#1
I currently have a Grand Auditorium style acoustic guitar. I'm looking into getting a new acoustic-electric, and I was wondering if anyone had a preference: Dreadnought or Grand Auditorium?

Besides the shape, are there any noticeable differences? I know GAs are supposed to sound more full.

If you could give me some feedback, that would be great.

Oh, and you should know, these are two practically identical guitars, same price and everything. Just different body shapes.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Taylor-100-Series-110CE-Dreadnought-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=514494

OR

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Taylor-114CE-Grand-Auditorium-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=514495
#2
You can do better than the 100 series for that price. They're not bad, but you can do better.

IMO, GA > Dreadnought. It's much more comfortable, and it's pretty versatile.
#4
Do yourself a favour and look at some other ones. Taylor's aren't worth looking at unless you spend at least $1600+.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Masterbilt-DR500R-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=519059
One of the best guitars I've come across for under $1000. It's made of better material as well.
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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#5
thanks guys. any other specific suggestions you can give me for an acoustic electric? i want something around $600-800 since i'm sorta on a tight budget right now, and preferably a cutaway, but that's not too important.
#6
Quote by kevlarmusicmojo
thanks guys. any other specific suggestions you can give me for an acoustic electric? i want something around $600-800 since i'm sorta on a tight budget right now, and preferably a cutaway, but that's not too important.

Carvin, Epiphone, Alvarez, Seagull, and Breedlove. Look through their lineups, you should find something you'll like and can afford.
#7
Quote by captivate
Do yourself a favour and look at some other ones. Taylor's aren't worth looking at unless you spend at least $1600+.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Masterbilt-DR500R-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=519059
One of the best guitars I've come across for under $1000. It's made of better material as well.


I would agree that the Epis are an outstanding deal, however, the all-solid Taylors start at around $800 (street price), or roughly half what is stated above. They are IMO excellent guitars, although tending to be a bit on the bright side for some tastes. Mine however, has mellowed considerably after 10+ years of seasoning.

The main difference between GA and dreadnaught body style, apart from subjective personal preference, is that GA tends to have a slightly shorter scale, wider, flatter neck and generally preferred by fingerstyle players for their sweeter, more intimate tone. Dreads tend to be favored more for their big boomy sound, flatpicking, strumming, etc., and a chunkier, more radiused neck.

Its not to say you can't flat pick a GA or do fingerstyle on a dread...that's just the general way these are regarded.
#8
Which Taylor is all solid starting at $800? The 100 series is already $800 on MF. The 300 series is what I was using as a starting point.
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

Have an acoustic guitar? Don't let your guitar dry out! Click here.
#9
Quote by captivate
Which Taylor is all solid starting at $800? The 100 series is already $800 on MF. The 300 series is what I was using as a starting point.


Hmmm, you're right...these have popped in price since I was last paying attention. Looks like the best price on a solid Taylor is for a Sapele GC3 at $999.

Yikes, I paid $750 for my Taylor, and this one's solid koa with a three-piece back! Looks like the entry all-solid Larivee has also gone up a lot. It wasn't that long ago you could find a sapele one for about $800.

While I was looking around, I spotted this...it just a list of available axes, but they have a used Larrivee D-03R asking $800... great price for a solid rosewood dread. These are VERY nice...sustain like an organ.

http://guitardedshop.com/_wsn/page7.html

You could also check ebay...I get the feeling that some brands are just under-appreciated...like Larrivee. Elderly Instruments also has a good stock of used axes...and useful photos to show them off...likewise with Guitar Adoptions.