Sub $300 recommendations

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  1. ejanuska

    ejanuska Member

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    I have friend that is looking to get into playing.

    The budget is below $300. Steel string, acoustic.

    I haven't touched anything in that market for a looooong time.
    Looking for something easy to find, not obscure or difficult to buy.

    What say you?
     
  2. rdamato

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    That, or a used Seagull S6..
     
  3. guitararmy

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    A used Epiphone Masterbilt AJ or Dread model would be in that price range as well. They are all solid wood. My favorites are the older ones with the matte finish top....

    Another nice dread is the cedar/bubinga one that Guitar Fetish sells for $179. I have one and it sounds great.
     
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    From everything I've seen, Yamaha FG730.
     
  6. Dru Edwards

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    +1. I'll also include the Simon & Patrick (S&P) Songsmith, which is about $330 Canadian new. S&P and Seagull guitars are made in Canada and offer a great product at a great price.

    As previously mentioned, the Yamaha 700 series is another great bargain.
     
  7. snakestretcher

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    Yamaha FG7XXS every time. There's no mystery why the FG has been a top seller for decades; it's simple an excellent guitar and always has been since I bought my first, an FG180, in 1969.
     
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    Used. You will get twice the guitar and be able to sell it for what you paid if you/they upgrade at some point.
     
  9. Nevets

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    Art and Lutherie (part of the Godin/Seagull/Simon & Patrick family) make some pretty decent budget acoustics. Especially the Ami line of parlour guitars.
     
  10. WoodenDuckMaker

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    Yamaha FG if they want a dreadnaught

    Ibanez AC240 if they want a mahogany top/concert body

    Epiphone EJ if they want a jumbo
     
  11. hartman1986

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    Yamaha FG700 or the Fg730. Great guitars. The 730 has solid wood back and sides. Both have solid tops. I think the 700 goes for about $200.
     
  12. Matt McGriff

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    The 730 has laminate rosewood back and sides. 700 has laminate nato. No solids in this lineup.
     
  13. Ulug

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    A second-hand Blueridge might be in that price range too... Worth a try.
     
  14. cliffenstein

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    Another vote for an Epiphone AJ-220S. The vintage sunburst model is an incredible guitar that sounds as good as it looks (far better than stock photos). If you get one that needs a set up and/or fret dressing than be sure to get that done...you'll be glad you did.
     

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