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Unread 07-09-2003, 08:45 PM   #1
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whats the best brand acoustic to buy?

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Unread 07-09-2003, 08:51 PM   #2
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Taylor or Martin but you probly don't have that kinda money set aside, lol.
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Unread 07-09-2003, 08:51 PM   #3
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what about fenders
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Unread 07-09-2003, 08:55 PM   #5
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I would stay away from a Fender acoustic. How much are you looking to spend?

My first recommendation is buy a used guitar. You'll get much more for the money.
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I would stay away from a Fender acoustic.
Agreed. I've played maybe 1 that sounded really good.
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Unread 07-09-2003, 09:29 PM   #8
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Preferrably play on it first... acoustic vary more than electrics.
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Unread 07-09-2003, 10:26 PM   #9
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the whole trick on buying acoustics is to shop around. guitars vary so much even within the same series that you want to play alot of guitars.
i have been honestly impressed by Garrison guitars, for the price involved, and if you're looking for an acoustic electric, they use fishman pickups, i believe.
i would recomend(if you're relatively new to guitar, and even if not) to find someone who is an experienced guitar player or musician(i didn't mean that as a joke) and have that person listen to the guitars you play.

of course, you have to find a guitar that plays well in your hands, sounds good to you, and just feels right to you.

one final tip: when you're comparing two guitars, dont' play one for 5 minutes than the other for five minutes. you might do that to get the feel, but when you're comparing sounds, play one short, 15 second riff/ chord progression, then switch, and play the same thing on the other guitar.

spend some time shopping, and have fun with it. guitar shopping is an excuse to play alot of different guitars.
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Good advice. If you decide to go for a used guitar and you have a friend who's been playing guitar for a long time and has owned several good guitars, take him or her with you to help examine and shop for a used guitar. There are often little things that some people miss until they've bought the instrument and it's too late to take back. A slightly bowed top might indicate a problem that will be much worse in a few years. Sometimes, an owner might have a broken neck repaired well enough (especially at the headstock) that it's hard to see at first, but a repaired neck is a serious problem. Check the machine heads to make sure they're all original or at least the same brand, test them for loose gears, and look at the strap buttons.

If you go for a new guitar, I've heard a lot about Garrison lately too, and it sounds like a pretty good route for an inexpensive guitar with all solid woods. However, there aren't a ton of places that sell them yet. I would recommend that, if you're going for a very famous brand, stay away from Fender because they use low quality laminates (it seems) that have a dull quality to them and the workmanship is not great. Sigma, Samick, Jasmine, and Washburn are names I would probably stay away from as well. I've owned two Takamines and enjoyed both of them, but I don't know if I'd recommend their lower end instruments and I won't buy another.

I've heard good things about Seagull, all of whose guitars have solid tops, and Deans, which are inexpensive. Epiphones are occasionally golden, and you can sometimes find great deals on Ibanez acoustics although I've never been a fan.
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yeah i will ditto the seagull stuff. also there's another brand put out by the same company that's rare in the states but they are great guitars. art & lutherie. great stuff. i was really impressed when i tried one. but yeah, those, martins, taylors, some guilds, some tacomas. basically try lots. like has been said acoustic models vary with the guitar. you might hate one model then try a copy of it and absolutely love it. acoustics vary much mroe than electrics do.
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Seagull or Cort would be my recommendation.

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I would stay away from a Fender acoustic. How much are you looking to spend?

My first recommendation is buy a used guitar. You'll get much more for the money.
hey! I love my Fender DG-7. It sounds fine to me.
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