#1
Can anyone suggest models to look in to? I want something that I won't have to replace too quickly and that will last me for some years to come.
#4
Just about anything new with an onboard tuner. Guitars have gotten better and less expensive with the advances in cheap electronics. Buy from a music store that has someone who can do periodic setups and adjustments. Don't buy used until you have some experience with guitars and never buy a cheap guitar from a department store Good luck
#5
Check out a Fender CD 140SCE. Fantastic guitar. Excellent price. I've used mine from the beginning and I still love it. It has great reviews also.
#8
The Alvarez AD60 is a fantastic acoustic. Reasonably priced and sounds great. Good quality too. Check them out
#9
I can't say anything about the brands that I don't have experience with, but if you're looking for good quality at a good price; you should definitely give Yamaha a look.

I've been playing almost a year so I'm not the most experienced. I own 4 acoustics, Yamaha A1R, Seagull SWS, IbanezAE30F and Washburn WD7s. Out of those 4 I found 2 keepers- the Yamaha and the Seagull; both excellent (although the seagull needed some adjustment). The Ibanez I like for the playability(feel of the fretboard) and looks but the sound is rather thin and tinny, but it is a thin-line guitar. The Washburn is the prettiest guitar I own but I can't say too much good about it after that. It seems they put more effort into appearance and less into the important stuff like the fretboard- buzzing frets and dead frets everywhere.
#10
Quote by rohash
I can't say anything about the brands that I don't have experience with, but if you're looking for good quality at a good price; you should definitely give Yamaha a look.

I've been playing almost a year so I'm not the most experienced. I own 4 acoustics, Yamaha A1R, Seagull SWS, IbanezAE30F and Washburn WD7s. Out of those 4 I found 2 keepers- the Yamaha and the Seagull; both excellent (although the seagull needed some adjustment). The Ibanez I like for the playability(feel of the fretboard) and looks but the sound is rather thin and tinny, but it is a thin-line guitar. The Washburn is the prettiest guitar I own but I can't say too much good about it after that. It seems they put more effort into appearance and less into the important stuff like the fretboard- buzzing frets and dead frets everywhere.


Did you try the guitars before you bought? I have no well-stocked retailers nearby. My closest one specialises in electrics.
#11
Quote by u6s68
Did you try the guitars before you bought? I have no well-stocked retailers nearby. My closest one specialises in electrics.


It's always a good idea to try out a guitar before you buy it. Different body shapes and sizes, different neck widths and profiles, different woods, etc: all these things influence how a guitar plays and sounds and it's well worth trying out quite a few guitars before you buy - even if it means travelling a bit.

These days there are many very good quality guitars available at reasonable prices. They are mostly made in the PacRim countries but are none the worse for that. For good quality, well made instruments I would recommend: Cort, Crafter, LAG, Recording King, Tanglewood, Vintage, Yamaha. But I'm sure there are more equally good brands out there (there are some brands available in the US that you don't see here in the UK, eg. Alvarez, Blueridge, etc.).

You don't mention a budget but these days $500 - $600 gets you a very good guitar.
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#12
Quote by u6s68
Did you try the guitars before you bought? I have no well-stocked retailers nearby. My closest one specialises in electrics.


Nope, all I have nearby is a few small mom and pop stores that carry very limited stock of mostly cheap guitars. The nearest GC is 50-60 miles away. I was in the same boat as you. I went by looks and reviews and I actually thought the Washburn and Ibanez were good until I got the Yamaha. I mean they're not terrible but there's definitely a quality increase with the Yamaha and Seagull. I went with those 2 brands when I decided to upgrade based on the amount of recommendations they get from the more experienced members on here, and also because I was able to find some really good deals on lightly used (A1R and seagull SWS) after searching a while on ebay. Those guitars are higher priced models than the Washburn and Ibanez so you do get what you pay for to an extent.

It's not the way I'd recommend looking for a guitar. I should have just drove to GC and took someone experienced with me, because starting out you don't have a clue. However I hate to shop and the internet is so convenient. In the end, I wound up with 2 really nice guitars that I love and 2 that I'll probably sell. Take the buyer reviews you read with a grain of salt and put more stock in what the experienced people on here and other guitar forums recommend.
#13
i'd say seagull and yamaha make the guitars that are consistent and good quality at a reasonable price. the seagull original S6 and the yamaha FG730 would be my two pics, or the yamaha FG700 if budget won't cover those two. or if you want a 000 size, recording king, for sure. their solid tops are good, but for $400 you can get an all solid model http://elderly.com/new_instruments/names/recording-king-ro-10-%22000%22-classic-series--RO10.htm
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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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#14
I bought a fender cd 60 for 100 bucks used , seems fine i enjoy playing it...