggest a used Ovation, is because there are some very well cared for, great sounding, USA made O's out there in that price range.

Look, feel, play, listen... repeat as needed... THEN buy. And don't forget to haggle!
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Last edited by Auriemma at Jul 21, 2011,
#8
Quote by patticake
you're not in the great guitar price range but there are some pretty good options. i suggest you check out a blueridge br-40ce http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_40ce/52948/53455 which is a great sounding solid top guitar, or perhaps a yamaha fgx730sc which doesn't have as rich a tone, more silvery, also pretty nice with a solid top.

if you can go up just a little, the blueridge br-143ce is all solid sitka/mahogany, and it's got very nice tone
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_143ce/52951/53350

last, you might want to try a masterbilt
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-masterbilt-dr-500mce-acoustic-electric-guitar

i don't like the tone as much as the blueridge, but it is an all solid guitar with electronics at a fair price.

i second the blueridge br-143ce!! Great guitar!
#9
Quote by Auriemma
Don't get me wrong. I love Ovations (that includes Applause as well as Adamas... opposite ends of the scale with O's being the middle) and I have a Celebrity (my first O). Applause is nice to start with. But...if you play an Applause, then play a Celebrity, you will feel and hear a difference. The quality of the build and materials goes up. If you play an Applause, then play an Ovation (non-Celeb), you will feel and hear a HUGE difference the quality.

An Applause should cost about $150-300 new. A O Celebrity model will cost $300-450 depending. If you have $500-600, you can do much better than an Applause or Celebrity is all I'm saying. My 2007 Elite-T is one of the last USA made Elites. It was $600 new. It SMOKES my Celebrity in ALL aspects. Its my favorite acoustic.

Another reason I suggest a used Ovation, is because there are some very well cared for, great sounding, USA made O's out there in that price range.

Look, feel, play, listen... repeat as needed... THEN buy. And don't forget to haggle!



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#10
You can find some nice guitars in this range. Id recommend looking at Samick's Greg Bennet line. They make wonderful guitars, designed well. They sound nice as well. They have several hollowbody and acoustic electric guitars. I own one and love it!
#11
You could try one of these I just bought one a Epiphone Dave Navarro Signature model. All solid woods on body and high end electronics. Mine sounds and plays great!

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