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  posted on 6/17/2010 at 11:43 AM
I know there are many many great threads here somewhere, but I can't find them. I want to buy my son an acoustic-electric guitar, and I have up to $500 to spend. A case would help, too. He plays a starter Epiphone electric (SG style Special) which has been perfect for his age (14). His acoustic-electric, an Ibanez Tallman, was destroyed on a trip abroad, unfortunately.

I want a full size, full sounding wooden quality instrument which sounds equally good plugged in or not plugged in. He wants it to have an easy of play.

if I can get a Takamine, or a low-end Martin, does that fit the bill? I assume the low-end Fenders are not the way to go? Any other ideas? Thanks!

 
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  posted on 6/17/2010 at 12:06 PM
My bad, I admit...I failed to read the whole post....



The advice below from Mule 75 is excellent....



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  posted on 6/17/2010 at 12:08 PM
I have both a low-end Fender AND a Takamine....I actually prefer the Fender, but, it doesn't have electronics. I've played some of the new low-end Fenders with electronics, I was very impressed with both the sound & workmanship. (CD-110CE, CD-140CE, Tim Armstrong Hellcat)

Dean makes a pretty good quality acoustic/electric for about $350-400. (I think its the "Exotica" series)

I played an Ibanez Ambiance Series (A100E) last weekend, was VERY impressed. $350-400, also.

 
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  posted on 6/17/2010 at 12:15 PM
Your son is 14. And he's not going on a major tour anytime soon, right? No need to drop more than $500 on a decent acoustic. I think your Takamine idea is pretty good. Take him to a guitar store and have him try out a bunch of guitars in your price range. Buy the one that feels and sounds best to him. A $350 guitar may not last for 40 years, but who cares? If he is still playing guitar in 10 years, he can buy a Martin or Taylor then.
 

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  posted on 6/17/2010 at 12:31 PM
I own a Takamine that ran for about $1400, I love it....however, my drummer has a Takamine he paid $400 for and I love that one too.

They make great acoustics and if you're looking for a cost effective acoustic/electric I'd go this route.....if you're looking to drop some coin....Taylors are spectacular but it's still all preference.

 

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  posted on 6/17/2010 at 12:44 PM
I'd recommend an Alvarez- when I was 14 I got an alvarez acoustic electric for about 450ish, and it actually plays great- Its about as quality of a guitar as you can get for its price. I used it for about 5 years with no problem, until I got a Taylor...

 

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  posted on 6/17/2010 at 12:54 PM
I highly recommend against a cheap Fender (I can't remember the model off-hand). It was fine for me as a starter, to learn how to play. But, I'll always remember sitting across from my buddy who was REALLY good, and hearing him play it, and I was like "holly sh*t, it's not just me being awful, that guitar sounds TERRIBLE."

It sounded like a toy guitar. Now, it did sound a bit better plugged in, but still . . .

At this point, unless it was to someone who's never picked up the instrument before, I wouldn't even give it away.

EDIT: Just so I don't lead you astry, and impugn the integrity of the entire Fender company, it's a DG-11e.

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  posted on 6/17/2010 at 01:28 PM
The Taylor 110e. but its a bit above your budget. $649 at sweetwater sound.

for $499 try this washburn EA10 festival

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Washburn-EA10SDLK-Festival-Acous ticElectric-Guitar?sku=621087

I have one in black, plays very nice.



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  posted on 6/17/2010 at 06:59 PM
cmgst34, I don't know what the DG-11e is, but I have a Fender Stratacoustic one of the original ones, plastic back, sides and top. It doesn't anything like a good acoustic unplugged - a little tinny, but plugged up it sounds great. Also the action is better than a lot of acoustic guitars I've played and you can reach way up the neck. It is absolutely one of the best practice guitars I've ever had. And I play it all the time. You can probably find one for $100 or less a little set up and extra light strings and you've got a great geetar. The comparable model Fender sells today is around $350.00. It is all wood and has a lip stick pick up in addition to the piezo. You may think I'm crazy, but you may want to check it out.

 

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  posted on 6/18/2010 at 05:54 AM
Thanks everybody. It's looking good for the Takamine, good value and big sound for $350.
 
 


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