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  • Salty

    Member
    January 17, 2022 at 4:13 pm
    • OhWowMan

      Member
      January 21, 2022 at 7:49 pm

      @Salty Hi; I’m just curious, how’d you narrow it to these three in particular? And, do you feel you need a cutaway model? I’ve been thinking about adding a cutaway to my guitar arsenal (at this juncture, it’s a small collection of just two guitars, Taylor DN3 and Martin DJr-10E). I typically don’t play that high up the neck.

      • Salty

        Member
        January 22, 2022 at 11:51 am

        @OhWowMan Well I started out with the idea that I wanted something I will want to play forever. Something I would cherish immediately and always be proud to own. That being said I wanted something well made so it will last longer and I knew these 2 companies provided that. I like the cutback because it is nice if you want to add lower tones on the 15th and 17th fret. I do plan on getting an electric next year so having it to work with will help me for future playing. Plus I love the way it looks.

  • GuitarGeni

    Member
    January 18, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    Not sure if you purchased anything yet or not, but an Epiphone Masterbilt is an excellent guitar in that price range. Unfortunately mine just sold a few weeks ago, but there are tons of them available online.

  • Bill_Brown

    Member
    January 23, 2022 at 10:01 am

    Hi @Salty , I like the photos that you posted, 2 Martins and a Taylor. The wood grain on the Taylor looks sweet in my opinion, is this a 224 model ($1699 + PA sales tax)? So the top is solid Koa – and looks awesome, but the back and sides are “layered” Koa (not solid wood). You should do some research on exactly what the “layers” consist of, I think you’ll be surprised and maybe disappointed. The Martin’s on the other hand are solid tone woods, top-back-sides, not layered (at least the models you’ve posted) and made in the US (and your home state). Don’t get me wrong, Taylor’s are very nice guitars, but I believe you’ll get more bang for your bucks with a solid wood Martin. Best of luck with your decision!

    • Salty

      Member
      January 24, 2022 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you, that just made my mind up. You da man.

    • N-lightMike

      Member
      January 24, 2022 at 2:25 pm

      Hey @Bill_Brown and @Salty ;

      This is exactly the opposite of what I understand. You will always pay extra money for the Martin name. Every brand out there except Gibson, will give you higher quality materials for the same price as a Martin.

      And there is no inferiority to “layered” wood, in fact, just the opposite. Plywood, in this case, it is high tech plywood called high pressure laminate, is superior to solid wood as it does not warp under stressful conditions caused by temperature and humidity. And good luck hearing a difference when the top is solid wood and the HPL is the back and sides. The reason pretty much all the under $500 guitar manufacturers have gone to solid tops is because the HPL doesn’t resonate as well. But the back and sides don’t resonate. They simply provide a sound box to amplify the sound.

      These are, of course, my opinions. And none of these things ultimately make any difference when buying a guitar, though it will limit your choices if you are prejudiced against HPLs or less well known companies.

      Tony has laid out the steps to picking out a guitar. What it looks like matters, as does how it sounds and how it plays. And the biggest factor, which is simply the all important practical reason, is price. That’s it. Not the other things being discussed here.

      I’ve seen it over and over again where someone bought a guitar based on the reputation of the company and was sorely disappointed because it wasn’t a good fit for them. There are guitars that cost tens of thousands of dollars that I wouldn’t own if you gave it to me (other than to sell it). Just sayin’.

      MG 😀

      P.S. I only want to be helpful. If what I’ve said isn’t helpful, just ignore me. 🙄

      • Salty

        Member
        January 26, 2022 at 7:20 pm

        @MikeGaurnier It was absolutely helpful and I do appreciate it. I have talked to multiple people and I do want to get a Martin. I am not against any guitar, lol. I just want something nice and I am able to get something that is in a higher price range. I have always wanted a Martin or a Taylor. In all honesty I will eventually own both and an electric Music Man. Thanks for your advice though. Its amazing how many people have reached out about it. I hope all is well man, Stay safe and have an awesome week.

  • Beatrice

    Member
    January 23, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    The Orangewood guitars are really good for the price they are,

    Also Art & Lutherie are great

    One that wasn’t mentioned is Sigma guitars (under Martins)

    Best is to try them (as others mentioned) and get to feel how they play in your hands, it’s the most important (besides how they sound)

    • Bill_Brown

      Member
      January 23, 2022 at 4:59 pm

      Agree @Beatrice , I picked up a used Art&Lutherie (by Godin) for my 2nd guitar and am really pleased with my find. A 2002 CW spruce Burgundy (Sitka spruce top, wild cherry back and sides), which is a cut-away, and I love that I can easily play up to the 19th fret without having to adjust my fretting hand. The sound is awesome From the 7th thru 17th frets – and it has electronics with an on board tuner – wow – all for $350 US with a heavy duty travel case – great deal for me – and great guitar🤩

      • N-lightMike

        Member
        January 24, 2022 at 2:05 pm

        👍😊

      • Beatrice

        Member
        January 24, 2022 at 5:23 pm

        That’s great Bill! I have an A&L too, a parlour size that i love, very bluesy!

  • Guitargeezer-Jack

    Member
    January 23, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Found all the comments interesting. Thank you @Salty for starting the discussion. Learned a lot.

    • Salty

      Member
      January 26, 2022 at 7:21 pm

      As did I. You are very welcome.

  • Beatrice

    Member
    January 23, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Some additions to consider too, all solid wood for a smaller price…

    Fender PM-3 Triple 0

    Eastman E20 OM

  • Salty

    Member
    February 26, 2022 at 9:39 am

    Thank you all for your help. I settled on this puppy, it was 600.00 and it sounds amazing. I had to pay 1000.00 less for financial reasons but I couldn’t be happier with this baby. Again Thank you all for all your help.

  • Skyman

    Member
    February 26, 2022 at 11:25 am

    What a work of art. Beautiful.

  • GordonS

    Member
    February 27, 2022 at 11:02 am

    Hey, Salty. I just bought an Ovation CE44-4. Retail was $529. I am extremely happy with the guitar. Solid spruce top and the fit and finish is very good. It is acoustic/electric with a built in tuner. I also have an Epiphone Texan that is about 20+ years old that I bought new. Also solid top. I love that guitar. I used to play at a weekly sing-around and that guitar held up very well amongst the Martins, Gibsons and occasional Taylor. They don’t make my exact model anymore but they do make a similar J-45 with a solid sitka top that retails at a crazy low $289. My opinion: look for a solid top and laminated sides. You can find quite a lot in that config within your budget.

    HaHa. Should have looked at the last post! Anyway, congrats on the new addition. Nothing like taking a new guitar home!

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