Acoustic Guitar - Reasonably Priced Query...

What's Hot
Hi folks, I've not had my eye on any acoustic guitars for the best part of 7 or 8 years, and due to moving abroad and fancying a change, I'm thinking off selling my Martin DC15E. 

I fancy a non cutaway, and don't play the acoustic enough to justify having two lying around. I can't say I use the same argument with electric guitars though!

I bought that Martin used, and it need a bit of work to get the neck right, so I don't expect any new guitar to not need some tweaks.

I'm not too precious about woods etc and am looking at something reasonably priced.

Funnily enough, one of the nicest guitars I've ever played apart from a Gibson hummingbird, was a bog standard Big Baby Taylor, so I'm thinking of one of these. Maybe this would be considered a step down compared to what I'm looking to sell but at least I'd have peace of mind that if it were damaged etc, it would always be replaceable. The one I played just felt great.

Other options are the Martin DRS1, OOO10E, Taylor 110e. I know they're a good bit of a step up from the Big Baby Taylor but would be in or around the price point. A step sideways if you will....

I just listened to some demos on Thomann to get a rough idea, and the Martin DRS or Taylor 110 sounded the best, but it's hard to call with those sound demos at times...

Other options are Seagull (any I've ever played have been decent) and Yamaha.

Thoughs? Opinions? Advice?
0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
«1

Comments

  • munckeemunckee Frets: 3530
    I played a martin dreadnought jr 15/16 size not tiny a while ago and was really impressed.  About £700 new I think - if that's within your budget.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 164
    munckee said:
    I played a martin dreadnought jr 15/16 size not tiny a while ago and was really impressed.  About £700 new I think - if that's within your budget.
    I'd say it would. I had not thought of this.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 2498
    I used to have a Taylor 110... loved it, it was a great guitar, but it definitely had "the Taylor sound" in spades. Sold it because what I really wanted was a 12-fret, but it was a damn good guitar for the price.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • zepp76zepp76 Frets: 654
    The Tanglewood Sundance acoustics are fantastic, mines an X15 NS and is a wonderful guitar. Solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, bone nut and saddles and maple binding. It's dreadnought sized and plays and sounds great. It also comes with a hard case if that helps, all for £650, a bargain for what you get.
    0reaction image LOL 1reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 164
    In terms of Seagull, the Seagull S6 Original would also tick a lot of boxes. Not sure about the coastline or maritime series.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • KalimnaKalimna Frets: 552

    I wonder if the Loweden Sheeran models, when in general circulation, might be just the ticket? Having only ever strummed a couple of Lowdens in GuitarGuitar, I couldn't rate them highly enough, and whilst Ed's models may not be in quite the same league, they are unlikely to be duds.

    Adam

    0reaction image LOL 1reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 164
    edited April 10
    @zepp76 yep, I had a Tanglewood before too, and it was a solid guitar. My particular one just didn't have what I was looking for. Can't fault it for build quality though. I've played some really good Tanglewoods. 

    Are the Sheeran guitars available to buy? The S01 would be lovely to try but not sure they'd be on my radar to be honest.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • KilgoreKilgore Frets: 2428
    Eastman, Blueridge and Alvarez do all solid wood models in the £500- £800 range. Dreds and OMs. Worth a look.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • KalimnaKalimna Frets: 552

    Im not sure if the Sheeran models are available yet. Andertons, at least, have them to pre-order -

    https://www.andertons.co.uk/sheeran-by-lowden-s-01-acoustic-guitar-w-walnut-back-and-sides-cedar-top

    Adam

    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • RockerRocker Frets: 3253
    Sigma.  Martin style guitars for very little money.
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 2reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • TonyRTonyR Frets: 768
    edited April 10
    You gotta have Faith!
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 1reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 164
    So much choice! I'm going to try and narrow it down though just to save me the hassle!
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2880
    The Sigma call is a good one, they do Martin style well because they were owned by them for a while, but they also do other styles and are well regarded.
    There are a good selection of Furch (Stonebridge) guitars too from mid priced and upwards that represent fantastic value.

    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 164
    I also sea Seagull do some eco friendly models. Nice.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 164
    I think I am narrowing it down to a Seagull or Taylor. (Big Baby Taylor, or 110e) or a basic Seagull SG electro non cutaway.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 164
    I can see that all I have mentioned bar the big baby taylor are for sale used near me. Ones I didn't consider were the Tanglewood TW73 or the Tanglewood X70. The X70 seems to have really good specs.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • kreggskreggs Frets: 62
    Seagulls sometimes have big ass wide nuts on some models, varys from range to range.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • kreggskreggs Frets: 62
    I have a nice ibanez Om acoustic with a soft V neck. Crazy easy to play. Torrefied mahogany top. Worth a shout too
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 164
    On second thoughts, I'd rule out the wide neck Seagull and the Parlor Tanglewood! :) I may also have to buy online as I'll be abroad.... back to the Big Baby Taylor! 
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Andy79Andy79 Frets: 46
    Buy a Yamaha LL and don’t look back. There’s a used one on here for no money 
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 164
    Andy79 said:
    Buy a Yamaha LL and don’t look back. There’s a used one on here for no money 
    That is indeed a bargain. Unfortunately I'll be between Ireland and Spain.
    i also spied a baby jumbo Faith Neptune :(
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 1059
    Try the PRS Angelus range. I recently picked one up, it was - in my view - the best sounding electro acoustic in its price range. 
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 164
    Fuengi said:
    Try the PRS Angelus range. I recently picked one up, it was - in my view - the best sounding electro acoustic in its price range. 
    I'm going to get a non cutaway if I change at all
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • teradaterada Frets: 4383
    Check out Gibson j15s too. Great guitars
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 164
    Still have it narrowed down to a non cutaway Seagull S6 perhaps or a big baby Taylor. A bit concerned, but not too much, that I might be going “a step down” by going for something with laminate back and side but saying that any BB Taylor or Seagull I played sounded really good.
    Not sure if I should get a seagull s6 and then buy a pickup later for it rather than the Q1 S6 electro acoustic. Anyone know what the stock Seagull pickups are like ?
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • ICBMICBM Frets: 39556

    Anyone know what the stock Seagull pickups are like ?
    They use LR Baggs systems as far as I know. Excellent.

    My reservation about Seagull is that they sound great new, but are not very durable.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 1059
    ICBM said:

    Anyone know what the stock Seagull pickups are like ?
    They use LR Baggs systems as far as I know. Excellent.

    My reservation about Seagull is that they sound great new, but are not very durable.
    Was it you @ICBM who said you see more Seagull acoustic in for repair than any other brand? I remember from another thread.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 164
    edited April 20
    @ICBM good to know. Time to rethink my shortlist ?!
    What kind of repairs?
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • ICBMICBM Frets: 39556
    Fuengi said:

    Was it you @ICBM who said you see more Seagull acoustic in for repair than any other brand? I remember from another thread.
    Not Seagulls specifically, but if you add up all the Godin brands then yes.

    @ICBM good to know. Time to rethink my shortlist ?!
    What kind of repairs?
    More headstock breaks than any brand other than Gibson, top braces coming off, splits in the tops, and the very thin finish wears through in no time - you may think that looks cool, but it leaves the wood unprotected. Basically they seem to be built lightly to sound great out of the box, which they do - but they're too flimsy to last very long.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 164
    Ok it’s back to the drawing board. Big Baby Taylor: maybe.
    Now looking at Faith but maybe the Naked series lack of finish could lead to problems too ...
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
Sign In or Register to comment.