I know many of you don't mind a little window shopping on behalf of others - I'm in the middle of a fundamental dilemma
My brother is leaving for the states in may. He will look for a new bass guitar for himself, but he won't mind carrying something for me over the ocean too. Custom laws in Norway place limits on what you can import - and my funds are severely limited too - so the budget for me is $2-300 - max!
What do I have:
Fender Newporter Accoustic (western)
Fender Thinline Telecaster
What do I need?
What I do need is a good accoustic with mic. I will have to replace my Fender one day. I don't have the funds now - that will have to wait.
A 12 string (solid/semi) electric would be really cool of course. But I'm pretty sure it will go well over budget.
I think it narrows down to something like this:
I think about a 12 string every now and then. The The Fender JG12CE is less than half the price in the states compared to Norway. But is a cheapo 12 string a good choice?
The Telecoustic is cool. But do I need it / will I ever play it / is it OK ?
I have started to feel a strange pull towards a stratocaster lately. The squires are OK, but I don't really think a 3rd electric is what I need... or?
A mandolin would be great.
Aditional suggestions are very welcome :lol:
Oh - and he will be in the Washington DC area plus a trip up to Canada. Any suggestions for shops to look for?
And your Rickenbacker? :shock:
I don't have any experience with those guitars but this morning I was playing a Yamaha. I don't remember the model and they it isn't in your budget but I always get great feelings with Yamaha guitars and they aren't so expensive. It is just an idea.
And being in Canada I'd consider the Seagulls too.
Good luck! :D
That right Nuno - I almost have a Rickenbacker too. I'm trying to forget about it ... My economy collapsed fundamentally last year. I tried to ignore it for a long time - but eventually I managed to muster the strength and cancel the Rick the day before it would have been shipped. Good thing, really :|
I have seen some good Yamahas too. I've never tried a Seagull - are they Canadian?
Sorry to hear that! I thought you finally bought the Rickenbacker! :(
Anyway, don't worry, if you really wish it, I'm sure you will get it soon or later! :D
Yes, Seagulls are Canadian. Very good guitars and cheap: http://www.seagullguitars.com/
They are a 'second brand' of Godin. They changed the models last year so I can not tell you exactly what models I played, they were the S6, S6 Folk. I even played a 12-strings. Here there are several Seagull fans. They will give you a better a opinion but they seem to me a very good wood and very good finish... but they are lightly more expensive than $300 :?
Mmmm... try Art&Lutherie. They are a second brand of Godin too. I remember they were cheaper than Seagull but also with a very good finish!
PS. BTW, really nice and elegant websites!
I think Yamaha guitars are a great value,
i've heard that the telecoustics are not very good but i have no first hand knowledge.
We have two Seagulls in my house and they are a great guitar for the money.
Lars, it certainly doesn't sound like you NEED anything.
Grab up a Schecter 6 string electric near the price range you are looking for. A definitely great value for the money spent and very doubtful anyone around you will have one.
"I play live as playing dead is harder than it sounds!"
Agree with Twisty: Telecoustics are very hit or miss. I was hooked by the concept of a low cost, no worries acoustic-electric with an interesting vibe. But that interest died, as most of those I've tried were not very good -- mainly due poor action and nasty quality. The action may be fixable, but the quality bothered me big time.
Try a mando! You can get something quite servicable for not too much scratch.
-=tension & release=-
In my opinion -and i am not the brightest bulb :roll: --the Fender Tele and Strat acoustics are not very nice guitars-I had a Stratacoustic and was not happy with it at all.Yamaha makes decent cheap acoustics.
Great thread, Lars. I love spending other people's money. :wink:
You'll probably find, pretty much across the board, that prices are lower in the US, even though the US and CAN dollars are trading around par.
The exception might be Godin products (great build quality and fantastic value, btw. I have a Seagull S6 and Godin LG and love them both). I just checked the US internet pricing on an electric model I know the local pricing of and it was about 10% more in the US.
If you'd like prices on specific Seagull or Art & Lutherie guitars, drop me a PM. I'm about a 1/2 block from a big music retailer and will gladly stop in and get them for you.
I'll chuck Ibanez into the mix as an acoustic guitar make. I never considered their acoustics until I tried what is now mine, an Ibanez EW20WNE. Guitar Center don't seem to have that one but I did find another one for $250 - http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-Exotic-Wood-EW20AS-Acoustic-Guitar-103037453-i1147768.gc
and there seem to be a few Ibanez acoustics on that site for under $300, so I'd deffo say check 'em out! Great quality for the price. I first checked them after playing my mate's Ibanez acoustic, which retailed at around Â£450-500 but I had to go cheaper. Mine was Â£269, but I tried a few out and was impressed by all of them.
Ra Er Ga.
Ninjazz have SuperChops.
Thanks guys - I knew I could count on you :-)
Re. accoustic 6 string - I think I'll wait until I have say $500-1000 to spend - maybe a Martin or smth. If I am to replace my beloved Fender it must make a big difference. The Fender is decent and it has almost become a part of me over the last 15 years. I'll wait until the money start piling up
A few bad reviews on the telecoustic - confirm my suspiscion - exit Telecoustic.
Schecter - hmmmm. WIll have to look into them. But don't you think that every furnished home ought to have a Stratocaster?
What about Fender 12 strings then - anybody?
edit: 77% for "something else" - you are not making it simple for me :-)
too be honest i didn't vote, i'm much too schizophrenic when it comes to picking my preferences between radically different instruments. (except to give my opinion on things stated in my post of course)
but, i've been sneaking longing glimpses at the re-released Fender 12 for quite a while now and if i don't win the Rickenbacker lottery, one of these may be in my future. If you want to order one in advance of your brothers trip, i could hold it for you till he gets here....(what can i say, i'm a giver :mrgreen: )
OK - finally I've managed to narrow this down.
I will ask my brother to bring me a Dean Boca 12 string electric from the the US.
I will not listen to anyone having anything bad to say about it *la la la la. Can't hear you" :D
But of course one major and vital decision remains ... colour
Normally I don't care much - but since it is offered in 3 different colours - I have to make a choice
Sunburst: almost identical colour to my Fender accoustic. I like it!- but I already have a brown guitar
Black: same as my Epi Dot - hmm - classic. looks good, but do I need another black guitar?
Cherry: Does it look like a cheap LP knock of - or not? Different from my other guitars - which is a good thing - I think, or maybe not??
Whenever I see Cherry like that I just think, "cheap LP knockoff." Even if its a real LP. Sorry.
I'd go black or sunburst (which just looks brown to me, but hey, its kewl either way)
Ra Er Ga.
Ninjazz have SuperChops.