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Old 02-20-2019, 04:32 AM
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1968 Martin D-28, Brazilian Rosewood. Bought it for $400-425 in about 1979. I forget exactly how much, but it was right around there - I bought a strat at about the same time for about the same price and I just don’t recall which one was a little more than the other. It was my first decent acoustic guitar after learning to play on an awful $60 no name acoustic that was nearly unplayable.

That Martin was my only acoustic for about 25 years. I only sold it because I wasn’t playing, it needed some work I wasn’t prepared to pay for, and it had some real value by then. $400 wasn’t as cheap then as it sounds now - that was market rate. But for how great that guitar was (and I’m sure still is for someone), it felt like a bargain when I bought it and continued to for all the years I had it and played it.

I had that strat for a really long time too, but I can buy a better strat for about $700-900 today so I don’t consider the $400ish I spent on that a great bargain. But I couldn’t touch a Martin of that quality for less than about $3000 now, and when you figure in Brazilian rosewood, for a whole lot more of at all. So that still feels like a heck of a deal...

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Old 02-20-2019, 06:42 AM
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My “best” for the money has to be the Taylor 314ce I found on CL for $800...close 2nd, my Yamaha FSX730SC, outstanding guitar bought off reverb for $200.
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Old 02-20-2019, 06:59 AM
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My Eastman E1D, which at $459 is simply unbelievable.
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Old 02-20-2019, 07:15 AM
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The best guitar, for the money, I have is a Seagull S6 Sunburst GlossTop. A good looker, J45 like.
I bought it essentially as a new guitar. Somebody caused a small crack near the pickguard, about an inch long. The crack was professionally repaired at the store I purchased it from. Because it could no longer be sold as truly new, it was marked down from $539.00 to $225.00.

It plays well as it is short scale (slim version). I have dialed it in as far as strings, saddle, pins. It looks and sounds better than it should.

Seagull S6's are billed as "starter" guitars. I think they are way more than that.
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Old 02-20-2019, 07:28 AM
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For the money - my '71 Guild D-55 .
not the most exspensive , but for the sound etc- Bingo !
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Old 02-20-2019, 07:45 AM
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1968 Martin D-28, Brazilian Rosewood. Bought it for $400-425 in about 1979. I forget exactly how much, but it was right around there - I bought a strat at about the same time for about the same price and I just don’t recall which one was a little more than the other. It was my first decent acoustic guitar after learning to play on an awful $60 no name acoustic that was nearly unplayable.

That Martin was my only acoustic for about 25 years. I only sold it because I wasn’t playing, it needed some work I wasn’t prepared to pay for, and it had some real value by then. $400 wasn’t as cheap then as it sounds now - that was market rate. But for how great that guitar was (and I’m sure still is for someone), it felt like a bargain when I bought it and continued to for all the years I had it and played it.

I had that strat for a really long time too, but I can buy a better strat for about $700-900 today so I don’t consider the $400ish I spent on that a great bargain. But I couldn’t touch a Martin of that quality for less than about $3000 now, and when you figure in Brazilian rosewood, for a whole lot more of at all. So that still feels like a heck of a deal...

-Ray
Kinda wild how we looked at a Brazilian rosewood guitar as a Rosewood guitar back then -wasnt a big deal becasue they all were Brazilian rosewood .
When i discussed with a friend how a new Martin was like 4-500 bucks with a Hardshell case they look at me like im on something . I had a friend back then who bought his new D-35 for about 600 bucks in the mid seventies and everyone told him he got ripped off. If we knew then what we know now- I would of bought the Martin BR D-45 I saw for a song -
I know what its like wondering why we ever got rid of this or that - ive got a couple that got away -but thats life !
I remember a Custom tele I bought for 150 and a White Strat for a 100 --
why did i sell those ? -probably becasue that was the going price for old used guitars ( everyone wanted new )




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Old 02-20-2019, 08:20 AM
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You could look at this two ways. Bang for the buck the best guitar I own is my Martin DCX1E. Scored it off CL while vacationing in Florida a couple winters back. This guitar can do it all. $325.00 with HSC in mint condition? Just silly.

Best guitar for the money? I don't expect I'll ever own a better guitar than my HD28. I gave $1800 for it new in the case with the tags still on it. Sounds awesome, and worth every penny I paid for it.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:24 AM
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When I was a teenager (more than a few years ago) I purchased a used mint blue Fender Mustang for $100. Love to have that guitar back today!
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Taylor Big Baby around 2001. I used to gig at that time with it and an Olson SJ!
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That would be my Martin 000-15sm. At $1,100 new, shipped and including a good case, it sounds better than many guitars that cost twice as much or more.
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That would be my 1938 Gibson L5...
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One of the newer Sigma DR-28V models. Punches way above is weight. And I play a Martin D28 Authentic 1937.
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1952 Gibson J-45

I got a killer deal on it and would have payed triple for it. It's amazing.

Now THAT is cool. And I LOVE the road wear.

wow,

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Amongst my Taylors, Gibsons, Martin, my best for the money is a Larrivée L-03koa (back & sides) bought used ten years ago for less than 1k$ CAD.
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