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    Default Need help for a new guitar

    Hello everyone,

    I started playing the folk guitar a few month ago with a washburn parlor (cedar top and mahogany)
    A few weeks after that, I had the chance to try a GS MINI e rosewood in a music shop when I was travelling abroad.
    It was love at first sight : the sound, the neck (i could finally play barre chords) and even the shape of the guitar.
    Back then, i didn't have the budget to buy it but now, I am ready :-).

    Like I said, I've tried the Rosewood one and really loved it ! But now, it's very difficult to find one since Taylor stopped to make it (I live in France).
    I read several point of vues on layered wood. Some people are saying it doesn't influence the sound, some people are saying the contrary...
    So, i'm a bit lost...
    For sure, I want spruce top since I want a bright sound. I am looking for a small electro-acoustic guitar for mostly playing folk and pop. Mostly strumming while i'm singing.

    I can easily find the spruce/walnut one so I would really appreciate if I could get your feedbacks on this matter.

    Is there a sound /tone difference between the gs mini e spruce/rw and the gs mini e spruce/walnut ?

    I have tried a celtic harp with walnut wood and the sound was pretty warm. I have no comparaison with guitars.

    In the same time, if you could recommend me a good amp, i would be grateful. I am looking for a small amp for Acoustic guitar /voice - ukulele/voice - Electric guitar.

    Thank you in advance for your help :-)

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    If you are willing to spend up to 500€ I recommend the ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox.

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    Thank you LucilleJustRocks !!! :-)
    I Love this amp !!! Didn't know it before today and discovered there is an electric version.

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    One of the best makers of affordable guitars is Alvarez. You're getting better quality for the same money than from Taylor or Martin where you pay extra for the brand name (for example, for the cost of a solid top Alvarez, you get a laminated top from the big names). Alvarez is highly liked over on the Acoustic Guitar Forum, and I can recommend the AP70 and AP66 (I bought an AP70 after researching intensively). Both come with electric options and also have folk size versions (AF70 and AF66), AP are parlor size, but are almost full size, so not really much smaller. I like the AP models because they have 12 frets to the body, which I feel gives them a superior sound due to the more optimal bridge placement. The street price is around €300-400, though I have seen the AP66 for less.

    Like with all guitars, it's a good idea to buy from a store that does a set up and lowers the action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marjorie1967 View Post
    Thank you LucilleJustRocks !!! :-)
    I Love this amp !!! Didn't know it before today and discovered there is an electric version.
    I'd highly recommend that you use an Acoustic Amplifier with your Acoustic Guitar, rather than an Electric Guitar Amp.
    They are designed for the purpose and will provide you with much better control over your settings for use with the Acoustic Guitar.

    I use a 75 watt Twin Speaker "Storm Australia" Acoustic Amplifier which has Inputs for (Piezo) Passive or Active, as well as 1/4 Mic Input (Low Z) and XLR Mic Input (High Z) , also including Master Gain, Master Reverb, and Channel Gain and Channel Reverb, and with a Notch Filter for adjustments over Frequency Range (or something like that).
    These aren't available anymore, although you can get Single Speaker Models up to 60 watts power, however I seriously doubt you would get them where you are, I'm just mentioning it

    A good Acoustic Amplifier, if you can afford one, is a Marshall Acoustic Amplifier, I can't remember the model name but they quite popular so you shouldn't have trouble finding information on them. From memory I think they are available in 50 or 100 watt models, quite expensive but excellent quality.

    Strauss is also another good quality model as far as I know, but I've never used one.

    VOX also do some good Amplifiers, but I'm not sure about Acoustic Amplifiers in their range.

    Alvarez, I've seen but never used, however I do believe they are Noteworthy.

    There are really quite a few available options, and I wouldn't want to limit you to just a few, check out some locally if you are able, to see what your best options are.
    Also, I don't know what purpose you would intend to use it for, or how portable you want it to be, so you'll have to make those decisions.
    Last edited by Dean Beaver; 07-25-2017 at 04:34 AM.
    Dean Beaver UkeBirdsRGo https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQ...Uwy3pZA/videos

    Happy Ukeing

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