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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 07:44 PM
I have been playing on my beginner guitar long enough and am looking for something slightly better. Since I have no money, I will probably look to get a deal on a good used guitar. Can any players offer me advice on brands or models. Here are the caveats:

1. I am left-handed. It must be available in a left-handed model
2. I need easy action since I have some trouble barring chords on the acoustic
3. I would like, though it is not necessary, an acoustic/electric.
4. I would like a good instrument but really can't afford that much. But once I have a model in mind, I will look for bargains. I have seen some good deals on ovations on E-bay for guitars with minor aesthetic flaws. One claims to have originally sold for $1,200 but due to a non-sound affecting crack, it looks like it will go for under $300.

I know some of you guitarists out there will have good advice for me. Thanks.

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 07:47 PM
If you can wait, and save some money, a Taylor 410 would be great. Only way to go IMHO. However, Alvarez makes some great acoustics, as does takamini!

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 07:52 PM
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If you can wait, and save some money, a Taylor 410 would be great. Only way to go IMHO. However, Alvarez makes some great acoustics, as does takamini!


Well since on Musician's Friend it is going for $1,700, I will have to save until the next life to afford that. I'm sure it sounds great though.

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 08:00 PM
You and me both bro! I am still playing a yammerhammer that my dad gave me along time ago. It is older than I am, and I'm 27 now. Its a great guitar, but I love playing my dad's Taylor 12 string.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 08:05 PM
This is all good advice. How would you recommend I choose a brand? I want something with a rich sound but I need strings with good action so I can improve my barring ability on acoustic.

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 08:16 PM
Doug, I guess the only real addy I could give you is to just play every damn guitar the place will let you get your hands on. It might be a Hondo that you play, and say damn that is it! You Never Know!

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 08:35 PM
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Doug, I guess the only real addy I could give you is to just play every damn guitar the place will let you get your hands on. It might be a Hondo that you play, and say damn that is it! You Never Know!


I guess I need to go to a store and do that. Problem is there aren't that many lefties in stock usually. Once I find one I like, I can see if I can find a deal on one somewhere. I know there is a strong market for used guitars. Thanks for the input. Now I know some brands to ask for.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 08:39 PM
Hey I just thought of this, Duh, but find out which of the bigger guitar makers have cheaper lines. (ie....fender/squier or Gibson/epiphone) Even though they may not be as desireable to a collector, they still make some damn good guitars.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 09:10 PM
Watch out for the cheaper epiphones. Definitely play it before you buy it or get it someplace that will refund your money.

I bought an Epi LP Jr from Musicians Friend for my nephew. I got it and it was absolutely unplayable. The neck was warped and it had loose frets. It really turned me against the cheaper Epiphones and Musicians Friend

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 09:42 PM
I was just looking at Ebay and saw some nice older Guilds. I like the old Guilds I have a D30 and it's the perfect guitar for me. It plays great and and has just super tone. And has a good neck for barre chords.

If you get a Guild make sure it's an older one that was made in Westerly, Rhode Island. The newer ones don't have the same quality. In those days they also had a lesser brand named Maderia those were nice inexpensive guitars

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 10:01 PM
Doug - check your PMs.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 10:11 PM
You gotta play it yourself to know for sure.

Me, My Takamine is the only guitar I ever owned (out of about 10) that I am emotionally attached to. Itís a 12 string with great action, great sound, and so easy to play.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 10:14 PM
Go to your local music store, play as many as you can until you find the one that feels best to you. Some of the used guitars are priced much less and play just as good...

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 10:30 PM
Doug: I found this an interesting place to learn and shop - Maury's Music

They sell mostly acoustic, and are Martin dealers ($$$$) and well as for a brand called Blueridge Guitars. In a video section of their website here they do some very simple comparisions of strumming a chord on a Blueridge versus a similar-sized Martin. It's not the be-all-end-all of comparisions, and obviously they have to be a little careful not to upset Martin (considering they are a dealer). But the obvious message is: the Blueridge is 1/3'rd the price of the Martin; are you sure you want/need to spend that much more?

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 10:43 PM
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Watch out for the cheaper epiphones. Definitely play it before you buy it or get it someplace that will refund your money.

I bought an Epi LP Jr from Musicians Friend for my nephew. I got it and it was absolutely unplayable. The neck was warped and it had loose frets. It really turned me against the cheaper Epiphones and Musicians Friend


You gotta watch any of the cheap ones, any brand--very hit and miss.

Some of those acoustic Epis are really nice--I played a $500 Acoustic Epi Masterbuilt and really liked how it sounded.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 11:05 PM
I was in the same situation a few years ago. I was looking for a left handed acoustic electric. I ended up getting a Carvin 850 LH. Now there are going for about $630. Go to www.carvin.com to see it. Unfortunately they only sell online or from their stores on the west coast. I did some research,placed my order,prayed and I am quite happy with it!!!
 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 12:20 AM
Doug, my room mate purchased a guitar from Zager.

http://www.zagerguitars.com

Zager is also a teacher and wrote a few hit tunes but what I found interesting was what he does to the guitars he markets and sells. Basically they are Sigmas but he does some work on these guitars to make them playable. He was tired of students coming in with guitars that their unfit fingers couldn't play and Zager himself . So he set out to do something a bit different. They are very playable and pretty nice tone. The necks are a little smaller at the nut than what I'm used to but on a budget pretty nice acoustic. Whether or not they have leftys, I don't know.
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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 02:21 AM
Washburn makes some wonderful electric-acoustics if that is what you are looking for. You can plug them and and they still sound like an acoustic.

If you can find a "Festival" series E/A they are quite good and economical. I have a Festival EA20 and love it.

The "Melissa" special addition from a few years ago that Gregg played was a Festival series.

The guitar on top of this page is a Festival series...

http://www.washburn.com/products/acoustics/ea/index.aspx

It looks like that might be the only Festival series model they are currently offering, but you can find lots of them in stores.

Good luck!

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Doug, my room mate purchased a guitar from Zager.

http://www.zagerguitars.com

Zager is also a teacher and wrote a few hit tunes but what I found interesting was what he does to the guitars he markets and sells. Basically they are Sigmas but he does some work on these guitars to make them playable. He was tired of students coming in with guitars that their unfit fingers couldn't play and Zager himself . So he set out to do something a bit different. They are very playable and pretty nice tone. The necks are a little smaller at the nut than what I'm used to but on a budget pretty nice acoustic. Whether or not they have leftys, I don't know.
Best of luck.


I still have my first" real" guitar, a 1974 Sigma DM-5 and even though it was considered a "cheap" quitar back then, it has a really nice tone that has aged nicely. But, like many Sigma's from that time period, the action is just a bit on the high side. I wonder what he could do with it. I still love the guitar, mostly out of sentimental value. I would not get much for it if I sold it because I made the mistake of using furniture polish on it and ended up bleaching the wood in a couple spots.

Boy. there was a good lesson to learn . Never ever use furniture polish on a guitar...

Very cool also that this is also the "In the Year 2525 " guy...



[Edited on 8/9/2007 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 04:21 AM
Doug,

My brother plays a bit and he is also a lefty so I know what you're up against. I've gone to guitar stores with him and experienced the frustration that he has in the limited to no selection of stores that cater to righties.

One thing that might help. If your town has some used musical insturment stores, introduce yourself to the store manager or head clerk, and ask them to give you a call if a left handed model guitar comes in. You got to make sure that you talk to them enough so that they'll remember you but it might be worth a shot.

Who knows. That magic guitar might come in and you'll get an even nicer guitar at a better price.

Good luck to you.....

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 05:20 AM
Gibson....j200

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 06:30 AM
Hey Doug,

You might want to post some "WANTED" ads in some music stores bulletin boards in your area. Who knows somebody might be selling just the guitar you're looking for. Also if there is any local music newspapers/magazines in your area, you might even want to put a "WANTED" ad there also. Good luck in your search, and like others have mention, don't buy a guitar that you haven't actually played.

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 07:45 AM
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I would be wary of buying a guitar -- especially an acoustic -- on ebay. Also, Ovations are very much an acquired taste. I hated mine and traded it in for a Washburn a few years ago with no regrets at all. They sure look amazing and it played OK but the damn thing slid all over the place when i tried to play it because of the curved back. I've been very happy with my Washburn, and I believe it compares favorably to cheaper Martins and other acoustics in the $500 range. It took a beating from winters in Madison, and its got minor cracks and might even be a bit warped, but it still plays and sounds great. Alvarez, Yamaha, Takamine all make great acoustics, while Washburns are a bit more pricey.


I bought my guitar, a Washburn EA16BP festival style acoustic electric, on eBay about 3 or 4 years ago and love it. I paid only $300 for it and it's the sweetest little baby in the world. The body is maple cut-out with a solid maple top and painted black as coal all over. It's got a very nice pre-amp powered with a 9 volt battery. At the time I bought it, the new models were in the $700 range. So far this guitar is still in almost flawless condition and I bang the hell out of it almost every day for at least an hour or so, so as far as durability I love it. I play with my neighbor, who plays a custom Martin D28(?), a Les Paul, a Strat, and a Paul Reed Smith, and he says he likes my Washburn an awful lot. I'm just not predisposed to spending a lot of money on a guitar but if and when I do it will be for an electric guitar. I'm gonna stick with my Washburn until I wear it out.

 

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Doug, I guess the only real addy I could give you is to just play every damn guitar the place will let you get your hands on. It might be a Hondo that you play, and say damn that is it! You Never Know!


Very good advice!

 

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  posted on 8/9/2007 at 04:44 PM
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If you get a Guild make sure it's an older one that was made in Westerly, Rhode Island.
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It so happens that I have one of these for sale. A Guild GF 50, about 20 yrs old. Nice guitar. They only made them for about 2 yrs. & the serial number on mine is 0003. I hate to do it, but I have to pay for another guitar I bought. I am going to list it on ebay soon.

I don't know what you want to spend, Doug, but PM me if you're interested. I can tell you what I need to get for it & send you some pictures.

 
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