#1
Used or new, doesn't matter.

Please share your thoughts on what you'd buy if it were your only guitar
Last edited by kaylaswasted at Jan 24, 2014,
#2
there are still too many variables to whittle it down to but a few choices.
do you like smaller or larger bodied guitars?
do you mainly play fingerstyle or do you do a lot of strumming?
do you like bright or bassy sounding guitars?
if it were me(actually, i just ordered it) i would choose Taylor's new 324 mohogany top guitar.
it doesn't have the electronics( can be installed later) or cutaway( it'd be pretty tough to add later) but i have others that have those. if you are diligent, you can find a dealer that will sell it for about what your budget is- if not, PM me.
we here cannot possibly help you choose one until you narrow the paramaters a bit.
need more gear and a lot more talent(courtesytuxs)
#3
> do you like smaller or larger bodied guitars?

no preference, as long as it's easy to play & sounds good

> do you mainly play fingerstyle or do you do a lot of strumming?

mostly strumming but some fingerstyle

> do you like bright or bassy sounding guitars?

just a rich, melodic tone

> if it were me(actually, i just ordered it) i would choose Taylor's new 324 mohogany top guitar. it doesn't have the electronics( can be installed later)

I'd rather this have electronics and built-in tuner

> or cutaway

i want a cutaway so I can attempt higher lead parts occasionally
#4
I have an Epiphone Masterbilt check them out which I love around 650 I believe solid back and sides sitka spruce top. Really neat pickup system (one at neck and other under the bridge) and a built in tuner.
#5
nice response !
so a smaller GC or 00 sized guitar is out. they won't project or take strumming like you want.
yamaha's AC1R(or the A3R or the M series 'hog guitars), Taylor's 114ce or 214ce...even their fantastic GS mini( but no cutaway).
Fender's Tim Armstrong deluxe, Ovation's 1778 series( i think the 1778 tx-5gsm looks cool as hell) the Epi Masterbilt DR500m as stated above, Martin's DRS1,
Guild D150se.
there are so many ! do you have a decent, well stocked shop near you?
most here will tell you to buy whatever guitar they just bought( to help them self-justify their purchase) i find.
need more gear and a lot more talent(courtesytuxs)
#6
Thanks stepchild -

What about a Seagull? See no mention of that brand yet, and that Rustic Cutaway for around $500 seems to sell big and have great reviews. I wish i had a good music shop closer, but you also know that from one acoustic to the next there can be some variation...
#7
that rustic is a good choice ! i just couldnt possibly name all the good choices.
i dont live near a good shop either... i feel your pain.
truthfully, it's been my experience that just about any guitar can be made to sound better with a decent set of strings and sometimes a good saddle along with a good setup... therein lies that problem of not having a good shop close by, no good setup available.
need more gear and a lot more talent(courtesytuxs)
#8
best sounding acoustics on the market today are the Taylors. Including the non solid wood models. the necks are easily fixed if you buy a used one. bolt on. i dont like their expression system. i install k&k's. then use a nice uncolored boost.