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Hi all! I'm in the market for a new guitar, but specifically an acoustic one. I was wondering if you guys could help, since there are a lot of choices. So first, a little info.

I've been playing for a few years, and I'm able to play some pretty difficult stuff, so I'm not really looking for one of those "beginner's packages" that you see all over the place. I currently only have an Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro, so I have no experience with buying acoustics, and I haven't had much time to try many out at Guitar Center yet. I had one acoustic, but it was one I won at a state fair (which pretty much sums up it's quality) and the bridge snapped off because it couldn't handle my awesomeness (or maybe my strings were a tad too tight).

So here's what I'm looking for. I want a decent guitar that can sound nice when playing some easier songs like Mumford and Sons, etc. and some harder songs, like acoustic Led Zeppelin songs. It would mainly be for parties/events where bringing an electric is out of the question. One requirement is that the body is cut away by the fingerboard so I can access the upper frets like this. I also want to be able to play and bend the strings like I would an electric guitar, more or less.

I'm really not looking for a very high-end acoustic guitar, just one that sounds decent. The problem? My price range. I'm really only looking to spend $200, but if I had to go a bit over, I guess I could. Is this reasonable, or is my price point too low?

Thanks,
Sam
#2
I just recently bought myself a Yamaha FG700S which was 219$ Canadian. I am quite impressed with it, so i suggest at least trying one when you do get the chance to go to GC.
#3
the FG700 doesn't have a cutaway, however there is an FGX version with one, and it's got a solid top and pretty good tone
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/yamaha-fgx700sc-solid-top-cutaway-acoustic-electric-guitar

but if you're on a serious budget, maybe you can find one of these on sale somewhere in canada http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/yamaha-fx370c-f-series-cutaway-acoustic-electric - it's the lowest level guitar i'd suggest that has a cutaway.
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I just looked in my Oxford English Dictionary and under "Acoustic Guitar", there was your Avatar and an email address!
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Quote by samw40
...[ ]...I'm really not looking for a very high-end acoustic guitar, just one that sounds decent. The problem? My price range. I'm really only looking to spend $200, but if I had to go a bit over, I guess I could. Is this reasonable, or is my price point too low?

Thanks,
Sam
As the poster above pointed, the Yamaha FG700 series are a number one go to recommendation as a first decent acoustic.

However, your insistence on a cutaway, pushes the price to about $300.00. The cutaway and electronics together, are the only way that is available.

First I wouldn't buy an acoustic only guitar. That's just me. I have my reasons, if you need to hear them.

In any event, if you're in the US, Musician's Friend has a percent off sale at each major holiday, at 10% to 15% at that price point. So, that nets down to somewhere between $255.00 & $270.00. You can likely get a semi-crappy gig bag for 15 bucks at the same time.

The discount likely wouldn't register online, but you'd be able get it if you call to order.

The A/E version of the Yamaha FG-700 would likely keep even an eclectic rascal such as yourself well entertained for at least a year or two.



http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/yamaha-fgx700sc-solid-top-cutaway-acoustic-electric-guitar


Quote by patticake
....[ ]...but if you're on a serious budget, maybe you can find one of these on sale somewhere in canada http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/yamaha-fx370c-f-series-cutaway-acoustic-electric - it's the lowest level guitar i'd suggest that has a cutaway.

But Patti, right under his avatar it says he's from Wisconsin. Why would he want to by one from Canada?
Last edited by Captaincranky at May 31, 2013,
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for $200 with a cutaway, your gonna hafta go used. the Yammies suggested above are an excellent choice. they would be anyone suggestion to you at your budget. but with your requirements, they are out of range. i too would strongly suggest an electric/acoustic. it's great to be able to plug it in and use some mild effects and the onboard tuners are usually pretty good.
your gonna have to go with ebay/Cl roullette route. get a used one online and hope it hasnt been hacked away at by some idjit.
otherwise, state fair season is just around the corner..... will lightning strike twice?
need more gear and a lot more talent(courtesytuxs)
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Quote by Captaincranky
As the poster above pointed, the Yamaha FG700 series are a number one go to recommendation as a first decent acoustic.

However, your insistence on a cutaway, pushes the price to about $300.00. The cutaway and electronics together, are the only way that is available.

First I wouldn't buy an acoustic only guitar. That's just me. I have my reasons, if you need to hear them.

In any event, if you're in the US, Musician's Friend has a percent off sale at each major holiday, at 10% to 15% at that price point. So, that nets down to somewhere between $255.00 & $270.00. You can likely get a semi-crappy gig bag for 15 bucks at the same time.

The discount likely wouldn't register online, but you'd be able get it if you call to order.

The A/E version of the Yamaha FG-700 would likely keep even an eclectic rascal such as yourself well entertained for at least a year or two.



http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/yamaha-fgx700sc-solid-top-cutaway-acoustic-electric-guitar


Thanks! That Yamaha FGX700SC looks good, although it's a bit out of my price range, but I realize now that I might have to spend a bit more for what I'm looking for. I forgot to mention in my original post that I would prefer an acoustic/electric but it isn't a must, but all of the guitars you guys have recommended have been acoustic/electrics anyways. Thanks for the the advice.

Quote by stepchildusmc
for $200 with a cutaway, your gonna hafta go used. the Yammies suggested above are an excellent choice. they would be anyone suggestion to you at your budget. but with your requirements, they are out of range. i too would strongly suggest an electric/acoustic. it's great to be able to plug it in and use some mild effects and the onboard tuners are usually pretty good.
your gonna have to go with ebay/Cl roullette route. get a used one online and hope it hasnt been hacked away at by some idjit.
otherwise, state fair season is just around the corner..... will lightning strike twice?

Yeah, I might opt for used. I'll keep an eye out for any used Yamaha FGX700SC I see. Oh and no, I don't think I can get another bulls eye in darts at the state fair again. Luck isn't kind to me twice, I've found.

Quote by Captaincranky
But Patti, right under his avatar it says he's from Wisconsin. Why would he want to by one from Canada?

If I head up north for some Canadian bacon anytime soon, I'll check the local guitar stores.
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Quote by samw40
Also, has anybody here tried/heard anything about Epiphone acoustics? I have an Epiphone electric and I like it a lot, so I checked their acoustics on their website and found this:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-aj-100ce-acoustic-electric-guitar

I really have no clue if it's good or not.
That Epi is a laminated top. The Yamaha we've been steering you towards has a solid top. It's a big step up in tonal quality. When guitars go down into that Epi's price range, they tend to sound like cardboard, lack sustain, and you need to put fresh strings on way too often to maintain any ring or resonance.

Most of the posters here, don't feel that Epiphones are the best value for the money. Their upper tier "Masterbuilt" series, (all solid wood), are well thought of in general, but other brands have decent entries to that price category as well. (Low end Guild, Breedlove, and perhaps a stretch to the very low end of Taylor. Recording King pops up as well, also Seagull).

Epiphone's primary reputation is based on their Gibson solid body copies. I'm going to go out on a limb and say the Les Paul & SG are most likely their best sellers. The Sheraton, Dot, and Casino are long running Epi favorites as well.

These are always stable offerings, and worth their price.

If you hit the electric forum, you will get some lively debate if they hold their own in the price category. I don't play a solid body or care anywhere near enough to touch those issues.
Last edited by Captaincranky at May 31, 2013,
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Quote by Captaincranky
That Epi is a laminated top. The Yamaha we've been steering you towards has a solid top. It's a big step up in tonal quality. When guitars go down into that Epi's price range, they tend to sound like cardboard, lack sustain, and you need to put fresh strings on way too often to maintain any ring or resonance.

Most of the posters here, don't feel that Epiphones are the best value for the money. Their upper tier "Masterbuilt" series, (all solid wood), are well thought of in general, but other brands have decent entries to that price category as well. (Low end Guild, Breedlove, and perhaps a stretch to the very low end of Taylor. Recording King pops up as well, also Seagull).

Epiphone's primary reputation is based on their Gibson solid body copies. I'm going to go out on a limb and say the Les Paul & SG are most likely their best sellers. The Sheraton, Dot, and Casino are long running Epi favorites as well.

These are always stable offerings, and worth their price.

If you hit the electric forum, you will get some lively debate if they hold their own in the price category. I don't play a solid body or care anywhere near enough to touch those issues.

Ah, alright, thanks for explaining. I never heard anything about them, so I didn't realize the differences. That Yamaha is starting to sound like my best bet, and the Sandburst color that it comes in is amazing.
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epiphone all laminate guitars don't sound as good to my ears as yamaha all laminate guitars, much less their solid tops. i also find epiphone quality control a bit sketchy. i'd definitely go yamaha.

btw, i've never seen an under-$400 guitar with a cutaway that wasn't acoustic electric, so it's probably just as well that that's what you want ;-)
Quote by Skeet UK
I just looked in my Oxford English Dictionary and under "Acoustic Guitar", there was your Avatar and an email address!
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sandburst Yammie it is !!! dont forget to post us some pics when you get it. it really is a great guitar for the money(we're all Yamaha stockholders here at UG...hehe).
i agree with the opinions on the epi's. good electrics..crappy acoustics....i'd rather string up a boat paddle. seems to be a lot of good electric makers that do that.
my epi les paul is pretty damn close to my Gibby one( though, like cranky..i rarely touch electrics. once you get the acoustic bug, they dont sound so good...( or in reality, my electric guitars have a restraining order against me)
need more gear and a lot more talent(courtesytuxs)