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BILLFISHER22
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Acoustic guitar purchase—-help needed
Hey guys, I’m looking to purchase my first acoustic and need some guidance. I’m an electric player and I’m having a hard time getting the feel for the thickness of the body on acoustics.... I’m thinking on the lines of a thin/thinnish body in the $500-800 range. Any recommendations or tips would be much appreciated. Hope everyone is staying healthy and sane. Thank you guys in advance!!!


Zappas Stache
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Electric guys usually like Taylor's.


TheCurmudgeon
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If size is an issue don't look at/get a dreadnaught, look for a 000 or an OM (orchestra model). a bit thinner/smaller


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martin


awestruck
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He'd find a Martin neck way too thick and wide.

You ever checked out any of K.Yairi's (Alvarez Yairi)? To me they have a much thinner and narrower neck than most dreadnoughts.


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Don't, get one of those that are as thin as an electric, you will never be satisfied with the sound of it.


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lsu1919
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Just play everything in your price range and 1-2 will jump out at you. Go from there.



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I like an applause too, nostalgic purposes. Taylors are legit though.
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Love my Taylor but it's out of the budget range of the OP.


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I’m having a hard time getting the feel for the thickness of the body on acoustics.... I’m thinking on the lines of a thin/thinnish body in the $500-800 range.


Ovations with the super shallow bowl might be just what the doctor ordered - they're always going to sound better plugged in - just the nature of it. I'm in the minority, of course, but I dig Ovations.



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BILLFISHER22
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Thank you guys for the input. I’ll check them all out.


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BILLFISHER22
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VA, what Taylor do you have? What are we talking on price? I’m not married to that range if the right guitar comes along.


BILLFISHER22
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He'd find a Martin neck way too thick and wide.


I don’t mind thick necks, it’s the body that bothers me. Is the neck thicker than a 50’s Les Paul?


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Grand Pacific 317e. I love it. Around 2 grand. Fantastic reviews.


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auggie
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I don’t mind thick necks, it’s the body that bothers me.


The body thickness is something that you will get used to, if you find a guitar that sounds and plays great. Those are the main things to look for, sound quality and playability, of course structurally sound too. Make sure to check out some used ones, and look for a deal.
A quality guitar with some scratches, is better than a beauty, that never sounds right. The best acoustic guitar that I own now(maybe ever) came from a pawn shop and cost 250 bucks. It's a Takamine that was made in Japan and has a few scratches on the cedar top, back and sides are perfect though. I couldn't spend 1,000 bucks and get a better guitar.
Also be sure and check out the Canadian Guitars, Simon & Patrick, Seagull, Norman.
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SidewalkTiger
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Love my Taylor but it's out of the budget range of the OP.


OP should check out some used Taylors.

I got a Taylor 210 with some buckle rash for $400 on Facebook Marketplace a few years back.


auggie
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I got a Taylor 210 with some buckle rash for $400 on Facebook Marketplace a few years back.


That was a really good buy.


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awestruck
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quote: He'd find a Martin neck way too thick and wide.
I don’t mind thick necks, it’s the body that bothers me. Is the neck thicker than a 50’s Les Paul?

Don't know the answer to that... so I looked this up.

This is (supposedly) the differences in Les Paul necks over the years. (from here). The differences to look for in acoustics is fretboard width, as well neck thickness, and overall taper from nut to body. There's also different shapes from various 'C' shapes, to more 'V' type shapes, to other type of changing arches/radius as you go up or down.

Some people like the larger necks and I mentioned Martin's because historically they are on the large side. They've just recently (decade or so) started offering thinner options. As to good or not, many of their old-school guys often go no bueno, and finger pickers also tend to prefer wider fretboards for the extra distance between strings.

Was just throwing out don't automatically think 'Oh, Martin, it's better'. And be careful of low cost mid 70's models their user group forums (non-company affiliated) will have large discussions why.
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Keep in mind too that it was only recently that CNC became commonplace cutting necks ... before that, six different guys contoured six carve-spec necks with very rough templates and subsequent variances.

And then how passive or aggressive the sander is during the sanding process further influences contours.

Then you have things like neck accidentally got dropped, or pinged against a table edge, and a nick needs to be sanded out to pass QC? Presto, a spot neck contour variation.

My point is even specs that allegedly don't deviate, use as a rough gauge. Don't swear by them. And if they are that important, try before you buy or secure from a vendor with a liberal return policy, where you can get your money back "because the neck just doesn't feel right" to you.

And if small body and low action are priorities, get an electric and play it clean perhaps? Or fit it with a piezo and utilize acoustic amps, acoustic sims, acoustic plug-ins? Lot more optioms from which to pick too. Just a thought.


BILLFISHER22
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All great info to consider. Thank you all for your input, it’s much appreciated!!


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