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post Mar 18 2010, 10:33 PM
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Are there any acoustic guitars under $500 you'd recommend checking out?

I have a friend who's looking at getting one in this price range.

He tried the Martin DX-1 (the synthetic one, with a laminate neck, sides, and back), a few Takamines, an Epiphone Masterbuilt DM-500. They all played well, just the cheaper Takamine seemed to have too little bass and was really bright sounding, the more expense ones had a nice balanced sound.

We saw a Martin DX-1 for $350 on Craigslist, but were too late, as it was already sold.

Thoughts?...

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post Mar 18 2010, 10:39 PM
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I wanted one of those DX-1's (at least, whatever the made in america one was called) for a while, but I killed my craving for an acoustic... for now. But I feel like those would be a good budget guitar. Supposedly they're very durable, and at least the one I played actually sounded better than every other acoustic in the room, even ones costing several thousands.


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post Mar 19 2010, 01:46 AM
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QUOTE (JamesT @ Mar 18 2010, 05:33 PM) *
We saw a Martin DX-1 for $350 on Craigslist, but were too late, as it was already sold.

Thoughts?...


Not sure how big Craigslist is in your area, but in Atlanta, it's very busy. I buy and sell guitars on there all the time. If you're patient, you can get something for about half of what it sells for new at Guitar Center.

/I have no opinion on what type of guitar to get though.


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post Mar 19 2010, 04:36 AM
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Thanks guys. So far.

Keep all the comments coming for any of you all who know something about acoustics. For me, it's playability first, followed by tone, followed by finish quality, followed by style or looks. The neck has to be straight, action reasonaby low, minimal fret buzz, and no sharp stuff from the frets to grab your hands, followed by warm tone (which is a close second), followed by how cool it looks. Nowadays, you can probably get all that and more from almost any maker for under five bills, but if any of you all have a favorite, or can speak about your acoustic (good or bad) let me know. I'm hoping to point Brian to this link so that he can get blown away by all the great info here at GMC. (which I know we have in mass quantity). So keep the ideas flowing. biggrin.gif

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post Mar 20 2010, 05:29 PM
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This guitar should be a pretty good choice for the money:

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product...itar?sku=516847


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post Mar 20 2010, 05:41 PM
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I've seen some Yamaha APX series in that price range. They looked very good.


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