#1
Which would be better for coffe shop gigs?

an Ibanez AE

or

a Dean Mini-Jumbo


(sorry, dont remember the models, but I know it when I see it)

both are about 350-450 range
#2
I love my Dean Exotica QSE Supreme Acoustic-Electric. It has one of the richest sounds from a 6-string acoustic electric. I looked for a couple of years before buying it. I have 3 Ibanez RG570 electric guitars and was pretty loyal to the Ibanez brand, but really like the Dean over the Ibanez. I highly recommend that you play both and judge for yourself. Don't rely on somebody else's judgement. Play them both, then decide.
#3
I would suggest that you check the "guitars for $300 and under" thread. I would suggest any of those guitars over the two you listed.
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#4
Quote by captivate
I would suggest that you check the "guitars for $300 and under" thread. I would suggest any of those guitars over the two you listed.


I will tommorow. I'm just asking though, why those over the ones I listed?
#5
Deans aren't great acoustic guitars in general. Ibanez has horrible quality control with their guitars. Also, the Art and Exotic wood guitars are made of laminate, which sounds bad.
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

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#6
Both would be a poor choice. As captivate suggested, check the 'Best guitars under $300' thread.
#8
It would definitely be worth your time to read the aforementioned thread.

I'm just guessing, but are you looking at the Ibanez and Dean because of one, or both, of the following two reasons:

1. Ibanez and Dean make good electric guitars and that's what you know more about
2. The Ibanez and Dean models you're looking at look really cool

Nothing personal, but those are the last reasons in the world to make a list of prospective acoustic guitars. While I agree that Ibanez and Dean make good electric guitars, they aren't really known for their acoustic guitars, and there's a reason. I recommend looking more at brands that specialize in acoustic guitars (i.e. Takamine, Alvarez, Seagull). Second, looks are the least important factor when choosing an acoustic guitar. I'm not saying that looks don't matter, I'm just saying that looks should be the very last part of making an acoustic guitar decision.

Here is a good selection of both acoustics and acoustic-electrics within your stated $400 price range that I feel are better options than any Dean or Ibanez in the same price range.

Acoustics:
Alvarez RD20S - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Alvarez-RD20S-Regent-Series-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=518725
Alvarez AD60S - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Alvarez-Artist-Series-AD60S-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=518737
Alvarez AD70S - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Alvarez-Artist-Series-AD70S-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=518797
Alvarez AF60S - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Alvarez-Artist-Series-AF60S-Grand-Concert-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=518736
Epiphone EL-00 - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-EL00-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=518369
Seagull S6 - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seagull-The-Original-S6-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=512120
Seagull S6 Entourage - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seagull-?sku=512366
Yamaha FG730S - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-FG730S-Solid-Top-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=519049
Yamaha FG700S - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-FS700S-Folk-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=518274
Yamaha FG750S - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-FG750S-Folk-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=518278
Yamaha FG735S - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-FG735S-Folk-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=518277
Takamine G340SC - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Takamine-G340SC-Solid-Top-Cutaway-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=516423
Takamine GS330S - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Takamine-GS330S-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=516304

Acoustic-Electrics:
Seagull Entourage QI - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seagull-Entourage-Series-Dreadnought-QI-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=516906
Alvarez RD20SC - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Alvarez-RD20SC-Regent-Series-Dreadnought-AcousticElectric-Cutaway?sku=518729
Alvarez RF20SC - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Alvarez-Regent-Series-RF20SC-Folk-AcousticElectric-Cutaway?sku=518728
Takamine EG530SSC - http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Takamine-EG530SSC-Acoustic-Electric-Cutaway-Guitar?sku=516442
#9
I reccomend anything by yamaha, they make freakishly good quility lower end guitars. if youre spending 450 you have a decent range and if you check the What guitar under 300 for some you can get an idea. (p.s, i know i sound Bias, yamaha have had POS's before though)

but i cant reccomend anything for you, because you have to play a guitar before you know if you'll like it.
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#10
Out of all the acoustics I played at my local GC, I decided the Ibanez AE and the Dean Mini-Jumbo felt the best, and I'll only be using these for a few songs out of my set anyway, so sound is important, but not paramount. The sound to me is about average, it could be better, be it could be worse also. If I had the money, I would buy a Taylor.

But thanks for the help anyway.
#11
Well comfort is definitely important. If you arrive at an educated decision that comfort is more important than sound for this particular guitar, by all means, buy what's comfortable. Just wouldn't be my choice is all