Great Acoustic Electric for under $1000?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by Kaviler, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. Kaviler

    Kaviler Member

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    Im trying to pick up a nice acoustic electric for under a grand. Iv heard alot of good things about Martins but think that their probably a little over priced. Im worryed about straying away from the mainstream brands though in fear that the guitar will fall apart.

    My last acoustic was a Dean and it sounded and played great in the store, but as soon as the weather dried up it was completly worthless. The bridge started rattling too.

    Any recomendations?
     
  2. greggorypeccary

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    Why would you be afraid a Martin would fall apart?
     
  3. shngn7

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    Takamine G Series are great. I have an EG540C and love the way it sounds plugged into an amp with the pickup it came with.
     
  4. wescattle

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    I have an epiphone masterbuilt and it is an amazing guitar, it gets beat up, and i can take it anywhere and it always sounds great. Sometimes its to loud though, if thats possible.
     
  5. Kaviler

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    To clarify:
    I like martins but think their overpriced. I think I can find the same quality for cheaper in other brands but want to know if they they will hold up
     
  6. greggorypeccary

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    Got ya, I misread your post.

    Overpriced is a matter of opinion of course. If you plan to plug in and are playing this with a band you probably don't want something like a Martin. I have a pretty nice Gibson myself and after one gig in a crowded bar I picked up a Hamer Duotone to cover the acoustic tones. If that didn't come up, I probably would have gotten an Ovation, but only because I have already nice all-wood acoustic.

    I guess it all depends on your needs and how "acoustic" you need it to sound when electrified, and how nice you want it to sound for real (unamplified).
     
  7. FlyingDutchman

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    Taylor 214CE. 999.00 with case. Neck plays like an electric. Awesome AE guitar.
     
  8. Kaviler

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    Awesome, im looking for a guitar thats nice and dependable when performing. Its main usage will be for solo and unplugged shows. Rarely will it be used with a loud rock n' roll sound behind it so I guess the answer is to get something with a nice acoustic ring when amped. A great natural ring is slightly less important but I dont want to sacrifice too much of it
     
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    Might check the Breedlove Atlas series.
     
  11. stratus

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    Blueridge BR-160 Historic series. Big beautiful tone. Rosewood back and sides. Check out the website for the specs.
     
  12. dksouthpaw

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    check out alvarez. really nice preamp in them for the price. and if it gets beat up you dont feel too bad about it either.
     
  13. macheesmo3

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    I have an Alvarez Aj60sc ( Jumbo) it's maple body engelman spruce top , stays in tune great was actually set up wonderfully from the factory . was under $600 ( and it had a great pickup system built in with a tuner but it got submerged in Katrina and no longer works , but the guitar still sounds great acoustic !)
    I was looking at a used martin the same day and chose the Alvarez as I thought it sounded better . If you don't like Jumbo's they have other good deals too. But play a bunch of them , I played 3 before I found the one I bought , the fit and finish was fine on the rest , this one just seemed to have "it"
     
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    +1 My brother bought one of these and it was pretty impressive for the $.
     
  15. Yuengling

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    Yamaha CPX 500 - great tone, great pickup, built in tuner and equalizer- play it hard at every gig - purchased new for $550.00 and they can be picked up used for around $400 on ebay.
     
  16. marsellus

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    Last Christmas, I was given a Seagull performer cutaway acoustic/electric:

    http://www.seagullguitars.com/productperformercwcedargt.htm

    - Made in Canada (as opposed to some in China, Korea, etc.)
    - Comes with a case
    - Sounds great
    - Plays great
    - Less than a grand (if I remember, it's around the $500 to $600 range)

    I actually recorded my acoustic solo album using it. If you want to hear it, check out one of these links:
    www.myspace.com/joshcarplesmusic
    www.cdbaby.com/cd/joshcarples

    Hope this helps.

    -Josh
     
  17. Timinator

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    I'd try and find a used Gibson Songwriter. They can be had for 1K and up.
     
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    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    big fan of guild dv4 and dv6. they sound massive
     
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    I bought a DV-6 w/case (satin finish, sita spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides)this summer. Great USA made guitar for the money. These guitars were being made in the Tacoma Factory. I think they are now being made in the Ovation Factory. My guitar was made in Tacoma. Put an LR Baggs pickup in it and it sounds fantastic for right at $1k.
     

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