#1
Evening People!

I'm looking for a new guitar, as I'm moving abroad, and I'd like to treat my self to a something special.

I'm going to be using Thomann.de, as I find their service to be top notch! Anyways, I've been looking at these brands and models;

Guild:
http://www.thomann.de/dk/guild_d_140_nat_westerly.htm?ref=search_rslt_Guild_362261
http://www.thomann.de/dk/guild_d_140_sb_westerly.htm?ref=search_rslt_Guild_362259

Ovation:
http://www.thomann.de/dk/ovation_1778tx_5_elite_t_black.htm
http://www.thomann.de/dk/ovation_2078t5.htm
http://www.thomann.de/dk/ovation_2771ax5m_standard_balladeer.htm
http://www.thomann.de/dk/ovation_2078kk_5s_kaki_king_elite.htm?ref=search_rslt_Ovation+Kaki+King_384507_0

PRS:
http://www.thomann.de/dk/prs_se_a20e.htm
http://www.thomann.de/dk/prs_se_alex_lifeson_thinline_nat.htm

These are the ones I've been looking at. Sadly, I can only get one.
By looking at how they are build, which one could you guys recommend? Also! If you have your own suggestions, please let me know, I'd be very grateful!
#3
i'd go with one of the guilds. unlike the taylor 100 series, they're all solid wood. i've owned a couple guilds before the westerly series when their pacrim guitars were still the GAD series, and they're definitely nice guitars. i've tried some westerly models in stores, and i was quite happy with them.
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#4
^^^The reason I like Taylor is the bolt-on shim-resettable neck that can be reset for small $. This means that if the guitar you get has a low neck angle and the geometry deteriorates over time, it is easy to fix it. OTOH, a traditional neck reset, even if possible on those makes, would cost about $500, not cost-effective.

I think solid wood b&s is a non-issue, at least in that price range. In Taylor, I have consistently preferred the 100 and 200 series, which are laminated b&s., and the less expensive laminated Matons are often sound better to my ear than the more expensive solid ones. My favourite for fingerpicking is a an all-laminate M-300.
#5
that's a good point, but we've had dreads in our house for over 20 years that have never needed a neck reset.

but i find the guild dreads sound more resonant and nicer than the taylor, and i actually like the taylor. i just like the sound of the guilds more.
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#6
OK, I admit I'm not a big fan of the Taylor sound either, but I keep pushing this design thing in the hope that some smart Chinese guitar entrepreneur will take it up. If I had to buy by mail order it would still be my first choice though. - I'd rather have the devil I know than one I don't!

I haven't had a chance to play a Guild for many years, so I'm out of touch. I'm not surprised that you like them better than Taylors though. Another thing is that fantastic-sounding guitars turn up where you would least expect, it has happened to me a couple of times recently. - An old Washburn D10 and a maple-laminate dread in my mate's new "Outback" importer brand. - But you have to go out and find them, mail order is a chancy business in that respect.
#7
True about great guitars popping up unexpectedly. I played a humble Epiphone PR-150 last weekend that blew guitars many times more expensive out of the water. Sounded great, was setup perfectly and played very well. If I didn't already have a better dread I'd have walked out with it, and damn near bought it anyway I liked it so much.
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#8
actually i don't like them better than all taylors. i love the taylor GC8 and there was an all mahogany taylor GC at GC (grin) that i would have brought home in a heartbeat if we didn't now have a mortgage. i can't remember the name or series, but the maple b&s taylors are sweet as are the koa models.

for that matter, i like the 100 series, although i'm partial to the 114 more than the dread, but guilds are a cut above them imo.

so, Gingerlocks - did you order something?
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#10
of the guitars on your list, I've owned the Ovation 1778 and 2078 T's. loved the playabilty of both but I liked the 2078 much better when playing unplugged. it's contoured back is liked by many over the rounded back of the 1778. I honestly had no issues that many complain about... they slide off your lap easier than a traditional flat-backer. both utilize the same 1 11/16" neck which is very electric guitar feeling. so easy to play. both are much more resistant to humidity issues that my wood guitars are likely to have. and the cases that come with them are strong as hell and fit the guitars as well as my Taylor cases do.... like a glove. I haven't tried any of the others so I can only help with the O's. I hope it helps
need more gear and a lot more talent(courtesytuxs)
#11
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so, Gingerlocks - did you order something?


Nothing yet. Still thinking about it! So many good guitars out there!
#13
I have found a guitar. You might shake you heads... I drove 4 hours to get to a guitar shop. Played several guitars. Taylor 100 series, Martin DX, and a few Takamines. I then came across a Fender Hellcat. I felt a connection straight away... I feel as if it was the guitar for me! So now. It's mine
#14
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I have found a guitar. You might shake you heads... I drove 4 hours to get to a guitar shop. Played several guitars. Taylor 100 series, Martin DX, and a few Takamines. I then came across a Fender Hellcat. I felt a connection straight away... I feel as if it was the guitar for me! So now. It's mine


Excellent! If that's the 1 you liked, then you made the right choice. Congrats!
#15
nice guitar for the money Gingey ! I got one for my nephew a few christmas' ago. liked it so much, I picked myself up one too.
need more gear and a lot more talent(courtesytuxs)
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Quote by Gingerlocks
I have found a guitar. You might shake you heads... I drove 4 hours to get to a guitar shop. Played several guitars. Taylor 100 series, Martin DX, and a few Takamines. I then came across a Fender Hellcat. I felt a connection straight away... I feel as if it was the guitar for me! So now. It's mine



Congrats! It's always nice to feel an immediate connection to an instrument. It reminds me, a little, of "wanding" in the Harry Potter books
#20
i also do like my cheap epiphone, but i fell in love getting Hand on a 200er taylor