Help me decide (Ibanez or Tacoma)

born_hard

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Hi folks,

i´m very new at acoustic guitar, i do play electric since 20years.
I would like to buy a good (used) acoustic for a maximum of 1000$ (or 800Euros). Do you have axperience with tho following ones:

Joe Satriani JSA10 (Masde in China) for 700$:
http://www.ibanez.com/AcousticGuitars/model-JSA10BK

TACOMA (Made in USA) post-Fender for 960$:
DR14c:
http://cgi.ebay.de/Neue-ungespielte...t=Gitarren&hash=item3a63b29cd9#ht_1719wt_1141
DM28c:
http://cgi.ebay.de/Tacoma-DM-28C-ma...t=Gitarren&hash=item3a63b29f5a#ht_1771wt_1141

Which one would you buy? Do you know any of these 3 models?
I appreciate
 

walterw

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tacoma is going to be leagues better of a guitar, just be sure the finish is not coming off (they had an issue with that.)

the ibby would be a decent plugged-in plywood stage guitar, but a tacoma DR is a Real Acoustic Instrument.
 

Blanket Jackson

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Save your sheckels and find a pre-Fender Tacoma. They made some killer guitars for very reasonable prices. I generally believe that the tonal difference between a $1000 and a $2000 acoustic can be pretty striking, but an early Tacoma is the "exception that proves the rule". Also, Westerly Guilds are in that range as well (D40, for instance).
 

bunuel

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^^ 1+. I'd look for Guild D-40 in that price range. Great guitars for the money!
 

born_hard

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Thanks so far, but here is the dilemma:

I have the chance now for a used Ibanez Satriani (in fact its new condition) for 700$. It has a cutaway and Fishman pickup system.
The Tacoma`s i listed above are POST Fenders. You suggest me PRE Fender Tacoma`s but as i know these ones had all "finish is coming off" issues. BTW, i live iN Europe (Germany), used Pre Fender Tacomas (without the finish issues) are very hard to find. I wont wait months to find one.
The Westerly Guild D40 is hard to find (with cutaway) also, especially in this price range.

I know the Ibanez is not a 2000$ instrument and i get what i pay for, but for 700$ i think it looks good, it does sound good and with the pickup is ready for the stage, too.

Do you know any other brand/models (for lets say maximum 1000$) which i shall consider...
What about the TANGLEWOOD TW47 B ?
What about the Yamaha L Series?

AS i said, i`m very new at the acoustic field, and the brands/models nowadays are just overhelming...

BUT, as i said, i need the acoustic now, i wont wait for a "deal" at ebay for months...(for a used Tacoma or Westerly Guild)
Thanks
 

djbrough

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Check for either the GUILD GAD series or the Eastman Acoustics. both are exceptional values (and this is coming from someone who currently plays an Ibanez).
 

small axe

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i would not buy the ibanez...i cant read german so the ebay listing i cant help either...
 

born_hard

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The Joe Satriani Ibanez JSA10BK at ebay is practically brand new and costs 560 Euro (770$). Thats my chance to get this guitar almost 50% cheaper then new from any store here in Germany (1060 Euro is the new price).

I cant check out the Guild GAD or Eastman in person?
Well, if you listen to these soundfiles of the Guild GAD AND Ibanez JSA10BK, WHICH ONE SOUNDS BETTER FOR YOU?

Click onto the green arrow:
GUILD GAD:
http://www.thomann.de/de/guild_gad40ce.htm

IBANEZ JSA10BK:
http://www.thomann.de/de/ibanez_jsa10bk.htm
 

walterw

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tacoma finish flaws would be obvious in those pictures, and they look fine to me.

either one would blow away the sound of any ibanez acoustic.
 

born_hard

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Allright,

i moved away from the Ibanez Satriani. Thats an instrument mainly for the stage, its not full sounding and its not an allrounder...
Thanks so far. The Tacoma guitars are sure good, the bodystyle and designs is litlle bit odd...

But look now at this Guild i found yesterday:
http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280638728492&ssPageName=ADME:X:eRTM:DE:1123
This one is a real good guitar i think, why is it so cheap? Its a discounted model and its stamped "used" on the back...
The seller says everything is 100% fine...
Do you know this guitar series?
 

guildmann

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the Guild CO is a nice looking guitar... i've never played this model.. but it's hard to go wrong buying a Guild!!
Rob
 

boogieman90

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Fender boght Tacoma to rehab Guild. I have a Pree-Fender Tacoma. I'll put it up against Taylor's, Martins, etc that cost twice as much. Finish has stayed fine. On mod is I did get a bone nut put on it.
 

Zim

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I have a Pre-Fender Tacoma as well, and I too would put up against anything out there. I love mine. With that said, POST Fender was still the same grew building them for a about 2-3 years. When Fender Moved Guild to the Tacoma plant is when Tacoma took a back seat has been there in limbo ever since and it saddens me.

Pre/Post are close enough not to matter much, only the last couple years did they cut corners and cheap them down some as they retooled for Guilds.

But that also tells you, the USA Guilds will be great as well.

But in the end, no matter which Tacoma, I would take it by light years over a Ibanez. And I love Ibbys too. (Well, their basses anyways)
 

solitaire

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now that's interesting!

a graphite neck block?
That's a very nice guitar. I'm looking into this very model myself. The Contemporaries have a slightly wider neck, are brighter and more woody sounding guitars than Traditionals.

The only if-y thing about the Contemporaries is the graphite neck joint. Sometimes the fretboards are in an S-shape so that there will be insufficient relief at the higher frets, which can cause rattle.
 




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