What's your favorite 'lower price' acoustic brand?

Discussion in 'The Squier Acoustic Forum' started by horax, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. guitar guy

    guitar guy Dr. Squier

    Nov 3, 2010
    Tampa Bay Area
    I've always like Ibanez and Dean.
  2. Wizzer

    Wizzer Squier-holic

    Jul 12, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Yamaha, hands down. Both the 12-strings and 6-strings.
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  3. horax

    horax Dr. Squier

    Aug 9, 2010
    colorado springs
    i picked up an eastman ac420 and it is amazing.
  4. jamndad

    jamndad Squier-holic

    Nov 23, 2013
    Bakersfield, Ca.
  5. Bear

    Bear Squier-holic

    Oct 29, 2013
    I have to agree on Ibanez. Blue Ridge and Loar are also quite good.
  6. Hotrod89

    Hotrod89 Squier-Meister

    Feb 21, 2015
  7. Bear

    Bear Squier-holic

    Oct 29, 2013
    I forgot to mention Epiphone, especially their Masterbilt series.
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  8. pkevinb

    pkevinb Squier-Nut

    Sep 30, 2012
    Western Pennsylvania
    Yes, love my DR500MCE.
  9. chrisrip24

    chrisrip24 Squier Talker

    Oct 3, 2015
    Frederick, MD
    I just picked up a used Epiphone FT79 "inspired by Texan"...pretty good guitar with great fit and finish.
  10. Niteshooter

    Niteshooter Squier-Meister

    Sep 22, 2013
    Toronto, Canada
    I would agree with Horax, Godin make some great acoustics that are not expensive considering their sound and build quality. We have a 5Th Avenue arch top which is extremely well built and sounds great.

    I think though when it comes to acoustics Larrivee are probably the most under rated and best value for the money out of all brands. Even more so when you start looking into the used market. All Larrivee's are solid wood tops, sides and backs so even the sub $1000 new guitars are exceptional. Basically you pay for the bling but if you want a great sounding guitar the 03 series are fantastic.

    When you start looking into used Larrivee's you can find some stellar deals. For example last summer I picked up a used L-02 which is solid Sitka top and solid Mahogany back and sides with a Fishman Rare Earth Blend pickup installed for $500. Up here that pickup retails for over $400 down State side it's about half that but still an amazing deal on an amazing guitar.

    Yesterday we picked up a used Larrivee classical for a steal and oddly it had a Fishman pickup in it as well.

    A couple of old pix of what you can expect from Larrivee…. the one on the left is a D40 rosewood dread and the right is a P03 rosewood parlour.


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  11. Hotrodleroy

    Hotrodleroy Squier-holic

    Dec 7, 2011
    I don't even have a acoustic at present but I had a few that I liked, 63 Gibson, 69 Ibanez, 79 Ibanez, and a Yamaha 730s. The 63 and the 69 are the most missed.
  12. mechanic1908

    mechanic1908 Squier-Meister

    Mar 18, 2010
    Crafter is my pic for budget friendly acoustic.
    I have a D8 and its amazing
  13. Monty Smith

    Monty Smith Squier Talker

    Dec 27, 2015
    Speaking of Godin, their budget line, Seagull, is well worth a look also.
  14. Ray Stankewitz

    Ray Stankewitz Squier-Meister

    Oct 11, 2014
    Fremont, CA
    I have to go with Ibanez. I have an AEF30VV that has served me well. The only downside I can find to my Ibby is the preamp eats batteries like candy.
  15. Ken Rose

    Ken Rose Squier-holic

    Sep 23, 2010
    Northern California
    Wechter sold by sweetwater.
  16. Ken Rose

    Ken Rose Squier-holic

    Sep 23, 2010
    Northern California
  17. tmcgee

    tmcgee Squier-Meister

    Sep 11, 2015
    Boston, MA
    I picked up a very nice gloss white Fender Dreadnaught a couple of months ago, it plays very well and it's very high quality for ~$150. Of course, a decent hard shell Fender case goes for $90 or so. Still, I'm happy with both. I also have a gloss black Washburn D-10 that I bought about ten years ago, it came with a hardshell case for $190. Love that one too.
  18. 12Rant

    12Rant Squier Talker

    Just got a Epiphone Pro 1 Ultra that I bought at Xmas for 400 CDN Plays and sounds great. My only qualm is I had to dress the ends of the fret wire.

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  19. Steelcityowl

    Steelcityowl Squier-Nut

    Mar 6, 2016
    Sheffield UK
    I've had a cheap Fender for over 10 years.

    It's laminate top and sides but for a rocker who occasionally picks up an acoustic it's great.
  20. Worshipcaster

    Worshipcaster Squier-Nut

    Feb 4, 2012
    Dominican Republic
    Yamaha is good across the board. Simon & Pactrick are great and Epiphone Masterbilt are great too, hard to find where I live though.