hi there foxglove welcome to mojos forum my first acoustic was an ashton they are australian made and not very expensive ,i think i paid £129.00 for it and i still play it now , it sounds good and stays in tune pretty well it also has a built in tuner to make it very simple to re tune
Okay, to make things easier for my brain, and let's pretend money is not an issue, lol.
Other than playing acoustics and judging the sound. What are some other essentials I should be looking for in a guitar. Here's what I got so far.
1) Sound 2) Thin neck (I lack big man hands, haha) 3) Shape (something that is easy to hold and suits my body, probably something that is also lighter) 4) Someone I talked to also said I should look for a guitar that has a "solid top" because it's better quality and sounds better?
What else should I be looking out for and inquiring about? Does the type of wood it's made out of effect the sounds and quality? You know, stuff like that. What should I be asking the sales people?
I have played that model several times. Easy to play sounds a little thin off the amp but sounds good plugged in. You could do a lot worse than that model. Yamaha has improved their acoustics allot over that last few years. It would make a great first guitar for the money.
Post by 469roadking on Feb 21, 2011 11:24:38 GMT -5
Definitely a solid top if cash will allow. Even better is solid back and sides to go with that solid top. But you are going into a higher bracket. Wood types make a ton of difference in tone.
Most tops are either Spruce or Cedar. There are tons of those woods all around you up there. (I'm in the lumber business so I do quite a bit of importing from your area).
The choice of top depends much on how you intend to play it. If you are a fingerpicker then I would go with cedar. It has a delicate and refined and articulate tone to it. I'm a huge cedar top fan for this application. But if you plan on pounding out some tunes with a pick or with a harder strum then cedar will distort to some degree. Spruce is a much better choice in that instance.
If you get into solid back and sides then there is a whole other tonal palette to deal with.
Mahogany (which is the old standby Martin type of vibe) has a very balanced tone to my ears. Just mellow enough with nice low end response and high end clarity. Maple is bright and zingy and wonderful for single note lead playing IMO. Some folks consider it a bit harsh but that is in the ear of the listener. Rosewood gives you some nice low end thump without muddiness and a mellow mid and high end response. My favorite of the group.
If plugging the guitar into an amp is not an issue with you then check out the Taylor Guitars GS and Baby series. You will get a great level of quality for the money and the Baby Taylor will do a big sound in a small very playable package for around 300 bucks. It ain't much to look at but beauty is only skin deep.