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(@shrim)
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Hey all, I am thinking of getting a new acoustic to supplement my existing one (ancient hand-me-down Guild). I am looking for a $200-$300 or so model that is fun to play, and flexible for different styles of playing. Here are some the models at which I have been looking:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-FG720S-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=519168
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Washburn-D10S-Acoustic-Guitar-?sku=515152
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-AW20-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=519611&src ="3SOSWXXH"

Any thoughts? Anyone use any of these models?


   
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(@coloradofenderbender)
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All look like solid choices. I own a Yamaha FG730S, which is very similar to the 720 you posted. I am primarily an electric player, but it is a nice acoustic for when I want to play one:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-FG730S-Solid-Top-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=519049

Of course, YOU need to decide. Go play these guitars, and maybe some others, at your local guitar shop. Whenever I do that, one model just seems to be the right one for me and stands out from the rest.

Good luck and enjoy!


   
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 Nuno
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Hi Shrim,

I'm also getting a new guitar. I was playing a lot of them and you could consider the Seagull S6. It was my favorite acoustic guitar. I don't know if it is in your money range:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seagull-The-Original-S6-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=512120

But as CFB says: go and play the guitars!

Nuno


   
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(@shrim)
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Thanks for the quick reply, everyone. I am heading out to my local shop either this weekend or early next week, and I'll be sure to play a couple models to get a feel, including the above recommendations.

Thanks to all for their feedback..


   
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(@jmaikos)
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You should definitely check out some Seagull guitars. I think Seagulls are one of the best guitars for the price. They may be a bit more than your price range (not much more), but definitely worth the investment.

I own a Yamaha acoustic similar to the one you listed. I think it's a great guitar, as well. Try out as many guitars as possible to see which one feels and sounds best.


   
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(@dustdevil)
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Another vote for the Seagull. I started a year ago and picked up a used one off eBay in that price range. It's a great guitar and I haven't outgrown it yet. Check one out in the shop and then decide if you can live with the uncertainty of eBay.

John A.

They say only a pawnshop guitar can play the blues. An eBay one does it better. A guitar's bound to feel unloved if her owner plasters pictures of her over the internet for all to see and then sells her off to the highest anonymous bidder.


   
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(@mrjonesey)
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I agree that the Seagull is a great guitar. I have owned and played one for nearly ten years and I love it. I originally bought the Seagull because it was within my budget and available in lefty.

I have recently upgraded to a Martin, but still use my Seagull for camp fires and such.

"There won't be any money. But when you die, on your death bed, you will receive total conciousness. So, I got that going for me. Which is nice." - Bill Murray, Caddyshack ~~ Michigan Music Dojo - http://michiganmusicdojo.com ~~


   
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(@shrim)
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Great input, looking at some of the seagull models as well...


   
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(@hiram)
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I've had my Seagull for about 6wks, you really should look at these, a lot of guitar for the money. Test drive both the cedar and spruce top, you won't be disappointed.


   
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(@redpoint)
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I have a Seagull as well, but I've played the Yamahas at Guitar Center and I really like them. Most Seagulls have a cedar top, which gives a slightly different sound than a spruce top (which the Yamahas have). I kind of like them both, and I think I would have been happy with either. The neck on a Seagull is probably a tiny amount wider than the Yamaha, which might matter if you're trying to do John Mayer style acoustic stuff where he uses his thumb a lot to fret the low E string (as I am).


   
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(@shrim)
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Well, I went over to Guitar Center and played both the Yamaha and the Seagull S6, and I have to admit the Seagull sounded phenomenal. Talked to the wife, and she might pick me one up for my birthday next week. If not, I'll get it after the first of the year.

Thanks for all the input. Anyone install pickups in the Seagulls, or are these generally just miked?


   
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(@twistedlefty)
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Well, I went over to Guitar Center and played both the Yamaha and the Seagull S6, and I have to admit the Seagull sounded phenomenal. Talked to the wife, and she might pick me one up for my birthday next week. If not, I'll get it after the first of the year.

Thanks for all the input. Anyone install pickups in the Seagulls, or are these generally just miked?

for roughly $100 more
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seagull-S6-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=512121

#4491....


   
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(@shrim)
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Well, the wife got me a Seagull s6 for my birthday, and I am very happy with it. It sounds really great, plays perfect, and looks good, too.

Thanks to everyone for their input.


   
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 Bish
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Congrats on the new acoustic.

Enjoy!!!

Bish

"I play live as playing dead is harder than it sounds!"


   
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 Nuno
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Congratulations! :D


   
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