#1
I'm looking to purchase an acoustic guitar with certain characteristics, however I don't know what brand in particular I should be looking for so I requires some assistance. I've been practising on an unplugged cheap Epiphone Les Paul for over two years at this point and since I've started playing significantly more as of late I've realized that the guitar is holding me back for several reasons. First of all, the body of the guitar gets in the way of my left hand when I play notes on frets 20-22 and this is my primary concern. Thus I want the acoustic guitar that I'm looking for to be such that the body does not cause such a problem to the extent of my Les Paul. Since I've practised on an electric guitar, I would like the neck of the guitar that I am looking for me be such that the distance in-between one string to another or between the strings and the fretboard to be the same so that I can continue soloing. In order for the guitar to be played comfortably I want it to be quite slim, yet again to resemble that of which I'm used to. My budget is approximately $1000. I could a couple of multiples of $100 above that should I find an exceptional beauty but preferably I'd like to purchase a guitar that is not absurdly expensive since I certainly am not in a position to do such a thing. What brands in perticular sell these kinds of guitars? Some links or names of brands and guitars would be greatly appreciated.
#3
Get a Taylor Big Baby. You can find them used on Craigslist for $225-250. They're great. They handle like 110's, with a great neck. It's 15/16 scale, so it's essentially a slightly smaller Dreadnaught. They sound nice and bright, which is good for fingerpicking, bluegrass, anything where you need to stand out. Light guitars too...so no back strain. I've seen reviews on the internet on legit sites that claim the TBB is as good, or better, than most guitars at $1,000. And I believe it. The TBB blew away every guitar in GuitarCenter, except for the Taylor 110, and that includes an old Gibson J-45. Well, the J-45 sounded better, but the TBB played just as well. Maybe even better.

The GS-Mini is a fantastic guitar also, but it's shortscale. I think it's similar to the TBB in sound/feel, but it's more expensive. They have Mini's with a beautiful KOA top.

Ovation has long been famous for their "electric-like" necks. I despise the bowls on them, but they play very well if you can keep them from sliding off your lap. Yamaha makes the APX-500, a small body guitar. It plays wonderfully, but has a "smaller" sound. Some people hate them...I like them.

If you really want a great slim neck.....get a Composite Acoustics Cargo. It's a shortscale guitar and I love mine. There is NO HEEL at all at the neck. NONE. The 20th fret is just as playable as the 1st. They get away with that because carbon fiber is much stronger than wood, and the guitar is essentially all one piece. You can get the acoustic only, last I checked, for about $900, and the acoustic electric for $1400. It's pricey, but I'm pretty cheap generally and I don't regret for a minute buying mine.
#5
I don't know of any true acoustic guitars that have great access to the 20-22 frets. Most don't even have 22 frets.

I gig often and play a lot of solo work but mostly just ignore everything above the 15th fret because it doesn't suit acoustic guitar very well.

Two choices:

* Get an SG with a full access fretboard and add an acoustic PU to get a more organic quasi-acoustic tone.

* Forget all that electric 22 fret solo nonsense and learn to rip like these guys:
"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
Last edited by Cajundaddy at Feb 2, 2017,
#6
Perhaps I should opt to purchase an electric guitar instead and play with a very clean sound. I don't know how far $1000 will get me in that case though.
#9
A nice used Gibson SG and this pedal is probably as close as you will get to your dream rig.
"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
#12
I had no idea pedals could do such a thing. Thank you very much guys. I though they were used to make whacky whhooooom whiiiwhiiwhiiii whaaaaw kind of sounds only.
#13
Quote by davidmanolis
I had no idea pedals could do such a thing. Thank you very much guys. I though they were used to make whacky whhooooom whiiiwhiiwhiiii whaaaaw kind of sounds only.
Enlighten yourself, take the time to follow these links to Electro Harmoxix' synthesizer pedals. They are expensive, but will work with standard pickups, either electric or acoustic/electric.

There are demo videos for each pedal. Kick back and be amazed:

The legendary "Mellotron": http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/electro-harmonix-mel9-tape-replay-machine-guitar-effects-pedal

Nine organs: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/electro-harmonix-b9-organ-machine-guitar-effects-pedal

Nine more organs: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/electro-harmonix-c9-organ-machine-guitar-effects-pedal

Nine pianos: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/electro-harmonix-key9-electric-piano-machine-guitar-pedal

And last but not least, programmable sitar synth: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/electro-harmonix-the-ravish-sitar-synthesizer-guitar-effects-pedal

Indulge me, I guarantee you'll be astounded..
#14
Quote by davidmanolis
Perhaps I should opt to purchase an electric guitar instead and play with a very clean sound. I don't know how far $1000 will get me in that case though.

It will get you further then you think, if you are looking at a Gibson look at the Epiphone verison and you will be surprised. Check out PRS as well.
"Music became a healer for me. And I learned to listen with all my being. I found that it could wipe away all the emotions of fear and confusion relating to my family." Eric Clapton
#15
Sorry for the double post but I had an idea this morning. Try semi hollow Electrics, they can play acoustic. Look for Gibson Es 335 acoustic on youtube. A semi hollow maybe your answer.
"Music became a healer for me. And I learned to listen with all my being. I found that it could wipe away all the emotions of fear and confusion relating to my family." Eric Clapton
#16
Quote by Blackwaterson89
Sorry for the double post but I had an idea this morning. Try semi hollow Electrics, they can play acoustic. Look for Gibson Es 335 acoustic on youtube. A semi hollow maybe your answer.


You mean an idea that you stole from me in the "which guitar" thread when I responded to this dude?
My God, it's full of stars!
#17
Ah Dread I'm sorry I didnt see it.
"Music became a healer for me. And I learned to listen with all my being. I found that it could wipe away all the emotions of fear and confusion relating to my family." Eric Clapton
#18
I Do believe that the Guild "Starfire series, as well as the Gretsch "Country Gentleman" as well as others in the Gretsch line up DON''T have the full length tone block of the Gibson 335. These are perhaps what might be called, "more acoustic semi acoustics", and probably worth a listen if you're going to move straight over from a true acoustic.

Epiphone has the "Casino", a slim full hollow electric made famous by John Lennon. It's also worth a listen, particularly if you on a budget. (And hey, who isn't)?
#19
Quote by davidmanolis
Perhaps I should opt to purchase an electric guitar instead and play with a very clean sound. I don't know how far $1000 will get me in that case though.


No way man. Fingerpicking is where it's at! Check it out..

I've heard Epiphone Dot and Casino are pretty good, but no personal experience with them. My experience with hollow body electrics (I owned a knockoff ES-335, but it was some crazy off brand, not Epiphone) was they are weak as hell acoustically. I'd rather just get an acoustic with a pickup.