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Old 02-03-2011, 04:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Beginners acoustic guitar advice on what to get

Hey guys!

I'm looking at buying my first acoustic guitar but have no idea where to start. Could you help by listing a few and maybe their prices if you know?

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Old 02-05-2011, 11:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yamaha F310E <--- Pretty much this is the only acoustic guitar anyone starting out should ever buy. (Unless you're rich) Its the benchmark for beginner instruments, and it has been for literally decades. They play nice, they last, and they have a nice full sound right out of the box.

I've yet to find a cheap acoustic that actually comes anywhere close to an F310E.
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Hey mate, thanks for the reply!

Is there a bit of a difference in price? They seem cheap at around $200.00 each?
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Difference compared to what? I'd advise you that really anything cheaper probably won't be very good. (If you're buying new, that is. Obviously you can go second hand and save some money, but for a first guitar, thats not advisable since even if you do play the guitar before buying it, you'll be inexperienced and won't notice many of the things that could be problems later down the line. You also won't have warranty on the guitar if something goes wrong.)

You can pick up acoustic guitars second hand for next to nothing but a great many of them are rubbish, if we're talking about buying a half decent cheap acoustic guitar to learn to play on, then a Yamaha F310E is pretty much king of the hill.

If you want to spend more, then I can recommend you other guitars, but I wouldn't spend less unless you're going second hand, can play the guitar before you buy it, and can bring along an experienced friend to help vet the instrument for flaws or neglect.
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I will check this one out. I was just asking if there is much price difference depending on where I purchase it? I have seen them for 200.00, does that sound about right? Sounds cheap to me.
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Can't tell you much about american pricing, I'm from the UK. Look around.
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depends on how much you want to spend.

50-100 bucks, get a Rogue I have several play real well
100-200 this is real tough so many choices, I'd honestly just skip this price range
200-300 get an alvarez. they stand the test of time. my first acoustic was 300 i believe, for an alvarez. it sounds better today than when it did when it came out of the box.
400-800 Get a Martin DXK1E
800-1200 Get a high end Takamine, or a Larivee
1200+ Get a Taylor. I suggest getting either a 614ce, or an 814.
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I will have a look this weekend at the Yamaha F310 and the Alvarez. Is there a specific model for the Alvarez?

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any standard dreadnaught cut edge will do. I was really impressed by the Yamaha 280, i beleive it was. It was around 250 bucks if I remember right.

Yeah don't go lookin for Yairi alvarezs or anything, Just a standard dreadnaught should do. Cut edge if you want to play higher with less hardships haha.
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Yeah hardships put to a minimum would be nice.
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