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Posted: 1/23/2006 8:27:11 AM EDT
Ok, I have been playing the bass guitar for about 20 years now and would like to broaden my musical horizons. I have decided to get an acoustic/electric guitar and learn how to play.

I would like your recommendations for a guitar that meets these specs for under/around $500, not including case/bag/etc. I have so far looked at some Alvarez and Takamine models and been fairly impressed, but would like more info.

- natural finish
- Built-in pickups and electronics
- slightly wide neck to accommodate thick bass-player fingers

So, what do you guys suggest?

Link Posted: 1/23/2006 8:29:35 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 8:30:46 AM EDT
any reason you're going with acoustic / electric?
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 8:48:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/23/2006 8:48:34 AM EDT by CFII]
Eww. Dont play regular guitar, its for pansies . Try the double bass. Play some classical music.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 8:48:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/23/2006 8:49:56 AM EDT by cyoung]
I want to be able to play and be heard without an amp but still sound good through an amp or a PA.

tc6969 - oh, yeah, I have spent way too many $ at MF not to know them well. Any specific model of guitar you can suggest?
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 9:33:33 AM EDT
As a bass player who decided to dabble with acoustic guitar, I faced a similar choice not too long ago.

If you don't have a moral objection (it's much like the 1911 vs. Glock debate) the Ovation CC057 Celebrity or CC257 Celebrity Deluxe are hard to beat for the money. However, they do have the round fiberglass backshells. Many traditional musicians look at them in much the same way that 1911 aficionados look at Glocks-sterile modern technology.

Doesn't bother me, I play Steinberger basses so I'm already a heathen in their eyes!

Alternatively, if you insist on all wood, the Ibanez Talmans feel pretty good and get decent reviews.

Whatever you do avoid the Fender Telcoustic and Stratacoustic. Pieces of !@#$.

I suggest checking the reviews at Harmony-Central.com to see what others have to say.

Link Posted: 1/23/2006 10:02:56 AM EDT
+1 on HC , but keep in mind some people there are shit bags and like to fuck up the reviews on gear .
+1 on the Fender Tele/Strat coustic being shit .

Look into a Seagull or Washburn for bang for buck guitars .
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 10:12:03 AM EDT
Man, you can't get enough work as a bass player? Guitar players are a dime a dozen. Never enough bass players. I am surprised more guitarists don't switch to bass.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 10:22:27 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 10:23:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/23/2006 10:54:18 AM EDT by Housefull]
I just picked up an Ibanez AEG10NETNG acoustic/electric. It is based on a classical guitar with a wide nut (2") and the nylon strings are softer that a regular electric. It is my introduction into 6 strings . I play a fender jazz.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 10:43:17 AM EDT
Call Estebon.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 11:22:04 AM EDT
That's "Esteban."
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 11:24:41 AM EDT
I'd buy used. You already probably know enough to give the guitar a good look over.

Link Posted: 1/23/2006 11:26:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 10mmFan:
Call Estebon.

Link Posted: 1/23/2006 11:55:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/23/2006 11:57:43 AM EDT by Daytona955i]
This is an awesome acoustic electric guitar. I played one with a set of Elixer's on it, and it's my next guitar purchase after I build my Jazz clone with a MM pickup in it.


Link Posted: 1/23/2006 6:39:33 PM EDT
Ok, that Alvarez looks nice! Keep the suggestions coming!
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 6:59:34 PM EDT
keep an eye out for deals here


If you can spend $700 you can pick up some really nice guitars used.

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:06:43 AM EDT
Here's a baby taylor ... nice guitar for $275


Link Posted: 1/26/2006 12:43:42 PM EDT
The local guitar shop has a bunch of Ibanez and Alvarez stuff coming in next week. I am going to try that stuff out and use my tax return to get something, although nothing I have tried so far was quite as nice as some of the Takamines I have tried.

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 1:13:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
Here's a baby taylor ... nice guitar for $275


I use one of these when I decide to slum it and play guitar.

It's a great guitar for the money...I have rarely seen the sound/build quality in a similarly priced instrument, ever.

I slapped one o them Dean Markley hole pickups, and it sounds like a dream, even through a live PA.
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