Discussion in 'Acoustic Guitars' started by JonnyDistance, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. JonnyDistance

    JonnyDistance New Member

    I'm looking to buy a cheap acoustic guitar. Something that says "quality" without breaking the bank. I was looking at something like Sigma or SX, but I'm not sure. I'm a big John Frusciante and Thrice fan, and though I can't afford a Martin or Gibson, I'm looking for something that sounds remotely close.

    Any recommendations?
  2. Talk To Bears

    Talk To Bears New Member

  3. JonnyDistance

    JonnyDistance New Member

    Thanks! I'll check that out ASAP!
  4. Craiz

    Craiz New Member

    +1 on the Yamaha. I am quite consistently surprised with the playability and tone that comes out of even the lower end Yamaha models, and am always happy to recommend them to people needing a cheap acoustic.
  5. SolidFooting

    SolidFooting Member

    If you can afford a Seagull, they're a big bang for the buck.
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  6. tenma4

    tenma4 New Member

    My wife and best friend bought me a used Seagull for Christmas. I'm loving the thing. I'd recommend them to anyone for a quality instrument for a decent price...even better used.
  7. RevBilly76

    RevBilly76 Tele Junkie

    Check out Seagull, Simon & Patrick, or Art & Lutherie. They are all quality guitars that are reasonably priced and made in Canada.
  8. TeddyAlemu

    TeddyAlemu New Member

    This is so true. I love the tone of the classical practice guitars my school provides. Not sure on their exact models or anything, but they're low end, and i happen to love their feel and tone. Yamaha knows whats good haha
  9. MarkM

    MarkM Member

    Takamine and Epiphone also make some nice guitars that aren't expensive. Whatever you buy, it's well worth having it professionally set-up after you've played it for a while (usually after about 2 months when the neck has settled). So many people balk at spending the money on a setup, but even a relatively cheap guitar will be a pleasure to play with a nice action.
  10. Roppongen

    Roppongen New Member

    I got asked to pick out a guitar for a cafe in Buffalo last year and of all the guitars out there I fell in love with an Alvarez Yairi for about $350 that had an excellent built in tuner, playing action and tone, not to mention decent looks and a nice cutaway.
  11. MarkM

    MarkM Member

    $350 for any Yairi is a bargain. My favourite guitar, that I've owned for over 30 years is K-Yairi acoustic (with a cutaway). I know they're not handmade anymore, but they're still lovely instruments, especially for that price.
  12. Roppongen

    Roppongen New Member

    I was really surprised at the prices and when I saw there were quite a few felt some disappointment, thinking that they'd gone the cheapie route.
    No need to worry, they were across the board the best range of affordable guitars I was able to find available and highly recommend them, not only for beginners but pros as well. I'd buy one and use it on stage with no hesitation and may buy myself one yet.
  13. wolfmancharlie

    wolfmancharlie New Member

    Yamaha, Epiphone, and Blueridge acoustics are all excellent . I have an Epiphone EJ 200 CE,bought used for 300 , that truly is a head turner. Played in stereo with 2 different amps and different settings ,the sound is amazing.
    My Blueridge was just played by an old Martin user and he couldn't believe how good it was. China made but great Quality and tone to spare. Seagull is also a very nice acoustic, that plays very easy. Yamaha has been around for a long time building very good Quality instruments, I do have a Yamaha super strat that will be staying in the heard. I've played most , own an old Guild, Ovation, Madeira, Gretch,and others. Just try them out and see which one talks to you.
    Enjoy the moments :))
  14. Jay Bones

    Jay Bones Master of the Stratocaster

    I second the Yamaha. I own 2 (G-160 Nippon-Gaki and an FG 420-12 Taiwan that is a couple years older than I am, 1970 and after all those years of less then gentle handling judging by the scars it carries, the neck, bridge and bracing are all still tight). There is the FG series, with solid tops for $199.99. The FG700S for $199.99 with 3 body wood choices. That's a lot of guitar at that price point, I think you'd have to spend at least double that (or more) before you start to see solid top wood.
  15. Charlie

    Charlie New Member

    Older thread ... but +1 on Yamaha.

    The model I'm always in search of is the FG 335. They made them from 1977 till 1981. Sort of a sleeper model.

    Gets a lot of love on agf forum .

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