#1
M'kay, I've got a budget of anywhere between $300 and about $500, maybe $600.
I'm looking for a long-term investment - I want an instrument that I can keep, that will age with me. I'd like to find a solid-wood guitar. I've liked Greg Bennetts a lot, but they've only got a handful that are all solid-wood. All of their acoustics have solid tops though.

So, two things
  • What are some guitars in that range that are all solid-wood, or solid-top? I'm not TOO picky about the tone, I just want it to be comfortable, and if at all possible, acoustic/electric.
  • What kind of tonal difference will there be, in the long term, between a solid top and an all-solid wood guitar?
#2
I think there are some Fenders that fit that description.
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#3
I tend to shy away from brand names like Fender because they tend to tack on another $100 or so to the real value of the guitar for the name... if I find one that really impresses me, I'll go for it, but I haven't really, in all honesty. That price range can be restrictive.
#4
Seagull and Takamine offer guitars with your description. Try looking for some of those in the store.

I would suggest you stay away from Fender, Ovation, Ibanez and any guitar that looks over the top, whether it just be a nice paint job or "figured" wood. At this price range, you'll be getting crap if you look for guitars like those.
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#6
Some of the Recording King guitars look really nice, and I do like the Seagull guitars, but the all-solids are usually a little more expensive than what I'm looking at.

It looks like most of the guitars I'm looking for are going to be in the $700-$800 range. I'd have to wait a lot longer before buying if that's how much a really good one is going to be. Is paying the extra cash really worth it in the long run, do you guys think?
#7
I'd say that the value for money you get at this range is still quite large. That is, the money you spend here at this price range can get you a significantly better guitar when you put out an extra $100-200.
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#8
Quote by Epi g-310
Some of the Recording King guitars look really nice, and I do like the Seagull guitars, but the all-solids are usually a little more expensive than what I'm looking at.

All the Seagulls are solid tops. The issue there is if you want cedar or spruce.

Specs: http://www.seagullguitars.com/specs.htm
#9
Hmm... I'll definitely keep all that in mind - so, my question now is this: how big is the difference between a solid-top guitar and an all-solid guitar?