- Acoustic guitar recommendation
IMHO due to construction methods, woods used and skill required there is more variability in acoustic at any price point IME
Personally i would go to a guitar shop and play some guitars in your price range and pick the one you like the most
The price itself tells you very little – perhaps the woods used, metal v plastic tuning keys[machine heads] etc but not which sounds best.Posted 4 years ago
For £600 you can get a lot of guitar second hand and as you play already you should know what to look out for.Posted 4 years ago
Depends on the sound you like and playability – does it have to be a dreadnought? I find the smaller bodied guitars easier to play and handle and more suited to playing at home. It depends also on the type of playing you do – finger style, strumming or a mix?
I’d look at Martin and Taylor guitars and work from there.
Lowden make great guitars but you’d have to spend £1000+ even second hand.
I’ve played for years, have a few electric, so though it time I add an acoustic to the collection.
It would be a dreadnought style guitar, and preferably not electro acoustic, though wouldn’t rule it out.
Budget is around 3 to 600 (so £600 then).
Can anyone recommend any brands to look at? I like the look of Faith guitars, but that’s as much as I’ve seen so far.
Thanks,Posted 4 years ago
I’ve been playing a few different guitars recently as my son is into his band. All the ones I liked were electo-acoustics. At £600 they all played fine (or would have done with a little more truss rod tension or a filed bridge) and sounded fine, but some were more to my taste than others. And there you have the key word, “taste”. Play untill you find one you fall in love with.
My son bought an Epiphone Jumbo because he plays a lot of Oasis and it’s what Noel uses – it’s a delight to play. Plugged into a Marshal acoustic amp with effects pedals we can make it sound like anything from Joni Mitchell to the Stones. I play an old Sigma Martin which may get replaced one day as it lacks a Nanomag and the pre-amp has a hum.Posted 4 years agonickdaviesSubscriber
Go play a few, lots of variation. I’ve got an ibanez, ovation, Yamaha and a couple of older ones.
For a full dreadnought at that pice point I’d be looking at Yamaha or ibanez new, or hunting for a solid body Taylor second hand, a decent one would push your budget though.Posted 4 years agodjoptixMember
I’ve got a Faith and I think they are excellent, though as others have said you just need to go and play one. I felt the Faith had more life to it than any of the equivalent Takamines etc.
I have also heard good things about this, and they are very cheap: http://www.nineboys.co.uk/blogs/news/4107992-nineboys-j17-jumbo.
I also looked for a Vintage Gordon Giltrap signature but couldn’t find any at the time.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
From the number of people I’ve seen playing Takamine guitars on stage, I would suggest one of those, or a Yamaha. Seagull guitars are good, too. Takamine may not be quite as subtle, perhaps, as something like a Taylor or a Martin, but they’re a pretty robust guitar that seem able to take a lot of abuse, and come back for more.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve actually got an old Sigma Dreadnought, bought it, oh, must be thirty-odd years ago. Haven’t played it in years, I ought to dig it out, really.
The cut away isn’t pointless if you want to play notes on the last half a dozen frets.
This “better sound” or “sound fantastic” is all subjective. The number of suggestions on the thread should be enough to tell the OP that in the price range he’s looking it’s mainly a matter of taste. I don’t like the flat neck and high action on a friends Yamaha but he does. My Sigma Martin is a solid thing and sounds bright rather than mellow – I like that but MrNutt probably wouldn’t. Which artists do you like the sound of? What do they play?
An obscure Australian thing in this case:
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S33tWZqXhnk[/video]Posted 4 years agoBikingcatastropheMember
As most others have said already – it’s a matter of going out and trying a few guitars to see what you like the sound of. That’s massively important as the better it sounds to you the more likely you are to play it and enjoy playing it. I nearly bought a Simon and Patrick a few years ago but in the end it just sounded a tad harsh to me. Yamaha acoustics are indeed often very nice sounding. However the electro acoustics, especially the shallower body ones, tend to sound quite hard to me. I ended up getting a Seagull when in Canada. Loved it when I got it. Probably would change it now as I prefer a warmer and brighter sound. If I had the cash I would probably be tempted by a Taylor – but still need to go and listen to other guitars. Had a baby Ovation many years ago. That sounded very nice when amplified but was thin when only played acoustically.Posted 4 years agocamo16Member
MoseyMTB – Member
Simon and Patrick or Seagull for me. I own a Seagull S6 Slim.
Beautiful cedar (solid) guitars.
+1 for the Seagull S6
I’ve played loads of guitars over the years, but keep coming back to the Seagull. Lovely rich tone, brilliant for finger picking etc – and it cost me about £200, used. Bargain.Posted 4 years ago
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