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Old 09-17-2019, 12:03 PM
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I have a BR-163A and although I really like it it has very strong (upper) mids and lacks sparkling highs that I assume the Martin has...
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Old 09-17-2019, 03:52 PM
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In terms of budget instruments, you just have to play everything you can get your hands on until you STUMBLE onto the one. The cheap gems are out there, but it's like a treasure hunt and you can't just "find a close cheap model". There is no such thing. If you want to save money and want what you want you have to be patient and work at finding something. The journey can be fun in itself.
This is so true. And when you find the "one" it will speak to you very clearly. The search is the fun part.
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The Blueridge BR-163 would get you in the same ballpark but not really close. A used OM-21 can be had for slightly less than 2 grand.
To the OP: It would help if you clarify what is meant inexpensive. What is the most you are willing to spend.

Also, i agree with the above post. If you can Sample a BR-163 it might be
A surprisingly satisfying experience. With a good set up and a fresh set of strings I found them to be an excellent sounding and playing guitar.

Still, Inexpensive is relative
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My opinion is that the fixation on 'tone' is about as valid a way of judging guitars as scoring automobiles by their 0-60 performance...
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Old 09-17-2019, 08:47 PM
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Play Oms in your price range till one blows yer skirt up.
What you hear in a video is going to be different in your lap.
What this guy said...
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Old 09-18-2019, 05:25 AM
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alternative guitar (in sound) to a Martin OM-28 Marquis? (Emphasis on inexpensive).

I saw a guy on YouTube who did a demo with one, and I was blown away.
They sell them right next to the place with the cheap cars that run like a Ferrari.

But just because you can't find an inexpensive OM-28 Marquis copy that sounds the same doesn't mean you can't find a great inexpensive guitar. You are probably going to have to play a ton of guitars (not so bad) and possibly be very patient, but there are really fine sounding inexpensive guitars out there. They may not sound like your dream guitar, but you know what sound you like and you can find a guitar that pleases your ear.
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Old 09-18-2019, 05:54 AM
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Never mind...should have read the OP's post better?
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:24 AM
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I'm kinda surprised no-one has mentioned the Larrivee OM-40r or OM-03r; these things play and sound WAY beyond what one might expect for the price and are available in variants with more exotic tops like Moon, Austrian, Italian Alpine. Do they compare favorably with a Martin Marquis? Maybe, depending on what you like.

I had one until recently...I sold my OM-40r, having come to the conclusion that I'm just not really an OM guy, preferring my other, larger body guitars (especially my "L" body JCLs). It sounded great, though, as long as I didn't play one of those others first.
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Larrivee also makes great guitars, and they're a tremendous value. But I don't think they sound like Martin guitars, which is what the OP is looking for.
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Larrivee also makes great guitars, and they're a tremendous value. But I don't think they sound like Martin guitars, which is what the OP is looking for.
Thanks for all the advice. I'm the OP, and I'm looking for a sound like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgdBbazi4wc
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My question would what did you like about the sound. Then it would be easier for people to recommend a less expensive guitar.
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Old 09-18-2019, 05:41 PM
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Larrivee also makes great guitars, and they're a tremendous value. But I don't think they sound like Martin guitars, which is what the OP is looking for.
I tend to agree, especially with regard to the OM-03, however the OM-40R might be a bit closer to the mark due to the more traditional style bracing. They're certainly worth a look if OP can find one to try out...who knows, might even like them better; I sure did.
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