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    I need a good acoustic guitar

    I have been thinking about buying a nice acoustic. The new martins and gibsons sound cheap to me. Not interested in those.
    Played a taylor 814 and loved it. Very nice sounding guitar. Nobody carries prs acoustics where i live. What am i missing?

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    If you are looking in this particular price range, you really do need to do a side-by-side comparison. some differences may leap out at you and some might be more subtle. I would not trust myself to remember how one sounded in one place, drive and then compare to something else in another place. If you are going to spend that much money, you need to be sure....
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    I deleted my earlier post because I needed to organize my thinking.

    Taylors are really nice guitars, I've had an 814 and 914. Still, the PRS USA acoustics are in a different league.

    Whether you prefer one over the other is, of course, a personal choice, just as some players will pick up a PRS and yet prefer their Tele. If you're serious about acoustic guitars, I believe that you'd be doing yourself a favor to at least try the PRS and check it out. BTW, make sure the store has fresh strings on it.

    While I agree with Ruger that the best thing is a side by side comparison, I will also say that the impression I had after playing a PRS acoustic was so profound that I didn't need to play it side by side with another guitar.

    With all that in mind, here are differences that were important to me:

    The fundamental tone has more authority and weight even when picked softly. The mids and upper mids are more complex. The highs on both guitars are wonderful, personal preference applies. I think the PRS is richer sounding overall, with a more balanced blend. The PRS has greater dynamic range. It also projects better. The sustain on the PRS is off the chart.

    The PRS is a work of high end sonic art, IMHO. The Taylor is a very nice guitar that occupies a different niche. And neither is a "wrong" choice.
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    I have to agree that you need to sit down and side-by-side compare various guitars in order to find which really makes your ears happy. To me, buying a guitar depends on three key elements: (1) Sound, (2) Looks, (3) Price. I have around something like 10 Gibson acoustics, all of which I love and I grew up from being a child as always wanting a Gibson so they fullfill that desire. Sound wise, they're great but my Taylor's have them beat. I have a dozen Taylor's, all the upper stuff including some build to order's. I was convinced that Taylor was the best and only way to go for build quality, looks, and sound. I still think they're fantastic, but... If you can afford the PRS, definitely go that way. Absolutely unbelieveable in so many ways. When I got my PRS, I was in a local store (GuitarRez here in Austin) and trying out some various guitars. My wife told me to try the PRS, even though the price tag was well above what I could spend at the time. I tried them and was floored. I'd never even considered a PRS up until that point. Now I do love my other guitars (including other brands), but the PRS is truly the flagship. In fact, Paul Reed Smith himself was just in town and I took my PRS acoustic to see him and he used it in a nice demonstration. I don't know the full magic, but PRS has the wand and is using it. Go PRS!

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    Hey there pickwithaustin, that's what I was hoping to hear. I was starting to think vintage acoustic would be my choice as I have heard older martins and gibsons sound fabulous. I just happened to be at a "quiet" store stocked with taylors and tried the 814. It sounded very nice with me playing it and letting the owner play it while I listened.

    What is it with the new martins and gibsons? They sounded like a cheap guitars. I played a couple of D28s that were terrible.

    Looks like I better try and find a store that handles prs acoustics. What model would you recommend?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by gush View Post
    Looks like I better try and find a store that handles prs acoustics. What model would you recommend?
    There aren't many choices: Tonare is their bigger guitar, Angelus a bit smaller - with or without electronics (which are quite good). And there is the SE Angelus. Tonare is probably closest to the Taylor 814 you liked. I would try them both again if I could.

    I have a Tonare and a couple of the nicer Taylors. I like them both a lot, but they do have very different sound. It would be hard for me to give up either. The Tonare is by far the easiest acoustic to play as - left hand fingering is much closer to playing an electric than any other acoustic I've played.

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    I have to agree there with veinbuster. Each has their own feel and sound. I think the PRS is incredible (I have an Angelus), but the Taylor's, Gibson's, and Guild's that I also enjoy each have a sound all of their own.

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    I agree with pickwithaustin's posts as well as veinbuster's if that helps, too. They said what I was trying to say, only better.

    I went with the Tonare simply because I am used to bigger guitars, and it's a bit wider and deeper than the Angelus.
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