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08-17-2001 01:09 PM
Best Acoustic?

I've love the Taylor 614CE and 714CE..very nice but pricey. Also, the Takamine I have plays with extremely low action and really nice warmth. *It was the Takamine 2000LTD (it cost $1000). *As for Martin (I own a D-1), their lower end American produced guitars that I've played leave something to be desired on the action and setup.
08-16-2001 11:37 PM
Best Acoustic?

What about the Martin lower line Mahogony series? *I played a Butt ugly Mahogony D-16 I think it was... played OK, looked like it needed a lamp shade, but was very warm. *Nice price also!
But, I'm stuck on my Taylor 714CE... I just love it, one of the best investments I ever made.
I played a Carvin the other day and it was aweful... it sounded VERY thin and the neck was really bad. *Maybe just this guitar, but it turned me off big time!
08-16-2001 11:28 PM
Best Acoustic?

BTW, anyone interested in Taylor's I have a buddy that sells them here in San Antonio and sells them very cheap and will ship out of state.

Email me if you want his contact info.
08-16-2001 07:02 PM
Best Acoustic?

What about the Carvin's? * My son has a 185 and say's it's great, but I can't play it cuz he's a lefty.

08-16-2001 04:04 PM
john w
Best Acoustic?

Although this thread is totally subjective to the purchaser's ears, I have never played an acoustic that plays or sounds like my Taylor. I'm spending more time with it than I have with any acoustic in the past. Mic'ed or not, it sounds beautiful. Mine's a 410ce, which is the
big boomy dreadnaught. Check into others in the 300-400 series. Mine listed at $1948, and I got it for $1100
new.....The 12's & 14's are a bit more expensive. Awsome guitars, check them out!!!!!

John W

(Edited by john w at 3:05 pm on Aug. 16, 2001)
08-16-2001 03:59 PM
jay ratkowski
Best Acoustic?

Bamm - For his 500 (somewhere around $700 US I believe) you could barely get past the Martin X series... the imported models made of compressed woods. *I've owned one, played tons, they aren't worth the money.

Sure you can get a nice guitar for $500USD OVER his budget, but how will that help?
08-16-2001 03:53 PM
Best Acoustic?

Yeah, martins suck...CHEYEAHHH Riiiight !
I played a buddy's martin and I was very impressed with the hugeness, fullness, and overall warmth of his $1100 Martin, Nice guitars, I just can't justify buying one right now, For me, I want a Godin ACS nylon string !
08-16-2001 03:26 PM
jay ratkowski
Best Acoustic?

I would only recomend a Taylor if you'll be getting the sound from it's pickup ONLY. *They are thin body designs and generally lack a full sound.

Guilds are nice and can be aquired fairly cheap.

Ever look at Seagull? *Nice guitars, really nice price.

Just stay away from the usual Martins (no quality), Fenders (same), Ovations (plastic???) etc... many companies just offer you a name and nothing more.
08-16-2001 01:44 PM
Best Acoustic?

Thanks for the tips.
I don't play acoustic all that often, and so I can't justify spending more than about 500. I think the Japanese guitars are probably priced more competitively over here in the UK than the American ones-that might influence my decision.

08-16-2001 12:19 AM
Paul Warren
Best Acoustic?

When we had a used Godin come into our store, I picked it up and was sold on it immediately. *It is the closest thing to an "electric guitar feel" that I have played. *It has a cutout, excellent sound and the bridge seems to sit about where an electric guitar bridge would. *Very low and comfortable. *Of course, they are nylon strings but the sound is beautiful. *Not sure if Godin makes steel string acoustic/electrics, but I highly recommend sitting down with one and experiencing the feel and sound. *Oh yeah, these guitars don't have soundholes, but still but out a nice amount of acoustic volume.
08-16-2001 12:03 AM
Josh Blagg
Best Acoustic?

What about the Carvin that Vai uses? *I think it has a great neck joint, 24 jumbo frets with easy access, and it is extremely thin. *It's not a dreadnought sound, but then again, you didn't ask for one. *I bet it plays wonderful if you set it up right.
08-15-2001 10:44 PM
darren wilson
Best Acoustic?

I've quite enjoyed the Yamaha APX series. Nice neck, nice sound, not too big and "folky" looking.
08-15-2001 07:13 PM
Best Acoustic?

A friend & I played a Rainsong at WMC, a month ago, or so. What an incredible instrument. It's totally composite NO wood! Very nice tone, and quite loud, unplugged. I recommend checking one out, if you can.

Web Site
08-15-2001 08:12 AM
Best Acoustic?

I picked up a Talman "acoustic" a few weeks ago...and promptly put it down. *It may be OK plugged in, but it was definitely least this one was.
08-15-2001 07:47 AM
Best Acoustic?

A friend of mine has what I think is a Talman (although I'm now questioning myself) , and it's a real nice sounding acoustic (this wasn't an electro)
The neck is very thin and really comfortable and also the action is a lot lower than standard production acoustics.
It was damn loud from what I remember and had a nice clarity on the low strings and not too sharp and whiny on the highs.

Obviously most people will say "Taylor" or "Martin" and if you're into acoutstic that much then go get one (though from the very few I've played I prefer Takamine's and Lowden's), but personally I just can't justify spending that amount of money (ludicrous amount I should add, especially in the U.K. market) on a guitar that wouldn't see the same amount of play-time as an electric.

gl with the search

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