Considering my first "real" acoustic....

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by echale3, May 21, 2008.

  1. echale3

    echale3 Member

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    I've got an old Yamaha FG75, it's basically a bargain basement guitar, about 30 years old. It needs to be re-fretted at the very least, and I'm not that keen on paying for a re-fret for a cheap guitar. It probably also needs to have the fretboard sanded, as it's got a little tiny bit of a wind in it that makes it very difficult to barre chords. It also sounds nothing like what I'd like for it to sound like.

    I had the opportunity to play a rather expensive Tacoma with a Spruce top/mahogany sides and back that had a very impressive bottom end on it--powerful and piano-like. The mids were strong, and the top end clean and clear, but not shrill. I can't remember the model designation, but it's apparently one from before Fender bought them. I also play my father in laws '60s Gibson Hummingbird and another Gibson flattop (IIRC, it's an older J45).

    With acoustic guitars, I play some Gospel, Old-time, and a little Bluegrass.

    Tonally speaking, I like the smoothness of the Tacoma and the two Gibsons I've played sound really good to me. I like a solid but not boomy bottom end, with that smooth quality to the notes. I don't like a brassy, shrill top end on acoustics, I just want clean and clear highs and a strong midrange.

    If at all possible, I'd like to keep the neck widths and scale lengths at Gibson specs, since I'm used to playing Gibson electrics and acoustics...

    I really don't want to spend more than a grand, less if I can get away with it.

    I'm in Roanoke, and was planning on auditioning a couple well-recommended Blueridge models (they have a new BR-60 and BR-140, as well as a used BR-160CE and Martin DM) at the Fret Mill downtown, and Kelleys over on Brambleton Ave has Guild, Taylor, and Epiphone acoustics on the wall. Before I start taking stuff off the wall and trying it out, are there any particular models I should look specifically for, to narrow down my search? Does anybody have any recommendations on other makers that have models that would fill the bill? I'm definitely a "try before you buy" type, so I'd rather not get one sight unseen... Also, I don't need any electronics at all, I just want a plain acoustic guitar...
     
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    The Epiphone Advanced Jumbo Masterbilts are great, they sound better than most of their expensive Gibson counterparts. Blueridge makes a very good Martin style dreadnaught, the D-160, and Recording King makes a nice fancy Martin dreadnaught the RD?-227. The Guild GAD series also has its proponents.
     
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    I would second the Epi Masterbilts (great guitar for the cash) as well as some of the Takamine's. For a grand (or less) there are a number of nice git's out there to choose from.
     
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    "With acoustic guitars, I play some Gospel, Old-time, and a little Bluegrass.

    Tonally speaking, I like the smoothness of the Tacoma and the two Gibsons I've played sound really good to me. I like a solid but not boomy bottom end, with that smooth quality to the notes. I don't like a brassy, shrill top end on acoustics, I just want clean and clear highs and a strong midrange."


    Given your description, sounds like a slope shoulder dread would fit your needs nicely. Fro me, they've become the do all acoustic.

    J45's can be great but you have to find a good one. I haven't had a chance to play a Masterbuilt acoustic but I have an Elitist electric and the build quality is top shelf. Unfortunately, acoustic prices have gone up a lot over the years and $4K for upper end guitars seems to be pretty accepted. Good luck with the hunt.
     
  7. echale3

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    Cool, thanks for the advice... Looks like I'll have some decent items locally to choose from.
     
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    ^^I just went through this, Not that this would be the best choice.....but....I wound up with a Dread Seagull. Mine was 93 vintage all solid. It sounds really nice. But you can't find "used" on the shelves.

    The reason I wanted to post on this topic was....I looked at a lot of Laguna's. I have a GC Credit card and I could get 15 months free of interest on any Laguna I wanted, I played all of them and I am sorry, none of them had any real lower range to speak of. They had the same sound as my old Charvel Acoustic with the laminate top.

    I liked the Laguna, they were very ornate......they just didn't have the sound I was looking for.

    I was trying out a used ~$600 Takamine and considering it as it came with a hard shell case....then the guys at GC steered me to the Seagull 25th anny edition. THAT guitar sounded great, but while I was in "Consideration mode" I found the current Seagull that I bought. It was ~$300 with a dual output. one for regular acoustic pup and one for the internal mounted Microphone and a Hardshell case.....

    Am I bragging about my find?? yes....OK back to the topic

    I just wanted to weigh in on the Laguna thing, sorry to fall off the wagon
     
  10. exhaust_49

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    I think any of the godin brands (seagull, Simon and Patrick ect.) would work well for you. In my opinion they have the best bang for your buck right now. I own one guitar, a Simon and Patrick pro maple and it is defanitly a keeper. Make sure you check em' out.
     

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