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    What grandpa's guitars to buy?

    My Seagull S6 Original has served me well for 10 years or so, but I've been thinking of getting something nicer. The main problem I find with the S6 is that it's somewhat boom-y and perhaps a bit lacking in the high-end - my thumb also gets tired very quickly when playing barre chords. I've been considering guitars in the price range of perhaps a Martin D16 or 000-16 or a Taylor 3xx.

    I play quite a lot of fingerpicking on acoustics, but also some strumming. As e.g. Martin has about a million different body styles, I'm not quite sure where to begin looking. I'm also open to other brands than Martin or Taylor. Anyone got suggestions on what I should try? There's a store here that sells both Taylor and Martin (as well as Takamines), another that sells Larrivee and one that sells Collings and Santa Cruz ().
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    I would nail down body style and go from there.

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    A singer/songwriter buddy of mine has a couple of Furchs that he plays that I remember being pretty nice.

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    I recently picked up a Taylor after GASing for one basically all my life, and it did not disappoint.

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    Thanks for the input guys - I guess I'll have to go try some different types of acoustics. Based on the sound of my Seagull and descriptions of the sound of different body styles, something like a 00 or 000- body style could work. Although I bet a high-end dreadnought would have a more refined sound than my Seagull anyway, so I won't rule out those yet.

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    You are definitely going to want a 000 IMHO. If you don't mind buying used you can find the older Alvarez which are awesome. Yamaha makes some killer Acoustics and they can be had at very reasonable prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Valtteri View Post
    A singer/songwriter buddy of mine has a couple of Furchs that he plays that I remember being pretty nice.
    These are superb guitars, but I believe (in the US anyway) they are a lot more expensive than a Martin D-16. If you can get a nice Furch for the price of a Martin, then that would be a no brainer. An Eastman would also be a great guitar for the money.

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