Hi everyone, I've been playing guitar on and off for three years with a Yamaha APX500 and I'm looking to upgrade to a solid top under $1k (preferably way under, but that's like the highest I would go) with a body size similar to that of the Yamaha. I'm not that happy with my guitar's sound (it's pretty dull) and recently I've written a few songs I'd like to record and want to do that on something else.

I mainly strum (both with a pick and with my thumb) and also do a little bit of fingerpicking. I play indie, rock, punk (or at least acoustic versions of punk songs), folk, etc.

Really like the sound of the guitars played in these videos:


also these songs:

I know that the best way to pick out a guitar is to go into a guitar store and play one for myself, but a lot of stuff from online retailers is discounted today and I want to try and take advantage of that. I'm away from home until Monday and can't get to an actual guitar store today.

Thanks in advance for the help. I really appreciate it.
Last edited by carouselkings at Nov 28, 2014,
I think it's a pretty sure bet that any deals you see online today will still be the same (if not better) on Monday.

I have a Martin DX1, which has an HPL body, and rosewood neck and top. It's wonderful. You should be able to find one new for maybe five or six hundred dollars. I think the list on it is $750 or so. I wanted a really nice guitar at a reasonable price point, and it fit exactly what I was looking for. Great sound, and great construction. Sure, I would love to have an all-wood Martin, but this is my first instrument- iI only started paying a couple of years ago- and I didn't want to pay $1500-$2000.

Anyway...good luck!
Not a fan of buying an acoustic guitar online. Focus on the guitar and not the "deal". Do you want high gloss, flat finish, cedar, mahogany, spruce, low action, acoustic/electric, dreadnought, classic, jumbo???

Go play some guitars and find one you like. Seagull, Yamaha, Takamine, and Breedlove have good quality fare in this price range.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
Anything in the Taylor 100 or 200 series, eg 110, 214 that takes your fancy. I've tried about a dozen of them in the past few years. A big plus for me is their bolt-on neck, which means that there will never be any expensive-to-fix problems with low neck angle and high action. Plus they sound good and play very well if you like the big open Taylor sound.
Last edited by Tony Done at Nov 28, 2014,
I'd get something full size like a dreadnaught, grand auditorium or jumbo if you want a fuller, richer sound with more bass than your Yamaha thinline. Lots of great guitars you can get under a grand. Seagull and of course Yamaha are 2 brands worth looking at. Do you want an acoustic-electric or acoustic only? All solid or just solid top? Cutout? Darker or brighter tone?There are at least 3 companies I know that make an all solid wood guitar for under $1000; the Yamaha A3-series, Seagull solid wood series and Recording King. I own a Yamaha A1R and a Seagull SWS and they are both awesome.
Last edited by rohash at Nov 28, 2014,