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    So I have a gift card to GC...and a desire for a new acoustic

    My original budget was going to be $300. The acoustic I own currently is the Epiphone PR-150. Bought it like three years ago, it's my first guitar. Now I can deal with the super high action, and the fact that it sounds obnoxiously bright...but there is a lot of fret buzz around that 12th fret.

    So I went to GC a couple of weeks ago, tested out some acoustic guitars. I really wanted something to sound warm and I don't know kind of soft. You know like the crackling fireplace inside your living room on a snowy night.

    They have cool signs for price points on guitars, but after picking up two in the $300 and below, I spotted this Taylor guitar.

    Taylor 2012 GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar | GuitarCenter

    So Pros:

    -Sounded warm
    -Played effortlessly
    -Love that Mahogany

    Cons:

    -It's $499.99
    -It's a 7/8
    -It's from Guitar Center


    So time for questions. How much is having a 7/8 going to affect me, if at all? I know with violins and orchestral instruments it does affect a lot...but those are also fretless. Would you recommend anything else in GC's lineup that sounds delightfully warm and isn't super bulky?

    I have the gift card to GC, so it's going to be from there.

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    I've seen someone gig with one of those. Sounded great.

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    In my experience, Taylors are usually brighter than Martins. Maybe you can find one of those entry level Martins on used.guitarcenter.com for the price range youre looking in.

    I'd stick with the GS if it were me though. I love how Taylors play like an electric but sound like a gorgeous acoustic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan View Post
    In my experience, Taylors are usually brighter than Martins. Maybe you can find one of those entry level Martins on used.guitarcenter.com for the price range youre looking in.

    I'd stick with the GS if it were me though. I love how Taylors play like an electric but sound like a gorgeous acoustic.
    Funny thing is, a few years ago I was at my GC after school all the time with my friend...we used to play this ~$600 Martin Acoustic/Electric and it was the best sounding guitar I think I'll ever play...They just don't sell that one anymore. This one is really gorgeous sounding though, this Taylor, plus I dig the look of it haha.

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    Taylor are a good company. The 7/8 shouldn't kill you either, it'll be a little easier to handle and have a bit extra high end snap, possibly.
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    What does 7/8 mean? Like 7/8 scale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironfistx View Post
    What does 7/8 mean? Like 7/8 scale?
    It means 7/8 body size usually. Like how a dinky is actually 7/8 the size of a strat, but the scale length is still the same.

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