#1
Sorry for another thread like this, but I figure people like talking guitars...long story short I got money back that I thought I would never see again (ins. deductible - hit and run). range <$1000, don't need to spend all of it.
Instead of doing the sensible thing and put it back in the bank, I figured I could treat myself with a new guitar. I have played a few for a couple minutes, some I haven't played.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Guild-GAD25-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=513142 love the look of this one, played a Guild once, didn't grab me like some.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Masterbilt-DR500ME-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=518106

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Masterbilt-AJ500R-Advanced-Jumbo-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=519052

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seagull-Artist-Series-Mosaic-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=512128

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Martin-D15-Custom-Spruce-and-Mahogany-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=514700

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Martin-D15-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=514740

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Masterbilt-DR500RA-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=518172

not familiar with Alvarez, Blueridge. Messed around with a couple cheper Taylors, not digging the sound.

My initial gut was a Masterbuilt, but I could technically afford a Martin.
I will have to go play again, but any suggestions?
Maybe if I didn't spend all of the money on acoustic, I could get a decent electric as well.
#3
I once played a Guild, $700 model, then a $500 not all-solid, acoustic-electric, cutaway Ibanez. That Ibanez blew it out of the water... it may have just been a bad Guild, but honestly I'm not gonna go recommending them.

Alvarez makes good guitars, that's for damn sure.

Just some really popular models around your price range:

Larrivee D-03R, $1000, that's gonna be my next guitar, they're excellent, sound great, made in Canada, but understated looks, don't know if that's your thing.

Alvarez MD-90/95, about $700-$900?, the 90 is a plain version of the 95, which is a very fancy, tree of life inlay, all solid wood, made in China, but still awesome guitar.

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500R, about what $700 if you want a hardcase?, really nice guitar, similar to the Alvarez MD90, but different enough. Make sure you play the one you're going to buy, though.

Those are all, all-solid, rosewood back and sides guitars.

BTW, I've never played Martins or Seagulls so I can't really say anything positive or negative about them.
#4
thanks for the suggestions.
I don't know anywhere local that sells Larivee or Alvarez.
I think a small local shop is authorized Seagull dealer, maybe they have more choices for models than GC.
I have almost bought a Masterbuilt on two occasions, probably should just get it.
I really liked the Martin D-15, never thought I'd spend that much on a guitar tho.

I suppose I could buy online, MF seems to have a good return policy, but hesitant to get one without playing.
#5
Quote by Habit Zero

Alvarez MD-90/95, about $700-$900?, the 90 is a plain version of the 95, which is a very fancy, tree of life inlay, all solid wood, made in China, but still awesome guitar.


I really like the look of the 95...what do they sound like?
I read review and they compared to Taylor, but I prefer the lower/bassy tone.
#6
You definitely have to go and play some of those guitars, or at least some with the different wood combos.

You have mahogany/sitka/englemann(?sp) and cedar for tops and mahogany and rosewood for backs/sides.
Go play some and see which combo you like. Also the Seagulls have wider nuts, so you should try those out first or at least one with a 1 3/4 nut.
I have a Masterbilt AJ 500R and it is a very nice sounding guitar. If you like the sound, go for it.
#8
Larrivee, Guild, Seagull, Martin 15 series. those are my top recommendations.

if you can spend the full amount of money and get a Martin 15 series guitar, that would be my first choice.

for me, it would without a doubt be...
1. Martin 15 Series
2. Guild GAD or Seagull
3. Larrivee

The martin 15 series is just a plain good guitar. My only complaints is that the dark wood doesnt look very nice to me, but that's about it. everything else on that guitar is perfect. feel. sound. playability. I'm definitely a Martin man. After i played a D-16, i knew there was no other brand for me. Playing the D-15 after that solidified my love of Martin guitars.

The guild sounds a bit brighter than the seagull. Both are excellent guitars to look into.

Larrivee isn't for me. they don't feel or sound nice to me, but that's personal preference. the craftsmanship is obviously there because they're very well built guitars.

Guitars are quite a personal affair, so my rankings of choice are obviously on pure preference, so take that into account.
#9
those are all good choices. you're just going to need to play as many of them as you can and decide from there. pay attention to tone and comfort above all!
#11
^ If that place is Scottsdale guitar gallery, they are also a Larrivee dealer.
They have some nice Larivees there, and also sell used ones. The Alvarez's were not that nice though. Mostly just ones with laminated backs/sides.
#12
Quote by Jerome G
^ If that place is Scottsdale guitar gallery, they are also a Larrivee dealer.
They have some nice Larivees there, and also sell used ones. The Alvarez's were not that nice though. Mostly just ones with laminated backs/sides.


yeah, that is the place I found. thanks
#13
played a couple yesterday, nothing really jumped out at me like I have to have it.

GC has a bunch of Martins, some customs with no labels/serial numbers inside? I thought that was odd. alot of variations of the same guitar model DX, DM, DSM/R.
The store I went to only had one Masterbuilt DR, only one mini-jumbo Seagull.
Don't really like the Taylor/Breedlove sound.

Might have to go back to SA and try another Guild.

I guess I will have to wait for awhile or order online, which I am not convinced I should do without knowing how something plays. Oh well.

Thanks for the help.