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  • ChristianRock
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    I haven't seen Larrivee mentioned yet... to me, it's the best guitar for the money you spend. After playing mine, two people that were on my team bought Larrivees and it's their main guitar now, for a few years.

    Mine happens to be the Jumbo model - J10. But even the lower end models like the J03 which is like 1500 dollars, are made of all solid wood and the fret work and finish are very good (J03 has a very light finish that might scratch a bit more easily, while J05 and up have glossy finishes).

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    Originally posted by faithbiker View Post
    I've used both a low end Takamine (with a solid spruce top) and a Seagull Entourage (with a cedar top). The Seagull had a definite warm tone in your price range. I've not played the Takamine Jumbo suggested earlier, but I would imagine it would have a very nice warm thick bass sound as well as I've experienced with other jumbo guitars. I'm actually going to be picking up a jumbo soon for that reason.
    I'm using a lower end Charvel Acoustic. It's about 13 years old at this point and the fret board is showing it's age. I really like the jumbos and have played the Takamine and want to try the Epiphone mentioned earlier in the post. The takamine has a really great tone to it. I have an decent washburn dread that would be an awesome guitar with a pickup in it. I'm considering that as well and to have it as a backup to the jumbo if I have a string break....

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    I've used both a low end Takamine (with a solid spruce top) and a Seagull Entourage (with a cedar top). The Seagull had a definite warm tone in your price range. I've not played the Takamine Jumbo suggested earlier, but I would imagine it would have a very nice warm thick bass sound as well as I've experienced with other jumbo guitars. I'm actually going to be picking up a jumbo soon for that reason.

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    Originally posted by Edwin View Post
    The reason I mentioned the 523 is that I have been using the 12 string version for a little over 4 years in church. It projects bass middle and treble and dosen't favor any one of those in peticular. It hasn't failed me unless you count dead batteries ( they last me about 9 months ). Any more these days pretty much all acoustic's are fairly accurate And your choice will probably suit your needs for a worship setting. I haven't played the Epiphone J200 or a Micheal Kelly jumbo but I think they would do the job.

    Happy hunting.
    Thanks Edwin,

    My Struggle with the Michael Kelly is finding a local dealer that has one in stock. I guess though with Guitar Centers return policy I could order and if I didn't like it then I can take it back. Hopefully I can find someone local so I can play it.

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    Originally posted by rcflyer23 View Post
    I do appreciate all the input. It pointed me in the right direction.
    The reason I mentioned the 523 is that I have been using the 12 string version for a little over 4 years in church. It projects bass middle and treble and dosen't favor any one of those in peticular. It hasn't failed me unless you count dead batteries ( they last me about 9 months ). Any more these days pretty much all acoustic's are fairly accurate And your choice will probably suit your needs for a worship setting. I haven't played the Epiphone J200 or a Micheal Kelly jumbo but I think they would do the job.

    Happy hunting.

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    Originally posted by Edwin View Post
    If you are going to save up there are much finer guitars than Taylor and Martin. Checkout Goodall, Collins, Mcpherson, and Santa Cruz. You are probably not going to find these makes at Guitar Center.
    I would love to have any one of those. I love the Collins. I'm an aspiring Luthier myself and have a great respect fro these guys. I unfortunately am probably going to need the guitar sooner than I thought I started looking over my current guitar and am noticing some significant wear on the fret board that could end up causing a fret to come free, plus it was a cheap guitar in the first place. I've had it for about 15 years now and it's just finally starting to show some age.

    I went and played several Taylors this weekend and several Martins as well as the Takamine EG523SC and was very impressed. I'm also going to look at a Michael Kelly Jumbo. I've pretty much decided I want a jumbo as well so that's changing my focus as well.

    I do appreciate all the input. It pointed me in the right direction.

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    you want a good balanced guitar for UNDER 500 bones, check out the Epiphone Ej-200 CE. you CAN NOT go wrong.

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  • Deuce
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    If I could only have 1 electric guitar it would be a Fender Strat. I have 4 guitars I use and the Strat and my Tele are my "go to guitars". Still I would pick the Strat because of its versatility.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    If you are going to save up there are much finer guitars than Taylor and Martin. Checkout Goodall, Collins, Mcpherson, and Santa Cruz. You are probably not going to find these makes at Guitar Center.

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    I bought my Taylor 314ce used on Ebay for 1000 bucks 5 years ago and it has been the best guitar ever. I have had other guitars, and even now I have a martin, but when it comes to all around versatility nothing beats the Taylor. I would recommend holding off until you can get the 314ce. Even used in rough condition is still better than what 800-1000 buys new. Just avoid the ones made in 2003 to 2004, some of them have wonky ES pickups.

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    Originally posted by rcflyer23 View Post
    Thanks for the input. I had thought about that. I don't know if Guitar Center will let you do that or not. I would love a 614ce but yeah it is going to be out of my range for a while. It is a full band, acoustic, bass, electric guitar, keys, vocals, piano occasionally....
    Ask about leaving a deposit. Heck, if you're pretty sure you like it and you have the money, just buy it and return if it doesn't quite mix with your worship sound. GC's website says they offer 30-day 100% refund if you're not satisfied. (Please confirm that with your store, of course.)

    God bless,

    tim

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    Originally posted by sevenmiles View Post
    An important factor is how big your team is. If it's just you, then you won't have many restrictions, but a full band changes things. You should ask if you can try out each guitar during a worship set. Different guitars/electronics cut though a mix differently. I use a Taylor 614ce. The maple lets this guitar cut through with good clarity. It's not as full sounding unplugged, but I bought it specifically for leading worship with a full band (acoustic, electric, drums, bass, keys, vocals). I realize the Taylor is out of your price range, but I still recommend trying everything in your worship setting first, before you buy it.

    Hope that helps and good luck!

    Tim

    Thanks for the input. I had thought about that. I don't know if Guitar Center will let you do that or not. I would love a 614ce but yeah it is going to be out of my range for a while. It is a full band, acoustic, bass, electric guitar, keys, vocals, piano occasionally....

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    An important factor is how big your team is. If it's just you, then you won't have many restrictions, but a full band changes things. You should ask if you can try out each guitar during a worship set. Different guitars/electronics cut though a mix differently. I use a Taylor 614ce. The maple lets this guitar cut through with good clarity. It's not as full sounding unplugged, but I bought it specifically for leading worship with a full band (acoustic, electric, drums, bass, keys, vocals). I realize the Taylor is out of your price range, but I still recommend trying everything in your worship setting first, before you buy it.

    Hope that helps and good luck!

    Tim

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    I like the Takamine and martin's. Yeah I plan on spending a lot of time at Guitar Center and a couple of local places. It's going to be at least mid next year before I can think about getting one but I always start researching this stuff way in advance and love to know what other people are playing. I'm the kind of person to that if it's an extra 200 or even 1000 more for the guitar that I really want, then I will just wait and save up.

    Guess I'm going to get to drive my wife nuts for the next 12 months or so, trying out guitars.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    I use a Martin DCX1RE (a little above your price range).

    If you have a guitar shop in your area I would really recommend going to one of those and playing everything in your range you can get your hands on. When I saved up money for mine I went to two guitar shops and played probably 30 guitars during which the DCX1RE stood heads and tails above the rest (for what I was looking for) making it an easy decision.

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