#1
its as easy as that, i have $800 to spend, whats the best guitar i can get for that amount of money? preferably acoustic/electric. Im open to all suggestions but theres a few martins that look nice for that price, i feel like lower end taylors aren't that great....ur just buying the name? thoughts?
#2
there is no "best guitar" - only the guitar that's best for each individual. are you looking for a dread, an OM or 000, a jumbo or something smaller? do you prefer a wider or thinner neck? a brighter tone, more balance or more bass? here's a variety of acoustic electric guitars worth a look. i've owned seagulls and a blueridge, and have played many of each, btw, and like both.

wider neck with beautiful, well balanced tone, nice wider neck (1.8" nut)
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/seagull-s6-original-q1-acoustic-electric-guitar

all solid, cutaway, great value, slender neck
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-masterbilt-dr-500mce-acoustic-electric-guitar

purty, solid top, cutaway, mini jumbo, wider nut (1.8")
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/seagull-performer-cutaway-mini-jumbo-flame-maple-high-gloss-qi-acoustic-electric-guitar

all solid mini jumbo, wider seagull nut
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/seagull-maritime-sws-mini-jumbo-high-gloss-acoustic-guitar/581759000010000

all solid, cutaway, more bass than a lot of guitars this size
mahogany version
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_143ce/35915/53350
rosewood version
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_163ce/35915/89524

and the blueridge all solid sitka/mahogany dread
http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/blueridge_br_160ce/35915/53473

all solid seagull dread with thinner nut and cutaway
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/seagull-coastline-series-s6-slim-cutaway-dreadnought-qi-acoustic-electric-guitar/516925000010000
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#3
I just started posting on these forums and its pretty addicting....
Anyways, it all comes down to what YOU like. But I'd be glad to give you recommendations.

first off, +1 to everything mentioned above (ESPECIALLY the Seagulls - most notably the S6 (first one linked))

Breedlove C250
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/breedlove-passport-c250-co-acoustic-electric-guitar

Guild GAD-30
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/guild-gad-30-acoustic-design-series-orchestra-guitar-with-case/513141000010000

Washburn WD25SCE
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/washburn-wd25sce-solid-sitka-spruce-top-acoustic-cutaway-electric-dreadnought-rosewood-guitar-with-fishman-preamp-and-tuner


do you mind if you buy used guitars? I find that there is a jump in sound and tone after you hit $1000-1200 which is about 700-800 used....

USED:

Larrivee L-03
http://www.long-mcquade.com/products/1269/Guitars/Acoustic/Larrivee/L-03SP_Sapele_Standard_Series_Acoustic.htm

Larrivee D-03
http://www.long-mcquade.com/products/1268/Guitars/Acoustic/Larrivee/D-03SP_Sapele_Standard_Series_Acoustic.htm

Martin D-15
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/martin-d15m-dreadnought-acoustic-guitar/423479000000000