$800 Budget/Range.Question About Mid-Priced -Acoustics?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Soundboard' started by stevierayfan91, Oct 15, 2021.

Which

Poll closed Oct 24, 2021.
  1. Taylor 114e-

    16.7%
  2. Taylor GS-Mini - rosewood

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Used Larrivee if find one

    16.7%
  4. Another option-Maybe Yamaha L-series

    66.7%
  1. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Most Honored Senior Member

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    A laminate top is junk imwo. Solid spruce is not an endangered or expensive wood and is ideal for a flat top. There are plenty of fine guitars with laminate back and sides, though I'd prefer a solid wood.

    Without playing one, that L series Yamaha is quite impressive with only a minimal passive electric pickup - no onboard electronics. I do like that.
     
  2. Kerry Brown

    Kerry Brown Senior Stratmaster

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    I have one of these. It punches way above it’s price point. I’ve played in acoustic jams with several Collings, Lowdens, Martins, etc. in the mix. The Yamaha was not out of place either sound wise or cosmetically.
     
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    StratoMutt Most Honored Senior Member

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    It is a fine looking guitar too.

    Some of the Taylor guitars in the previous links are downright fugly - imwo.
     
  4. espyhop

    espyhop Strat-Talker

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    If it doesn’t have a traditional dovetail neck joint, it really doesn’t matter, IMO.

    A Seagull S6 is a great option under $500.
     
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    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    I'll add to that, the Yamaha TransAcoustic guitars are so fun to play. They play great as is. Then you switch on that built-in reverb or chorus and you can't help but smile.

    And they're right in the op's price range.
     
  6. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    All this being said: if you’re plugging in, almost nothing else matters except playability. I play every gig with a cheap Ibanez nylon string. Thin body, laminate top, sounds thin unplugged, thin body. I paid maybe a few hundred for it, a decade ago. Sounds absolutely stellar plugged in. And that’s what matters to me.
     
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  7. train

    train Fender 1 —the met. Silver Member

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    You have played your electric acoustically. Like that but more sound.guitar center used to have very cool acoustic rooms where you can try em out.
     
  8. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Strat-O-Master

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    As my bluegrass playing friend would say, "You want a mid priced starter acoustic? Plan on spending about $3500."
     
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    Intune Senior Stratmaster

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    That’s it I got something, well rented for not. Wasn’t really what I was looking for but it’s got a huge neck, low actions, plays so well and surprisingly loud. It does have hidden electronics though. We’ll see how it does in tonight’s jam.

    Epiphone master built deluxe something. It’s in the trunk of my car now heading to jam. 97ED65F4-B885-4254-9596-F8CAF09D37B2.jpeg
     
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  10. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Most Honored Senior Member

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    :eek: That's over $1000 than my HD-28 was! A more than capable Bluegrass gitfiddle.
     
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    Our friend’s budget is $800-ish, plus tax.
    Let’s keep THAT in mind as we move forward.
     
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    3bolt79 Dr. Stratster

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    You should check out a medium depth bowl ovation. I got mine for used price. It’s in your budget. So are the Chinese made Breedloves.
     
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    3bolt79 Dr. Stratster

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    ‘The new “Inspired” Epiphone hummingbird is all solid woods. About 800 bucks.
     
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    It is for me.

    I don't have any particular recommendations, but I keep an Ovation celebrity on a stand right next to me at the desk. It's an easy grab when something comes on, or into my head, and I want to noodle or try something out.

    I keep it tuned down 1/2 step with a capo on the first fret for standard tuning and just pull it off so it does double duty.

    I'd too often skip that if I had plug in and dial in a tone, esp. since I use wireless to reduce clutter, so you have to pair the T/R, etc.

    It's also a bit of a tight space and the hard bowl back is pretty forgiving so I don't have to worry about dinging up a more expensive guitar.

    All that said..when I grab the Martin after playing the Ovation, how much warmer the wood sounds is really evident.
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    I know a lot of folks like Taylors but there's something about them I find "lifeless" or "uninspiring" for lack of a better term...

    Why don't you put a WTB ad in the appropriate forum after trying out some guitars in that range and finding some choices of things you like. Might be a member here has one they're not using and 9% tax is outrageous...
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    Since you're new to acoustics, here's a tip.

    When you try them out, play them both up against your body, and held out from your body 6"-12" inches and note how much different it sounds.

    Holding it out from your body makes a world of difference in tone and volume.

    They even make these cage-like braces for acoustic instruments that keep open space between you and the instrument, but it's hard to find an exact fit.
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    I grabbed a Martin mini that someone bought for a couch player but still found himself grabbing his strat...great deal in virtually unplayed condition...great little guitar too. Finally got my step son playing more....
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    +1 Yamahas are well built and generally under-priced for the value.


    And once you settle on what sounds good to you, don't be afraid to look at used. You can save considerable money if you spend a little time educating yourself what to look/watch out for, or get a lot more guitar for your buck.
     
  19. stevierayfan91

    stevierayfan91 DEEPLY SHY.

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    Hi , buddies

    I had a bit of challenges. Added some more info to post at start.
     
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    stevierayfan91 DEEPLY SHY.

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    hi , @Stratafied -Buddy


    That is a very good point :)

    this would be an occasional strumming guitar for a few acoustic Tom Petty or John Denver songs :)
     
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