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*300-600$ budget

I mainly play rock. Just looking for a good sounding guitar. I know I need to try to know, but some suggestions would be welcome!
I'd suggest any of the sub $600 yamahas, really good for the cash. I got a barely-played FG700s for $170 and it sounds excellent and I've played next few models up from mine and it just got even better. If you're gonna go for a fender, get a sonoran; they looks great, play great, have fishman electronics with a built in tuner, and the cool fender colors they come in look great on stage and draw a lot of interest if you busk.
my semi-acoustic is a cort sfx-5.
small body with curved back for confirtable playimg while keeping a good volume.
equipped with fishman electronics, so great sound when directly plugged into a Pa system or an acoustic amp.
and the price is amazing, I have it for 3 years and I fully recommend it.
In that price range, in no particular order: Ovation, Yamaha, Seagull make really good guitars.
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rock is a very general term. for A7X/5FDP/shinedown/AIC type stuff, nothing beats my Ovations.
for bands like nickelback/puddleofmudd and even rod stewart stuff i use my Seagull S6( yeah patti, you talked me into one).
if i get into more classic rock Zep/Beatles/Eagles type stuff i usually go with my Taylor.
Playing stuff like : Bruce Dickinson, Slash, Guns N' Roses, Alice in Chains, The Cure, I Like trying to play Iron Maiden stuff on Acoustic, Some of the Megadeth stuff too...

Oh, and some of Serj Tankian's acoustic work is awesome too.
Last edited by WiZoRZ at Nov 30, 2012,
Ibanez Artwood AW300ECE.....$399. Fishman electronics, sounds good!
there's still some epi masterbilts around. all solid (not just solid top), nice sounding, and i really like the sunburst although there's also one in natural. quite a value, actually, and nice sounding guitars.

maybe a yamaha fgx730sc

or the slightly cheaper fgx720sca

both have solid tops, electronics and cutaways, and both come in black, natural and some kinda burst.

i see musicians friend also has a couple acoustic electric seagull mini jumbos. i find that they're good sounding guitars, the lower bout just a little bigger and definitely rounder than a dread.
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i'd stick with the tried and true duo of either the Yamaha 700 series or Seagull S6.
i haven't yet played the yammie but i just ( a month ago) a Seagull S6 slim Cedar top with cherry back and sides. its a decent sounding guitar. i haven't experimented with strings yet to get the sound i want. it sounds pretty good plugged in although i haven't done much with it yet.( you'd think that a guy that hasn't (technically) had a job in 2 years would have more time 2 practice but it's amazing how much time i still don't have).
if you get a chance, try out some Ovation Elite series guitars or the yammie or seagull.
i do think that the Ovation would be the ticket for the "darker" kinda music you wanna play. for that kinda stuff i can't put my Ovations down. they just bring out that style of music better i think. you can find a good used 1778T,2078T for that price if you're patient.
You can get a Martin for that kind of change. They are second only to Taylor (which you cannot get for that money!). Here's one that's available in any city:


I really love the ease of playability, and the awesome look of the new Ibanez Exotic Wood serries:


Good luck, and welcome to the "Acoustic Side!!"

Last edited by Mohawkriverman at Jan 3, 2013,
Yamaha has a bunch in that price range......always decent, same with takamine. I tried a Sigma last week and it was pretty good.

There are quite a few in your price range, go out and try as many as you can. Half the fun is finding one you really like.
I would recommend a Seagull. I have one and I'm very pleased with the sound and it's also comfortable to play