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Just missed out on a couple I was keen on so I'm asking here..
I'm looking for something for casual home recording and playing outdoors - flat pick strumming
Jumbo or dreadnought, prefer no cutaway
Cosmetic condition is unimportant
No need for that preamp/tuner box on the top, but I can ignore it
up to $500
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Unplug the Gretsch ?

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It does sound sweet unplugged but I won't take it to the park lol

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Ive been out of the budget acoustic market for a while now but would have thought that you would be lucky to find anything decent for that sort of $. But you are in Auckland so your chances are better than most. Ovations you often see well priced.

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vinylguy wrote: Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:06 pm Ive been out of the budget acoustic market for a while now but would have thought that you would be lucky to find anything decent for that sort of $. But you are in Auckland so your chances are better than most. Ovations you often see well priced.
Depends on your definition of decent I suppose. I was quite enamoured with the sub-$500 Takamines at the Rock Shop. I'd imagine second hand would be even better, but yeah, you're not going to be in the Martin/ Taylor range.
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There was a Walden on FB recently, all solid. They're pretty damn good. It was around your budget too.

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My recommendation would be to stretch the budget to either an X series Martin (not highly sought after, hence cheapish) or a Cole Clark. X series Martins are made in Mexico and have a laminate back and sides with a solid spruce top and a stratobond neck. However they play and sound really nice. I wouldnt be too ashamed to own one (and im considered a guitar snob by my bandmates....)

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This discussion has been visited before I think. Try before you buy if you get the chance. A few years ago we got a $400(?) Fender CD60. Of all the ones in the shop like Takamine, Crafter, and other reasonable brands that particular guitar resonated, literally. The others sounded dull by comparison.

If you try one and like it, buy that one, not one from stock or the internet. I think it can make a difference.

On the other hand if someone here knows of a particular one that is good then go for it.
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$500 should get you a solid top from Takamine, Walden or any of those brands. I'd go to your local store, try a bunch and pick the one that grabs you. More differentiation between individual instruments than between different models at that price range.

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Really appreciate all the advice!

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You can often find decent Baby Taylors for $500 on Trademe, if you're happy watching & waiting.

It's smaller than your specifications but they're great. I picked one up 6 months ago for $490 and it's now one of my go-tos. I got used to the size of solidbody electrics so the small size feels very familiar, and it plays nicely up the neck unlike some acoustics.

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My shop specializes in 'value for money' acoustics, and hands down the best bang for the buck acoustic guitars I've seen are LAG T70s. They come in concert or dreadnaught, beautiful solid spruce tops, amazing necks, perfect setup out the box (seriously every single time) nice designs, around $499 without a pickup. They honestly deserve to be twice the price. We don't have any stock right now but I believe some more just came in NZ as I got a backorder sent to me shortly before Christmas. If so they'll be the first thing I order this year as all the independent shops snap them up.

https://www.familymusic.co.nz/product/t70a/

Best of the rest: Alvarez, my personal acoustic is an Alvarez and it is the best I've ever owned. It's slightly higher end than your budget but all solid mahogany and gorgeous, around $800. Also gotta put in a plug for Cort which is consistently awesome value for money, especially in the lower end, 200-500.

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+1 on second-hand baby Taylor's. You'll be a bit hit-and-miss with set-ups, but are bloody good guitars.

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mr_sooty wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:10 am We don't have any stock right now...
Oops just joking we have the dreadnaught cutaway electric at $699.

https://www.familymusic.co.nz/product/glat70dce/

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