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post Oct 8 2007, 04:55 PM
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Could someone point me out to an acoustic/electric guitar I can use in a variety of genres? Namely, a good acoustic/electric guitar to play jazz on? is there even such a thing?

Preferably something with a wide-ish fretboard and thin neck (for my small hands) and a cutaway (I like driving past the 12th fret)

can anyone tell me about their experience with F holes? Are they as loud as regular soundholes?

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post Oct 8 2007, 05:55 PM
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In my experience a semi will not be as loud as an acoustic. Unamplified the loudest semis are the big 17'' jazzers like the Super400/LE5CES/Byrdland. They are pretty loud but really still need amplification if you are playing agianst any other amplified or mic'ed up instrument.

As far as playing jazz on an acoustic - I personally think that semis emphasise the mid-range more then an acoustic. A semi, to me, sounds a bit more 'woody' and even 'dark' whereas a (good) acoustic aims at a more even tonal spread. Nonetheless there's no reason why you can't play jazz on an acoustic - after all I'm sure it was done pre-Charlie Christian.

I fingerpick jazz on a Lowden acoustic with a cutaway but also look at Takamine who do nice acoustics and the Taylor T5.

Gibson make (and I think there is a cheaper EPI version) a Chet Atkins guitar which may be worth you checking out as it sort of falls between an acoustic and a semi. I think Muris or Ben has/had one at one time and may know more (?). Otherwise there is also the Maccaferri - a remake of the classic guitar used by Django Reinhardt. I think this is still available but I haven't seen one anywhere for a long time. Moving away from these then a big Gibson Super 400 could fit the bill well. Me personally - I love the tone but find the guitar just too big to get comfortable with.

If you're willing to go amp'ed then I'd seriously consider looking at a 335 or, if you can find it, a Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion. Neither are straight forward jazz but they can cut it and offer other options. If you only want Jazz my first choice would be a Gibson Byrdland. As ever though it's best to try out a range.


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post Oct 9 2007, 01:32 PM
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I would recommend Yamaha Silent Guitar.
Although it has little acoustic sound, it looks cool on the stage and easy to play.

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post Oct 9 2007, 03:25 PM
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QUOTE (Kosei Kubota @ Oct 9 2007, 02:32 PM) *
I would recommend Yamaha Silent Guitar.
Although it has little acoustic sound, it looks cool on the stage and easy to play.

That was a weird one. And cool! I want one.


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