#1
Hi all,

I need to upgrade my 10 year old acoustic guitar (Fender).
Something under $2000.

I like the acoustic stuff by the Goo Goo Dolls, Jack Johnson and Eric Clapton.

I was looking into the Taylor 414CE, but i keep reading that its good for finger picking, so i'm not sure how it fits for strumming.

I haven't been in touch with acoustics, so can someone please offer some guitar suggestions for me to do a bit of research on.

Should I only be looking at dreadnoughts for strumming, etc? What acoustic guitars offer playability in different styles?


Thanks
#2
For under 2 grand you can try a bunch of guitars. Try some martin, taylors, you may be able find some used collings, or other used guitars. I wouldn't do much shopping at guitar center but if it is your only place I would look there. Make sure you play before you pay. Try out as many guitars as you can to see what you can and pick that way. Bring someone along who can play so you can hear what the guitar sounds like from another point of view. I know a few luthiers who build guitars for under 2 grand as well so you may want to ask around for some luthiers. Check out Elloree guitars. The guy is extremely nice and helpful and makes some really nice guitars.
Have fun on your search
#3
414 is a very nice guitar. If you're concerned about strumming, look at the Taylor GS with Spruce top and Rosewood back and sides. That's a really versatile combination - good for both finger picking (1 3/4 nut width) and suited to heavy strumming due to the spruce and rosewood. I have one in spruce/maple and love it.
#5
Quote by montytown

I like the acoustic stuff by the Goo Goo Dolls, Jack Johnson and Eric Clapton.

No matter how much you like Eric Clapton, avoid his Martin signature model like the plague. I'm going to be obnoxious about that, because I played it at Guitar Center recently and expected so much more.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#6
^^^^

Don't judge a guitar based on one you played. The Clapton seems to be one of those guitars that there is one good guitar for every hundred guitars. My friend went to a local guitar store a few weeks ago and bought an Eric Clapton model guitar. It is beautiful and sounds great too. We played the same guitar at many other guitar stores and they didn't sound so great. It's defitely a try before you buy guitar...and Guitar Center.lol
#7
I'm gonna recommend looking at the Takamine N (natural) series guitars. I LOVE mine soo much, great build quality and great tone and they fall well within your budget. And they only get better with age, my GFs dad has one that's at least 20years old and it sounds ****ing amazing.. mine is only like 10 years old but still sounds great compared to all the new guitars I tried when I was looking for a new acoustic. Got mine off eBay for a steal!

You have a lot of money to spend though so definitely go to a good guitar shop with nice acoustic stock and play everything within your budget until you find what you like best.

I've never really believed all the finger picking/strumming guitar stuff.. If it sounds good it sounds good IMO. Let YOUR EARS and YOUR HANDS be the judge, not internet opinions.
#8
Quote by koxx
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Don't judge a guitar based on one you played. The Clapton seems to be one of those guitars that there is one good guitar for every hundred guitars. My friend went to a local guitar store a few weeks ago and bought an Eric Clapton model guitar. It is beautiful and sounds great too. We played the same guitar at many other guitar stores and they didn't sound so great. It's defitely a try before you buy guitar...and Guitar Center.lol

Sound is only 1/3 of the reason I didn't like it. First of all, it was nothing special. Not at all. The neck felt horrible. I've never played on a more uncomfortable neck in my life. That, and the guitar just felt boxy. It was awkward as hell to hold it. I love wide fingerboards, since I have huge hands, and I'm an ardent supporter of Seagull guitars for this reason. The fingerboard on the EC was monumentally huge. It just felt impossible to navigate. Personally, I've never felt more uncomfortable playing a guitar in my life. I asked a friend to try it out and see if I was just having chemical flashbacks, and he agreed. It's just an uncomfortable, banal guitar.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#9
The 414ce you're looking at is a Grand Auditorium; it handles strumming pretty nicely as long as you don't overdo it (I'm a very big fan of it myself... I like it even more than the rosewood models). I'd recommend you check out Taylor's Jumbo bodies.