#2
idk. they look snazzy
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#3
The best way to find out is to go to Musicians Friend or Guitar Center and find the guitar you like. Look at the ratings given by people who have purchased the guitar. If the rating is 4-5 your probably OK in buying one. If below that don't buy it.

Thats been my rule of thumb when buying guitars on line. On this guitar the average rating is 5 so your probably OK in buying it.

Now for guitars in this price range are usually laminate back and sides and may or may not have a laminate top. A laminate means they are made of thin sheets of wood glued on top of each other with the grain on each sheet perpendicular to the last one (plywood). This is tolerable on the back and sides but not tolerable so much on the top. You will note on this guitar it mentions what they are made of but does not say solid. This means they are laminate. Most of the sound comes from the top so a laminate top is not a good idea as it will rob the guitar of tone and volume because laminate will actually impede vibration.

You would be better off getting a guitar with a least a solid wood top. A solid wood guitar would be better. I would look for a Blueridge BR-140, a Epiphone Masterbilt or a Parkwood 310M. They are all solid wood and run about $500 new but can be found for around $300 used. By the was a guitars sound improves with age unless of course it is laminate then it will never improve. Remember if it doesn't say "solid wood" it isn't.
#4
+1 to Guitar Hack.

Also, this guitar is 269.00, you should definitely be able to get a solid topped acoustic for that. Check this one out:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-AJ-200SCE-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-100375834-i1150009.gc

It's an Epiphone, they make some fantastic acoustics. This one has a solid spruce top, and is acou-elec. Plus it has brand name tuners(Grover) that are really good. I've played it, and it's great for the price. I would buy it if I didn't like my current acoustic as much as I do. And just FYI, the stupid E on the pick guard is easily removable.
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#6
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And no, Dean;s generally are crap. Fancy looking for sure. Functional. No.

fixed.

i'm not a big dan of Dean acoustic guitars myself. what about the guitar do you like? have you ever actually played one?
#8
i got a dean acoustic that was about the same price, different model tho. i like it alot
when i bought it tried a fender at same price and a few others and to my ears the dean sounded best and plays nice too.
#9
I wonder how many times it is going to be needed to say this, go to a shop and play the guitars! You can't hear and feel the guitar through the internet. Plus, everyone has different tastes, what one person likes one doesn't.
#10
Quote by Nacho Cheese!
I wonder how many times it is going to be needed to say this, go to a shop and play the guitars! You can't hear and feel the guitar through the internet. Plus, everyone has different tastes, what one person likes one doesn't.


Yuppers. I didn't believe that but now I do, after I had to send one back to musician's friend. Electrics don't matter as much, they still feel different, but every single acoustic, even identical ones, sound a little different.
#11
i saw a guy buskin with a dean acoustic electric downtown and i was like damn that sounds good..i was a bit suprised to see it was "only" a dean
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#12
I've peronsllay played a dean acoustic, and the sound isn't that great

but they look cool, so what the heck
#13
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I've peronsllay played a dean acoustic, and the sound isn't that great

but they look cool, so what the heck


Its not about looks.
#14
i actually don't really even like the looks. they have some neat finish overlays... but i can't stand the bridge design on them. as nacho said though, it's not about the looks.
#15
Dean = junk
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#16
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i actually don't really even like the looks. they have some neat finish overlays... but i can't stand the bridge design on them. as nacho said though, it's not about the looks.


Yeah, I don't like the looks either but I can see how people would be attracted to them.

And yes, Nacho Cheese has the idea here. It's not about the looks (well maybe a little bit of course).
#17
In terms of actually wanting to pick up the guitar and play it, looks are very important. Let me provide an example via pictures, and you tell me which you would be more likely to pick up and play. Say you own both of the guitars shown below. They are sitting side by side on stands. You just walk in the door after a rough day at the office and are jazzed about playing your guitar. Which would YOU go for first?

This:


Or this:


It's as much about looks as it is about playability and tone. I've always said, if the guitar looks to you as though it's saying "Pick me up and play me", then you will more inclined to do so. Of course I understand that everyone is different, some don't care weather or not their guitars look all beat up or pristine. It's still got to appeal to the individual otherwise it'll just sit and collect dust in favor or something else.
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#18
That is right to a point. Put you have to see that you are comparing a nylon with a steel there. Put even with two steel, you will go for the one that has the sound and all to suit what you want to play, or even if you have them in different tunings you will go for the one that will suit your play.

And I think you are right it does have to appeal to the individual. But, doesn't the sound appeal to people? Or are they that caught up in the LOOK of it and not the sound of the guitar and the music. I just pick up my guitar and start playing and the look is gone. All there is really is the music...and of course the fretboard from me looking at it. You see what I am trying to say?
#19
That bottom one make my eyes bleed looking at it.
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#20
That guitar on the bottom is pretty garish. Looks are secondary when it comes to guitars...I wouldn't be motivated to play by a guitar that looks nice but sounds like crap.
#21
Looks are quite important. Some will disagree with me though. Obviously, you shouldn't buy a guitar that sounds like crap and just looks good, but you should keep it as a major priority as well. No single point should ever be neglected(dont sacrifice feel, sound, or looks) . Honestly, if you cant find a guitar that Looks, Plays, and Sounds good, dont buy it to begin with.

For me, a good looking guitar isnt the one with a crap load of inlays and stuff like that, nonono. a good looking guitar for me is a clean looking guitar... white neck binding, side only inlays, a good sized herringbone rosette, natural wood colour, a little white body binding, and a tasteful pickguard.

That, for me, is the ideal looking guitar. none of this jewellery nonsense on my guitar. the most i'd ever want is an abalone rosette and side of the neck inlays. As long as you aren't picky, a good looking guitar can be quite easy to find.

anyway... like LeftyDave said, looks make you want to pick up the guitar and play. the more you play, the better you get. the better you get, the more you can enjoy hearing your playing.

So yea... i believe that a good looking guitar will help you enjoy your guitar playing experience that much more. not only will it sound good(because a good looking guitar makes you want to play more, which mean's you'll get better), but it'll look good too.

Don't settle for anything less in any aspect of a guitar. You'll regret it later.
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#22
I agree. Most importantly is how it feels and sounds to you. Looks are very important after that. I don't want a pretty guitar that sounds like crap, but I also don't want something that I hate to look at - no matter how nice it plays.

You have to be happy with it, in all aspects.
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#23
But most importantly what I was trying to get across is that the guitar needs to look good to the individual. If a beat up guitar looks awesome to that person over a gaudy one full of inlays and every bell and whistle, then that person will be more inclined to play more often. It all boils down to personal preference. But either way, the guitar still needs to suit you visually as well as sonically. My two choices of guitars in the previous post were chosen strictly on looks, and I needed drastically different styles to show the difference. I myself prefer a more plain guitar rather than the dressed up ones. Easier to maintain. Less to worry about.
#24
"looks make you want to pick up the guitar and play."

Really? The look of the guitar makes you want to pick up the guitar and play? I personally pick the guitar up for the music.

Alright, don't get me wrong. Looks are a good feature and it should appeal to the individual. But why would you sacrifice a sound you love because the looks isn't very good and they don't appeal to you. I think that is stupidity personally.

"but I also don't want something that I hate to look at - no matter how nice it plays."

It is about the music no? Not the look of the guitar, not the looks of what you are playing, not what you look like. It is about the music produced. If you hate to look at it but it sounds so beautiful, then you will more likely not set it down when you pick it up. After realizing it one time that feeling. You will see that and not a hideous piece of crap.

I will personally, take the ugliest guitar in the world, if it means I will get the best tone...its about the music, not looks.

But, what we are talking about is all a matter of taste. None of this is really facts but opinions.
#25
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"looks make you want to pick up the guitar and play."

Really? The look of the guitar makes you want to pick up the guitar and play? I personally pick the guitar up for the music.

Alright, don't get me wrong. Looks are a good feature and it should appeal to the individual. But why would you sacrifice a sound you love because the looks isn't very good and they don't appeal to you. I think that is stupidity personally.

"but I also don't want something that I hate to look at - no matter how nice it plays."

It is about the music no? Not the look of the guitar, not the looks of what you are playing, not what you look like. It is about the music produced. If you hate to look at it but it sounds so beautiful, then you will more likely not set it down when you pick it up. After realizing it one time that feeling. You will see that and not a hideous piece of crap.

I will personally, take the ugliest guitar in the world, if it means I will get the best tone...its about the music, not looks.

But, what we are talking about is all a matter of taste. None of this is really facts but opinions.


i dunno man. i'd feel weird playing an ugly guitar. cuz you know, there can be REALLY ugly guitars(dean flying v? ohh God...) a guitar has to attract me much like a girl. gotta look good(or at least decent), but more importantly sound good(of course we realize that. these are instruments). What LeftyDave and I are proposing is that you cant leave looks as a "lesser" important attribute to your guitar. You have to love your guitar on the inside and the out. through and through.

You should love every bit of your guitar--sound, feel, comfort, looks, etc. If you don't, then you have the wrong guitar.
#26
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That is right to a point. Put you have to see that you are comparing a nylon with a steel there.


Nope, check out the bridge and look closely at the strings. It's defs a steel string just with a slotted headstock. You don't see many steel strings with the slotted headstock but I must say I really like them.
#27
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Nope, check out the bridge and look closely at the strings. It's defs a steel string just with a slotted headstock. You don't see many steel strings with the slotted headstock but I must say I really like them.

Agreed. There's nothing I like better than a slotted headstock on a steel string. It doesn't look so great on a dreadnought, but for any 00-000 body, it's gorgeous.

Edit: and I disagree with captivate. I won't say that my Seagull Original S6 is a looker by any means. She's got a turd-brown plastic headstock veneer and the same color of binding. It's really the most awful brown color imaginable. But, she plays great and feels great. That's all I could care about.
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