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Im looking for one around the 400-500$ range. I want something that just sounds REALLY good for chording. Im not going to be playing lead or anything on it, so just chording. I will be playing for church, etc.

I really have no clue about good acoustics, so any help on brands to look for/avoid would be MUCH appreciated...I dont want some salesman at a guitar store ripping me off of my hard-earned money. :D thanks again in advance :)
 

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Do you want something with a pickup built in or not? I'm guessing you probably do, but just want to check.
 

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Check the local buy and sell rags for used Yamaha's as well. I picked up my LD-10S for $500 and that was taxes in at a music store. I agree with the Seagulls and Simon & Patrick models too. I used to own a Simon & Patrick SP Pro Mahogany; I sold it a few years back with a Fishman pickup and hardshell case for $450. There are good deals on used acoustics out there and if you are patient you could end up with a guitar that originally cost $800 to $1000 new. Good luck, and God speed.
 

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Timing and luck are everything. I got my '76 Guild D-25 for $300 CAD from a guy selling due to financial difficulties. I got it this year. Very little wear, excellent set up, tone and volume is incredible.

It's been said before that your money goes a lot farther if you go used in the guitar field.
 

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Anything in the Godin family, Seagull, Simon & Patrick, Art & Lutherie
 

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Well thanks everbody! This info will sure help a lot when shoppin'. Thanks again everyone!


and in answer to kat's question...I do want one with a pickup in it. I have a dean markley humbucking acoustic pickup thing which you stick in the soundhole of an acoustic, but I would rather have a pickup built in. thanks again! keep the suggestions coming
 

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This one is under your budget but a great guitar for the money.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Washburn-DK20CET-Dreadnought-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=515191

Some close ups of the very nice binding...

http://www.adirondackguitar.com/accoustics/washburnacoustics/dk20t_detail_head.jpg

http://www.adirondackguitar.com/accoustics/washburnacoustics/dk20t_detail.jpg

I played one the other day at MCC in Airdrie they had four come in and three went out the same day.

Nice guitar for the money.

Khing
 

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I hesitate to state the obvious, but I think the best buy for whatever price you pay is "the one that sings for you." Go into a larger store if at all possible and play every single one that is within you're price range and has a pickup. Some people love Garrison, some Seagul, some Fender, some Martin - this is your art and so your "taste" is what is more important that what any of us think is a good guitar.

As also pointed out, you should check pawnshops and such because you can find great deals - but not always. If you play one and think "this is okay and meets my needs, but...." then try the next or go elsewhere. But if you find one that makes you think "Sweet" grab it right there, don't hesitate. I found a mexican Tele for $180 tax in at a pawnshop and its beat up but a real pleasure to play and sounds really good.
 

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200$...wow...never thought you could get stuff that was good for that sort of money...definately checking them out
 
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