#1
Hello there, I know absolutely nothing about acoustic guitars but a friend of mine wants to buy one. She limited her options to the following guitars:

http://www.feedback.nl/?b=TAAN10X&a=50
Takamine AN 10 X

http://www.feedback.nl/?b=SE28535&a=50
Seagull S 6 CW Q I

http://www.feedback.nl/?b=TAEG523SC&a=50
Takamine EG523SC

http://www.feedback.nl/?b=19361&a=50
Tanglewood TW 60 SC VS

http://www.feedback.nl/?b=TAYLOR110&a=50
Taylor 110 dreadnought

http://www.feedback.nl/?b=TAYLOR210E&a=50
Taylor 210 E

http://www.feedback.nl/?b=GAPX900NT&a=50
Yamaha APX 900 NAT

http://www.feedback.nl/?b=CPX900MB&a=50
Yamaha CPX 900 mocha black

http://www.feedback.nl/?b=OVCU147HB&a=50

Any advice would be appreciated, as you can see her limit is 800 euros, and it should be from the shop feedback.nl since this one is near where we live.

Thanks!
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#2
The Seagull, hands down.

Edit: purchasing for a lady? Then probably not the Seagull. The Seagull has a very wide fingerboard, which would probably be uncomfortable for her.
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#3
Yamaha CPX 900 mocha black looks the best imo.. she needs to test-play all of em to see which sounds the best & which got the best feel..
#5
takamine!
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#7
Takamine eg523sc for me mate, got one 2 months back and it is an absolute beauty to play and to look at!

Check up on the reviews and you will see just how popular this guitar is.

Just thought id share that info with you. good luck whatever one ya's get.
Last edited by static_ian at Feb 23, 2008,
#10
i would lean towards a takamine around that price. The taylor 100 and 200 series arent worth the money in my opinion. With taylors you really pay for the name and there low end models are generally thought of as not being great quality.
#11
Avoid all taylors under 300 series. For me, even 300 series doesn't cut it, but at least it's made of all solid wood and is worth what you pay. I dont like thin sounding guitars, so Taylors really aren't for me. They're beautiful guitars though, no doubt.

I would also say Seagull, no question. Seagull is the perfect mix of warm and bright mixed together. It doesn't sound thin either. but only If her fingers are long enough that is... if they arent then either the first takamine on your list or either of the Yamahas will be good choices(note: i dont like yamahas with a passion, but i know they're good. that should tell you something).
#12
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I would also say Seagull, no question. Seagull is the perfect mix of warm and bright mixed together. It doesn't sound thin either. but only If her fingers are long enough that is... if they arent then either the first takamine on your list or either of the Yamahas will be good choices(note: i dont like yamahas with a passion, but i know they're good. that should tell you something).

Agreed. The Seagull has to be played before she can know if the fingerboard won't bother her.
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#13
While taylors are quite expensive and over priced in my opinion I will say that you are getting alot more than Just a name. The bracing on the 110 dreadnought is scalloped and made of sitka spruce the top is solid sitka spruce the build quality (speaking for the 110 I own) is impeccable no excess glue on the interior of the guitar all of the joints are perfect tight and clean. The action is low and as sweet as sugar no fretbuzz and fast. The neck on my taylor is the most comfortable i have ever played and is fast the tone is what really sells me but you either love it or dont not to much in between i love it . The guitar stays in tune for days and is dead plain no fancy adornmants or anything like a guitar should be for my tastes anayway. the sides are laminate and strong and can take alot i bang my back and sides into my computer desk as i do most of my song learning sitting down in front of it and have never chipped cracked or dented it in any way ive had it for five months or so now and my fatherinlaw had it since early 2005 however he is a much more careful person and treats his many guitars with care anayway no damage on the sides and back whatsoever. The top is really soft i could scratch my name into it with my fingernail and is only varnished witch is the way it should be it lets the top resonate i think all black guitars get the poo poo wood because they can hide it under the finish well not all but you get my point. the intonation on the guitar is spot on and i mean spot on with my little cheap korg ga 30 tuner and the saddle is b string compensated and made of good material but i do plan on trying a bone nut and saddle when they were out. I whole heartedly agree that they are overpriced but they are not less quality than anything out there sorry that is simply not true i own one and it was my fatherinlaws favorite guitar but he needed a wider neck and bought a couple of seagulls he likes them but when ever i bring my taylor over for sunday lunch he just plays and plays it and missesd the guitar i dont know if i would buy a brand new taylor 110 at 600 dollars unless i was serious about playing guitar and thinking about gigging to offset the price however i got mine used from my dad so i only paid 400 dollars for it and have since put in a K&Ktransducer and i love the thing and at that price i would buy it over and over again so look into used and trust me you are not just paying for a name.
#14
Wow, I didn't realise oppinions would vary so much on these guitars!

The Seagull, hands down.

Edit: purchasing for a lady? Then probably not the Seagull. The Seagull has a very wide fingerboard, which would probably be uncomfortable for her


Yes, its for a lady.

We're going to play the guitars from this list we can find sometime this weak, I was just wanted to go in as educated about these as possible. I know nothing about acoustics so I figured UG could educate me at least somewhat about these guitars:p

I'll keep in mind the seagull fingerboard is extra wide. What are the important differences between the takamine, yamaha and taylor? I don't know anything about their woods, craftmanship, style, etc.
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#16
important differences?

umm.. takamine is generally a quieter and sweeter sounding guitar in my opinion. i dont like them acoustically that much, but as a plug in guitar, they are absolute beasts. they keep the same sweet tone throughout harsh strumming. they really excel at that.

Yamaha... every single yamaha i've ever played has been VERY easy to play. that's what i think they're excellent in. ease of playability. i've never been too impressed with their acoustic sound, but plug in has been decent in my opinion. please note, that i hate yamaha with a passion and am still giving them a good review. they're NOT for me, but they are a good choice.

Taylor... there are two things you will notice almost instantly when playing a taylor.
1. It sounds very bright and a little thin, but still quite blended. i like to call it a "modern" sound.
2. The neck is INCREDIBLY smooth and feels great. I've never played another neck that i've liked as much as the taylor neck.

for the price, however... i would still avoid the taylor. is it a good guitar? yes. most definitely. is it worth the money? maybe not.

in terms of quality of craftsmanship, all three of those brands are solid. but yea... i would probably get a seagull. I have little sausage fingers... and having an extra wide fretboard sounds like the opposite of what i should be wanting, but that isnt the case. the extra wide fretboard helps me dish out clean chords(im primarily a strummer you see).
#17
Ovation. Hands down. Those things are a dream to play, absolutely wonderful, and they sound magnificent.
#18
Another vote for either of the Takamines, they're probably the best value mid-range guitars IMO. (I am biased though 'cos I just bought an awesome one)

They have pretty good necks too, mine feels like an electric neck so it's uber comfy for me.

EDIT: Have you considered buying used? In that price range you could get a reallly good guitar used. Go test all the guitars you can that are close to the price range then look on interwebs for a good used one and you'll either save some money and not spend the whole budget, or spend all your money but get a way better guitar than you would buying new.
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#19
Alright, so I guess ill pay special attention to the Takamine, Yamaha, Ovation and the Seagull. I'm going shopping with/for her this friday, I'll keep you posted!
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#20
I got a Takamine G series for £150 and it sounds better than some guitars in the £500-600 range, for mid level guitars they seriously cannot be beat

I may have been lucky with mine and got a very well made one but still I've always prefered Taki's especially plugged in
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#21
i would have to say takamine. i have one and it plays so shweet. has better tone than any of the yamahas i have played. but taylors are very good guitars also.
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#22
good luck on friday remember try more than one of the same model there are differences from guitar to guitar even in the same assembley line. Also even if you cant afford the 2000 dollar martin or taylor at least play it to get a sense of what a good guitar is supposed to sound feel and look like no harm in playing it just be careful and treat it with respect also if you bring a wipe down cloth and wipe the strings down after playing the salesman wont think youre a noob and take your time seriously even if you fell in love with the first one she picks up play every guitar in there you can.
#23
My vote's for a Takamine, their mid-range guitars are great. Keep in mind the size of the guitar and how that affects comfort while playing. If your friend is a small chick like me, she might find dreadnoughts cumbersome and unwieldy - I played my dads Martin dreadnought for a while and it screwed my back and shoulder - I play a bluegrass sized acoustic now and am much more comfortable with it.