OK, i'm going to get me a decent acoustic! So far i've been a strictly electric player dabbling in acoustics for a couple of months back in the mid 90's.
Before you roll your eye's, i'm not going to ask you what i should buy, i have a pretty good idea already (but suggestions are always welcome!).
This is what i'm looking for:
smaller body (dread is the absolute max, 00 minimum)
I'll be looking for something that is easy to play but, and this is probably the most important something that suits me and that i'm not going to be looking to upgrade a couple of months later.
I've started saving (don't want to go on the never, never) and i'm doing my research. Because Cardiff, my local city, is no readily accessable regularly for me (i work full time and have a young family so my time is precious) i'll pop into Cranes and Gamlins a couple of times but, unless an absolute bargain comes up in the meantime, i intend to buy around the end of Feb next year.
Believe me, this is an exercise in restraint on my part. I have bought electrics over the net before and been staggeringly lucky but i fully intend to have a good idea what i want, a pocket full of cash and a good deal of time to play a bunch of acoustics before deciding on what i'll get.
I'm lucky in the fact that i help out with a promotions company who specialise in acoustic artists and, through that, i have made some friends who are quite accomplished acoustic guitarists and have offered to go with me when i go to buy. The thing is, if i go shopping on the 15th February, i'll take Don Ross and Brooke Miller but if i hold off until the beginning of March i can take Bjorn Berge or Thomas Leeb!
I think i really need to try the different woods and see what sound i like. I'm drawn to the Martin 000-15M (all Mahogany) but i also like the Taylor GA3 (Spruce and Sapele)and the Guild F-130R (Spruce and Rosewood). The list is by no means exhaustive so, if you have any experience with the guitars or any similar that you would recommend, let me know!