Advanced player needs an acoustic!

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by papersoul, Nov 24, 2017.


  1. papersoul

    papersoul Supporting Member

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    Hey guys...

    I need a good acoustic for strumming around the house. I don't need electronics, just a good dreadnought for home use only. I don't need a cutaway either but won't complain if it has one.
    I have fairly large hands, and am a pretty big.
    My main guitars are Gibson and PRS. I like fat necks but I like a neck that plays fast.

    I say advanced because I have been playing 30 years and am not a beginner and I am picky about the neck, needs to be a nice comfortable neck. Instead of advanced (LOL), I should have said long time player. LOL!
    Would prefer to stay around $500 or less, maybe used.

    Mostly rock music, classic rock.....think Led Zep, Rush, etc....some modern rock.

    Thoughts?
    Thanks!
     
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  2. NortheastHick

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    Advanced? ?
    As in older? Or are you just better than most other guitarists?
    These are important things to consider when getting an acoustic.
     
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    Doesn't Gibson make advanced acoustics?
     
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    If your budget allows, get a Collings Dread with 1&3/4 nut.
     
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    I believe the custom shop offers an upgrade for advanced players. Big bucks though. They do have a senior's discount though so if you are an advanced advanced player you might break even.
     
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    Oh and welcome back outlaw. I noticed my like count going up. Haha. Glad to see you.
     
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    Maybe a Waterloo? I really like mine but not necessarily for everyone. In the $2k range new, workmanship and playability of a Collings because it's made by Collings. the WL-12 or WL-S might fit the bill. Very fun to play guitars.
     
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    Impossible to begin to answer without knowing your budget (anywhere from $100 to Jezzuz-I-can't-afford-that!), and what kind of music you play. The options are nearly endless. And one man's "holy grail" is another man's dud.
     
  9. papersoul

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    I say advanced because I have been playing 30 years and am not a beginner and I am picky about the neck, needs to be a nice comfortable neck.
    Would prefer to stay around $500 or less, maybe used.

    Instead of advanced (LOL), I should have said long time player. LOL!

    Mostly rock music, classic rock.....think Led Zep, Rush, etc....some modern rock.

    Just something for strumming around the house. Was looking at Takamine, Fender, Ibanez, PRS, Taylor and Martin.
     
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    PRS Angelus SE neck feels very familiar if you're used to a PRS electric. You can find 'em used; a nice one recently sold here on TGP for just over $500, with hard case.
     
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    Both Taylor and PRS have necks that are pretty comfortable for someone who primarily plays electric.
     
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    I have been playing for almost 40 years and really only played Electric all that time.
    Recently I felt the urge to play Acoustic.
    I went to Sam Ash and played many acoustics in the store ranging from $299 to $2499.

    I ended up leaving with a Yamaha A1M dreadnought Acoustic/Electric for $499 - $50 rebate = $449.
    I tried the higher end model A3R, but the A1M sounded better???

    Only other guitar I really liked was a $699 Martin DX1RAE, but the Yamaha sounded better and both played well.

    I will admit to ordering an all solid wood Martin GPCRSGT on Thursday to give a try, I have a 45 day return policy, it has a lot of features for $999, but I did play a similar Martin at Sam Ash and the Yamaha sounded better.

    I really think the Yamaha A1M would be a good for you.

    Amazon sells the older version for around $350 with a hardshell case included, but I think the $499 newer version has improvements that make it worth it (without a case), but for $350 with a $50 rebate bringing it to around $300, it might be worth a shot for the older version.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Yamaha FG820 is my choice, over lots of more expensive guitars. Way under your budget so have a bone saddle installed and polish the frets. Great neck on these and the FG body is more comfortable than the average dread. FG830s are available everywhere but the mahogany back and sides of the 820 sound great.
     
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    On the Yamaha models you guys mention....how is the neck? Fat, wide, thin? Thanks!
     
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    Considering my Gibsons are 60s profiles and I like it, I would say it is a thin profile, definitely not a baseball bat type of neck.

    The 12 gauge strings are something I had to get used to, I will probably go to 11-52 next, but the Elixir 12s sound amazing.

    I will say the Martin neck fitted with 11s from the factory felt nice.
     
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    If you like electric-style necks, have a look at Taylor.
     
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    Thanks guys. The Taylor is my top choice. I read they lack low end though.
    I don't need to spend for built in electronics though.

    It bothers me that I keep reading how all these guitars are beginners guitars.
     
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    You should trust your ears regarding what constitutes "lacking low end" or "beginners guitars". - IMO, there isn't much useful relationship between price and performance in factory guitars. - I've been playing for 55 years or so, and my all-time favourite for fingerpicking is an all-laminate Maton.
     

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