Recommended mid budget acoustic guitars and guitar shops Ireland?
I in the market for a new acoustic guitar. Preferably a solid top jumbo electro acoustic cutaway. I have an old 20 year old Yamaha FG 332 which actually sounds quite good for a laminate (I use Drop D tuning) but I would like to upgrade. I live in NW Ireland but would be willing to travel for the right guitar.
Amongst the brands I have in mind are Takamine, Tanglewood, Cort, Simon & Patrick, Seagull even Yamaha! (I beleive their handbuilt LL6T is ok) but brand is really unimportant, sound is very important. I will be using it mostly in ITM sessions for backing but I figure if a pickup was already fitted all the better. I would like a guitar with a good deep sound and low action and which keeps in tune as you play up the neck (a problem with my Yamaha).
I have shop tested a few acoustics - a few Tanglewoods up to €800 approx (nice) and a Cort €500 not bad either. Of course a Martin I tried was lovely but it was also €2000 and outside my budget. I am not a €2K player! I would like to try a few more before making a decision. My budget is approx €700 but could stretch a little more if reqd or if I find a brilliant guitar at €400 I’d also be more than happy.
I have read the other discussions on this forum re the pickup and getting the best guitar without a pickup and I kinda agree so a pickup is not absolutely necessary.
I would appreciate if anybody can point me towards a good guitar shop on this island which has a good range of acoustics with some of the above brands on display and where I can try them out to my hearts content without being pressured by smooth talking salespersons shoving brochures and magazine reviews in your face!