Auditorium/Folk Style w/ Solid Cedar top, Solid Rosewood Back & Sides?

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  1. thesedaze

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    Looking for a guitar with the following specs:

    -Solid Cedar Top
    -Solid Rosewood Back & Sides
    -Bone Nut & Saddle, ideally
    -No cutaway
    -No electronics

    Caveat Numero Uno:
    -Under $800

    Watching a James Taylor performance on a Spanish Channel of all places, and love how that Cedar top sounds w/ the finger picking.
     
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  2. JoeNewbie

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    That's a pretty tricky combination of specs... James Taylor plays Olson guitars.

    The bone nut and saddle can be installed by a luthier. Otherwise, for $800 you are most probably looking at a used instrument.
     
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  4. jackaroo

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    This is exactly what you're talking about. They're great guitars.

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    Every single person who has played it wants to buy it from me. Every single one.

    I really think you'd be happy if you find one.
     
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    I've got to say, I love my Alvarez, and it was only $500 brand new floor model (MF90)...Just a Spruce top instead of the Cedar...I'm surprised the same model isn't available w/ Cedar. I suppose it would be called an MF-70 if it was around...70 seems to be the Rosewood back/sides and Cedar tops...there's an MD70...just need a folk model version.

    I've played my buddy's Yairi equivalent to my model, and the top is much better quality than my own...sturdier. I don't know that it's $2-3000 sturdier, but nice, nonetheless.

    Has anyone tried the Seagull Mosaic Folk? Sells new for right around $800.
     
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    I know some folks swear by the Seagull stuff...but I just can't. I think they're crappy guitars that just feel stiff and empty. Perhaps the 20 or so I've played and tried to like were jut the wrong ones?

    I'd be on the lookout for something like that Alvarez man...it's so good.

    J
     
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    Alvarez would be the way to go...
     
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    Sorry mine is solid b&s.
     
  10. thesedaze

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    You sure about that? Is it a custom? I've never heard of a Yairi FY65 having solid back and sides, especially from 1986.
     
  11. jackaroo

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    I feel like an ass for being dismissive before.

    I just did some snooping around and you might be on the mark. I'd be shocked if it was lam, because it sounds so wonderful. Whatever they did with this one...lam or not- they did it right.

    I'll see if I can tell by looking at the endpin and the interior grain tonight. Once again, sorry to have been like that- I just figured everything else on the guitar is so top notch as is the sound...why skimp on lam b&s???

    Sheepish-

    J
     
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    I believe some of them were actually all solid. I have seen some old alverez and sada yairis that had cracks in the backs and sides. The ones I saw were most definately all solid. Those are great guitars regardless.
     

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