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#81
Quote by horn82y
the breedlove or the washburn..... and if its the breedlove, i absolutly love it, i just have the urge to buy a new guitar....but i know i dont need one


i was talking about the breedlove... i absolutely love that guitar
#82
I picked up my FG730S today from the store and my god this is a beautiful guitar. It sounds awesome. The factory setup was perfect, but I put some Elixir Nanoweb Extra Lights (.10-.47, cost 26? :O) on it, so now it buzzes a little around the first five frets if I strum hard. The original strings were .11s or .12s.

I'm very happy with this guitar. I almost bought an Ibanez E/A but thanks to this thread I changed my mind and got something much better.
#83
I dunno about your opinions about Epi acoustics but i find they all have an exceptional feel and tone. My uncle has an older washburn acoustic electric and i find it sounds great too, but the action is a tad on the high side...nothing a little sandpaper can't fix.
#84
fender dg-20ce

its acoustic/electric. but nothing really ever compares with fenders . 259.99 too.
#85
Quote by s0c13tysuckz
fender dg-20ce

its acoustic/electric. but nothing really ever compares with fenders . 259.99 too.



Please put down whatever you've been smoking. Or injecting. Or snorting. Or imbibing. At this point, we would like you to go pick up ANY of the guitars listed at the top of this page and compare it with your Fender. If you really think it sounds better, then a guitar that is more then $200 is a waste on you.

Gear:
Partscaster/Tele into a bunch of pedals, a Maz 18 head, and a Z Best cab.
#86
^^Ditto. Fender knows electrics but when it comes to acoustics I would rather leave it up to a company that has been making them for years and has put everything into making a great sounding guitar.
#89
Rogue Herringbone Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

$129.99 @ Musician's Friend [house brand, made in China]

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rogue-Herringbone-Dreadnought-Cutaway-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=519293

Here's some sound clips so you can get an idea of what it sounds like [hosted on FileFactory, you'll have to wait a few seconds for the download]. Yeah, the playing and quality of the recording is not exactly the best but thought you should get a rough idea at least.

Clip 1
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If nothing else, look @ the ratings on the site. For my money , it has to be the best bang for the buck I've ever gotten. Personally, I feel I got my money's worth. Granted, this thing was made in China, but it's got active Fishman Electronics [Classic 4, same stuff they use in the cheaper Martin A/Es IIRC], Martin strings [medium, .13-.60], spruce top, & mahogany back & sides. Also, the nut and saddle feel as if they're bone, but I don't know if it's just some material that's been treated to feel like bone, or geniune bone.

Just a suggestion, anyway.
#90
Wow, I havnt been here in a while...so I'll just get to the piont of what I was going to ask.

First of all, I am new at guitar..pretty much, I have been playing for about a year and a half...and I wanted to buy a better acoustic. So a pawn shop opened up and they have a guitar in the window. Its a Fender San Marino, it comes with a case, and the clerk s offering 175 for it....it has one little crack in the back, and thats it.

And yes, I know you guys are probably getting ready to tell me fender acoustics suck and what not, and that I shouldnt be looking at pawn shops for a guitar,but I just really wondered if it was a good deal or not...and thats really it...

thanks in advance to those who help me out
#91
Eh, get a friend or relative or whatever who's been playing a for bit [maybe a few years?] and get their opinon on it.

Better yet, bring a few friends and get a number of opinions on it.
#92
Quote by Hawaiiguy
Takamine G340SC

Does anyone have experience with this guitar?

$250.....

http://www.americanmusical.com/item--i-TAK-G340SC-NT.html



Not a solid top, not worth the $, get a solid top acoustic and mic the guitar = much better sound.


Rogue Herringbone Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

$129.99 @ Musician's Friend [house brand, made in China]

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rogue-Herringbone-Dreadnought-Cutaway-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=519293

Here's some sound clips so you can get an idea of what it sounds like [hosted on FileFactory, you'll have to wait a few seconds for the download]. Yeah, the playing and quality of the recording is not exactly the best but thought you should get a rough idea at least.

Clip 1
Clip 2
Clip 3

If nothing else, look @ the ratings on the site. For my money , it has to be the best bang for the buck I've ever gotten. Personally, I feel I got my money's worth. Granted, this thing was made in China, but it's got active Fishman Electronics [Classic 4, same stuff they use in the cheaper Martin A/Es IIRC], Martin strings [medium, .13-.60], spruce top, & mahogany back & sides. Also, the nut and saddle feel as if they're bone, but I don't know if it's just some material that's been treated to feel like bone, or geniune bone.

Just a suggestion, anyway.

Its a cheap guitar and if u desperately want an AE for cheap, then sure go for it.. but it definately is not a contender for "best" guitar.


Wow, I havnt been here in a while...so I'll just get to the piont of what I was going to ask.

First of all, I am new at guitar..pretty much, I have been playing for about a year and a half...and I wanted to buy a better acoustic. So a pawn shop opened up and they have a guitar in the window. Its a Fender San Marino, it comes with a case, and the clerk s offering 175 for it....it has one little crack in the back, and thats it.

And yes, I know you guys are probably getting ready to tell me fender acoustics suck and what not, and that I shouldnt be looking at pawn shops for a guitar,but I just really wondered if it was a good deal or not...and thats really it...

thanks in advance to those who help me out

Think about it, u know Fender already makes ****ty acoustics when compared to the competition in its price range.. and ur willing to settle for one with a crack in the back?? Cmon man, ur better off ebaying.
Last edited by fsb_ben at May 28, 2006,
#93
Quote by fsb_ben
Not a solid top, not worth the $, get a solid top acoustic and mic the guitar = much better sound.
Ben, thanks for your input, but the ads say that it has a "solid spruce top."

#94
Quote by fsb_ben
Not a solid top, not worth the $, get a solid top acoustic and mic the guitar = much better sound.


Its a cheap guitar and if u desperately want an AE for cheap, then sure go for it.. but it definately is not a contender for "best" guitar.


Think about it, u know Fender already makes ****ty acoustics when compared to the competition in its price range.. and ur willing to settle for one with a crack in the back?? Cmon man, ur better off ebaying.


What? This was a best guitar thread?

****, my bad. I thought it was more of a 'what guitars are decent for under 300' kinda thing. Must've missed it.

Thanks for pointing it out though
#95
Quote by Hawaiiguy
Ben, thanks for your input, but the ads say that it has a "solid spruce top."



LOL sorry. I browsed REALLY quick. Well at least its gotta solid top! Now u just gotta play that guitar along with some other ones to decide if u like the sound. Check for resonance.. bass etc. If it sounds "tinny", thats not a good sign :-)
#96
As for the Ibanez AW40, it's nice but...

I went to Guitar Center to check it out and I saw one that looked similair. You guys should check out the Fender DG100. It's like the Ibanez but it seems to have a fuller sound and better tuners. It doesn't have the vine inlay, though. The clerk said they were made in the same factory.

I would suggest it, I saw it there for $299.
#97
Quote by JGamble
As for the Ibanez AW40, it's nice but...

I went to Guitar Center to check it out and I saw one that looked similair. You guys should check out the Fender DG100. It's like the Ibanez but it seems to have a fuller sound and better tuners. It doesn't have the vine inlay, though. The clerk said they were made in the same factory.

I would suggest it, I saw it there for $299.


imo, they should shut that factory down
#98
Quote by jimtaka
imo, they should shut that factory down


Maybe, but it seemed like a decent guitar for the money though. Even though you may only be able to get one at GC or used online somewhere. But I know not everyone likes Fender acoustics, just thought I'd add this as being a one up on the AW40 IMO.
#99
Tanglewood TW28-STUA-CE anyone? What's it like? It's the one I'm looking at buying (lefty), and it's solid spruce top, sounded good in the shop etc, only £229.

Can anyone suggest anything similar? I like the cutaway and I'm left handed, which limits my options.
#100
Quote by JGamble
Maybe, but it seemed like a decent guitar for the money though. Even though you may only be able to get one at GC or used online somewhere. But I know not everyone likes Fender acoustics, just thought I'd add this as being a one up on the AW40 IMO.


haha, i was just kidding around man. i have played a few fender and ibanez acoustics that sounded pretty decent and maybe even one or two that sounded pretty good. everybody has different tastes
#101
Quote by gregorisgod
Tanglewood TW28-STUA-CE anyone? What's it like? It's the one I'm looking at buying (lefty), and it's solid spruce top, sounded good in the shop etc, only £229.

Can anyone suggest anything similar? I like the cutaway and I'm left handed, which limits my options.


try a TURNER, www.turnerguitars.com, i picked 1 up for £279, there good value
#102
Quote by gregorisgod
Tanglewood TW28-STUA-CE anyone? What's it like? It's the one I'm looking at buying (lefty), and it's solid spruce top, sounded good in the shop etc, only £229.

Can anyone suggest anything similar? I like the cutaway and I'm left handed, which limits my options.


I tried a Fender DG5 earlier and it was okayish. then i went to another shop and picked up a tanglewood TW15 something. it was so much nicer, although i did notice the neck was alot heavier than the body.

I'm thinking of the tanglewood for £150 plus i'll ask the shop assistant to chuck in a gig bag and a tuner if i can get away with it.
HUH?????....WHA????????
#103
My instructor keeps pushing for me to buy the Art Lutherie guitars and I played his and its ok however I fell for the epiphone humming bird and the a200-s but I have 6 mos in this with aburning passion to play and I am currently using an electric like acoustic guitars but in love with electric guitars."you should think about investing in an acoustic guitar just to take around with you and you can leave the axe home"... he quotes. Cool but its not my cup of tea and now I am lost because I know nothing about these folk guitars HEELP
#104
Quote by p2fyre
Yamaha FG730s definitely..

People always rant on about how great takamine's are.. but the ones under $800 have really sh** build quality.



Word!!!
#106
Epiphone EJ200? Can anyone give me any feedback on this?

Solid top etc? Searched the web and can't find any clear reviews.

Also more suggestions? Buying an acoustic next week, tried a few and liked a couple... but want more ideas. I'm left handed, greatly limits my selections - only looking at the EJ200 for flipping and restringing because there's one at £199 quid just now. =D
#107
Product Description
The Epiphone EJ-200 is a jumbo-style 6-string acoustic guitar featuring a Maple body, select Spruce top, and body, neck, and headstock binding. Gold hardware and a set Maple neck with a crown inlay on a Rosewood fingerboard make this guitar stunner. Other features include a nut width of 1.68 in. and a 25.5 in. scale. Using a scientifically created finish, select woods, and carefully chosen design elements, Epiphone instruments are designed for nothing less than a lifetime of the finest musical performance.



Sorry dood no solid top. Its a "pretty" guitar which means the beauty is making up for something that the quality is lacking. I wouldn't consider this in the same league as the guitars on the first page.
#109
Quote by fsb_ben
Sorry dood no solid top. Its a "pretty" guitar which means the beauty is making up for something that the quality is lacking. I wouldn't consider this in the same league as the guitars on the first page.


Cheers, exactly the reply I was looking for.
#110
Well I just went to Guitar Center this past weekend and played both the Yamaha FG700S and the FG730S. I know I was thinking about getting just the FG700S but boy let me suggest that you save up for the FG730S. It's only a hundred bucks more but dam it sounds so much better. The sound is very full, the action is easy to play on, and it's just a really nice guitar. So if you're deciding between the 700 and the 730, save up for the 730.
#111
has anybody else played that ibanez aw40nt yet? every time i go up to guitar center i ask to see one and every time they are out.... i really wanna give that thing a strum
#112
^^ If by you mean anybody else you mean me as one that has Im not sure. But I know I own one, and this guitar is one of the best bang for the buck deals in this price range. With new strings this thing sings.

EDIT: The thing is beautiful, and hard not to pick up.
Quote by IndieMetalhead
Once i was watching porn, and this guy sucked this other guys nob. it was advertised as 'lesbian orgies' too.

furious masturbation followed



Quote by VR6 Stoner
bc rich and a mg30 should give you a nice funk sound
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#113
^--- yeah you were the one person that i knew that has one... i was wondering if anybody else has played it also
#115
Well i have the alvarez rd20S and all i got to say is that if my 240$ alvarez plays like a 800$ guitar which it does i wanna play a more expensive one lol.
My gear:
-OLP MM2
-OLP practice amp 10w
-Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky Strings
-1.14 Everly Star Picks
#116
I am thinking about an Art & Lutherie GT, but can't figure out how to order it at the price listed on the first page of this sticky. The Long & McQuade web site quite frankly sucks. Do you have to buy in person? Is there any online/phone ordering? What are shipping costs? I left them an e-mail but if $250 is going to be listed in the first post of this sticky maybe you could put some more ordering details in Is $250 USD? If you can't order it from L&M, what is the best place to order it from online?

Thanks much for any information provided, this thread has been a very interesting read for a guitar n00b.
#118
Well I'm not driving to Canada (or New York) to pick one of these up, the only place I've found a price listed is $289.99 @ "Daddy's Junky Music" out of New York. I would love to get one, and can probably go up to about $300, but I'm not sure whether it's possible to get them for under $300 in Indiana after you factor in shipping, either to the retailer or if there was a direct online order outfit. Thanks for the info though.

btw how long does it normally take sires to update their inventory online? I would figure for the current model year things would get up pretty quickly, but I'm used to online shopping in areas other than musical instruments.
#119
Hmm... honestly, the golden rule when picking acoustics is "Try before you buy". And if u end up liking another guitar, get that one :p Ordering a guitar in is quite the hassle.. but most places will offer free shipping on a guitar of that price.
#120
Quote by fsb_ben
Hmm... honestly, the golden rule when picking acoustics is "Try before you buy". And if u end up liking another guitar, get that one :p Ordering a guitar in is quite the hassle.. but most places will offer free shipping on a guitar of that price.


Thank you very much for the advice. Unfortunately I don't know anything about playing guitars, nor do I have any confidence that me listening to someone else play multiple guitars would at this point mean anything to my rather novice ears. I am, literally, a complete novice looking to make an initial modest investment in a guitar to avoid common pitfalls such as buying a guitar that doesn't sound good, is hard to keep tuned and generally doesn't sound very good thus discouraging me from picking it up to play or practice. Someday maybe I could play some Harry Chapin, if all goes well. My price range is in the $150-$300 area (anywhere from, say, a Washburn D100 for $130 up to the $299 models listed in this thread). My understanding from reading this thread, and other resources, is that these days you can get a decent sounding acoustic guitar for a beginner for $200-$300.

I visited two local shops today, one recommended an Art & Lutherie for about $320 (after doing some reading I could probably talk that down a bit, but I can't remember what model it was) and another shop recommended a Cort for about $250. I'm a pretty plain kind of guy, so how the guitar looks (assuming good worksmanship) basically means nothing to me. My gut likes the A&L; I like how they do business if their web site is credible as to their practices, and if I'm going to spend $300 I'd like to get the GT if I can find it locally for that price or order it online for that price. It sounds like the kind of guitar that I would enjoy learning to play.

**Edit--I contacted musiciansfriend.com via e-mail tonight (no resonse yet) to determine whether the A&L Acoustic Dreadnought they list for $239.99 is the GT or another model and if not whether they are selling the GT but perhaps it is just not listed.

Anyway thanks for reading my situation, if you've gotten this far. I have often found that when getting started (after doing things like using the "search" function) it is best just to lay it all out there and often good, knowledgeable folks have fairly wise things to say that I can listen to and try to absorb.
Last edited by ysaric at Jun 20, 2006,