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Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby Badstone » Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:07 pm


I'm after a straightforward dreadnought around £1300, any recommendations?

Currently considering a Guild D-40...
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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby . . . Delete This User . . . » Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:34 pm

also look at L'arrivé

some lovely instruments come out of there, wish i'd never sold mine....
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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby zenguitar » Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:15 pm

+1 for L'Arrive,

A lot of guitar for the money. And even if you settle on something else, the L'Arrive will give you a great benchmark. But the main thing is to get to a dealer with some good stock and play as many as you can. Not just at £1300, include guitars from £600 upwards. You might just find that the guitar that you like best isn't necessarily the most expensive.

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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby caveman82 » Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:48 am

Ones to consider, that I have tried...

Eastman E10D/E20D
Taylor DN3 or DN4
Martin D18
Larrivee D03/D05
Blueridge BR140/BR160 (the Adirondack models too)

I myself am a fan of Guilds (own a GAD series 12 string), and would recommend checking out their Chinese built series such as a GAD50. Also for not a huge amount more than the standard Guild D40, there's the D40 Bluegrass; which has a Adirondack Spruce top, which I am a massive fan of.

One more thing to consider does nut widths of 1 11/16" or 1 3/4" make a difference? A wider nut width/string spacing makes a difference if you fingerpick/ or have larger hands. I myself prefer wider neck widths.

All the guitars I have mentioned have differences and if possible are worthing trying out to find which sound suits you the most.
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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby DAGGILARR » Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:03 am

If you can get to try a Lowden I would, Larrive are nice. A lot depends on where you are and what suppliers you can visit and what they have in stock.
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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby ef37a » Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:59 am

My son (well, moir ektually!) recently bough a Turner for £500, not a name I knew but they do quite a range and this is fabulous, so light compared the the Crafter that he "lost".

This is neither Dreadnought nor cutaway but I am sure they cover that style.

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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby Madman_Greg » Sat Jun 04, 2011 5:20 pm


Suggest you do not discount Gibson. I believe Gibson official retailers have to use an advertising price as mandated by Gibson. So in general all the prices are equal in all the shops

What you pay may (depends on the shop) be lower than the ticket price. For example you may get a J45 standard for around £1400 which is lower than the adevrtised price.
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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby Frisonic » Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:06 pm

I would encourage you to have an open mind about having a new one. A 'pre loved' acoustic might not only be far better value for money than a new one but it will also have had a chance to open up a bit. Show its true colours. £1300 buys a lovely guitar, new or played in, so I hope you will be thrilled with your final choice when you've found it.
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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby matt keen » Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:09 am

Frisonic wrote:I would encourage you to have an open mind about having a new one. A 'pre loved' acoustic might not only be far better value for money than a new one but it will also have had a chance to open up a bit. Show its true colours. £1300 buys a lovely guitar, new or played in, so I hope you will be thrilled with your final choice when you've found it.

+1 for this
Acoustic magazine (UK) has some good readers ads
You might even get a Brook, and Fylde or an old Lowden for that sort of money
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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby grab » Sun Jun 05, 2011 2:02 pm

Worth looking at Seagulls too (the higher end of the Godin family). Nice instruments. And Yamahas are good workhorses, if not always the most interesting sound around.

Re Lowdens, it's worth a look at Avalons, which are basically a mass-produced Lowden. Probably more of a fingerpicking instrument, but still worth a listen.

And at that price, you're getting towards luthier territory. Rob Armstrong apparently charges around £1500 for a made-to-your-spec 6-string, so long as that 6-string has no fancy crap on it. Paul Hathway is significantly cheaper, but I don't like his guitars (amazing mandolins, but not so great 6-strings). Might be worth a look around.
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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby AndyB_Suffolk » Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:25 pm

Take a look at Atkin guitars too. I have one and it's the best acoustic I've played (and I tried Lowden, Collings, Taylor and lots of others before I bought).

http://www.atkinguitars.com/

Check the used section of the site and Ebay for something in your price range.

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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby buggymusic » Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:54 am

I've been told (by a luthier) that you need to spend more than £1300 on a Martin to get a really good one. Taylors are impressive. You can get a takamine for that no problem - can be good.
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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby grab » Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:03 pm

I've not yet heard a Martin that I'd want. Sure, Martin set the standard way back when, but nowadays it's definitely possible to find guitars that'll jump all over Martins with significantly higher price tags.

Taylors are fun, but they always feel to me like their sound comes ready-processed with a ton of compression. It's a nice sound and all, but just a bit too... well, *nice*. I'm also not taken with the money seems to go on Taylors - on the more expensive ones, you seem to be paying for the bling and not for better wood or craftsmanship.

Edit: Thanks for that link, Andy! As luck would have it, a brother-in-law has just moved to Knighton, and the music shop there is (according to the Atkins site) a dealer in Atkins guitars. Have to have a look at them next time I'm over there.
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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby lukeandrewhill » Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:10 pm

Also agree about looking for a "pre-loved" one. I have an early 70's Guild F30 which I wouldn't swap for anything else I have played and I got it for well under £1300.
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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby Jimmy Trees » Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:05 pm

The best live sound that I have heard from an acoustic is Tommy Emmanuels' Maton. It is an ozzy geetah. It Cost around what you want to spend. i believe Amazon stock it. Of course the sound has alot to do with hall acoustics. i agree with previous post, however that price should not be a consideration. I have walked into a music shop and walked past £1500 guitaers to a great £300 Yamaha. I think that the new Martins are overpriced for the quality of build. Have a Fylde myself.
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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby Jack Ruston » Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:16 pm

I think I'd look for a 70's D18.

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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby DAGGILARR » Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:41 pm

If I was in the position of having £1300 to spend on a acoustic I would go and visit these guys

http://www.guitarjunction.com/
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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby Iain Boyd » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:05 pm

Madman_Greg wrote:
What you pay may (depends on the shop) be lower than the ticket price. For example you may get a J45 standard for around £1400 which is lower than the adevrtised price.

I was in the same boat as you and spent a very happy 4-5 hours at Guitar Village in Farnham. I was expecting to come out with a Martin or Taylor, but didn't like any of the 6-string Martins much (12-string was pretty special) - the Taylors were very nice, when you get to about £3k.

But the guitar I liked most for the money turned out to be a Gibson J-45, which I'd never considered on paper. You really do have to have a lengthy, quiet session to try out acoustics e.g. a weekday morning. Well worth it, especially if you're spending that kind of money.
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Re: Acoustic guitar around £1300?

Postby TheChorltonWheelie » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:24 am

Badstone wrote:
I'm after a straightforward dreadnought around £1300, any recommendations?

Currently considering a Guild D-40...

+1 for the Larrivee, D03 range are around that price.
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