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Best Guitar for UK folk club?

Backwoodsman 10 Mar 19 - 09:19 AM
punkfolkrocker 10 Mar 19 - 08:51 AM
gillymor 10 Mar 19 - 08:33 AM
GUEST,Kenny B (inactive) 10 Mar 19 - 08:21 AM
GUEST,Liamtho 10 Mar 19 - 08:06 AM
Backwoodsman 10 Mar 19 - 06:46 AM
GUEST,Liamtho 10 Mar 19 - 06:35 AM
Will Fly 10 Mar 19 - 06:18 AM
GUEST,Jim Moran 10 Mar 19 - 06:10 AM
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Subject: RE: Best Guitar for UK folk club?
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 10 Mar 19 - 09:19 AM

Gillymor - Jim's apparently a UK-er, and has mentioned an upper limit to his budget of £1,000. Remember that American guitars cost, in the UK, roughly the same number of £'s as the number of $'s you'd pay in the US. So a $1,200 guitar would cost around £1,200 ($1,500-1,600) here. No 'Deep Discounts' in the UK guitar retailers' stores (or even from UK on-line dealers.


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Subject: RE: Best Guitar for UK folk club?
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 10 Mar 19 - 08:51 AM

I'm not an acoustic player,
but I am aware Faith guitars have a good reputation for quality at a fair price.
They are a Barnes & Mullins British brand manufactured in the far east,
possibly given final set up and inspection in the UK,
and probably fairly well distributed to try out in shops...


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Subject: RE: Best Guitar for UK folk club?
From: gillymor
Date: 10 Mar 19 - 08:33 AM

I'm often surprised at the good build quality and sound of some of the sub-$1200 guitars from Martin and Taylor. Canadian Seagulls give a lot of bang for the buck also. As noted above, though, even in this age of CNC uniformity it comes down to the individual instrument. I have a 000-17 Martin that I got for around 1200 and it's tone and playability inspire me to play it almost as much as my more expensive guitars.


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Subject: RE: Best Guitar for UK folk club?
From: GUEST,Kenny B (inactive)
Date: 10 Mar 19 - 08:21 AM

I would agree with Will about the Lowdens being the clearest and loudist both in front of and behind the player BTW I don't have one but would like one but too expensive.
. I find a Martin 00016 parlor guitar does very well at smaller venues and is reasonable to carry


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Subject: RE: Best Guitar for UK folk club?
From: GUEST,Liamtho
Date: 10 Mar 19 - 08:06 AM

Agreed Backwoodsman but I assumed that Jim was looking for a selection of guitars to try out.


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Subject: RE: Best Guitar for UK folk club?
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 10 Mar 19 - 06:46 AM

The 'best' guitar is the one YOU like best.

People will come on here telling you what they like best. But that may not be what you like best. The best advice is that you get around a lot of music stores, try lots of guitars, and buy the one that you like best which falls within your budget.

FWIW, and whilst I agree with Will about Lowdens (I have two), you're not going to find one under £1k. You can get a used one for between £1k - £2k, but under £1k? Nah, it's not going to happen.


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Subject: RE: Best Guitar for UK folk club?
From: GUEST,Liamtho
Date: 10 Mar 19 - 06:35 AM

My Taylor GS Mini is easily transportable, very loud and not too pricy at around £500


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Subject: RE: Best Guitar for UK folk club?
From: Will Fly
Date: 10 Mar 19 - 06:18 AM

(B) Any of my Chisholm guitars (custom made in Ditchling, Sussex). More practically, a Lowden - guaranteed to fill a room acoustically with clarityand projection from bass to treble. IMO of course...


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Subject: Best Guitar for UK folk club?
From: GUEST,Jim Moran
Date: 10 Mar 19 - 06:10 AM

OK. British folk music club. A room - usually in a pub - which holds 80ish people. No amplification. I want a guitar that will fill the room when playing a solo instrumental. That reponds well to finger and plectrum style. Price? Well, let’s say A) under £1000, and B) favorite choice of guitars - regardless of price - that you’ve owned/played.


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