#1
I am interested in buying a new acoustic which i was hoping to be branded (fender, gibson etc)

I chose the California series as it has many new unique features and lets be honest thy look pretty dam cool. now i would go and try them but my nearest guitar shop is 70 miles away and i can be certain they do not stock them.

I ruled out the sonoran because it doesnt have as many of the features as the others and is probably made in some middle eastern country and, as my last acoustic showed, not to a great standard and showing neck warping within the first year.

So this leaves me with the Malibu and the Kingman (SCE NA for both btw). And the choice between a Folk body (Malibu) and the Dreadnought (Kingman). For a 14 year old the price of these is enormous (€392 for each) so i need to make a choice which will last me right until.. well as long as it can. I will be using the acoustic guitar for songwriting and accompanying myself singing.

Which of the two should i buy? and if there are better alternatives what are they?
#2
I'd look at Yamaha. You'll get a much better instrument in that price range. I'm not sure which country you live in, but I've found a good site to get prices in Euros is www.thomann.de .

The only language I can read on their site that posts euro prices is Spanish...but its easy enough to find the other languages, so here are the links:

http://www.thomann.de/es/yamaha_fg_700s_nt_matt.htm

If you want color options, the yamaha fg 720 is a good choice, it comes in about 10:

http://www.thomann.de/es/yamaha_fs720sc_dsr.htm

Another good brand:

http://www.thomann.de/es/artlutherie_dreadnought_sunrise.htm

If you want some more, I can name a few more later.

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#3
Fender has never demonstrated the ability to make a competant acoustic. Your better off looking at other brands. Do you have a price range?
#4
Quote by roamingbard13
I'd look at Yamaha. You'll get a much better instrument in that price range. I'm not sure which country you live in, but I've found a good site to get prices in Euros is www.thomann.de .

The only language I can read on their site that posts euro prices is Spanish...but its easy enough to find the other languages, so here are the links:

http://www.thomann.de/es/yamaha_fg_700s_nt_matt.htm

If you want color options, the yamaha fg 720 is a good choice, it comes in about 10:

http://www.thomann.de/es/yamaha_fs720sc_dsr.htm

Another good brand:

http://www.thomann.de/es/artlutherie_dreadnought_sunrise.htm

If you want some more, I can name a few more later.


Try not to buy acoustic guitars just because they look spiffy. For an acoustic guitar where tone is key, that's asking for trouble. All of these guitars that roamingbard listed are great guitars. Make sure you check them out.
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#5
Hey Guys.. Thanks for the response.

My Price Range is up to €400 (operating in € because im from ireland)

I usually use thomann for my supplies

Also im not just judging on looks... i was hoping to get a decent tone.
Also was looking for a guitar which isnt too bulky and would accompany my voice better.

Now the Malibu or the Kingman... Which would be better?

#6
Quote by rickoc3
Hey Guys.. Thanks for the response.

My Price Range is up to €400 (operating in € because im from ireland)

I usually use thomann for my supplies

Also im not just judging on looks... i was hoping to get a decent tone.
Also was looking for a guitar which isnt too bulky and would accompany my voice better.

Now the Malibu or the Kingman... Which would be better?



neither, fender makes only mediocre acoustics. period. you won't get much advice on the fenders because a ton of people don't own one, for that reason.

in your price range i'd probably squeeze out a little extra cash and buy a seagull s6. those things are amazing.
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#7
Sound wise, probably the Kingman, because it has a bigger body. The Malibu though is smaller, so logically you'll be more comfortable with it. Can you try them out at some local guitar shop?
#8
Cheaper acoustics that look real pretty are the WORST ones to get. Their lack of tone and stability at that low price goes right into the looks of it. Don't fall in that trap.

I'd highly recommend trying an Epiphone Hummingbird. Solid top, good playing guitar, good tone, just real nice at any price.
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#9
Quote by dgonz
I'd highly recommend trying an Epiphone Hummingbird. Solid top, good playing guitar, good tone, just real nice at any price.


I looked at the hummingbird but if i was to go with epiphone i would rather get a jumbo guitar... the EPIPHONE EJ-200CE NT seems to be in my price range..http://www.thomann.de/ie/epiphone_ej_200ce_nt.htm

The Takamine iv been looking at: http://www.thomann.de/ie/takamine_eg440sc.htm
my friend has the 460 and it is a dream to play... so im kindof torn now... only a few days left until i have to order for me bday

So its either that or this now