#1
Any suggestions.... i was thinking Takamine or Alvarez but i dont know how good the cheaper ones are

Preferably black color with solid top
#2
Check out the stickied thread "guitars for 300 and under". You can find those with electronics for about $400. Takamines and Alvarez are good brands at this range.
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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#4
Definitely go for an alvarez. Even the dirt cheap models i've played are amazing
Currently in blues mode.