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Nathan080
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Hey,
So Christmas is a coming, and the family have asked what I want... and I'm in need of a decent (but affordable) acoustic electric guitar. I've looked in the stores a couple of times and been looking around... but I'm a bit lost, so I thought I would ask you guys on here... who always seem to have the answers ;).

Really I cant go over £500 (UK). I currently play a Yamaha F310... which is a pretty bog standard setup, but I've got a lot of play out of it. I'd like something with a lot of presence, and that ideally, is easy to play (of course). Any recommendations?

Thanks in advanced
Nate

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fibaz
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If I was in the U.K. I'd have an idea of what you have availiable to you. Since I live across the pond I am afraid my selection is a bit different both price wise and brand wise.

When you went to your local shops did you play any that felt comfortable to you? Did any stand out while you played them? Go back to the shop and really take your time and see if you can find it there. Or if you find a couple, note the brand name or model numbers, features, and come here and we can discuss them if we have had any experience with them.

Sorry that is the best I can do for you mate.


   
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Nathan080
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Ok will do. Thanks for the advice :). There was nothing that stood out MASSIVELY, but the best one I played was a:
'Farida - J16 E' - http://www.faridaguitars.co.uk/farida_j16e.html .
Anyone got any experience with that brand?
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Nuno
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I don't know about that Brand but if you like it and it is in your bucket...

You could consider Seagull, it is a very good Canadian brand and probably you could find a good guitar over £500 (I don't remember if they are available in UK).


   
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lue42
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If you are interested in fingerpicking, I would recommend a Seagull for sure.

Make sure you try one out before ordering, as some people do not like the slightly wider necks on Seagulls.

I always recommend Yamaha's for acoustics... they make excellent guitars. I really miss my old FG-340... a lot!

I love my Ovation... only you can decide if you like Ovations... people either love 'em or hate 'em.

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My Guitars
Ibanez Artwood AWS1000ECE-NT
Schecter S-1 30th Anniversary Edition
Ovation CS257
LaPatrie Etude
Washburn Rover RO10


   
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Nathan080
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Since I love my original Yamaha so much, I've decided to stick with them.

So I went to the Yamaha website and there's a lot of choice! I'm very confused as to the difference's given in all the series. Any insight or experience with any of the guitars would be appreciated :).

Thanks in advanced,
Nate

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Nuno
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I played a Yamaha APX or CPX series and I liked very much the neck, easy to play.

If you have decided to stick with Yamaha I think it is easier. You can go to stores and play all of them in your budget, probably they will be four or five different guitars. Try to feel each one and choose your favorite.

Good luck and have fun!


   
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