Can anyone name any standout cheap acoustics?

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  1. burning blue

    burning blue Member

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    Hey everyone!

    Just wondering weather anyone can name any real standout cheap acoustics?

    I'm willing to pay up to about $1500 AU any ideas would be fantastic.

    Thanks fellas:AOK

    Andrew
     
  2. Teleman

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    The Carvin Cobalt series sound excellent and are very reasonably priced. My newphew's sounds as goo d as my Taylor.
    Plus they have a 10 day return policy. If you don't like it send it back.
     
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    I like the all mahogany Martins for the money. The D size I played and the 000's have sounded great. Larivee does some nice sounding lower priced guitars. I have a used J45 going on the market that is in your price range - they vary a LOT and this is a particularly good one for my tastes. I'll likely post it as soon as I can get my camera to cooperate.

    If you're looking for a stage guitar and can spend just a little bit more, the Composite Acoustic guitars (all carbon fiber) are great in terms of being impervious to the elements and about as indestructible as a guitar can get. The tone for me was surprising - not quite the soul of a geat wood acoustic, but very good and wood sounding. You'll likely never need maintenance for these so the long term cost might balance out. Soon as they come out with a slope shoulder burst (my idea, not theirs) I'll buy one and leave the Collings at home!

    Good luck in the hunt!
     
  4. Dana-L

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    If they're available down under, check out Seagull guitars.

    I bought a used one to be my 'camping' guitar but it's just too good to risk taking it out in the woods or to the beach!

    Good luck!

    -Dana
     
  5. jazzandmetal?

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    yamaha makes good cheaper acoustics.
     
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    + 1 on this. Yamaha make excellent sub $1000 acoustics.
     
  7. BluePowder

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    Mate if you're in Aussie, why don't you check out a Maton? :)

    If not and if they are available there, Lakewoods are pretty damn nice as well. I tried one over the weekend, and currently it's really distracting me away from my home studio setup project ;)
     
  8. Matt F

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    I have a Yamaha that I have owned for almost 25 years. It's a great guitar.
     
  9. konavet

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    I'd check out the used market. Decide what you're willing to pay and what style (D, OM, Jumbo, etc.) you want and start shopping. While you can get a good quality starter guitar new for around $1000, you can sometimes (or nearly always if you're patient) get a really high quality used instrument in the $1000-1500 range. It also has the advantage of holding it's value better since a lot of the depreciation has already occured. If you're unfamiliar with acoustics, get someone who knows them to help you out and maybe look at your potential purchase, just like you'd have a trusted mechanic look at a used car. Good Luck
     
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    What style of playing are you going to be doing? Do you play hard soft? Want sustain? Like headroom/volume? Fingerstyle? Flatpick? Can you deal with Medium guage strings, want bass responce or treble Etc....

    Eric
     
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    +1

    I love my simon and patrick
     
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    +1 for Yamaha at the low end. I have a killer $200 12-string from them.
     
  13. burning blue

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    Thanks everyone
    i'll be sure to check out all the guitars mentioned
    Andrew
     
  14. burning blue

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    I've played maton's and I think theyre very nice, but its still good to check out all options first
    Andrew
     
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    Seagull make some terrific guitars. Try an S6. Solid spruce top, excellant neck, and sound fantastic. Simon and Patrick are also made by the Godin/Seagull peeps. WHy send your $$$ to Korea or China??? :NUTS Us Canadians are supposed to be your allies!!:AOK

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    I've got a Takamine G-series that I love. I was less that $400 and it gets better all the time. Now it doesn't compare to some Laverees(sp?) and Collins that I've played, :) but for the money, it's great.
     
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    I've played a few pretty nice Guild GAD (the Chinese made ones) series guitars. Also a +1 on the hog Martins - the 000-15s (12 fret all mahogany) is one sweet sounding guitar.
     
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    Alvarez MD90, Alvarez MF90

    Solid Indian Rosewood back and sides, Solid Spruce Top...

    One is a dread style, the other is a Folk style

    Upgrade the tuners to some Gotoh 510 Deltas or Waverly's and you've got yourself a great guitar...

    They have bone nut and saddle already.

    You might consider upgrading the bridge pins as well, but its not a big deal.

    You can get them for under 900 USD
     
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    +1 on Seagulls. I recently bought an S12+. It has a plain-Jane appearance, but it sounds great. Much nicer (and almost half the price) than the Takamine G Series 12-string I returned in order to buy the Seagull.

    I also have a Carvin Cobalt that is well-made, althrough somewhat sterile to play. I think the Carvins are actually made by Cort. Compare:

    http://www.cort.com/acoustics/mr/index.html

    http://www.carvin.com/products/single.php?ItemNumber=C750T&CID=CBNE

    They look the same, same tuners, same pre-amp, virtually the same numbering system for the models...
     

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