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Rodders
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Hi to all,
I am at the moment a dedicated Fender Strat player as they are the most comfortable guitars i have ever owned. I am however looking to purchase a mid range (price wise) acoustic and will probably spend in the region of £500 or if you like $920 app. Now I have no idea what to choose as the range is so diverse. I like the look of the Tacoma's and have been told they are very good, is this true? And am looking for something not too big and bulky with a neck similar to that of the fender strat but have been told by some people in the know to steer well clear of Fender acoustics. My style of playing is blues music, so I need something with a good tone. I'm not saying that the figures quoted are my top end and knowing me would probably go higher for the right guitar. All I need is some informed and educated pointers so I dont waste my time trying every guitar I look at. I'm off to Music Live in November which for those of you who dont know is a large guitar show at the NEC Great Britain
Where I can hopefully put some of the advice I get from you guys into practice and come away with my first good acoustic.

Many thanks,

Rod.

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undercat
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You sound like you at least know the direction your headed in, which is about 90% of the battle. Tacomas are fine. Taylors are great. The nicer end of Takamine stuff is good. I happen to love the tone of Ibanez acoustics, though I know I'm certainly in the minority. Investigate the cheaper/used Martins, Gibsons, etc. just to see if there's something there you're interested in.

Big tip: buy the very best you can afford. People never regret spending as much as they could, but you will ALWAYS regret shooting low.

Happy buying.

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maxo127
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alright man this is my specialty...i havnt played an electric in about 4 months now lol, thers nothing like a good sounding fun to play acoustic....heres some pointers...

.i bought a yamaha fgx 423sc which cost me about 1000 canadian which is aprroximetly 14000 american...but it has a pickup and can be plugged into an amp....everyone who plays it says it is one of the nicest sounds they have heard....so i reccomen that....

u mentioned the tacomas that can be a good alternate acoustic plug in guitar that costs much less.....but i find the neck to be a little stiff and the sound qaulity just not great....but still good and u can save alot of money with that....

but if ur range is upto 900 bucks i would have to recomend if ur not looking for a plug in an epiphone i sitll think they have he nicest sounds and they arnt teribly over priced....

so in conclusion:

by an epiphone lol

look into that yamaha

try to stay away from the tacuma because....i just think that u would just be cheeping out...

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undercat
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1,000 Canadian is 14,000 american? Last time I checked, 1k Canadian was more like $800 US.

Incidentally, I love the way Yamaha's acoustics feel, but I have been less than thrilled with their sound. Doesn't really jump out at me.

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Hi to all,
I am at the moment a dedicated Fender Strat player as they are the most comfortable guitars i have ever owned. I am however looking to purchase a mid range (price wise) acoustic and will probably spend in the region of £500 or if you like $920 app.

For Blues. I'd say go with the Martin D-15 with the Mahogany top. It's got a little bit edgier/darker tone than the spruce top model, and sounds really good on acoustic blues. An extra added bonus - they even smell good ;)

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I've got a Tacoma DR14LH and I love it. It plays great, sounds great and has unbelievable sustain. Now that I've had it for about a year it's sounding even better. Don't take my word or anyone elses for it, test drive one.

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Rodders
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This is exactly what I'm looking for. Plenty of good advice.
Keep it coming and thank to all.

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Rodders
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I now seem to be leaning towards Takamine. I really like the look of this one

EF261SAN

6 String Acoustic / Electric

Body Shape: FXC/Artist
Rosette: Concentric Rings
Top: Solid Cedar
Inlays: Dot
Back: Mahogany
Sides: Mahogany
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Electronics: Graph-EX
Tuners: Chrome
Features: Small body

And this one

ESF40C

Sante Fe Series

Body Shape:
Rosette:
Top: Solid Cedar
Inlays: 12 Fret Turquoise
Back: Mahogany
Sides: Mahogany
Fingerboard:
Electronics: Accuracoustic
Tuners: Gold Plated
Features:

They both seem to be priced at around £750 wich is about $1399. US
Now thats a little more than I wanted to pay, but any ideas ? anybody got one of these.
These are both Acoustic/Electric does this make a difference to the sound when not pluged in? Tone wise I mean. !!!!!

Why are there so many to chose from has anybody any idea just how many guitars there are on the market at the moment. Just check out the Takamine website and thats just one manufacturer.

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Ovation, Ovation, Ovation. I have yet to play a guitar by them that didn't play and sound great in a wide range of styles. I got mine for 380, and it's the best acuostic I've every played IMO. I've played my friends 1000+ dollar Talyor and liked mine better in every way, especially when I consider the price difference.

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MaxRumble
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One other brand not mentioned but definitly worth checking is Larrivee. They make great guitars for the price.

Funny I know a lot of people don't love the tak's but at the price range you are at they have some good ones.

I personally believe, while most of their guitars are great taylor/gibson/martins can be harder on the wallet.

Good luck

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maxo127
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no it doesnt really amke a difference t the tone whne unplugged....but when plugged in using a good pedal or watever it sounds so nice...its crazy...if ur a freak u can heer a slight diffeerence unplugged...but it doesnt make a difference to me

goodl luck...buy a yamaha acoustic/electric---they make the best of those

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I'd also be looking at something like Avalon, in that price bracket

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joe momma
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Great shout Greybeard, Avalons are top notch. Dont want to break your heart Rodders but £500 doesnt work out as $920 in my experience guitars are a lot more expensive over here. You can still get a lot for your money though if you shop wisely. Second hand is great if you can find one, but there arent many around. Taylors are good if you are used to electrics, slim necks and low action, I have a 310ce which im very happy with, but they cost a bit. I recently bought a new guitar, I was looking for something a bit cheeper to use when i travel. I payed £350 for a guitar called a Freshman, I had never heard of them before, but it is all solid wood spruce/mahogany and sounds fantastic, they are well worth a look. Hope you find the gutar of you dreams, and have fun at Music live wish I was going but I got to work.


   
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Give an Alvarez a play and a listen if you get a chance. Many present good value, slim neck and good sound.

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Rodders
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Thats good, I like the sound of the thin neck

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