#1
As the title suggests, im looking for a cheap, but reliable accoustic guitar.

im on a budget, since i dont want to spend too much on something that could get wrecked over the summer, i would put the budget at, no more than £150 or $300.

im a long time electric player, and this is my first accoustic, and the thing that im mostly looking for, as far as design go's is a cutaway, for me, its pretty essential, but i won't say no to other reccomendations.

so far, this is what im looking at:

Fender CD-60CE : http://www.andertons.co.uk/acatalog/info%5f0960655221%2ehtml

Ibanez AEG8E : http://www.andertons.co.uk/acatalog/info%5fAEG8EN%2ehtml

i dont know if these are good guitars, as my accoustic knowledge is small, but hopefully i can get some reccomendations from you good people here.

one more thing, i dont mind if its electro accoustic or not, im mostly aiming for a budget guitar that will be reliable. im not specifically looking to wreck the guitar, i will take care of it, but i want something that can take a knock, here or there.
#2
I'm mainly an electric player, but play a ton of acoustic music too. In my opinion, those are both junk. I love Fender electrics, but they make pretty crummy guitars. Ibanez electrics are ok, hate their acoustics.

Can you get any of these brands out your way?
- Tacoma
- Seagull
- Epiphone
- Alvarez
- Takamine
- Guild

In general, they make better acoustics than Fender or Ibanez. Very playable (especially for an electric player) and not too pricey.
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#3
^ I like all of those too.

What's slightly ironic, though? I know for a fact that Tacoma is owned by Fender now, and I believe that Guild is too. Luckily, the quality on both of them are still good.

Gear:
Partscaster/Tele into a bunch of pedals, a Maz 18 head, and a Z Best cab.
#4
i dont think i can get tacoma, and most of the brands you listed, have cutaways that are a bit too expensive for me, i might have to settle for a non cutaway
#5
All those brands make non-cutaway versions though.

Also, yes - Fender does own Tacoma and Guild. I've been crossing my fingers hoping that Fender horrid acoustic division doesn't rub off onto those two good brands. So far, it doesn't seem so. I've played some very bottom of the line Guilds and was impressed still.
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#6
^I own one of the mid-level Guilds and I've played several and love them, and hated all the Fender acoustics I played and I actually like that Ibanez when I played it
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#7
You might want to steer clear of Seagull. If you're looking for something that's durable, a cedar top is not it, especially one that has a satin finish. The slightest thing will ding the top of a Seagull guitar.
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#8
the ibanez accoustics are really cheap, for cutaway designs, but they are all electroaccoustic, and id rather have something that isnt.
#9
Only a few Seagulls have cedar tops though. But yes, I might not recommend a cedar top for anything other than fingerstyle.

If you don't want electronics, make sure whatever you get is loud. Cheaper guitars tend to sound REALLY rough when you play them loud, and sound worse the longer you play them, since the glue holding the laminated wood together starts loosening, and sounds like ass.
- Fender, Taylor, Martin, Ibanez, Ramirez, Marshall, Boss, Morley, Mesa/Boogie, Univox, Shure, Monster, Dunlop, Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio, Lace, Sperzel, DW, Tama, Zildjian, and a little Johnnie Walker
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#10
im not particually bothered about the aesthetics of the guitar, a good neck and something that is just easy to play would be number 1.

im going to some local shops, hopefully next week, to see what i can try out, and have a look at second hand possibly.

the reason for a no electics perference is just id think it would keep the cost down, and theres less to go wrong with the guitar, keep it simple u know? and ill be mosly outside when im using it anyway.
#11
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im not particually bothered about the aesthetics of the guitar, a good neck and something that is just easy to play would be number 1.

im going to some local shops, hopefully next week, to see what i can try out, and have a look at second hand possibly.

the reason for a no electics perference is just id think it would keep the cost down, and theres less to go wrong with the guitar, keep it simple u know? and ill be mosly outside when im using it anyway.


Yeah stay right away form Ibanez. Quality control is **** to be blunt.
Make sure you check Yamaha too, they make some really good guitars but I think the Takamine G340SC might be the way to go. It can be found listed at the bottom of the list here:
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=337075