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Discussion in 'The Squier Acoustic Forum' started by horax, Mar 6, 2015.
Solid top Yamahas
Another version from the Canadians - Seagull.
Probably the mosy famous is their S6, but my kid has an Entourage Rustic mini-Jumbo.
I think it cost us less than $300 a bunch of years ago - its also a cedar top.
It compares quite nicely with my Taylor 310 and my wife's Martin Custom.
I have a vintage red label fg-140 that will hold its own with anything out there.
I had a very expensive Yamaha as a teenager. It was so nice. Now I have a cheap beginner Yamaha acoustic that I got back in about 92 and a mid level acoustic/electric that's fairly new. They work for me great.
I love Takamine!!! I have owned a few
I have a 1978 Spruce top. craigslist find at $150
90' Washburn Festival EA20B Newport MiK (upgrade: chrome Washburn tuners to Grover Rotomatic 18:1 black, graphtech bridge pin and nut)
14' Washburn Comfort Series WCG18CE MiC
Yamaha again. Here's my APX 5, still playing great after a decade.
Summer before last, I went on a cheap acoustic search for a travel guitar (after having had a Washburn Rover my dad dubbed "The Banjo"). I scoured CL, small stores, used sections of big box stores, and super discounted new models. The best I came in with was the new version of my Yamaha, a APX 500 (Koa top). In the end, I didn't get it, because my blackie would get jealous (and I decided my travel should be electric).
The brand doesn't get nearly enough respect IMO. Their acoustics have been excellent value since the late 90s. And they have been making some awesome electrics for over 30 years...in the 90s i bought a used sg2000 for Â£250. played awesome, but i got rid about 10 years later (when i was offered Â£500 plus a few playstation games by a buddy...so i was happy to more than double my money). Nowadays though, they can sell for well over Â£1000 in decent condition. So i guess i sold too soon :-/
The build quality was the most conspicuous thing about that sg...i'm pretty clumsy and was but a young pup. But the thing was near impossible to hurt...i dinged it, and even dropped it, and left no new marks on it. My trusty old gibson sg, though...she's had 2 neck repairs in the 18 years i've had her.
I have a seagull S6 and a M6 and love them both. Great guitars for the price point but do have a wider neck at 1.8 inch. I also have a Yamaha FS700, Epiphone Pr5-e, and epiphone DR220SE but tend to go with one of the seagulls more often. It all depends on the individual. Great suggestions by everyone makes me want more.
I'm a fan of Lag guitars.
My Lag D-100 has a street price of less than $475. I got mine used with a lot of extras for $240.
Runner up is Breedlove. The Stage series are really nice guitars. Discovery series are decent.
I got the Taylor Big Baby it not only sounds great , it records beautifully. Though the Alvarez at around the same price is also really nice.
Another Big Baby owner here..Besides a very good sound, it's slightly smaller than most others making it much easier to play while sitting,...
Godin is definitely the way to go for cheap great sounding acoustics!
There are couple different companies manufactured by godin that all have the same great value and sound.
I personally own a Seagull Entourage and everywhere I take it it gets praise for its sound and when people hear the price they love it even more.
Anything by Seagull and Art & Luthrie are done by godin. And another great part is they are Made in Canada with quality woods. None of that cheap made in china stuff..
Another vote for the Yamahas. I played and gigged (solo) with nothing but acoustics for a twenty five year span, with a 1982 Martin D-18. I have as many acoustics as electrics now.
I picked up two Yamahas, an FG-730S and an FS-720S ( The later a grand auditorium size) last winter. Each under $300 with solid tops (a must). I am blown away by the sound of them. I find myself playing them more than even my D-18.
I really like my fender for $300
Laugh all ya want but I enjoy my $10 full size first act. It was unmarked when I found it at a yard sale but looked brand new. So $10 I bought it to find later a first act sticker deep down inside while trying to remove previous owners pick.
Hell it sounds as good if not better than my jasmine s35 by takamine. But all my big money goes to my electrics.
I like Ovation. I have an Ovation Applause and it is my favorite of my three acoustics.
I bought a Stanford 46 a month ago, and it re-defined my thinking of solid-top-only guitars - I've heard such sounds only from plywood-free guitars of at least several hundred bucks more before, but this baby blew me away. Going around the 400 buck mark.