How much did your main axe cost ya?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by iDavid, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. iDavid

    iDavid Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    I have a Larrivee OM-2 which cost me less than 500 buck several years back...

    I've been moving more and more to acoustic so I thought maybe I would treat myself to a second acoustic with a "different" voice than the OM.

    I've been looking around at the different brands on this forum and the most recommened builder and WHOA!!!!!!!!

    Beautiful guitars to say the least, but oh man, are these babies expensive...

    I was wondering what people paid for their main acoustic axe and are these high ticket guitars really worth money? Looks aside, do they play better? Do they sound better, I know that is a matter of taste...

    Music is my thing and I play a few hours a day and writing songs is my main outlet. I live in Germany and most of the guitars I read about are not so easy for me to try out....

    I guess I'm looking for recommendations on brands that aren't over the top expensive, but are a step up form what I have.... but, I do love this guitar and I had it set-up by one of the best guitar techs in these parts....

    Still curious to what you guys have sunk into our guitars
  2. raz

    raz Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    South and East of Seattle
    My Martin HD-35 cost me $1700. A friend who is a luthier built me a terrific small-body that I paid him $1500 for.

    My next will likely be a Santa Cruz and I'm expecting to drop about $3K. But it's gonna be a while.
  3. clarkram

    clarkram Member

    Jan 5, 2002
    Woodstock GA
    I picked up a Martin OMC Aura about 2 months ago new for $2300. I gig weekly and this guitar has been great fun.

    My 95' Taylor 810 cost about $1700 in 1995.

  4. Scott Peterson

    Scott Peterson Administrator ^/|\^ Co-Founder of TGP Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    My Tacoma DR-38 is an artist relations model that toured the world with Gary "Bisquit" Davis (Dolly Parton) and has some bumps and bruises, but it is a cannon. I paid $800 for her. It was a STEAL.

    My stage acoustic is the Line 6 Variax 700 Acoustic; paid $1200 for it in May, 2004. Many, many gigs and never a hiccup. Fantastic live guitar.
  5. jayn

    jayn Member

    Feb 26, 2003
    I paid about $1600 for my main squeeze, a Martin HD-28V. I got it used, but virtually new condition (maybe 5 months on it). I'd love to have a mahogany dread, but the ones I like are around $2000 used (Collings D1 or Martin D-18GE).

    Good acoustics are expensive, but think of all the labor involved and the experience to know what to do with those thin pieces of wood. There's isn't much in the guitar world that sounds as sublime as a great acoustic. A lot of what I'm willing to pay for is tone. Sure they play a little better, but it's mostly the tone that you pay extra for, IMO.
  6. Avenger

    Avenger Member

    Jul 24, 2005
    Bristow, VA
    I don't have a very expensive guitar. I paid $1000 in 2001 for my Taylor 410-K, which is lower end Taylor dred with satin finished koa sides and a three piece back.
  7. onemind

    onemind Member

    Oct 28, 2004
    Oceanside, NY
    I have a Taylor 412 I bought years ago, for a keyboard (I think it was a Korg X3, or somthing like that, plus about 600 bucks), Nice as much acoustic as I need I haven't picked it up in ages, it's actually looking at me from the corner taunting. I did buy a used Breedlove for 1000. last year but couldn't get used to the neck.

  8. Seegs

    Seegs Member

    Jul 13, 2004
    I've had a couple of expensive Acoustics...a Santa Cruz Vintage Artist and a Guild F50 Jumbo...both were really great guitars and for some reason they didn't stick around...

    I guess because I was concentrating on the electric at that time and and I couldn't really justify such high dollar items sittin' around and collecting dust...

    Now that I am starting to do some acoustic projects I picked up a Tacoma DM18 for $700 and I love this guitar more than my high dollar ones from years past...beautifully balanced tone and it's just getting better the more I play's starting to really open up...

    I just got done installing a K&K Ultra Pure pu system in it and while this guitar has always sounded great now sounds great when plugged in...great pu!!

  9. jjfields

    jjfields Guest

    I paid $2300 for my '99 614CEab. It is a fantastic fingerstyle guitar. I have become more of a dred player because I prefer the volume and lower end, and usually play out with my '92 K20CE that I paid $1400 used.

    I don't play bars, but if I did I would probably use something along the lines of a Taylor 410CE.

    Not too expensive, so you wouldn't worry about it getting dinged up, but still all of the playability of a Taylor. They were built to be gigged, IMO.

  10. KRosser

    KRosser Member

    Oct 15, 2004
    Pasadena, CA
    Dana Bourgeois dreadnaught - $1295 new/closeout from McCabes in Santa Monica about four years ago.
  11. erksin

    erksin Member

    Nov 17, 2004
    $900 for a lefty Montana-built 1994 Gibson Gospel new. I dig it, but acoustic is not my first love. If it was, I'd be all over a Collings 12-fret model - there is no other guitar that compares to my ears...
  12. Outbound

    Outbound Guest

    I got a pretty nice Simon & Patrick Rosewood CW for CAN$890 (with tax) this summer in Toronto.

    It's actually my first steel string acoustic. I love it. Keep it in DADGAD most of the time.
  13. Brakhage

    Brakhage Member

    Oct 26, 2004
    I have a Alvarez Yairi WY-1SB that I paid $970 for. Great guitar for the price.
  14. r9player

    r9player Silver Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2005
    I use a Takamine EF-341SC .. not the greatest but very functional and good acoustic and plugged sound. "only" $600.
    At the time for the same price I also could've gotten a big bodied Ovation (but someone else in Church already had one of these)
    Besides that since you are in Germany.. guess Lakewood, Lowden would be two more local brands right?
  15. Fishin'Musician

    Fishin'Musician Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    I own a Martin 0018E I picked up in mint condish in 1990 for $450. My main acoustic, however is my Santa Cruz Tony Rice; I paid 3K, and I'm not well off by any means, but I decided I'd step it up to the point where I didn't need to upgrade again. And I don't. This guitar simply has incredible tone and is a joy to play.
  16. Funky Chicken

    Funky Chicken Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Apex, NC
    I played a WY-1 for YEARS that I bought as a new "second" with no warranty for $800. The "2" stamp was due to a small indentation on the bass side of the neck just back of the 12th fret side dot. Killer guitar-I miss it a lot. I traded it plus a Music Man bass plus a few hundred for my 2002 Taylor 514-CE. I love the Taylor, but should have kept the Yairi...
  17. AnthonyL

    AnthonyL Silver Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2003
    New Albany, OH
    I paid $2600 for my Bourgeois Vintage D; $1600 for my Lakewood, and $1400 for my Lowden - it's 8yrs old...


    For the money, Lakewood is a fine instrument and they're made in Germany! I noticed has a few left and they are offering great deals on them. I was thinking about it myself, but I've got GAS for a tele at the moment.
  18. riffmeister

    riffmeister Member

    Jan 4, 2003
    near Philly

    and worth every penny.
  19. Droffie

    Droffie Member

    Nov 21, 2003
    The Netherlands
    I paid Euro 2200 for my Gibson CL-50 Supreme. It's around
    US$ 2650.
    It's as well my main acoustic as my only acoustic.
  20. hemlock

    hemlock Guest

    $1500 for my Martin HD 28. Before that, I played a solid top red label Yammie for about 20 years. I paid $200 for it.

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