#1
Practically I really want to get a new decent guitar that doesnt cost that much.... it came down to two of these guitars... I love Martin and Breedlove guitars

so which guitar should I get?

Martin X Series DX1AE vs. Breedlove Passport C250/CM


Martin

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/martin-x-series-dx1ae-acoustic-electric-guitar


Breedlove

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/breedlove-passport-c250-cm-acoustic-electric-guitar/583493000010000
Last edited by dytianquin at Oct 15, 2011,
#2
Breedlove Passport would be my personal choice if I had to choose between the two. The Martin at this price just doesn't cut it for me because of the HPL side and backing.
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

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#3
Quote by captivate
Breedlove Passport would be my personal choice if I had to choose between the two. The Martin at this price just doesn't cut it for me because of the HPL side and backing.



If I were to choose between the Breedlove and the Martin right now.... Id probably pick the Breedlove.... partly because I want to be a little different... not to be in the hype of "Taylor and Martin" acoustics :P

but I have a new dilemma... someone just recommended me this Seagull....


Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/seagull-entourage-rustic-cw-qit-acoustic-electric-guitar/583547000096000


is this guitar better than those two?... I havent played Seagulls much... ive only really played one... thts my friends
Last edited by dytianquin at Oct 15, 2011,
#4
Seagulls are generally of a high quality. Made in Canada as well.
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

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#5
none of those guitars you're considering are really better, as quality wise they're okay, and they're all solid top guitars. you may like the tone of one more than another. also i see you have 2 different sizes of guitar you're considering, and i suggest you get to a guitar store to at least decide if you have a size you prefer.

if it were me, i'd probably get an all solid guitar and have the electronics added. i've tried all these in person, and they all sounded good.

recording king - dread
http://elderly.com/new_instruments/names/recording-king-rd-10-dreadnought-classic-series--RD10.htm
or 000
http://elderly.com/new_instruments/names/recording-king-ro-10-%22000%22-classic-series--RO10.htm

blueridge dread
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_140/52957/35952
or 000
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_143/52957/35949
consider one of these recording king solid tops due to tone and 1 3/4" nut width
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/recording-king-classic-series-12-fret-ooo-acoustic-electric-guitar/h72550000001000
or a yamaha FGX730SC ahead of the guitars you're considering, but that's my preferences - yours may be different.
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#6
Quote by patticake
none of those guitars you're considering are really better, as quality wise they're okay, and they're all solid top guitars. you may like the tone of one more than another. also i see you have 2 different sizes of guitar you're considering, and i suggest you get to a guitar store to at least decide if you have a size you prefer.

if it were me, i'd probably get an all solid guitar and have the electronics added. i've tried all these in person, and they all sounded good.

recording king - dread
http://elderly.com/new_instruments/names/recording-king-rd-10-dreadnought-classic-series--RD10.htm
or 000
http://elderly.com/new_instruments/names/recording-king-ro-10-%22000%22-classic-series--RO10.htm

blueridge dread
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_140/52957/35952
or 000
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_143/52957/35949
consider one of these recording king solid tops due to tone and 1 3/4" nut width
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/recording-king-classic-series-12-fret-ooo-acoustic-electric-guitar/h72550000001000
or a yamaha FGX730SC ahead of the guitars you're considering, but that's my preferences - yours may be different.


If I had to choose which body I preferred... it would be Dreadnought... but honestly I dont mind either one XD


I like recording king acoustics.... but they aren't the type of guitars I would get. I'm more of Breedlove and Martin (generally) type of guy.... but for Banjos... Recording Kings are #1 on my list :P

I've actually tried the Yamaha FGX730SC.... it sounded great... problem playing it .... felt something was missing... I cant explain it well sorry XD

This is the first time I've ever heard of Blueridge guitars.... living in Kuwait you don't see brands like Blueridge here... (yh a Filipino living in Kuwait)


thnx for your comment man deeply appreciate it
Last edited by dytianquin at Oct 15, 2011,
#7
interesting that you don't care for recording kings but like martins, since recording king guitars are martin clones with a good amount of the martin tone combined with recording king's unique voice. i find blueridge comes closer to the original martin sound, but i doubt you'll find them where you are.

of the 3 guitars you list, i'd suggest you go with the x series martin dread in your first post. it has a little more bass and depth than the other two guitars, and more than the yamaha fgx730, as well. it lacks the overtones of the blueridges and recording kings, but overall while i don't care for martin HPL, it seems like it would get you closest to what you're looking for.
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#8
Get your hands on what you can. Don't even look at the brands. You'll know the one you want when it speaks to you.

Last year I went in to buy a Martin. I had been planning the purchase of a Martin D15 for some time. There was nothing else I would consider. When I got to the shop they were busy. So they let me loose in the acoustic room without help and I tried everything in there. I wound up with a Guild D40. It blew the Martins out of the water, despite me absolutely loving Martin guitars. I still want a Martin D18, but now I want the full mahogany one. Time to start saving money again. Hey, what's $1000 between friends?
#9
I have that exact Breedlove, I love it. I use to have a Gibson Hummingbird Pro, while the Breedlove obviously isn't as nice as that guitar, its very good. It also has a nice pickup system/built in tuner and its very comfortable to play live. Which is another reason I sold the Gibby, while I loved it to death it just spent so much time sitting around because it was just too beautiful. I did get a good recording with it on my bands CD though. But all that is irrelevant, get the Breedlove.
#10
Quote by patticake
interesting that you don't care for recording kings but like martins, since recording king guitars are martin clones with a good amount of the martin tone combined with recording king's unique voice. i find blueridge comes closer to the original martin sound, but i doubt you'll find them where you are.

of the 3 guitars you list, i'd suggest you go with the x series martin dread in your first post. it has a little more bass and depth than the other two guitars, and more than the yamaha fgx730, as well. it lacks the overtones of the blueridges and recording kings, but overall while i don't care for martin HPL, it seems like it would get you closest to what you're looking for.



I wouldn't say I don't care for Recording Kings, but it feels like something I want in the guitar is missing when I play them. That's just my opinion though.

Martin was my first choice to get, but after playing the Breedlove I'm stuck between the two.

I've had 7 acoustics in my 7 years of playing. Though most of them were given to me, only two of them I bought. Currently, I only have the two acoustics I bought. Most of them I gave away, and the two I really like were a Breedlove C250/CO and a Martin (forgot which model) were given away by my parents. They thought they were one of my cheaper guitars. One of them is a guitar with no brand name, and another is a Yamaha FX370C

This isnt relevant information, but I felt the need to say it.
Last edited by dytianquin at Oct 17, 2011,
#12
I have that breedlove also. It is great. This decision kind of depends on what you want to play musically. IMO the breedlove has all the lower bassy tones of the martin plus a slightly sparkly high end if you put light gauge strings on. The martin just has that typical martin bassy sound. (which is still good)

I've played the breedlove back to back against 6 different martins ranging from 500 bucks to 3000. Every time I come back to the breedlove. Good value for the price.
Last edited by mkocian17 at Oct 24, 2011,
#13
so it seems that the Breedlove is winning :/

my indecisiveness >.< is really taking its toll
#14
I would pick the Breedlove .. however pick what feels best in your hands!
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