#1
Hey, everyone, I am looking for a new acoustic, I broke my entry-level alvarez the other day, and am looking for some guidance. My max would be around 500 dollars. I am hoping to find something solid rather than HPL. Any suggestions? I was looking at some open-box martins, or used Taylors, though they're more in the 700 range.

I'm heading down to guitar center Monday to play some, so in the meantime give me ideas! THanks!
#2
I'm enjoying Recording King guitars - great sound and playability and I'm impressed with their quality and reasonable prices. They also do some unusual styles - makes a change.

I think GC stock a few models so they might be worth a look.

And I've heard good words about Blueridge but I've never played one - not common here in the UK - so I can't give an opinion.
#3
Are you partial to a particular shape or soundboard wood? Is it for home or performance? Do you need electronics? Fingerpicking more or strumming more?
#4
Strumming, picking, but I use a pick, home, mahogany, and I don't really want pick ups, if I can find a better quality instrument without them.
#5
I would second Recording King. They have a good reputation, others are Yamaha and LaSiDo (Seagull, Norman, A&L, La Patrie). There are a lot of good Chinese-made guitars out there these days, you just have to find one that appeals to you and has a decent neck angle - that is, plenty of saddle left showing after it has been set up to your liking.
#9
The HPL is a synthetic made from natural fibres mixed with resin, very similar to Formica/Laminex and the Richlite used for fingerboards. Some Martins are made from it, but all the Mexi-made Taylors are timber laminate, AFAIK. I don't know whether the timber laminate Martins are Mexi or US made, or both.

FWIW, I've got nothing against laminate b&s, and my favourite for fingerpicking also has a laminate top. Ya gotta trust your ears.
#10
@OP: I'd recommend a used Taylor if you can find one. I see 110s and 114s listed occasionally for $400 or so on Craigslist, and those are great guitars. If you want to go new the best you can get for under $500 is the Taylor BigBaby, in my opinion. It's 15/16 scale, so it's pretty much a regular dreadnaught (unlike the 3/4 scale Baby). I see BigBabies going for $200 or so on Craigslist frequently. You really can't go wrong with Taylor, they make great stuff.

Spoil yourself a little, get a Taylor.
Last edited by TobusRex at Apr 18, 2016,
#11
Quote by LostThinker
For American made, will I have to buy an expensive tayler or martin?


Probably. And what will you gain . . . . ?
#12
The satisfaction from not purchasing a guitar that has had the work outsourced--nothing more.
#13
Quote by LostThinker
The satisfaction from not purchasing a guitar that has had the work outsourced--nothing more.
Start saving your pennies. Principles cost money, how righteous do you want to be?
#14
Quote by Captaincranky
Start saving your pennies. Principles cost money, how righteous do you want to be?


Not righteous. I played a drs1 mahogany dreadnought, and bought it...
#15
Quote by LostThinker
Not righteous. I played a drs1 mahogany dreadnought, and bought it...
So we're leaving here and going to your "happy new guitar day thread" now?
Last edited by Captaincranky at Apr 22, 2016,
#16
Quote by LostThinker
Not righteous. I played a drs1 mahogany dreadnought, and bought it...


Hahaha...so much for that $500 limit!!

Been there before bro Went into a store to shop awhile back and ended up walking out with a carbon fiber guitar that cost twice as much as I'd intended spending

Congrats!