#1
Hey guys, I was here a few months ago looking for a budget acoustic and ended up getting the Silver Creek D160, it sounded decent for $200 but didn't play very well at all. I ended up getting the same price I paid for it so no harm done. But now I'm back and asking the question I should have asked in the first place. I'm going to have about a $1,000 budget, I'm looking for suggestions on a nice acoustic in that range.

I don't mind going used either, also if there are any you would recommend under that price range please do! Thanks.
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#3
guitars i like in the same size and specs as the silver creek:

blueridge br-140 - nice warm sound, martiny bass, nice guitar.
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_140/52957/35952

several all solid recording kings come to mind
http://elderly.com/brand/20N_recording%20king.html
including this one, which has an adi top!
http://elderly.com/new_instruments/names/recording-king-rd-316-dreadnought--RD316.htm

and don't forget the guild GAD guitars, which have nice tone, very well made, and even come with hardshell cases http://www.musiciansfriend.com/search/search.jsp?fA=a&fI=2002&fV=site1AB&question=guild+GAD#fT=2002:site1AB:2012:500.00-750.00|750.00-1000.00&gP=1&pS=20&v=g&sB=r&lP=s&question=guild%20GAD
if you can find a guild GAD-25 (they're clearancing the GAD line), it's definitely worth a try. i really like this all mahogany axe.

but eastman guitars are the ones i really like at this price range. they're mindblowingly nice, way above their price range. the e10d is a wow! guitar http://www.massstreetmusic.com/store/show_item/4119

and all their all solids are nice - especially the 500 series and up. the prices on their website are higher than stores sell them for, so worth looking around.
http://www.eastmanguitars.com/dreadnought/
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#4
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I really really really like the Taylor 214CE, and thats just about your range.


Yeah it's alright, I don't like it for a grand though. My buddy has it, I love the playability but it doesn't sound great.
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guitars i like in the same size and specs as the silver creek:

blueridge br-140 - nice warm sound, martiny bass, nice guitar.
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_140/52957/35952

several all solid recording kings come to mind
http://elderly.com/brand/20N_recording%20king.html
including this one, which has an adi top!
http://elderly.com/new_instruments/names/recording-king-rd-316-dreadnought--RD316.htm

and don't forget the guild GAD guitars, which have nice tone, very well made, and even come with hardshell cases http://www.musiciansfriend.com/search/search.jsp?fA=a&fI=2002&fV=site1AB&question=guild+GAD#fT=2002:site1AB:2012:500.00-750.00|750.00-1000.00&gP=1&pS=20&v=g&sB=r&lP=s&question=guild%20GAD
if you can find a guild GAD-25 (they're clearancing the GAD line), it's definitely worth a try. i really like this all mahogany axe.

but eastman guitars are the ones i really like at this price range. they're mindblowingly nice, way above their price range. the e10d is a wow! guitar http://www.massstreetmusic.com/store/show_item/4119

and all their all solids are nice - especially the 500 series and up. the prices on their website are higher than stores sell them for, so worth looking around.
http://www.eastmanguitars.com/dreadnought/



I'll def check all these out in the morning, I'm willing to spend $1000 though, I want to keep this thing forever (hopefully!)
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#6
the guitars i listed are good quality, good sounding guitars - better than most you'll find at gc for your top price, and imo not only better sounding than a taylor 200 series - with more bass - but also a hugely better value. spending more in their line won't make them sound better - it will just mean more bling. i didn't list them due to lower prices but due to sound quality. these are good stuff, and the eastmans are can be found for a grand with all the appointments and tone of a $2000 guitar, and i'm not exaggerating, but i also love the traditional tone of the blueridges and recording kings.

you could find a 300 series larrivee and check it out. i don't find martins in the lower price ranges sound better than the guitars i listed - they use different bracing than the iconic martins at the higher prices.

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#7
That Blueridge BR140 and the Eastman 10 or 20d look really nice.
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#8
If you're okay buying it used, check out the classifieds here and at acoustic guitar forum. There are things there that pop up occasionally at eye-popping prices.

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#9
Bummer I can't really try anything before I buy..
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#10
well, what kind of tone are you looking for, what nut width do you prefer and can you hang with a soft V neck?
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#11
To be honest I know nothing about acoustic, I've been playing electric for five years and so far I've been really happy with my Gibson SG standard. I don't know if that helps.

As for tone, I really like how my friends Taylor 214CE plays, but it seems like there is no low end at all, it still sounds great though. I played a Martin and noticed it had a lot of low end and I wasn't sure if I liked that much.


Edit: How would you compare the Blueridge's BR140's feel and sound to a Taylor 214? I might be able to get one for $350
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Last edited by tr3nt at Sep 4, 2011,
#12
hmmm... i don't care for the taylor 214. no bottom end, and i just don't like the voice, so i'm not the best person to handle this one. you might want to try out some high end takemines - not that close to taylor, but closer, i'd say.
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#13
I'd check out Epiphone Masterbilt, Takamine, maybe Breedlove, Larivee, and Guild for sure.
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#14
larrivee is a good call, and if you can find a guild GAD-30 or GAD-25 (a dread), i'd definitely check those. the masterbilts and breedloves might sound more martiny than taylorlike, but always worth a try.
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