#1
Hi,

I am currently in the market for a new acoustic guitar as I have been playing things suited for acoustic for a while on my electric which is not a very fun experience hahaa.

Anyway, I have been looking around at different guitars online and I was originally set on a Taylor 114, but many people said they were overpriced in the UK where I am so I decided not to. I was then recommended a Crafter guitar, the T035, which is only £235 and apparently similar to the taylor I wanted. So, I am not thinking I can probably get a pretty decent acoustic with the money I have, specifically a all solid body one. I just find the laminate woods to sound a bit... plasticy and flat (well, the ones I've heard anyway). I was looking at the higher end Crafters like the Pegasus but even they are made of laminate woods for the back and sides.

I play finger style mainly but also play some other stuff so want an all round acoustic.

If I could, I would get a Grand Concert or Auditorium size body, with a solid Sitka Spruce Maple top and a solid rosewood back and sides. This isn't relevant really but I would love to find a guitar with this specification in my price range

So, any recommendations?!

Thanks a lot!!
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#2
Seagull makes a couple auditoriums and folk size guitars that are decent. The yamaha LS series are good too, the LS6(laminate back and sides) would be in your price range for sure, the LS16(all solid) would be close to your price range I think, they are $700 - $750 here.

You should go out and try as many as you can. Have fun looking.
#3
That Yamaha LS16 looks very good and is in my price range! I'll have to try and find somewhere to try it.

I always forget to have fun looking! Sometimes for me the best part is looking and then I get the new thing and then I'm like 'Hmm... so what should I buy next' hahaha
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#4
Quote by UKMaster
That Yamaha LS16 looks very good and is in my price range! I'll have to try and find somewhere to try it.

I always forget to have fun looking! Sometimes for me the best part is looking and then I get the new thing and then I'm like 'Hmm... so what should I buy next' hahaha

that would be called "GAS".
when you find your new love, don't forget to post some guitar porn for the rest of us !
that LS6 is a nice guitar.
how much is that taylor 114 where you live ? here in the States they're around $600 for the 114ce. i really like the GA bodies, i have one and have another mohogany one(324ce) on order. for heavier strumming, the larger GS bodies just cant be beat. they take to harder strumming that the smaller GA's and fingerpick just as well. if that's the type of guitar you want, hold out, save a bit more and get what your heart wants. that way you wont always be thinking "this is nice but...."
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#5
The Taylor 114 standard is $795 and this is the reason I was looking for a cheaper alternative in the UK.

Yes I was wondering how much of a jump is there quality wise in prices? I don't want to spend £500 on a guitar when I could of got one miles better for say £700 or £800.

I was looking for a Grand Concert size guitar but can't seem to find many in my budget that are decent. The Grand Auditoriums look nice though and seem good for what I need and are comfortable as well

The Yamaha LS16 is $910 here by the way
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Last edited by UKMaster at Jan 22, 2014,
#6
about $750 here for the ls16. i guess we're spoiled !
the 114 or as on your other thread, the GS mini are great choices. i've seen professional musicians playing GS minis onstage. that's quite an endorsement !
i had a yamaha AC3M for a while. that's similar to what your looking at. it was a very nice sounding guitar once i found the right strings for it. i could never get rid of the bit of muddy sound out of it no matter what i did... guess my taylors spoil that ! it think comparitively mine was $540 new with case. it's the only yamaha close to your quest that i've owned and had more than just passing fingertime on.
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#7
Quote by UKMaster

I always forget to have fun looking! Sometimes for me the best part is looking and then I get the new thing and then I'm like 'Hmm... so what should I buy next' hahaha


I know, my wife has put me in a 12 step program for GAS. Apparently the kids need money for university.................and shoes..........................and they like to eat..........in a home.
#8
OK. These are a couple of your posts from the £500 thread:

"Unfortunately I have just checked most of the websites and they only stock some Crafter guitars but not the model I was looking at and nowhere stock the Yamaha's. In fact no where anywhere near me seems to stock them. Most of the guitars that interest me most are not stocked anywhere near me so I will just have to buy online and rely on heavy research and opinions and videos of them!

Also, with the nut being thinner wouldn't that have an impact on string spacing and therefore how easy finger picking is?"


So, if you cannot play the guitar before you buy and if you want an excellent quality, very well made, all-solid instrument with a wide fretboard, I would recommend Recording King.

Here is a link to their guitars:

http://www.recordingking.com/products/guitars-all-models

I bought the ROS-16 (solid top, triple 000, 12 fret-to-the body, 48mm vintage V neck) about a year ago and it's now my go-to guitar (and I have quite a lot of guitars). Remembering what you are after I would think one of the standard (not 12 fret) triple 000 would be perfect.

These are seriously good guitars for the money.
#9
Those Recording Kings definitely look very good especially for their money. You've just made my search much harder! And the ROS 16 is only £240!!

And that ROS616 all solid Mahogany one sounds really nice! I am very tempted...

How is the neck on the ROS 16? Is it a thick neck or relatively small neck?
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Last edited by UKMaster at Jan 23, 2014,
#10
Quote by UKMaster
Those Recording Kings definitely look very good especially for their money. You've just made my search much harder! And the ROS 16 is only £240!!

And that ROS616 all solid Mahogany one sounds really nice! I am very tempted...

How is the neck on the ROS 16? Is it a thick neck or relatively small neck?


The ROS-16 has a vintage V neck and it's quite chunky. Now, apart from classical guitars, I've always gone for guitars with slim necks so the RK neck seemed a bit of a challenge when I started playing it - but within 10 mins or so it was as if I'd been playing it all my life. I bought the guitar on the spot - it was one of the best sounding guitar's I've played and it was the first time I'd seen one in the UK - I was not going to miss out on what was an amazing guitar for, as you say, a very very reasonable price.

I've played a couple of others since - most models have a standard C profile neck (I think the ROS-16 is a replica of a 1902 parlour type guitar) so you should be OK if you want a slim neck - just check the specification (there is a "spec" button available on the particular guitar page). So, for example, if you look at the standard 000 models that I mentioned, the RO-310 and RO-10 are both all-solid guitars with 13/4in "C" profile necks whilst the RO-227 has a "V" profile.

And did I say that these were great guitars?
Last edited by Garthman at Jan 24, 2014,
#11
Not all solid, but the latest (German owned) Sigma guitars are getting great reviews and well under your budget. Have a mooch about the interwebs for some others opinions, I haven't yet seen a bad review. So if a Martinesque jumbo is your thing they might be worth an in hand inspection. OK so unlike a real Martin they won't mature with age, but if they sound good now and still sound good in 10 years for a real value price, what's to worry about! And you could add a fancy PU if you want to take it live all under your budget.
Last edited by ESBlonde at Jan 30, 2014,
#12
Ye I've decided I don't need it to be all solid as long as it sounds good! I saw a lot of sigma guitars that I like the look of like the 000m 15 and the 000 28VS. Which model would you suggest? Also, I can get a cuttaway Tanglewood TW170 for the same price as the Sigma 000m 15 and the Tanglewood is solid top and back and I tried it in a store the other day and liked it... I'm not sure what to do!!
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#13
Also those recording kings seem to be hard to buy here
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#14
Quote by UKMaster
Also those recording kings seem to be hard to buy here


Yes - they are only just making inroads to the UK. You might have to take a trip up to North Wales or Chester. Back Alley Music in Chester stocks quite a few different models - at least they did when I paid a visit last Autumn.

PS. You seem to be settling on the Tanglewood - and why not? - good guitars.
Last edited by Garthman at Jan 30, 2014,
#15
I did actually order one but it was out of stock and they didn't update the website... maybe someone is sending me a message hahaha :P

I will probably just order another one I have seen a couple at a cheap price which I am fairly certain I am getting. But I have just been looking at the Yamaha L series guitars again and they seem really nice, might just go crazy and get an LS16
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#16
You may want to check out Guild, The GAD series, all solid, size and budget fits and should be available in your area. great all around guitar. Various sizes and wood combos available. They're not called GAD series anymore but same guitars. For example a GAD F30 will now be F130 etc... they just put a 1 in front of the model.
#18
the top, back and sides of the body of the guitar is made from all solid wood rather than laminate (think formica, particle board or several slices glued together). all solid guitars tend to be more resonant and often are louder than their laminate counterparts.
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#20
Quote by IsotonicPies
Thanks, I know very little about guitars.

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we'll show you how to spend every last penny you earn on guitars !!!!
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#21
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#22
I bought a Sigma 000r28v in Ireland about 3 months and it is amazing for the price would have happily paid more.
I payed 470 euro..
It is awesome, i looked at Martin 000x1ae and really didnt like the feel of it sound was good but felt nothing for it to be honest.
The Sigma however is amazing value for money..

I once owned an acoustic solid top and back laminate sides but this is better believe it or not.

I have since bought a Travel Sigma called the TM12 exact copy of the Little Martin Ed Sheeran -plays for a lot less money and plays just the same, i have played both.

Think i would go with a GOOD solid top guitar rather than a Cheap All solid guitar..

Any all solid body guitar under 700-800 euro is cheap..

A good all solid would be well other the Thousand in my book...