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  • Sparra
    Sparra
    2 years ago
    Here's one for all you musicians..I'm looking to upgrade to an Acoustic Electric guitar...I have only been playing(read plucking) for a very short time but want to buy a better quality guitar..I have been thinking Maton but what other brands would you guys recommend?
    Cheers...
  • robnicko
    robnicko
    2 years ago
    hey Sparra,

    Maton are excellent guitars & Aussie made. If your budget allows then youd be very happy with one.

    Personally, My acoustic is a Yamaha which ive had for over 25 years and is just used for noodling about at home as im an electric player (Gibson & Ibanez) 

    Regardless of whatever brand you go for one of the most important things is to have it setup properly so that the string action and playability is comfortable and consistent across the fretboard......it will also encourage you to play more as its less demanding on your fingers.

    rock on

    rob

  • Gnoo
    Gnoo
    2 years ago

    Hi Sparra, hope ya well mate.

    Can't offer an alternate recommendation ( don't get out much) sep on the bike.

    I have a Maton ''Wildcat'' that I bought in 91 and have never felt the need t upgrade again.

    It cost me over 2 grand, that was a lot for me back then but one of my better moves,

    moving up from a conga line of shit boxes, the tone was a dream.

    What Rob said about the action and try t get ya self t a store and test drive a couple.

    Mate you know your interests but I do recommend you get into some cords and strum patterns,

    then add the plucking t that. Keep having fun mate and I hope arthritis don't beat ya.

  • Sparra
    Sparra
    2 years ago
    Thanks for the reply's..yeah Rob,some of the Maton's are expensive but there are a few used ones not too far from me that are for sale but I think I am better off buying new. Hey there Gnoo,I'm fine mate...Just turned 60 and have wanted to learn the guitar for as long as i can remember so after a trip to Nashville earlier in the year I booked in for lessons when I got back.I know basic chords and can knock out a bit of a tune(barr chords are a different story).This is something that I am doing for myself and no one else and so far I am loving it. Might try and catch up at one of the NSW rides in the new year if I can get the new house finished..
    Cheers...

  • Gnoo
    Gnoo
    2 years ago

    Good stuff mate, it only gets better.

    Don't fret (sorry ha ha ) about barr chords, they will happen in time,

    there is still shit loads of fun t b had on a guitar without them.

    Hope t catch up soon mate.

  • Bonkerz
    Bonkerz
    2 years ago
    I wouldn't listen to anyone's opinion unless I didn't have a choice.  I'd go to a guitar shop and play them.  Matons got a good name, I always liked Washburn, but there's a shitload of good guitars out there - I was surprised how good some of the Yamaha one's were.  If you're buying new Gibson has been copping a pounding by critics lately btw.  There standards seem to have dropped, so (as always) best to cast a careful eye (and fingers) over anything you buy.

    I started on an electric, went to acoustic, went back to electric to learn everything easier (barre chrods, picking etc)- plus I like rock rather than country. 

    I've had quite a few major brands (my favorite was an American Standard, Strat plus with the lace sensors) but right now I'm playing a Fender squire bullet...the elcheapo of the Fender, fully electric range.  I've messed with it a bit (changed the pickups and made the fret board/frets more "quality fender" like, but even before all that it was a great little guitar.  Just shows you don't have to pay big bucks to get something good.
  • fxdwg_will
    fxdwg_will
    2 years ago
    Hey mate - so many good quality acoustic guitars - just make sure it has a 'solid top' - usually anything over $600 is going to be decent- I'm a guitar teacher by trade (I have a few...)

    You'll need to play a few to get an idea what the neck feel is like- you may prefer a slimmer shape neck or prefer thr size of a dreadnought style body- comfort/feel is a big thing (and again anything over $600 will already sound decent - plus solid top/sides will improve sound with age)

    Check out Taylor GS mini (spruce top) for a smaller size with big sound 

    And yeah Washburns, Tanglewoods around that price are decent as well

    Paying over 1k+ for an acoustic is awesome If you're able to afford it but when I take a guitar from home it's usually the $650 Washburn which is a workhorse and I'm not afraid to scratch it/lend it 
  • fatbat
    fatbat
    2 years ago
    I've got a question for the guitar heads, separate of the op's query if ok. 
    I've got a Kramer ferrington electric accoustic guitar that I bought in the early nineties. It's in immaculate condition. What's it worth?
  • SRV72
    SRV72
    2 years ago
    Check out the Cole Clark guitars mate. Australian made, beautiful timbers, good pick ups etc but most importantly you just need to get into a good shop and get as many guitars as you can in your hands - you will know once you play it
  • fatbat
    fatbat
    2 years ago
    Thanks Gnoo and Bonkerz. I'll have to find mine and check out the model although I'm sure mine will be worth closer to $300 than $1,500 as I think it's a later one and I'm never that lucky 
  • Choco
    Choco
    2 years ago
    Hey guys good thread. Ok going to say something here and don't laugh. Myself and my wife play ukuleles and enjoy it very much, so how does it relate to this thread . Well we started of on cheap uke's but found if you want the best sound you are chasing you must be prepared to pay for it. Just to give you all an idea my ukulele and my wife's ukulele and another we own the replacement value is worth well over $1500 and we got rid off our cheaper uke's a long time back.
    Ok moral of my story buy the best guitar you can afford at this time something with a solid body or solid top, make sure it is set up well, good action on the fretboard. You won't learn to play it overnight it takes time also try and find friends or make some who play guitar and get a couple jam session's happening or even find a music club in your area. But the best advice I can give you is just have fun cheers.
  • Aunty X
    Aunty X
    14 days ago
    Martin, Huss & Dalton, Collings... All acoustics. Use great timbers. My pic of the bunch is a Martin D45.
  • Sparra
    Sparra
    13 days ago
    Hey fella's...I forgot all about this thread..Over the last couple of years I have bought and sold a few guitars but have now settled on a Maton and a Lag as my go to acustic's and am in the process for looking for a Fender Tele for an electric...Still don't play very well but really enjoy it.. What I have found is that it is a practice,practice and practice some more thing..Anyway I will never be a world beater but it does help keep my sanity in these trying times...Cheers and thanks for the reply's. 
  • robnicko
    robnicko
    13 days ago
    yep, practice, practice & more practice

    my fretting finger tips dont work on my iphone......
  • rick k
    rick k
    7 days ago
    I started learning at age 10  , back then it was maton or epiphone . Now you can buy Yamaha for a good price which would have been the state of the art back then . I went on to bass  .
    I reckon can’t beat a 12 string


  • binnsy
    binnsy
    7 days ago
    I have an Ibanez and a Faith (Faith in the Pic)  and a couple of other cheapys.  The faith sounds amazing.  Oh and Im a lefty !!
  • Pedro123
    Pedro123
    5 days ago
    Don't know about quality but my go to (knock about ) is a Cort. Good sound, solid top, easy to play and around $200 on spacial at the time.