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What is a good entry-level acoustic?

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by pgjstrat, Feb 11, 2019 at 4:55 PM.

  1. pgjstrat

    pgjstrat Strat-Talker

    Dec 26, 2018
    Pensacola, FL
    I'm starting to get a little interested in playing some acoustic. What would be a nice one for less than $500? I prefer one with a cutaway.
  2. Class A Knob

    Class A Knob Strat-O-Master

    Nov 25, 2017
    Almost any Alvarez would fit the bill. Inexpensive, sound great, and built to last. I own a baritone 6-er and a '96 jumbo 12-er.
  3. balston11

    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 8, 2013
    Preston UK
    Anything with Yamaha on the headstock
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  4. montemerrick

    montemerrick spiritual birthday, April 1 Strat-Talk Supporter

    $500 can get you a very nice used acoustic. my vintage (1978) Ibanez (in my avatar) is the nicest sounding acoustic i've ever played (maple back and sides) and cost about $400 in excellent condition.
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  5. EC Strat-boy

    EC Strat-boy Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 16, 2018
    Louisville Kentucky
    Breedloves give you a lot of guitar at that price point.
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  6. Buzzgrowl

    Buzzgrowl New Member!

    Oct 26, 2018

    A setup (nut, bridge, truss rod) and some nice strings (Elixir, Earnie Ball Paradigm, Thomastik) are super important. Know the difference between phosphore bronze ans 80/20 strings.
  7. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Running with Scissors
    I would add about $100 and get the Epiphone masterbuilt. They are all solid wood and sound great. I think they make one with a cutaway but I personally do not like acoustics with a cutaway.
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  8. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Running with Scissors
    I had the exact opposite experience with Breedlove. Bought the studio or stage model I think it was, made in Mexico and cost $1,100. Looked cool (except for the cutaway) but buzzed like crazy even after setup. Exchanged it for another and same issue. Called Breedlove and the guy there told me “oh yeah you really need to get to our USA made guitars to get a good one, those are the ones we make properly”. That was it, I was done with Breedlove forever. I’m Martin for life now.
  9. Textele

    Textele Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oct 10, 2009
  10. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
    Im going to buy two Yamaha fgx800c guitars.

    Acoustic electric and just seem like good bang for buck instruments.

    I bonded immediately.

    Yes you can buy better but Im not good enough to justify it.

    2nd one is for my son.
  11. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 8, 2016
    I played an Ibanez artwood the other day. It was 300 dollars i think?

    It sounded pretty good, and it was a good player too.
    Not fancy, but a fairly nice guitar.

    You can get a lot for your money these days. I played a bunch of sub 500 dollar guitars while I was there at the store. They were all decent.

    I went in for strings, played some acoustics, had a nice conversation with another customer, it was nice.
    I hadn't done that in a while.
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  12. slowesthand

    slowesthand Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 23, 2011
    If you are buying new I haven't played anything around $500 that touches Seagull.
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  13. BuddyHollywood

    BuddyHollywood Strat-Talker

    Jul 22, 2011
    Venice, CA
  14. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    Seagull. $500 will put one in a hardshell case for you.
  15. FeloniousDrunk

    FeloniousDrunk Strat-Talk Member

    Go try some out within your budget & don’t pay too much attention to brands. Make note of how different body shapes affect tone, projection, & volume. Good luck in your quest.
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  16. Deathray

    Deathray Strat-Talk Member

    Dec 20, 2018
    Central Illinois
    X4 on the Yamaha votes!

    There are some really sweet sounding Yamaha acoustics in the $300-500 range!
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  17. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 4, 2013
    just keep trying new and used guitars of any brand until you find one that makes you gaga.

    i say never buy just because you can or cuz it is a "deal", find the guitars you really bond with.
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  18. nadzab

    nadzab Peace & Love, my Brothers & Sisters...

    May 15, 2009
    The Great State of Maine
    There's a reason Yamaha keeps popping up in the responses. Yes, you can go around trying a bunch of new & used guitars (definitely fun if you have the time), or you can find a Yamaha model at your price point with the features you want, and be virtually guaranteed that it'll be a great instrument.
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  19. wayoutjohn

    wayoutjohn Strat-Talker

    Mar 27, 2018