Acoustic Guitar choice

Discussion in 'Guitar' started by kirby2664, Dec 8, 2003.

  1. kirby2664

    kirby2664 New Member

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    I am going to be taking up guitar and would like to know a few recommendations for a good (not super expensive) acoustic guitar. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Pol

    Pol Stuck on the M1 <img src="images/smilies/shakehead Staff Member Super Mod

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    Ask what kind of guitar to buy and you'll get 10 different opinions from 10 different people. For a beginner, don't pay too much attention to the 'make' of guitar but do try to bring a reasonably knowledgeable guitar player with you so you don't end up with a piece of crap which will hinder your progress. I personally would'nt spend more than $200 for your first one. Good luck.
  3. BryGuy

    BryGuy New Member

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    You get what you pay for

    With Acoustic Guitars more than any other instrument, I think you really do get what you pay for. You could buy a piece of crap , but in a year it'll sound like a piece of crap. For 200- 400 you can get a reasonable instrument (as long as you don't need any on-board electronics or pickups...) .

    Takamine and Guild are my personal fav's for the budget minded musician (even the base models are pretty good). Yamaha makes some pretty stable ones as well , really check them out though since there can be big differences between two guitars of the same type (especially ones that are mass produced). Stuff like the finish job on the frets, any cracks in the binding, and especially flaws in the neck. Try to fret each string on every fret and look for dead spots, where when you pluck the string you get a buzz from another fret, of course most guitars can be set up by sanding the bridge and adjusting the neck. Bowing can be fixed (please get a guitar with a truss rod.....) but if the neck is twisted radially it really can't. If you can , get a guitar from a place that stores them in a humidity controlled room (again with the neck warping....). Don't be afraid to ask a bucha questions from the sales people as well.

    Course....in 3 or 4 years of playing you'll want a Martin or a Gibson...:)

    -Bry
  4. davph30

    davph30 New Member

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    Have you tried a Lowden acoustic, these r made in Ireland
    Best acoustics ever i'd say
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    twist New Member

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    Go the Takamine!! I love mine :)
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    f_ames New Member

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    Takamine is Nice but also check out there cheaper version the Jamine....really nice action and sweet sound...I bought a Squiere as my first guitar for $100 new you can find it on musiciansfriend.com and it sounds really nice too.

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