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Acoustic Guitar recommendations?

Hey all...

I've been in a conversation with a Chicago Area band that may want me to join, but all the gigs this summer are acoustic sets. I haven't owned a acoustic since around 1972, so I'd like to ask you help in finding one.

Here is the criteria:

1)Needs to be a performing instrument.
2)Able to sound intimate for cafe style venues, yet able to pull off faily large festivals, too.
3)I'll be playing lead a lot, so needs to have upper fret accessiblity.
4)Tone is very important, as well as action as close to an electric as possible (to facilitate my transition quickly).
5)a piezo pickup would be nice.
6)I can go as high as $1000.00, but don't need any fancy inlay, etc. (a player)

Let's hear some of that famous WN input guys and gals...

Thanks in advance !!!!

Bill N
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4/22/2004 12:42 AM

Inactive Member wrote:

You can't count out Garrison guitars, in that price range you will have a hard time finding a better instrument.

The Martin D16 cutaways are also in that price range and have excellent tone.

Takamine has probably the best sounding amplified acoustic electric guitars, but for overall tone I find them to be a little wanting.



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4/22/2004 1:28 PM

Bill North (12497) wrote:

So far Martin looks like the winner...

I'm gonna audition a few this afternoon.

Thanks a million, Chris.

Bill

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4/22/2004 11:31 AM

Mark Collins (2907) wrote:

I would look at Washburn, Yamaha, Taylor, Takamine, or Martin. They're all pretty equal in the $1,000 price range, personal preference will rule.



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4/22/2004 1:29 PM

Bill North (12497) wrote:

Thanks, Mark

Bill

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4/22/2004 3:07 PM

Joshua Mattingly (7766) wrote:

Bill,


Taylor shouldn't be out of your price range, should they? If I'm not mistaken, a 300 series dreadnought, with a pickup system, and cutaway, would cost you no more than a grand...I know the non-cutaway dreadnought is only $800, at least here in Maine. The acoustic electric/cutaway version is a bit more expensive...Not sure how much though.


By all means, Martin will do great! I don't think you will like the action straight out of the box...But that can always be fixed in a jiffy.


I play a Raglan acoustic/electric, it's not the greatest sounding acoustic guitar out there, but it sounds very nice amplified (peizo), and it stays in tune like nothing I've ever played. (Provided I'm only playing rhythm). I play in my church, and it works like a dream. Real cheap too($240 for mine)...I think Martin will work wonders for you, but if you happen to see a Raglan or two...Check em out!


I wish ya all the best! Happy strummin'....


Joshua

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4/23/2004 3:27 AM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Bill,

Over the years, I have become fond of my older Takamine Elec/Acoust. They make some damn good guitars.

I'm also loving my Ovation Std. Balladeer. (Another damn good acoustic/elec)

I also owned a nice Jasmine (Takamine owned) acoustic, which was also a real nice guitar.

These are a few of my fave's.

Chris



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4/23/2004 4:35 AM

Bill North (12497) wrote:

Kind of funny, Chris. Today I went and played a lot of guitars. Taylors, Martins, Ovations, Gibsons, Gretches etc. The one that really stood apart ath the price range ( ~$1,000.00) was a particular Takamine EAN15C.

It seemed to have a well balanced, warm tone that could cut through a mix. The action was great and and the pickup/ preamp with equalizer and tuner didn't hurt either. They had about a hundred guitars that I auditioned, but this one stood head and shoulders above th rest.Solid Cedar top and mahogany back and sides.

I'm good friends with the manager there and ended walking out the door with it and a SKB hardshell case for $750.00 out the door.

I have 30 days to make a final decision on it, so I can't realy lose.

Thanks for validadting my decision, bro...



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4/23/2004 6:15 AM

Steve Cass (14762) wrote:

Congrats on getting a great git. It's sure nice to be able to take the time and pick it out of a crowd.

Steve





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4/23/2004 8:53 AM

Bill North (12497) wrote:

Hey Steve,
Thanks a lot. The proof will be when I get together with the band and see how she sits in the mix. As ususal everyone here is great.

I love this place.

Bill





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4/23/2004 11:54 AM

Steve Cass (14762) wrote:

I used to play at church with a guy that had a Takamine. I always thought it was nice for the money. All the best, bro.

Steve



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4/23/2004 10:11 AM

Antonio Rosa (6847) wrote:

Hi Bill,
I have a nylon string Takamine that I like very much. It's a very reliable instrument.
Takamine used to be good also in the preamp and pickup equipment.
You might have done a good choice.
Antonio





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4/23/2004 11:38 AM

Bill North (12497) wrote:

Antonio,
I tried to make an non-prejudiced judgement. I really went in there and just felt and listened. This one sounded and felt much differnt than two other identical guitars they had. Previous to the auditions I was leaning towrds the Martin DM.

This guitar has nice tight chord voicing, yet has enough punch when I pick harder to carry a lead line orring louder for accents. It's evry touch sensitive and the overtones are quite musical.

Overall, I'd say I got real lucky finding this one.

Bill ~~~





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4/23/2004 12:15 PM

Antonio Rosa (6847) wrote:

Yes, two guitars of the same model may sound very different. I felt lucky when I bought my Taylor 314CE, I was looking for a 514 and it was sold. Ended up prefering the 314 to the 414.



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4/23/2004 3:07 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Hehehe,

No problem Bill! Glad you found a nice guitar that you like. It's always a big decision, but, it's always nice when you find that one guitar that you "click" with.

Chris

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