#1
breedlove
martin
taylor

i tried all three of these out today i know that there expensive but i have a few question with either of these brands anything under 1500 is made is made outside of the US all i want to know is that for an extra bill do any of these companies make something in the US just because i want something made in the US
out of the three of them the breedlove won even the 500 dollar breedlove was bettor than anything the other produced 4 bills above
the only martin that came close to the breedlove was the one that cost 1400 i think anything under 1300 that marin makes is just a cheap 300 dollar guitar made of particle wood covered with real thin wood boo martin for making **** guitars and just selling a name
i guese all i want is input form here should i spend 1400 to get a made in america martin or
just get a jus as good bredlove made in korea for 800
or just in general what would you get for 1200 or under
#2
I just bought my first guitar and I went a the Breedlove, D20 FS. Not sure if the higher priced Breedloves are made in Oregon or just inspected there like mine was. I was told that the lower $ Breedloves are made in Korea and inspected in Oregon and the higher $$$ ones are actually made there. I'm just starting out learning how to play so the higher priced ones were not really a serious option but for the price the Breedlove sounded the best to me.
Not sure if any of that helps you in your decision but I didn't think it would hurt to share.
#3
Have you tried Larrivees, I haven't gotten my hands on one yet but on an acoustic guitar forum I visit regularly they love them. There are so many guitars to choose from. If you want to see a lot of nice guitars go to www.elderly.com they have some amazing instruments and many different names. Take a look and try to find some of them in your area.
#4
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I just bought my first guitar and I went a the Breedlove, D20 FS. Not sure if the higher priced Breedloves are made in Oregon or just inspected there like mine was. I was told that the lower $ Breedloves are made in Korea and inspected in Oregon and the higher $$$ ones are actually made there. I'm just starting out learning how to play so the higher priced ones were not really a serious option but for the price the Breedlove sounded the best to me.
Not sure if any of that helps you in your decision but I didn't think it would hurt to share.

what did you compare it to and how much did it cost
NM i played that one to just simply amazing acoustic guitars for such a cheap price man beat out everything under it
seagull
ovation
and everything ovet it
martin
taylor
just simply amazing
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#6
will do but i got to play it first what would you say is the price on larrives
were are they made?
and the only reason i said so much is because i got a guitar center credit card?
now that think about it that breedlove was really awesome im thinking of getting that now
and to anybody who buys a martin or a taylor under 1400 your just a fool plain and simple
your just buying for namesake and thats all im ganna say the breedlove was only matched by the 1500 dollar martin and even then i think ill save 700 dollars and buy a breedlove that plays just as well as a martin im not ganna say bettor because they both sounded great its just one had its pros and the other had other pros but any martin under 1400 dosent come close to touching a breedlove dont even mention ovation or taylor
i think i could confidently say this because i was at guitar center for 8 straight hours just playing acoustics so those are my 2 cents
#7
Larrivees are made in Canada but are very good quality. You can get them between $800 and $3000. The $800 dollar ones are still amazing. They pay very good attention to detail and everyone I have heard sounds great. I would say check out the L-03 it is supposed to be very comfortable and very nice sounding. I am only going on hearsay mind you but I feel the people giving reviews to be pretty reputable as many of them own guitars that go in the five figure range.
#8
cool thanks will do
looks like a nice dreadnought
mom is going to casino today hopefully she wins and ill get a new acoustic soon im ganna look at it closesly compare reviews but ill have to completely ****ing convinced
other than that i think im ganna go breedlove just to be on the safe side i dont think theres any larrivees around ill check craigslist
and thats cool i guese thats its made in canads tried out a seagull today not halfbad really beat out the ovations and some martins in the same price range
other than that nothing to brag about
Last edited by the-kid66(2) at Mar 17, 2008,
#9
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Larrivees are made in Canada but are very good quality. You can get them between $800 and $3000. The $800 dollar ones are still amazing. They pay very good attention to detail and everyone I have heard sounds great. I would say check out the L-03 it is supposed to be very comfortable and very nice sounding. I am only going on hearsay mind you but I feel the people giving reviews to be pretty reputable as many of them own guitars that go in the five figure range.

sounds like an amazing guitar but everyone who plays it says the same thing
amazing for finger picking but not for rythym and i just love struming chords so im sold on the breedlove for now maybe later when i go to college or something if i save up money ill buy a Larrivee couse they just sound from what people say amazing if this is what they talk about with there low end products imagine the 1600-2000 stuff id be willing to buy all i have to do is find money
#10
Larrivees are great and if you can find a dealer, try to find a Stonebridge and try one out. Those guitars are fantastic.
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#11
the HPL martins are certainly all just name and arent even made in the US.

HOWEVER, the martin DM and 15 series is the start of the good martins. they are definitely in your price range and are made in the US.

Larrivees are good without a question. not for me though. i neither find them comfortable nor especially good sounding.

Taylors... avoid anything under the 300 series.

i would definitely buy a martin 15 series with your kind of money. that guitar is excellent.
#12
i dont know its not that im filthy rich its just that i got a guitar center credit card and plan on paying over an entire year so yah
and plus ive been looking into blueridge guitars
are they really what there cracked up to be?

Oh and are all martins as bright as the DMs whats the diffrence bettwenn the DM's and the 15's

oh yes and what does laminate mean does that mean its made of plywood or something and its just covered with whatever wood they say
Last edited by the-kid66(2) at Mar 19, 2008,
#14
You seem to be forgetting about the Martin D15 and the Martin 000 15. They are very very nice guitars.

Th OOO and Dreadnought are names of body shapes. The 000 is a small body guitar that is good for reacording, gigging, and fingerpickup. The dread is medium sized with a boxy waist which gives you a lower midrange boom that sounds good for rythem work and strumming around a campfire. Most people that don't mic or amplify their instrument like the Dreadnought better which is why it's the most popular body shape. People that do mic or amplify tend to like the 000 better. There are exceptions too. I, personaly, don't like the dread for anything but that's just me.
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#15
Don't believe all the hype of certain guitars are meant for strumming and certain guitars are meant for fingerpicking. I know several players who strum and flatpick parlor size guitars including myself. What you get out of a smaller guitar is a more balanced sound. It is much easier to record a smaller bodied guitar than a dreadnought because dreadnoughts will give you way too much boom. All of the notes will start blending together instead of being clear like a smaller guitar will give you. I say bring someone who know how to play guitar or teach on of your friends a few chords or even ask one of the people at the store to play something for you. Play them all and get the guitar that is most comfortable.

Me, I have a dreadnaught, a parlor and soon to be a 00 or 000 size guitar, I can't decide and am getting it custom made. I have really bad shoulder problems and I can't play my dreadnought unless I take a handful of tylenol before hand. I wish you the best of luck and a great time searching for a guitar.
#16
i want a guitar primarily for struming but that also sounds good when picking
would the D-15 be good for that
oh yes and whats the difreence beetween it and its more expensive counterpart
The D-16 and D-18
i think its just finish and bolt on neck but correct me if im wrong
ive also been reading that a good sadle nut and bone are needed will the Martin need a replacemet in orther to sound bettor
Ive been playing for 1 year on electric but want to develop as an acoustic player just because i think it will make me a bettor guitar player overall and on the electric as well
#17
the D-15 is a great all purpose guitar. all dreadnoughts work well as strummers because they have a very rich and blended sound generally.

the difference between the D-15, D-16, and D-18 is the materials and the bracing pattern. bracing patterns play a vital role in how the guitar sounds. as for necks... if im not mistaken... there is NO MARTIN that has a bolt on neck(the OMCRE has a floating neck system that allows action to be instantly adjusted though).

as for the saddle... any guitar that doesnt come with a bone saddle and nut will be in the same boat anyway, so that's not really a major point of importance. most guitars dont come with bone saddles and nuts in this price range i think.
#18
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oh yes and whats the difreence beetween it and its more expensive counterpart
The D-16 and D-18
i think its just finish and bolt on neck but correct me if im wrong
ive also been reading that a good sadle nut and bone are needed will the Martin need a replacemet in orther to sound bettor


The D15 has a mahogany top which means they don't need binding. The D16 and D18 have spruce tops and do need binding. Binding is the number one cause of ruined guitar bodies so when you pay more for the D16 what you are really paying for is all the guitars that were ruined when routing for bindings.

I'm pretty sure the D15 uses either tusq (could be wrong) and many people think tusq is even better than bone so there should be no need to replace those.
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#19
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so when you pay more for the D16 what you are really paying for is all the guitars that were ruined when routing for bindings.

#20
i havent even bought one and acoustics seem very mysteries to me unlike elctrics
how you could have two guitars side by side of the same brand and model and how one would sound bettor than the other or how with age they sound bettor just a real mystr=ery
#21
Each piece of wood is different. On an electric guitar the wood doesn't play that big a part in the sound. For an acoustic the only thing that creates sound is the strings and the wood. Hope that helps.
#22
oh and final ?
whats the main diffrence between a dreadnout and a AJ
is it the neck
and if it is what does the neck have to do wiht the sound of an acoustic?
#23
necks dont affect sound too much. necks are actually a very personal thing because they can differ by a lot. the neck shapes mostly affect comfort.

there's other things like scale length, but that has more to do with the fretboard than the neck.
#24
so a dreadnought is the same as a Jumbo the only difrrence is the neck
oh and was the epiphone Texan a jumbo?
#25
no... a jumbo and dreadnought are different shapes and sizes.

jumbos... are well... BIG. they're very boomy and project like crazy. they're generally very round guitars. they're known for their LARGE sound. not great as a sing-along guitar because they're loud enough to drown out singers when just playing and singing acoustically.

dreadnoughts are the most common type of body(originally invented by Martin). they're kinda boxy-like in shape. generally known for their warmth and versatility. they have a richer bass than other shapes and are great for strumming.

the jumbo is larger than the standard dreadnought.