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Ryder
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Jul 22nd, 2017 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I haven't owned one for years. I just always play electric.

I play in our church band. The leader plays an Alvarez Yari most of the time . There are many songs where we could both play acoustics.

I've been looking at the Yamaha AC1R. I want the cutaway. Good price for me. I won't play it every week.

Other ideas please.
Thanks.

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Jul 22nd, 2017 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Epiphone PR5 is a pretty good one. It's been in production for many years and sounds quite good when amplified. Price is less than $400 new. Shop around for best price.

Ryder
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Jul 22nd, 2017 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Peegoo, hadn't thought of that one.

Ryder
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Jul 22nd, 2017 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are there A/Es in this price range ($300-500) that have better lead playing necks? I will be playing more than just chords.

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Jul 23rd, 2017 08:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you can find a 2nd-hand Ovation, many have smaller necks. The drawback to the Ovation is the round back--it takes some getting used to.

Another one with a thinner neck is Alvarez. Some Washburns have thinner necks too.

Ryder
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Jul 23rd, 2017 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was wondering about Alvarez. My daughter has a thinner body Alvarez. We'll be seeing her in a couple of weeks so I'll try hers.
Thanks again Peegoo!

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Jul 23rd, 2017 09:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Or find an Ovation with the super-shallow body - much easier to play on a strap.

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Jul 24th, 2017 04:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Yamaha AC3R. There are some differences compared to the AC1R like an ebony fingerboard vs rosewood and the quality of the top. Also, not sure if it gets the really nice mic emulation electronics. But necks should be similar and the Yamaha is very playable.

Ryder
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Jul 24th, 2017 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mikey, thanks, another to check out.

Jhawkr, I knew you had the AC3R, wish I could go that route...not sure the money is there?

Also, nearest place to play any of these is an hour away. Not bad, but then I have to drive all over Kansas City. Not fun.

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Jul 24th, 2017 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not the same, Jim.

"Yamaha's AC1R takes full advantage of Yamaha's acclaimed SRT piezo pickup for recording and stage performance. With its traditional System 66 preamp, you get volume, a built-in tuner, a 3-band EQ, and automatic midrange frequency control with a convenient slider."

"The Yamaha AC3R Concert takes full advantage of Yamaha's unobtrusive and versatile SRT2 pickup system for recording and stage performance. You get volume, treble, and bass controls (with auto feedback reduction), and Blend Control allows you to balance between the piezo and SRT2 preamp, for your own distinctive tone."

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Jul 24th, 2017 01:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not to say the SRT is bad though. Just not the latest/greatest...


Seagull is one I personally would check out. I have never played one but hear very good reviews.

(This message was last edited by jhawkr at 03:33 PM, Jul 24th, 2017)

Ryder
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Jul 24th, 2017 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ok, what if we up the $ to $800?

How about the AC3M?

I probably won't be happy with an inexpensive guitar. That's what happens to me with electrics. Eventually, I get tired of the pickups usually.

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Jul 24th, 2017 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you want to stay in the same price range you should probably look at Takamine. I've never liked them purely acoustic. But the electrics run through any typical board sounds surprisingly good.

If money is no object then you go with a Taylor. The neck generally feels comfortable to any predominantly electric player.

Ryder
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Jul 24th, 2017 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Money is an object. The only Taylor I could afford would be the 114 CE and I'm not sure I'd pick that one.

$800 Tops.


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Jul 24th, 2017 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Fair enough. Then a Yamaha or a Takamine may work.

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Jul 24th, 2017 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are a few I'd consider.

The Seagull line was mentioned. I really like their guitars. I own two, an S6 + Ceadar and an anniversary model(no cutaway) Canadian made. In your budget.

Another in Breedlove. The Pursuit Concert guitars play and sound very nice, have cutaways. I have the 12 string version and it's a winner.

In the used market you could be lucky enough to find a Guild Songbird at the top of your budget also a Gibson SST. Neither of these do a darn thing unless plugged in. I had a Songbird for many years. Still own an SST. Would love to have the budget for another Songbird.

There was an Epiphone version of the SST for a while. They are excellent stage guitars as are the above. Used it wouldn't set you back much.

All of the above have cutaways for upper fret access. Worth a look. I'd play any of the guitars on my list at any gig anywhere. I also own Taylors.

Ryder
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Jul 24th, 2017 05:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Hammond.
I sure an interested in the Yamaha but I need tocheck out the ones you mentioned.

I'm afraid if I got an SST or such my wife would shoot me. "Why can't I hear it?"

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 08:07 PM, Jul 24th, 2017)

Ryder
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Jul 24th, 2017 06:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think I'm falling in love. I've listened to and read about the Breedlove Pursuit Concert Kia!

A bit above my budget, but, but,.....still thinking.

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Jul 25th, 2017 04:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I ordered a Breedlove Pursuit Concert in mahogany, it was the SDOTD at Musicians Friend last week. It is supposed to be delivered today. Anything in particular you'd like to know about it?

Ryder
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Jul 25th, 2017 05:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

M Tracy....I would like to hear what you think of it.
Thanks.

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