The Acoustic Guitar Forum

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > General Acoustic Guitar Discussion

Thread Tools
Old 02-14-2018, 06:39 AM
drawshot1975 drawshot1975 is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 271

2017 Taylor 214ce DLX.

This thing plays, sounds, and feels better than those I've played at 3x the price...from both mainstream and small-market makers.
'18 Taylor 614ce
'18 Taylor 324ce
'18 Alvarez Delta-00
'19 Yamaha FS830
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 06:42 AM
jpd's Avatar
jpd jpd is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 9,264
Default For the money.....

Bought new...0-15

Bought used..CrossRoads
2012 Martin custom 0-15
2012 H&D CrossRoads
2017 Alvare Delta-00
2018 Martin 00-28
Plus a few others, a couple of keyboards, and assorted compulsive purchases

"When the stars line up, magic happens"
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 07:01 AM
roylor4 roylor4 is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: McLeansville, NC
Posts: 6,267

#1 - G&L Tribute Bluesboy - $299
#2 - Ibanez AC240 - $230 - B-stock
#3 - Alvarez MFA70 - $450 - B-stock

Ibanez AC240, Alvarez MFA70, RK ROS-10, Gretsch Boxcar, Loar LO-16
G&L Tribute Bluesboy, Squier VM '72 Thinline Telecaster, G&L Tribute Ascari GT90,
Vox MV50 Rock, Vox MV50 AC, Orange Micro Terror, Vox 12 & 8 inch cabs
Roland Cube street EX, Fender Passport Mini, Samson 308i PA

My Solo site -Updated 2/6/19

Our duo website - updated 6/7/18
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 07:04 AM
Rmz76 Rmz76 is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3,923

Blueridge BG140

J-45 song of the day archive

My music

My guitars
Gibson, Martin, Blueridge, Alvarez, Takamine
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 07:04 AM
ParisStarlight ParisStarlight is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 312

I have two to be honest. Both because they were had at used prices.

The first is my 1974 Guild D25M. I paye $700 for it about five years ago in as close to mint as a 35 year old guitar could be. It plays so easy and sounds absolutely stunning.

Second is my Seagull. It’s an Artist Stufuo Burst 12. Again, used at $800 it was a steal. The action on it for a 13 is wonderful and it has such a sweet sound. Being a flagship model it has all the bells and whistles to make it look as nice as it sounds.
'74 Guild D25M
'07 Seagull Artist Studio Burst 12
'08 Norman Protege B18
'09 Walden D1040
'08 Rickenbacker 610
‘18 Gibson SG Special
DeArmond Starfire Special
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 07:06 AM
Neil K Walk Neil K Walk is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: SWPA
Posts: 5,824

My 2006 Larrivee OM-03R. For various reasons:

1: it was a gift. That makes it instantly precious. At the time IIRC the street price was $850-$925.

2: it was EXACTLY what I wanted after falling in love with a "seasoned" (NOS) demo in a store that subsequently closed.

3: I got a GREAT deal on a K&K Pure Western mini with accompanying K&K Pure XLR Preamp ($150 all told) and installed it myself, just as I did the bone saddle from Bob Colosi.

5: it is built like a tank. I've played it so much over the years that it annoys my family and brought my husbanding/parenting priorities into question during a couple of particularly "impactful" displays of frustration. Thankfully, it takes rough handling very well - and rosewood is very easy wood to work with with regards to repairs. The use of laminated birch plywood as a tail block is also ingenious - not to mention that Larrivee uses an oversized tail pin which removes the hardest step for adding an endpin jack when installing a pickup.

My only gripe is that the Larrivee flat top case is built along the lines of Martin's 300 series cases which are not the best and wear too easily. I've countered by adding several redundant means of humidification in the case and storing it in my basement behind locked doors!

6: in addition to the laminated birch tail block with oversized end pin hole, the heavy construction is also beneficial for conversion to an electric/acoustic. Unplugged, it breaks up when played hard but plugged in the smallish size (when compared to a dreadnought) and the symmetrical bracing make it very easy to adjust the plugged in tone with preamp EQ settings.

I have used this guitar in its current configuration for the past 10 years in a church praise band hooked up to a 40W Fender Hot Rod Deluxe electric guitar tube amp (single 10" cone) and the K&K PWM gives it plenty of bass that it otherwise lacks unplugged. Conversely, the guitar is comfortable enough to play on my couch at varying volumes and techniques and IMO balances my voice without having to strain. Ten years of playing it has also allowed its unplugged voice to mature as well.
~ Neil

2013 OLF MJ (DIY build, western red cedar, Honduran mahogany)
2012 McKnight McUkulele
2009 Martin D-16GT
2006 Larrivee OM-03R
1998 Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Natural ash)
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 07:11 AM
Boozehound Boozehound is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 75

This is a tough one to answer.

My Alvarez AD60 that I got a few years back as the Stupid Deal of the Day for $199 punches way about it's weight class. It badly needed a set-up (particularly at the Nut), but sounds and plays quite good now.

On the higher end, I was able to pick up a NOS (w/ Full Warranty) 816ce for $2100. It would be hard to out-do that guitar at that price point. It was a couple years old and needed some pretty significant cleaning, but it's in excellent condition now.
Martin MFG Custom HD-28 Adirondack VTS
Martin MFG Custom D-18 Adirondack Ambertone
Martin MFG Custom 000-18 Adirondack
Taylor 816ce
Taylor 324 SEB
Taylor GS Mini
Gibson J-45
Gibson Les Paul Studio
Alvarez AD-60
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 07:13 AM
kiva238 kiva238 is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 673

Used Martin 000-18GE.
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 07:21 AM
AHill AHill is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: On My Way to Florida
Posts: 552

This is going to sound a bit counter-intuitive, but for me, it's the one I paid the most for - my D-28 Marquis. My Taylor and my D-18 are great guitars, but once I pick up the Marquis, it just blows them away.
2016 Martin D-28 Marquis
2017 Martin D-18
2016 Taylor 416ce-LTD cedar/walnut
2017 Eastman E10 OM
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 07:28 AM
Swamp Yankee Swamp Yankee is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: SE Connecticut
Posts: 1,245

for the money? My Supro "Hampton" purchased for $399 from Sam Ash last December.
Martin 000-17SM
Supro 2030 Hampton
Taylor 562ce 12 X 12
Taylor GS Mini-e Spruce/Rosewood
Waterloo WL-S
Wechter TO-8418

Cordoba 24T tenor ukulele
Kanile'a Islander MST-4 tenor ukulele
Kiwaya KTC-1 concert ukulele
Kolohe concert ukulele
Mainland Mahogany soprano ukulele
Ohana SK-28 soprano ukulele
Brüko No. 6 soprano ukulele
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 07:35 AM
Ruppster Ruppster is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 801

Not acoustic but I picked up a 1968 blonde Tele for $250 that is amazing. Road worn and filled with years of Mississippi Juke Join VooDoo. Had it appraised by Gruhn for well over 10x that price but can't imagine being without it. The great musical places we've gone over the last 25 years...probably comes out to about 50 cents a trip. Sometimes you just get lucky.
Martin GPCPA1 Sunburst
Taylor 612ce
Baby Taylor
Yairi DY88
Ovation 1984 Collector's
Takamine FP317S New Yorker
Gibson 339
Gibson 2017 J45 Custom
Yamaha AC5R
Huss & Dalton CM sinker redwood
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 07:39 AM
hairpuller hairpuller is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Sonoma County, CA
Posts: 929

I bought a '75 Guild F50 at a yard sale for $125. I couldn't get that in my car fast enough...boy, that guitar had tone-a-plenty!!
'07 Martin 000-18 GE 1937
'09 SCGC 1929 00
'89 Alvarez Yairi DY53
'80's Yamaha SJ-400S
'64 Gibson Melody Maker

Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 07:43 AM
ljguitar's Avatar
ljguitar ljguitar is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: wyoming
Posts: 37,857

Originally Posted by mmasters View Post
For me it's my 2016 Taylor 818e - I spent $2500 on it, bought it used. Best guitar I've ever come across for the money. I'm super happy with it. The only guitars that tempt me a little these days are guitars that cost 10 times as much or more and it's just doesn't make sense to pay that kind of money for a guitar. I love my Taylor.
Hi mm

My Olson Dreadnought · 1993 · EIR/Cedar · $3050

It's not only the best guitar I've bought for the amount spent on it, it's the one that changed my playing for the better, and the 3rd best guitar I ever played (the other 2 priced at $35,000 and $10,000 respectively).

Before the Olson, it was a 1972 Martin D-28 that I played for 17 years that cost me $400 and a trade in of a LesPaul Gold (which a couple at church gave me so I could use it as trade-in). What a wonderful gift on their part, because this one allowed me to improve till I'd played it to it's limit when I bought the Olson.

Larry J

Baby #01
Baby #02
Baby #03
Baby #04
Full-size Full-Scale Baby #4

Larry's songs...

…Just because you've argued till a discussion turns silent doesn't mean you have convinced anyone…
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 07:44 AM
RefrigRaider RefrigRaider is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 151
Default What's the Best Guitar for the Money You Have Ever Owned?

The Taylor 110e in my sig -- A lot of sound and practicality wrapped up in a relatively inexpensive instrument.
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 08:17 AM
crwheat@sbcglob's Avatar
crwheat@sbcglob crwheat@sbcglob is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 384

Seems like the intent is over achiever based on price...Blueridge BR-160. Mine is a 2006, bought new in 2007 for $650. Still have it and doubt I ever part with it. The playability and sound are outstanding. Just a great guitar, regardless the cost. And, my Larrivee OM-03. Italian spruce top. Everything else is standard. Been loving her for 7 years. New for $1100.
Reply With Quote

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > General Acoustic Guitar Discussion

Thread Tools

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:01 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=