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TigerVizz87
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If you had ~$800 for an Acoustic Electric Guitar what would you get

In the market for a new acoustic electric guitar. Play the occasional small venue or at church. I have had fender and Taylor 114 in the past. Only play rhythm guitar, not much lead.

Would you look at buying new or trying to find something to upgrade on Reverb?


auggie
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Opelika, Alabama
Member since Aug 2013
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re: If you had ~$800 for an Acoustic Electric Guitar what would you get
Buy used. But, if you could put 200 more bucks with that, one of the Epiphone Slash signature j-45s Might be a good one to go with. They are indonesian made solid mahogany back and sides, solid spruce top sunburst finish. I had 1 of the Epiphone masterbuilts that was similar and it was a really good guitar. I wish I had it back, but I traded it for something I thought I wanted more.
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A friend of mine has a really nice used Japan made Takamine Dreadnaught for sale in his shop for about that price.
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Tangineck
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re: If you had ~$800 for an Acoustic Electric Guitar what would you get
I was going to suggest a Taylor 114 but I see that you've already tried that. I love mine. Since that's out I'll suggest you take a look at anything by Orangewood guitars. I love the all solid Sage model, it's $745 retail.

Edit: $745 in Spruce, other wood is more expensive
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TheFretShack
Member since Oct 2015
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re: If you had ~$800 for an Acoustic Electric Guitar what would you get
Readily available bang for buck values in that price range on the new market IMHO are Seagull, Eastman and Yamaha. All three brands typically punch a few weight classes above price comps in regard to overall wood and electronics quality and overall craftsmanship.

On the used market in that price range, I'd be looking at MIJ Takamine. Stellar wood and luthiery, their proprietary on-board electronics are phenomenal and they are built in a bulletproof fashion.

IMPORTANT!!: I advise people to buy used when they can to really turn value, but I STRONGLY, STRONGLY advise people who are shopping used acoustics to buy in person or through a seller who offers a return policy or right of refusal. Get a warranty either through the seller or through a third-party objective mediator such as eBay or Reverb.

The used market is a clearinghouse for acoustics with SERIOUS issues. People don't realize underhumidification, overhumidification, frying guitars in car trunks, etc., is bad often until it is too late. They come to a guy like me, find out the $$$ it will take to fix their mishaps, and their next move it to turn it like a lemon used car.

So so often, I have guys bring me "deals" they scored on used acoustics that suffer from a plethora of structural deficiencies that will be expensive to repair. I warn buyers, sellers are savvy and very often unscrupulous. If that guitar you are eyeing is a grand below market value, even if it appears clean in photos, don't be surprised if you have to pay a guy like me a grand to make it play or sound as it should.

In short, no return policy, no warranty, and "too good to be true" often becomes a recipe for disaster. I see it too frequently, don't fall victim.


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auggie
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re: If you had ~$800 for an Acoustic Electric Guitar what would you get
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On the used market in that price range, I'd be looking at MIJ Takamine. Stellar wood and luthiery, their proprietary on-board electronics are phenomenal and they are built in a bulletproof fashion.

I have never had an overall better guitar than my N-10. I just wish it had factory electronics.


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SidewalkTiger
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re: If you had ~$800 for an Acoustic Electric Guitar what would you get
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Readily available bang for buck values in that price range on the new market IMHO are Seagull, Eastman and Yamaha. All three brands typically punch a few weight classes above price comps in regard to overall wood and electronics quality and overall craftsmanship.


Agree.

I own an Eastman that I like better than the 5 Martins I've owned.

Would own a Seagull but just hate the look of the headstock, it's a dealbreaker for me.

OP, what types of guitars do you like? What types of music do you play? This will help with recommendations.


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Zappas Stache
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re: If you had ~$800 for an Acoustic Electric Guitar what would you get
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Epiphone Slash signature j-45s


I would look at these, try to play one. Epiphone has some great player guitars
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auggie
Auburn Fan
Opelika, Alabama
Member since Aug 2013
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re: If you had ~$800 for an Acoustic Electric Guitar what would you get
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Epiphone has some great player guitars


They really do.


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Easye921
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re: If you had ~$800 for an Acoustic Electric Guitar what would you get
I've bought upwards of 10 accoustics over the years off of reverb and all played as they should. Most of the reputable sellers on there give you 14 day return policy.


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