Best affordable/cheap brand?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by Paul Conway, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. woof*

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    If find a 60’s Harmony Sovereign. Have it setup and refretted and any minor repairs. Old school real mahogany under a grand.
     
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  2. Paul Conway

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    I have an Eastman/Sigma/Seagull dealer near me. Seems like a good place to start.
     
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  3. Irving Pye

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    Your options are limitless ;)
     
  4. lp_bruce

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    I tried a couple of the Organic series today and was impressed.
     
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    You can go round and round here all day. I would head out to a store and try some out. I thought I had my mind made up before but after actually playing guitars in a store that all changed. That said I had a Breedlove that was 399 that was nice. Breedloves string spacing is to tight for me though. Thats one of those things you figure out after you play it so... PRS Angelus is a great guitar sub $1000. I just got the $999 Martin GPC-11 that is a real winner also.
     
  6. Thumpalumpacus

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    I see Larrivee mentioned a few times. They're fantastic guitars, but even used, I wouldn't say they're cheap.
     
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    Guild D140CE - All solid wood = $950

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    Alvarez Masterworks and Eastman are all solid wood and consistently awesome.
     
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    I’m consistently impressed with the lower priced Yamaha guitars.
     
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    One more vote for Larrivee. You can find used ones for 700$. Way above anything mentioned here in my opinion.
    Otherwise some Takamine can be quite excellent for 500 to $1000.
     
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    I bought an L-03W w/case for $700 shipped. Really nice solid wood guitar, that holds its own against many known brands. Anytime I pick up an acoustic these days, that's the one I grab.
     
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  13. Thumpalumpacus

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    Really -- sounds like you got a good deal.

    A buddy of mine back in SoCal worked for Jean's Oxnard shop, and as great as the guitars were that he brought home, they struck me as a little pricey. It's good to know I'm wrong about this, because every Larrivee I've played has been a damned good guitar. Maybe Nate just had pricey tastes, lol. Good stuff, GFM, thanks for the correction.
     
  14. davess23

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    Blue Ridge offers excellent value for your money. We have a BR-143 (all solid woods Chinese take on a 000-18) that I like a lot regardless of price just because it's a nice sounding, easy playing guitar.

    Eastman makes some great lower-priced guitars, too.
     
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    I should have said used(2010 Vancouver build in 2019). I suspect it becomes an issue, when you don't have enough background to understand what you want and what you can afford. I have purchased guitars for small sums, that have the big names but, I recognize the names represent decades of refinement. Gotta get past that. His taste is in keeping with understanding Jean builds as exceptional a product as any other, and he is an avid wood guy which helps keep his price-point where it needs to be.
     
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  16. Thumpalumpacus

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    Nate brought home six or seven, ranging from a parlor acoustic to dread to a Tele loaded with an SD mini in the bridge to one of his LP-type 2HB builds. Every one of them was a fantastic guitar that delivered the goods. The LP -- essentially a Junior -- was a growler, loved it.

    I've got no doubt that even Larrivee's lower-priced models are damned good. As I said, it's sometimes good to be wrong, and this is one of those cases for me. I'll remember this conversation when I go shopping for another flat-top, and thanks to you.
     
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    Yamaha is always safe, they always punch above their weight at any price.

    An off-piste suggestion would be Faith - British brand, made in Indonesia but not sure how well they are distributed outside of Europe... anyway, they are really impressive, really well made with a really nice bill of materials (even when they are simple and especially when they are fancy).
     
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    Yamaha or Simon & Patrick/Godin.
     
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    I bought an Art & Lutherie (Godin) a few years ago to experiment with some different tunings. I had no intent on buying an A&L but I couldn't put it down. It has a great neck and sounds pretty good. I ended up using it on a couple of songs on my solo album and I use it onstage on occasion. It's a beaut.

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    I had a Simon&Patrick mid 2000s which was very good.
     

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