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BY yoggo
#840863
Hey zen masters,

I'm a classical dabbler, but I've been listening to a bunch of finger-style folk recently (Bert Jansch, Martin Simpson, usual suspects) and am feeling keen for a steel string. I think I'm after a wide-ish neck, smallish body guitar, probably bigger than parlour but smaller than a dread, so 000,OM size. Would prefer, but not die in a ditch over a paddle headstock rather than slotted.

What's the current good options for under $1000? I could possible swing a (used?) X series Martin, but am pretty suspicious of the cheap flooring-style back and sides. Recording King, Cort & Sigma look like they might have things that would work, any others?

Cheers
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BY codedog
#840864
My previous experience with Cort and Sigma have been strummers with 1 11/16" nuts. They were very nice and great value. There's quite a range out there now. For finger-style check out the Godin family, i.e. Seagull, Simon & Patrick, Art & Lutherie, etc. They're great guitars. I tried a top end dreadnought Seagull once... the neck felt wide. Felt more like finger-style 1 3/4" nut. Sounded great!
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BY Slowy
#840879
Art & Lutherie (Godin) do a parlour guitar which looks cheap and plays beautifully.
From the same company, Seagulls can be great.
BY yoggo
#840926
Thanks all, I'll head down to the rock shop for a play of some Seagull and Guilds. Which model Walden should I be looking out for? I have a Walden classical that sounds much better than the $300 or so I paid for it, but I haven't seen them around new for years.
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BY Bg
#840943
I have a Cort bought 14 years ago, solid top and it keeps getting better , I pick it up every 6 months and it sounds great when I put new strings on it.....
BY NippleWrestler
#840968
yoggo wrote:Thanks all, I'll head down to the rock shop for a play of some Seagull and Guilds. Which model Walden should I be looking out for? I have a Walden classical that sounds much better than the $300 or so I paid for it, but I haven't seen them around new for years.


The 5 series are a safe bet. The 550 I played was really nice. I think the 7 series are all solid and priced very competitively.
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BY Vince
#841053
sizzlingbadger wrote:My $600 Crafter is a great guitar.


Agreed. Crafter is a great brand.

I was a bit disappointed with the Alvarez acoustic bass I tried. The frets weren't finished very well, I actually wondered if I'd eventually cut myself.