Best acoustic for $1,000 max??

JDavisNJ

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Hi guys,

I'm looking for a nice acoustic for $1,000 max. It can be under obviously if it is worth it.

I need something that is loud, vibrant, and not dead sounding. Not very descriptive, I know. It will be my first real acoustic.

I was looking at the Martin D-16RGT...

Any other suggestions??

-Joe
 

royd

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there are a lot of options... some very nice Seagulls, a used Taylor 200 or 300 series, maybe a takamine, the epiphone masterbuilt series, blueridge, Fender ensenada series, breedlove atlas... all have guitars in your price range that are nice.
 

Scott Peterson

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For me that exact same price range turned into a Breedlove Atlas AD-25+. Remarkable guitar; for the price it was a tremendous value.
 
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I picked up my breedlove atlast dm-200(?) it's the no-frills model with satin finish. I got that and the awesome breedlove gigbag for under 500 including tax a couple years back. I wasn't much of an acoustic player beforehand, after I got the breedlove, I usually go for acoustic playing more than electric playing now.

great guitars, very consistant, and not heavy on the wallet.
 

Steve Dallas

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I've had 2 of the Breedlove Atlas series. The 1st one cracked while sitting in its case. Breedlove was great about replacing it. But the replacement had a warped neck and terrible high action. I was able to bring the action down enough to make it playable, but never was able to solve the neck problem. So those are enough problems to make me look elsewhere.

Alvarez makes some great guitars in that price range. You might give them a look...
 

JDavisNJ

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Thanks for the replies guys.

I'm checking out the Larrivee D-03R right now actually. As well as the Breedloves.

So, what are the general sound differences between rosewood and mahogany back/sides?

-Joe
 

Lawn Jockey

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You'll love the Larrivee's.

Rosewood - generally produces more bass
Mahogany - generally produces more mids

Be sure to check out the "L" body style in the Larrivee's. The general consensus is the "L" body is more balanced sound wise. It also has an 1 3/4" fingerboard which is somewhat better for fingerstyle.

I have an L-03R and it is a super "all around" guitar.

You'll flip over the maple binding.

The D, L, and OM (03) rosewood series can be had for about $825.00, the mahogany about $780.00. If you're lucky, you might still be able to find a SA mahogany in lieu of the sapele.

Be sure to check with Guitar Adoptions, Trinity Guitars, and Notable Guitars. All are great Larrivee dealers, but my two came from Dave at Guitar Adoptions.

Good luck with whatever you choose.
 

Jimmydeez

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I have a DC-16rgt and it is a great guitar. I would say play it since I found some variation in multiple guitars of the same model.

I would also check out Seagull guitars. They are cheap but sound great. I had one before my Martin and I still miss it. It just has a totally different vibe.
 

Lennox Lewis

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You'll love the Larrivee's.

Rosewood - generally produces more bass
Mahogany - generally produces more mids

Be sure to check out the "L" body style in the Larrivee's. The general consensus is the "L" body is more balanced sound wise. It also has an 1 3/4" fingerboard which is somewhat better for fingerstyle.

I have an L-03R and it is a super "all around" guitar.

You'll flip over the maple binding.

The D, L, and OM (03) rosewood series can be had for about $825.00, the mahogany about $780.00. If you're lucky, you might still be able to find a SA mahogany in lieu of the sapele.

Be sure to check with Guitar Adoptions, Trinity Guitars, and Notable Guitars. All are great Larrivee dealers, but my two came from Dave at Guitar Adoptions.

Good luck with whatever you choose.
Agree on the L body for Larrivees, and I also agree about Dave at Guitar Adoptions. He's great to deal with and has some very nice affordable stuff.

Alvarez Yari was another good suggestion. Also throw in a used Guild Bluegrass Jubilee.
 

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For me that exact same price range turned into a Breedlove Atlas AD-25+. Remarkable guitar; for the price it was a tremendous value.
+1 I own the Atlas AC25/SR Plus - it's a great guitar and, as SP states above, a tremendous value. Paid 999.99 I think Breedlove has expanded the Atlas series of late, too. Might want to check their site.
 

JB

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I get NOTHING but compliments on how nice my Larrivee L-03R sounds. This all comes from guys with high end Taylors.
 

guitarstan

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I've owned 3 Larrivee's and they are all great guitars, I still have two. I sold the Brazilian to finance a once in a lifetime Les Paul. I have a 6 string C-10 in Koa and a 12 string. The quality control and workmanship are very hard to beat especially at their price point.
 




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