Best $300ish acoustic for my kid sister?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by MikeJungle, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. MikeJungle

    MikeJungle Member

    Jun 8, 2007
    I recently helped my friend buy an Alvarez PD-80 and she loves it. She also got the best deal ever at $350 new.

    I was wondering if there are any other comparable brands with similar build quality. I heard Seagulls are great but it's been a long time since i've played one and I can't remember how they sounded.
    I also like carvins because they sound quite nice 'n bright...sorta taylorish?

    well, any suggestions or corroborations to what i've said?


  2. Caretaker

    Caretaker Silver Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2006
    Both Ibanez and Yamaha offer many guitars under $300. I prefer Yamaha myself, but both are sound buys.
  3. thesteve

    thesteve Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    When I was looking for a guitar for my wife, I had to tailor it to her needs...she's smaller than I am and was learning and had trouble on most of the guitars I was thinking about getting.

    Basically I broke it down between something from Yamaha (F335 maybe?) or a Big Baby Taylor. I ended up going Taylor and scored the BB for $200. Craigslist is your friend.
  4. devinb

    devinb Member

    Jun 28, 2007
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I've had pretty good luck with Yamaha student models across the board...I bout 16 a Yamaha classicals a couple years ago for a school I taught at, they were surprisingly nice for coming in well under your price point.
  5. Popdevil

    Popdevil Member

    Feb 26, 2008
    I posted this in another thread but I'll post it here as well.

    I found this on another guitar forum.

    1) Seagull S6 is considered as a very good guitar to start, even to continue, or performing.
    2) Yamaha F-310
    3) Takamine G-240, discontinued I saw, but high rated by customers and instrument for the serious student or hobbyist. There is still another Takamine (in fact there are a lot) a G-320 $289.00
    4) Fender DG-7, also discontinued, but I think that the DG-8, is very close to it: $199.95 and list: $349.99
    5) Epiphone DR-100 List Price: $165.00
    6)Washburn D10S List Price: $429.90, and a comment that this is probably the best selling acoustic
    7) Blueridge BR-40 List Price: $595.00 and can't be a bad guitar, you read more and more about BLUERIDGE
    8)Ibanez AC100NT
    9) Baby Taylor List Price: $398.00
    10)Martin LXM List Price: $399.00
  6. 02Singlecut

    02Singlecut Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Art & Lutherie • Robert Godin's fine line of affordable entry level guitars are perfect for the guitarist that needs quality performance at the lowest price.

    Simon & Patrick • Robert Godin's other line of high performance bang for the buck guitars.

    Seagull • In 1982 Robert Godin and a few friends produced the first Seagull guitars in the Village of LaPatrie, Quebec. The concept for the Seagull guitar was to take the essentials of the best hand-crafted guitars and build these features into guitars that all musicians could afford

  7. george4908

    george4908 Member

    Jan 6, 2002
    Bethesda, MD
    Recently bought a $300 solid wood Alvarez AF-60S (concert size) for my 12-year old daughter. For the money, it's a pretty good guitar, and it sounded better than other guitars at that price range.
  8. chewynodoubt

    chewynodoubt Senior Member

    May 12, 2005
    Silver Creek....right at $300 with a hard case. Sounds years better than my Epi Masterbuilt which I thought was the best sounding cheap acoustic there was.

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