#1
I'm currently looking into a new acoustic-electric, somewhere around the $700-800 range... I played my uncle's custom Taylor and loved it, but havent really played much else to compare it to... I'm just looking for something with GREAT action.

right now i havent narrowed it down much... but heres an example... is this something I should look into...?
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Taylor-214E-Grand-Auditorium-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=514897
or are there other brands I should look at?
Last edited by purplestrat at Apr 26, 2008,
#2
Two quick questions...
Do you gig often?
Do you like your acoustics to have that nice deep bass response?
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#3
I have a PA system i play in a lot... I plan on using it just about as much plugged in as not...
and yes, i want something that sounds full and rich, but bright as well
#4
I personally wouldn't recommend anything below the 400 series. The 200 series has a solid top, but the back and side are laminate. I'd say check out Takamine or Breedlove.

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#5
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I personally wouldn't recommend anything below the 400 series. The 200 series has a solid top, but the back and side are laminate. I'd say check out Takamine or Breedlove.

What do you play most?

I've never been impressed with the laminate used on lower-end Taylor guitars. Seagull guitars are a different story; I've always loved the laminate they use, and it has a very full sound compared to other makers.

That said, I would recommend you at least play a Seagull guitar to see if the solid cedar top gives you the warmth you are looking for. The electronics are very nice, too (compared to most stock electronics).
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I have a PA system i play in a lot... I plan on using it just about as much plugged in as not...
and yes, i want something that sounds full and rich, but bright as well

Well if you have a PA I would recommend just getting a mic for the guitar. I have never been able to get a natural sound out of any acoustic-electric system I have ever played. Could just be me but I think it sounds a lot better if you just mic the guitar. The other advantage that gives you is you'll be able to find a more solid guitar. A lot of guitar makers just throw in cheap electronics so that they can jack the price up and call it acoustic-electric.
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#7
Micing the guitar is what im currently doing, but the whole reason I'm looking into an electric-acoustic is so I don't have to do that...

so I guess I'll go out and play some different brands at Guitar Center, one more question... would buying a guitar for the actual guitar itself and putting in better electronics be the best path to take?
Last edited by purplestrat at Apr 26, 2008,
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Quote by FenderKid87
I personally wouldn't recommend anything below the 400 series. The 200 series has a solid top, but the back and side are laminate. I'd say check out Takamine or Breedlove.


Agreed. Taylors and Martins aren't worth it until you get all wood, which is well over 1000 bucks I think
Last edited by rsgunter at Apr 27, 2008,
#10
guitar rodeo is a website that has all solid 200 series taylor's. That being said i dislike taylor electronics alot and i am a huge fan of aftermarket electronics. with you doing most of your gigging playing through a p.a. i deffinitly recommend a K&K under bridge transducer. it gives the most accurate sound of an acoustic guitar of any pickup system i have ever played. I have heard nice things about the dtar as well although i have never played one personally. i own the k&k and am quite pleased with it it sounds like my guitar but louder. i have it installed in my taylor guitar and it is a dreadnought and the ubt gets a little boomy however it is easily dialed out with my preamp. with your preference for the grand adutorium body style this should not be a problem.

as you said action is very important to you remember this all well made guitars with a proper neck angle and bridge placement can have its action lowered. i love taylor necks and action as well as the distinctive taylor tone BUT they are not the only nice guitars with comfortable necks out there seagull has some nice guitars as do many of the canadein guitars.

I am falling in love with a "cheap" 300 dollar takamine G330s it is the first cedar topped guitar that i have ever been totally happy with the sound of (including my fatherinlaws two seagulls). The only reason i say this is that the action on the takamine is lower than my taylors just under 2 milimeters versus just over three for my taylor. this works perfect for me as the taylor is my strumming guitar and i am quite agressive and percussive with my style if my action is lower on my taylor i can fingerpick and hand strum softly but i get a b string buzz on my first 5 frets if i dig in and start hammering out chords this may or may not be a problem for you just something to remember when you start thinking about really low actions.

Bottom line is the proper advice has been given play as many guitars as you can in your price range and take the one home that talks to you be it a taylor or other brand of guitar.
By the way i love my taylor and will never sell it and am quite confident it will last a lifetime
make sure the guitar you take home gives you the same feeling.