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  •  Check out Seagulls... (4+ / 0-)

    Canadian made, I bought mine about 15 years ago for about $250.  Great guitar, not sure if they still sell for that price...

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    by sandav on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:53:36 AM PDT

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    •  Heard great things about Seagull, but they are (2+ / 0-)
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      about twice the price of a comparable Yamaha. Still Canadian made.  I may bite the bullet and go for the Seagull yet. In this price range it is really the best alternative to the Yamaha, but like I said, 50% - 100% more in price. MY guess is they probably hold their resale value better since they are less common. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      by bigtimecynic on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 06:07:05 AM PDT

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      •  My one impression is that Seagull is a great... (2+ / 0-)
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        bigtimecynic, sandav Or at least was.

        I bought one of their acoustics, when I wasn't planning on buying a guitar. It was new, in a local shop, and I tried it, just fooling around. It had a deep rich resonance which I was not expecting from a $350 guitar. I bought it on the spot.

        Fast forward, and I began to notice that the intonation was not great. The E string, when fretted, was way sharp. About a year later, I decided to contact the factory and ask about how to fix it.

        The guy at the factory told me it was out of warranty, but told me to ship it to them anyway. They shaved the bridge to adjust the intonation (fixed it), and when I got it, the guy at the factory called me to scold me about how I had been taking care of it.

        It turns out, leaving your acoustic in its case is not optimum. You leave it out, on a stand, in front of a stereo speaker (best) or television speaker (ok), but not in direct sunlight or near a heater vent. The vibrations from the music causes the guitar to sit there and vibrate, and apparently, that causes the wood to settle and "cure" and helps the guitar develop more character in its resonance as it ages, faster than if you left it in its case and this only happened while you played it.

        Anyway, a very nice guitar for a great price, and superlative customer relations.

    •  I second the Seagull... (2+ / 0-)
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      sandav, 3rdOption

      I had one that I sold a few years ago when I realized that I could no longer play due to RSI.  It was quite easy to play and had a pretty good tone.  Laminate back and sides, solid top.

      It was not as nice as an acoustic that I had before, a Larrivee, which was just a beautiful instrument with beautiful tone and a wonderful neck which was incredibly easy to play.  Of course that was a $2K guitar 30 years ago, but I liked it better than the Martins I tried.  And now it is the only guitar played in space!

      I was thinking about getting another instrument a few years ago and tried the Yamahas in your price range and the action just felt heavy compared to the Seagull -- save your pennies and get the nicer guitar.

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