#1
So I've pretty much narrowed my search down to 3 guitars in my price range.

Guild: Guild D-140CE
http://www.thomann.de/ie/guild_d_140ce_nat_westerly.htm

D'Angelico Lexington Dreadnought:
http://www.thomann.de/ie/dangelico_lexington_dreadnought_vsb.htm

Martin DCPA5:
https://new.andertons.co.uk/p/DCPA5M/electro-acoustic-guitars/martin-performing-artist-dcpa5

Right now I'm leaning more towards the D'Angelico, as I prefer non-cutaways and it also comes with a hard case. But there's very little demo material of it online.


If anyone has any experience with any of these, please let me know your opinion! or fire away with any other guitar suggestions for dreadnoughts with electronics in the €700 - €1000 margin.

I'm just looking for a nice all round acoustic for strumming chords and a bit of finger picking.

As I am not anywhere near a semi-decent music shop, Thomann and some UK online stores are kinda my only option, at least with Thomann, I can send it back within 30 days if it's not for me.

Thanks in advance!
Last edited by gurg06 at Jun 8, 2016,
#4
if it were me, i'd go for the guild. i like the guild tone, and i really like their dreads. while i'm not a huge fan of polyfoam cases, they're still a lot harder and more protective than a gigbag and possibly better for shock protection than a hardshell case. if you don't want a cutaway, what about this guild? http://www.thomann.de/ie/guild_d_140_nat_westerly.htm
i also really like the tone of their all mahogany dread http://www.thomann.de/ie/guild_d_120_nat_westerly.htm

the martin has martin's HPL back and sides - which is pressed particle board. it's very plain in persona, too. go with an all solid guitar - they're more resonant.

i haven't played a d'angelico dread at all, and considering i live by 7 guitar centers, 3 sam ash stores, several large indie stores and i play at all of them, it makes me wonder about their distribution. personally i prefer to go with a guitar i can either try in person or at least with a brand i have tried in person. ***EDIT*** as my husband just pointed out to me, d'angelico has been around for years making archtops, but i've never seen a regular acoustic from them. me, i'd stick with a company with more experience with acoustics but you may feel differently.

i wouldn't buy a guitar based on it coming with a hardshell case nor on whether or not it had a cutaway, which may become useful to you in the future.
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Last edited by patticake at Jun 9, 2016,
#5
HPL isn't particle board, i's the same stuff as Laminex/Formica. - Natural fibres (not particles!!) bonded with resin. I've nothing against synthetics in musical instrument construction, but I'm not wild about the way Martin use it. Apart from anything else I wish they would make it look synthetic instead like faux wood - not very good faux wood at that, as you say.
#6
that's a better description, yes, but imo i'd rather have regular laminate than HPL. for one thing, HPL has a paperlike cover with a wood print over it, for another thing, i hear from several luthiers that in case of a crack or whack, HPL is very difficult to fix compared to regular laminate guitars. and like any laminate guitar, it's not as resonant as solid wood.

and since the OP's budget will stretch to all solid guitars, there's no reason to get laminate.


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HPL isn't particle board, i's the same stuff as Laminex/Formica. - Natural fibres (not particles!!) bonded with resin. I've nothing against synthetics in musical instrument construction, but I'm not wild about the way Martin use it. Apart from anything else I wish they would make it look synthetic instead like faux wood - not very good faux wood at that, as you say.
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#8
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Yeah, I'm with you on all that, except I'm not against laminate (ie plywood) either in the lower price ranges. I'm sure I've mentioned before that my favourite for fingerpicking is all-laminate, being a Maton, not particularly cheap though.


i'm not against all laminate guitars. i think the seagull original S6 is an awesome guitar, head and shoulders above most solid tops and i like the yamaha F and FG series for those on a budget of $150 to $300.

but at the original poster's budget, he doesn't need to go with a lam B&S guitar, and guilds are nice instruments. i've owned a couple, and the only reason i don't still have them is i prefer a wider nut. otherwise i'd still be strumming away on them.
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#9
Thanks for the responses everyone! Ended up going for the Guild! The D'Angelico just looked a little too fancy for me in the end, with all of its inlays and fancy headstock. The few sound demos I found weren't all that great either.

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if you don't want a cutaway, what about this guild? http://www.thomann.de/ie/guild_d_140_nat_westerly.htm
i also really like the tone of their all mahogany dread http://www.thomann.de/ie/guild_d_120_nat_westerly.htm



As this will be a gigging guitar, unfortunately these don't have pickups/electronics in them. It seems Guild have two versions of a few models, one with, and without a cutaway. The cutaway versions have the electronics in them.
#10
congratulations!

you could have added electronics, but getting them built in is certainly easiest. let us know what you think of it when it gets to you
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