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
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
Anyone know what this thing is?
― Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 1 June 2018 17:58 (two years ago) link
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