#1
Wow, its been awhile...good to be back!

Hi everyone. Well my economic stimulus is slated to arrive Monday and I have decided to invest in my first real instrument. I play an old $200 acoustic. I bought a cheap one to test my interest level. I didn’t want a $700+ piece of wood collecting dust in the corner of my room.

I am interested in a straight acoustic. I was thinking Martin or Taylor. I have been playing for 3 years and have a few of my own ideas; if you will, but have no plan on taking the stage…I play as a hobby.

Any ideas on what I might like? If I have no idea what I want and walk into the guitar store, I fear I will be harassed or raped monetarily, depending on the employee…total dicks, but nothing any music store patron isn’t used to already

I am looking to spend upto $1000

Cheers
-Matt
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#2
Musicians Friend has a lot of reviews and good deals on acoustics.
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#3
Check out the Guild GAD series, Martin 15 series, and Alvarez Masterworks series to get started.
#4
Ofcourse you are going to get the old play and buy what you like but around that range I liked the D-15 or either wood combination on the Custom D (you don't want to get the HPL back and side Martins), for Taylor's I believe the 210 and 214 are a bit cheaper than the Martin's but I like the Martin sound a bit better.
#5
Martin makes great acoustics in your price range. I prefer their sound to Taylors.
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#6
So long as you know to watch out for the lower end Maritn's and Taylor's. Stay away form anything with HPL used for the back and sides from Martin (The X series) and the lower Taylors (100 series are a no go IMO, 200 series, same deal, you can get better for the same price from other brands).

Breedlove is another brand to have a look at.