Heya Okay, I'm trying to find a new acoustic/electric guitar. Here's the story: For the last 10 years I've been playing my first-ever guitar: Yamaha FG-300A, and that's like a very cheap, lowest-end model. I've been playing mostly electric guitar stuff, so I've never cared much about acoustic guitars other than a few acoustic gig here and there. I've thrown in a Markely Tahoe pickup and used L.R. Baggs Para DI, and have been pretty happy with the tone, plugged or unplugged. But recently my band's getting a chance to record a new CD which will be more acoustic guitar oriented, so I thought this is a good chance to get a higher-quality higher-end acoustic/electric to be used plugged live, or unplugged in the studio. I do both pick strokes and finger picking, but I'm a singer/guitarist, so not much single-note lead stuff. I really like/am influenced by Jason Mraz and John Mayer as acoustic guitarists/vocalists. So basically what I wanna know is this: 1. What are the most top-brand names in the acoustic guitar market? For electric, it's gotta be Fender/Gibson, but what is it for acoustic? I know Yamaha, Gibson, Taylor, Martin, any other "good, reliable" brands? I know big-name brands aren't always the best, but they're a good place to start for a noob like me. 2. And what would the characteristic of each brand be? For example, we can say... Fender - twangy, spanky tone commonly associated with country, and blues Gibson - mellow, fatter tone for hard/heavier rock, jazz and that's for electric. But it would be great if you guys could give me a criteria for acoustic guitars. With these basic info in my head, I can go out to the store and try a few out, and I'll know what to look for, and what character to listen to. Thanks in advance!!