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Been playing electric (prs singlecut) for 2years and I'm starting to get into acoustic. I like a thin body and I'm hoping someone with more knowledge on acoustics could help on a buy. I narrowed it down to:

1. Fender Sonoran SCE Thinline Acoustic Electric Guitar
http://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-FEN-0968609-LIST
pros: solid top, thin body, price - cons: laminate sides & back

2. Yamaha APX700II Thinline Acoustic Electric Cutaway Guitar
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/yamaha-apx700ii-thinline-cutaway-acoustic-electric-guitar
pros: love the sandburst finish, solid Sitka spruce top - cons: price, nato sides & back (not sure if thats good or bad)

3. Yamaha APX500II Thinline Acoustic Electric Guitar
http://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-YAM-APX500II-LIST
pros: price - cons: no solid top and nato all around

If anyone has any other recommendations, i'd appreciate it. Main things I look for is thin body and priced around 300-400.

I had a cheap kona acoustic but it sounded so hollow I gave it to my neice. I'd like something built better which is why I'm trying to find somehting with solid all around.
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I have the full body depth "Sonoran", and like it.

As to the Yamahas, I have no direct experience. I will say, nato wood seems to show up a lot, when a maker doesn't want to spring for mahogany.

In the case of the "Sonoran", this is a moot point, since those necks are maple, the same as the Strats they're emulating.

In the case of my Sonoran, the 80/20 brass strings Fender ships with, were way too bright. I swapped them for phosphor bronze at the first change. Ahhh,..., much better.

As you probably already know, none of these are going to sound great unplugged.

This would net down to about 50% over budget: http://www.adirondackguitar.com/accoustics/crafter/sa_tmvs.htm It's a Taylor T-5 knock off: These are all over Youtube, and generally very well received. I have a 12 string variation, and it rings practically all night. That said, it's closer to an Epi "Dot", or Gibson "ES-335" in build philosophy, with internal sustain blocks and very thick side wood. So, the question is, is it too far into electric territory, and / or too expensive for your consideration.

Here again, probably obviously, this has less acoustic output than any of the others you linked, and actually needs to be plugged in.

On the other hand, you did say you were an electric player.
Last edited by Captaincranky at Apr 6, 2012,
#3
The thinline Ovations are fairly decent, IMHO...with the caveat that thinlines don't project acoustically like full bodied guitars, of course. Ovis have necks very similar to electrics.

Out of your budget- new at least- but worth looking for: Jon Kammerer guitars. His acoustics are somewhere between true thinlines and full-bodied guitars, but have a curved body to improve projection, and his hollowbody guitars use a similar body shape. Neck shapes are not as bat-like as many out there, but they're not skinny either.
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Apr 7, 2012,
#4
thanks guys. that crafter slim is gorgous! love that flamed maple. I saw some swingbox thin body's on ebay. looks very similar. Anyone have any info on these? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Swingbox-thin-Body-semi-Acoustic-electric-Guitar-Solid-Spruce-top-Steel-Strings-/370582562581?pt=Guitar&hash=item5648712715

I tried the ovations but I wasn't fond of the back. felt it kept sliding off of me.
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Quote by Verbalkint
thanks guys. that crafter slim is gorgous! love that flamed maple. I saw some swingbox thin body's on ebay. looks very similar. Anyone have any info on these? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Swingbox-thin-Body-semi-Acoustic-electric-Guitar-Solid-Spruce-top-Steel-Strings-/370582562581?pt=Guitar&hash=item5648712715
Well, "Swingbox" at least has a website: http://swingboxguitars.com/ It's a startup brand, and I didn't find a lot more out about them. Since there's aren't that many around, reviews are hard to come by. Amazon had them, but they're OOS, and uncertain if they're coming back.

Anyway, the Crafters have dual pickups and 3 band blending EQ, so that explains a bit of the price difference. That's a bit closer to the Taylor setup. Adirondack has a "code" on the page or "573.00". I expect that's the sell price w/hard case, and free shipping.

I don't know if not having the electric pickup is terribly important to you. I play mine almost exclusively off the peizo anyway.

Like buying anything off of the internet, I expect buying the "Swingbox" is a leap of faith, and I seriously doubt you're going to get much more info on it.

I suppose if you want to gamble on the return shipping, the dealer claims they'll give you 2 weeks to try it.
Last edited by Captaincranky at Apr 7, 2012,
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that crafter slim is gorgous!


+1!
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!