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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-10-2013, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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Need a recommendation for an acoustic

Hey guys, I hope you can help me out with something since it's way outside what I know. A friend of mine plays a little bit of acoustic and his wife wants to start learning so she can play with his.

He contacted me because, you know, I know lots about guitars LOL! He had pulled up one of those Ibanez "jam pack" things at Guitar Center and I tried to steer him away from that. I recommended that he look at a used guitar because he'd get much better value out of that, plus it should hold value.

But that's where I can't help any more because I know zero about acoustics and more importantly, starter guitars. He's looking in the up to $300 range and most importantly wants something "easy to play". I think we've all picked up a bad acoustic that's tough to play, so he wants to avoid that. He says that she's 5'6" but has somewhat smaller hands, so she'd like something with perhaps a bit of a thinner neck. I also suggested that maybe a shorter scale length would be good for her to give a little less string tension.
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Re: Need a recommendation for an acoustic

I picked up a Washburn starter pack for my neice a couple of years ago that was actually pretty nice to play. I don't know the model #, but the guitar had a built in tuner and piezo.

I've never found any acoustic to be comfortable, This one felt just as awkward as the rest, but the neck was easy to play, the fretwork was good enough for a beginner and, most importantly, it stayed in tune.
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Re: Need a recommendation for an acoustic

I really don't know which entry-level acoustic is the best; all I got right now is to say "light strings." Or extra-light. It lessens the pain that many beginners feel in their fretting fingers and makes it more likely they will stick with it.

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Get on Craigslist and find a nice older Yamaha acoustic. One of my buddies got one from the 1970s for like $250 and it plays and sounds like angels singing
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Need a recommendation for an acoustic

Well I went into Guitar Center on Thursday and played a few entry level acoustics. Long story short, none of them really wowed me. Worst of the lot: the Ibanez AEG. Holy crap, it was like someone did the fretwork with a belt sander.

The best of what I played was a Yamaha that was around $280, but even that suffered from the typical cheap acoustic issues of shoddy fretwork, mile high action and stiff feel.

Then the salesman recommended I play a Taylor GS Mini. This is a $500 guitar. Holy crap, what a nice guitar! I almost bought it. This is basically a 7/8 scale guitar and the scale length is something a bit under 24". The fretwork was real nice and the neck was nice and straight. Actually really straight, but it probably just needed a truss rod adjustment. This was by far the most "electric like" acoustic I've played and I felt immediately at home on it. These are Made in Mexico, hence the cheap price, but I didn't feel like I was playing a cheap guitar.
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Re: Need a recommendation for an acoustic

I was at GC a few months ago and they were have a sale on these ,$299. It's got 1/4 and xlr outputs, tuner, chorus, anti-feedback control.
I'd been looking for a acoustic for a while and for the money, these felt/sound pretty good. I still need a good setup on mine but it sounds great.

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_a...&series_id=135
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Re: Need a recommendation for an acoustic

Try the Ibanez Talman acoustic line, their between 250 to about 350 and they have a really nice build quality.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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Re: Need a recommendation for an acoustic

Go for the best Yamaha within budget - second hand especially. Astonishing value for money given the build quality and tone...
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