randomguy2000
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#1
Hi guys,
So I need a classical and electro-acoustic guitar. My TOTAL budget is £400, which I know is pretty low, but it's all I have.

For the acoustic, I want a now frills (preferably dreadnought) guitar with a cutaway and a pickup. That is my only necessity. I really want a solid wood top, but I doubt I will be able to get solid sides and back in my budget, so if it doesn't that is ok. If it does, awesome!
I will be playing a lot of justin king style stuff, along with arrangments like sungha jung's and a lot of pop chord strumming. Also a bit of fingerstyle. Therefore it needs to be versatile.

For the classical, I want a once again no frills guitar with a solid top. I like the sound of both cedar and spruce tops. I do really want a pickup on this as well, but if this is not possible then fair enough.
I will be using the classical for a lot of tarraga, sor and segovia. I will also be using this for my guitar abrsm grades.

I realise I am going to need to buy used for this, so that is fine. I am situated in London, so gumtree or ebay.

I do not mind how the budget is split, but if i need to, i would prefer to compromise on the quality of the acoustic and get a nice classical guitar. Obviously i'd rather not compromise at all

All answers appreciated.
Quote by kangaxxter
Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

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Insanity ninja
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#2
I use a Fender T Bucket Ce-300. Stick some nice Elixir Nanowebs on there and it'll sound bootifal.
£218 new aswell.
I can't really be much of a help with the classical guitar I'm afraid though, no experience there. Good luck in your search and with your grades!
Silverburst
randomguy2000
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#3
hmmm. i love the looks and reviews are pretty good, but laminate? Does it sound good? Also, i've head bad things about fender acoustics....
oh and thanks! Got grade 5 classical and theory in the spring!
Quote by kangaxxter
Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

(Anything I missed?)



Quote by Robbgnarly
I have been hearing about MG amps lately. I have heard good about them, but only a few times have they been talked about here.

Insanity ninja
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#4
I love mine, having said that I've only owned a couple of acoustics. They're readily available at Dawsons if you happen to live near one, so go and give it a try!
Silverburst
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#5
And yeah - I've played some awful Fender Acoustics, I couldn't bear the sonoran or stratacoustic/telecoustics.
Silverburst
randomguy2000
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#6
thanks- i will try it out
Quote by kangaxxter
Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

(Anything I missed?)



Quote by Robbgnarly
I have been hearing about MG amps lately. I have heard good about them, but only a few times have they been talked about here.

Captaincranky
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Quote by randomguy2000
thanks- i will try it out
See if you can sample a Yamaha FG-700 while you're at it. They're 200 bucks stateside, don't know about across the pond. The FG-700 is solid top as well.

BTW, (to whom it may concern), I have a "Sonoran", and it sounds pretty good. The Fishman electronics are a little hard on batteries. I have other guitars with full L.R.Baggs kit, and a couple with proprietary Ibanez electronics, (but with only the Fishman piezo pickup), all of which I like more than straight Fishman.
randomguy2000
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#8
will do- cheers. I was looking at them- how do they compare to washburn's solid top offerings in the same price range? the wd10sce namely?
Quote by kangaxxter
Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

(Anything I missed?)



Quote by Robbgnarly
I have been hearing about MG amps lately. I have heard good about them, but only a few times have they been talked about here.

g1jammer
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Quote by Captaincranky
See if you can sample a Yamaha FG-700 while you're at it. They're 200 bucks stateside, don't know about across the pond. The FG-700 is solid top as well.


FG 700s are about £180 over here but if you check on ebay you should be able to find one at a lower price if you wait - I picked up one with a soft case for £95 as a present for some one recently and was pleasant to play so would second CaptCranky
randomguy2000
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#10
thanks man
Quote by kangaxxter
Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

(Anything I missed?)



Quote by Robbgnarly
I have been hearing about MG amps lately. I have heard good about them, but only a few times have they been talked about here.

randomguy2000
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#11
anyone?
Quote by kangaxxter
Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

(Anything I missed?)



Quote by Robbgnarly
I have been hearing about MG amps lately. I have heard good about them, but only a few times have they been talked about here.

Captaincranky
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#12
Quote by randomguy2000
anyone?
This forum isn't really very high traffic. So probably most of those who will check in, have checked in.

Don't take it personally...

Too many suggestions could work against you if you're on a timetable, could they not?

Most often the choices come down to a low end Yamaha, or a Seagull S-6 in the next up budget tier. These get recommended because the people who buy them, come back and say they are thrilled with them.

We have a, "which acoustic to buy" sticky. But some of what's on there is above your price range, and a fair amount may be discontinued.

These threads do atrack a fair amount od posters who would like you to buy exactly the same guitar they have. This could be for several reasons. They are thrilled, (justifiably), with their purchase, they aren't happy with their purchase and misery loves company, or, they simply don't know any better, and are steering you wrong without malice.
Last edited by Captaincranky at Nov 2, 2013,
lilianjie
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#13
These discussions do atrack RS Gold a reasonable quantity od paper prints who would like you to buy exactly the same instrument they have. This could be for
Diablo 3 Gold several factors. They are excited, (justifiably), with their buy, they aren't satisfied with their buy and agony likes Guild Wars 2 Gold organization, or, they basically don't know any better, and are guiding you incorrect without malice.
randomguy2000
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#14
ok.
Quote by kangaxxter
Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

(Anything I missed?)



Quote by Robbgnarly
I have been hearing about MG amps lately. I have heard good about them, but only a few times have they been talked about here.