Acoustic Guitars

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The Starry-Eyed Messenger Service (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 24 September 2015 03:04 (four years ago) link

I didnt mean i was going today! My free time is limited.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 24 September 2015 03:07 (four years ago) link

I was hoping to be able to tell you "you can get a low-end Larrivee for a grand," but I checked, you can't. they start right around 1250, which is pretty expensive, still, in my mind. you can get a Taylor in that range (like, pushing right up againt a grand), a lot of people really like Taylors, I have never connected with one. whereas Larrivee makes incredible guitars imo. honestly though my favorite playing guitars, the ones I play around the house or take into a studio, were not costly -- they're old, sometimes beat-up, things I bought online. it's a risk! but, like -- this 1970 Guild here -- it's rebuilt, doesn't have the original neck, so collectors don't have much use for it, but I'd wager it plays beautifully. The video linked from the listing sounds great, those early 70s Guilds are just some of my favorite guitars in the world (and are really expensive when they're all-original), I play one almost daily here in the house -- they are wonderful to have around and to play for my kids.

You might also cast around online for parlor-sized Gibsons of the 50s, which play RAD as hell and sound incredible but aren't the big-monster Gibsons (or super-early ones) that command the giant prices. I think I got my LG-1 for under 1k, that was 10 years ago and the Gibson market's always going up but the parlor ones aren't as loved I don't think.

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 24 September 2015 03:20 (four years ago) link

God damn it I'm kinda not buying guitars now, I had a sickness about it for a while before I had all kinds of havin' kids expenses, but this thread caused me to look at a listing for a 1963 Epiphone Cortez which I kind of really want and can't justify

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 24 September 2015 03:24 (four years ago) link

thx for the tips I hadn't considered Guilds

guitar collectors are the weirdest

Οὖτις, Thursday, 24 September 2015 22:45 (four years ago) link

The guitarist in my band sometimes used a guild acoustic and I thought it was a fantastic sounding guitar.

I recently accidentally came by one of those cheap starter Jasmine acoustics and I actually think it sounds pretty good for $100 or whatever it retails for. I tend to like "thinner" sounding acoustics over "fuller" sounding acoustics.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Friday, 25 September 2015 01:12 (four years ago) link

Encountered a guy playing a Guild this past Saturday and it seemed pretty nice.

Out 1: Lispector (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 25 September 2015 01:13 (four years ago) link

don't tell me his name was tom

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Friday, 25 September 2015 02:31 (four years ago) link

Eh, no. Does that guy even play acoustic?

Out 1: Lispector (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 25 September 2015 12:37 (four years ago) link

I went to Haight Ashbury Music Center on Saturday and man that was just depressing. Rows and rows of Yamahas, Ibanez, and Taylors, almost everything with crappy built-in electronics (why do people even bother with these, I have never understood it, much less heard them make a decent sound). A lot of Martins as well, but no Gibsons and no Guilds, and none of the Martin models I was particularly interested in. These guys have an inventory/space at least as big as Guitar Center, so this doesn't bode well...

looks like I may have to resort to the internet/ebay after all

Οὖτις, Monday, 28 September 2015 21:07 (four years ago) link
If price were no object:

Three Word Username, Monday, 28 September 2015 21:12 (four years ago) link

Bad news wrt the hopes that Gibson parlors might be cheap - the parlor guitar market is exploding right now. I sell 3 times more parlors than dreadnaughts right now. It's crazy.

a strawman stuffed with their collection of 12 cds (jjjusten), Monday, 28 September 2015 21:20 (four years ago) link

Keep an eye out for guitars made under the name "The Loar" and also for the "Recording King" models. They do a torrefied top model that is crazy good and sells for $500. Both of those (which are actually from the same parent company) are the best thing going for under $1000 right now in my opinion.

a strawman stuffed with their collection of 12 cds (jjjusten), Monday, 28 September 2015 21:22 (four years ago) link

ahh appreciate the pro tips here jjjusten. I think I can probably go as high as $1,500 - but it does seem weird to me how at first glance there appears to be very little mid-range between a few hundred dollar models and the several thousand dollar models.

Οὖτις, Monday, 28 September 2015 21:24 (four years ago) link

how do people feel about these Blueridge guitars - I've never played one, they had a few at HA

Οὖτις, Monday, 28 September 2015 21:30 (four years ago) link

jjusten speaks wisdom. I have a Recording King in the 000 style, I think they call it an RO 06 - a good $500ish guitar. It plays very nicely fingerstyle or not; it has gigged reliably and has yet to be damaged by curious toddlers, drunks, or drunk toddlers. I would not exalt it to the ages, but it suits my needs fine and its existence protects a beloved very old guitar from the rigors of daily use.

The missing mid-range between affordable instruments and the serious boutique stuff seems explicable to me. At this point, it seems like mass-produced instruments can be made pretty consistently and are mostly pretty good. Certainly light-years beyond the entry-level instruments of my own Cretaceous childhood. I speak not of jokey untunable sub-$100 toy-store things, but the ubiquitous offerings with respectable names on the headstock that are affordable to mortals.

A $5,000 guitar is better than a $500 guitar but it is not ten times as good. And what difference there is may only be discernible to a professional, expert, or hypersensitive crank.

If I had $100 I would not buy a guitar with it. If I had $500 I could probably be satisfied with any of dozen different more-or-less-indistinguishable choices by the usual suspects (Epiphone, Yamaha, Ibanez, a few others I'm not thinking of right now). If I had $1,500 I might be tempted toward a new Martin or Gibson, but would also check out high-quality used instruments.

forbidden fruitarian (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 10 October 2015 02:54 (four years ago) link

I'm kinda impressed by the Martin X series. I got turned onto them by a hippy bluegrass player around here that goes down to Costa Rica a few months a year. He said first time he went down there the humidity completely screwed up an acoustic he had but those laminate necks on these Martins did fine.

Martin advertises them as "working man guitars" and they seem to me to kinda fit the bill. They are kinda loud like most Martin dreadnoughts and the stock electronics are not bad.

I think they are pretty good guitars for the money. Other things are to look for an older used Alvarez or some other acoustic made in Japan in the 80s.

earlnash, Tuesday, 13 October 2015 04:41 (four years ago) link

I can't believe I waited so long to post here. Slipped my mind. I have a handful of nice enough electrics, but my acoustic is a beat up Seagull S6 which is fine for a starter - which it was when I started - but nothing remotely special. I've been shopping around for a new (old) acoustic for the better part of a year now, but the combination of price and variety has overwhelmed at stymied me. For a while I was aiming for a Martin D28 or D35 (this would be my forever guitar and a belated birthday present). but then part of me was thinking, hmm, Gibson J-45 is pretty classic, or even the J200. Then I heard a Martin jumbo, the J40, and it sounded pretty good, too. Latest thing that's caught my eye was a 1970 Gibson Southern Jumbo, which is going for not a terrible price; I've heard it's very similar if not identical to a J45. And then I've recently stumbled upon a late '60s Dixon Hummingbird, lawsuit-style Japanese rip of a Gibson Hummingbird, that many love, and which goes for a steal. And then, adding to the confusion, I've read that it's actually the southern jumbo and Hummingbird that are similar, if not identical.

Anyway, I have no idea what to do, and when faced with a room full of 300 guitars, have even less idea what to do.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 16 October 2015 19:11 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

I ended up getting a Gibson Dove, arrived on Saturday. I had been trying to get a Hummingbird but just got priced out of various ebay bids. Can't say I'm disappointed, the thing is a beauty

Οὖτις, Monday, 11 January 2016 18:03 (four years ago) link

an old one or a recent one?

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 11 January 2016 18:33 (four years ago) link

I couldn't afford any that old, this one is from 2006

Οὖτις, Monday, 11 January 2016 18:38 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

actually apparently it's a puerto rican cuatro 10-string guitar. Anyone know what make? (longshot I realize)

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 1 June 2018 18:01 (two years ago) link

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