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What Acoustic Guitar do you recommend for a beginner?

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Joined: 17 Jan 2010
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Location: london

PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:17 pm    Post subject: What Acoustic Guitar do you recommend for a beginner? Reply with quote

The only 2 acoustic guitars I can think of right now are the Yamaha F335 and Epiphone Dove?

Which one do you recommend?

If you can thing of other better guitars please share. My budget is ~$200 for new acoustic guitar.

Thanks! Smile
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Rolling Stone No.8
Rolling Stone No.8

Joined: 04 Feb 2005
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Location: London, UK

PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crafter make fantastic beginer guitars, dont go for the epiphone dove, you want something with a nice tone, Yamaha would be better than the Epi,
one thing you should look for in an acoustic guitar is a solid top, i think you can get a solid top for your budget, you should also look for a mahogany back and sides, ive never played a good newish Epiphone acoustic (apart from the masterbuilt and USA stuff), also avoid Fender acoustics, they are not very good.
I have a Compass series Yamaha acoustic which plays like a dream, but it may just be out of your price range, i also have a Crafter acoustic parlour type which plays very nice, have a couple of others too, but i could go on forever...
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Joined: 27 Aug 2009
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Location: Warner Robins, GA

PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Epiphone makes the AJ200s, which is a solid top, for $200. It is Indonesian, which is better than Chinese. I hope this isn't too late. Have you bought one yet?
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Joined: 30 Jul 2010
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Based on the dates of these posts, I am way too late with this, but my two cents worth anyway:

I did no research and, being embarrassingly truthful, my first acoustic guitar buy was something of an impulse purchase that had been building for decades and finally exploded. I trusted the salesman at a local music store and my trust was not misplaced. He sold me an Ibanez SGT110VS or its immediate predecessor. A great beginner guitar, and for less than $150.00 at the time (currently around $180.00 at Musician's Friend):


I used it for a little over a year to find out if I really wanted to do this and then upgraded to a Taylor. I do not regret the purchase and have moved the Ibanez on to another beginner who is also well pleased.
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Low Frequency Out
Low Frequency Out

Joined: 14 Aug 2005
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Location: Probably at the bar.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey carney, good advice and real experiences are always welcome, can be quite a minefield finding a good starter guitar, I know the one I had put me off for years!
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