Best Bang for the Buck ??

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by Hitem, Jul 12, 2018 at 12:57 PM.


  1. Hitem

    Hitem Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm thinking of getting my first acoustic, been playing electrics for years mainly Strats but I've been seriously thinking of picking one up just to expand my playing

    I was thinking something in the $800-$1500 range ...I was wondering from those that have allot more knowledge then I have when it comes to acoustics which type & brand would you recommend that would have the best bang for the buck for someone who has played only electrics for their first purchase of a acoustic guitar

    I appreciate any help or direction anyone can offer

    Thanks
     
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    New or used? You can pick up a medium end Martin or a Larrivee given your budget. Taylor and Eastman have been mentioned. If you had an extra hundred, theres a 2016 Collings "Waterloo" on the Richmond, VA. Craigslist right now.
     
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    I recommend looking at carbon fiber acoustic guitars.
     
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    Another vote for Taylor 100s and 200s, because of their NT neck joint. They also have electric-guitarist-friendly necks.
     
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    Epi Masterbilt. I'm mostly a electric player and found it very comfortable to play.
     
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    Bang for the buck? Larrivee.

    If you both strum with a pick and fingerpick, the 'L' bodies are incredibly versatile. The L-03 has mahogany back and sides and the L-03R has rosewood back and sides. That particular choice would be a matter of personal taste. The 'D' bodies might be a tad better if you're going to flat pick and not fingerpick.
     
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    my advice would be an all solid wood guitar, best bang for buck= Yamaha but check Martin and Taylor
     
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    Best bang for the buck, long term, would be a Martin, 18 series and up.
     
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    Gibson J-15, J-35, or J-29.

    I'd up that dollar range a bit overall. Acoustics can get pricey. Something of a Fender American Strat quality ($1399) would be more like $2500 in the acoustic realm.
     
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    Taylors play well and sound good but if you plan to play it plugged in, try before you buy. I really dislike their ES2 system as do others. Some like it just fine.
     
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    As a starting point and before anybody can give you a helping hand you need to figure out what body style, neck carve, nut width, and such you are comfortable with. If you, as example, want an acoustic that has a neck that plays like a Strat it is going to be a game changer.
     
  15. Hitem

    Hitem Silver Supporting Member

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    I appreciate all of the suggestions & input

    I definitely need to get my hands on some of the suggested guitars to see how they feel & sound to me
    Just from looking at some vids on youtube I really like the sounds of some of the Larrivee's & Taylor's but again I need to get some of these in hand to see how I like them

    What are some of the thoughts on steel stringed acoustics ?
    I was thinking these may be better suited for someone going from electric to acoustic ..
     
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    I am not sure what you mean, I think every suggestion in this thread has been a steel string acoustic.
     
  17. Hitem

    Hitem Silver Supporting Member

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    I wasn't aware that all of the suggestions were steel stringed acoustics ..just shows my limited knowledge when it comes to acoustics :cool:
     
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    Ha! no worries, yeah I think you will find that a steel string is the best for transitioning from electric to acoustic.

    I'll throw out another suggestion I have not seen here yet, Breedlove they made some really great guitars from their import models all the way up to the American ones, very Taylor-esque (and Kim Breedlove worked for Taylor for years) -- IMO Taylor necks have a very comfortable feel comparable to electric guitars.

    Another oddball to consider is the Taylor T5 and the Taylor T5z -- which are sort of a hybrid.
     
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    Has anyone had any experience with a Breedlove Premier Concert Copper CE ?
    If so, can you give me your thoughts on it
    Thanks
     
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    No experience with that guitar. Looks beautiful though!
     

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