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Yamaha for $110 or this?

https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/yamaha-f335-acoustic-guitar/512940000010000?CJAID=10684459&CJPID=4485850&cjevent=ee86cad670ac11ea83ba00ca0a1c0e10
Yamaha.
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Before you buy, head to a guitar center in your area, test out some really cheap laminates, then test out a solid top, finally test out an sold wood guitar and see which one speaks to you. I did and purchases solid top and best thing I've ever done. Lowered the action and I was hooked. A couple of Martins, Collings and a Bourgeois later I'm an addict. The solid top was about $129 about 10 yrs ago. They can be had every so often. Whatever you get, make sure the action is lowered or you will be done before you start. My 2 cents.
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Cheap acoustics are made so much better today than 20 years ago. With cnc and other modern tools you can get a well made cheap acoustics. I have Martin's and cheap acoustic and after a good set up the cheap guitar is 80% of the Martin. A good guitarist will tell you any decent guitar readily available is enough to start.
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I have one of their electric guitars and it plays well and stays in tune. If I was wanting a cheap acoustic I'd take a chance on this being as good as my Monoprice electric.
There's a pretty big difference between an electric and an acoustic guitar's ability to produce sound.
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Are you able to lower the action with this guitar?
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About 15 years ago I bought a Rogue Acoustic Electric from MusiciansFriend.com when I saw a deal here on Slickdeals for around $50, and it is a lot like this one [musiciansfriend.com].

Mine came with a Fishman pickup that was worth more than $50 by itself. My guitar is one of the best deals and values I've ever found for the money - I still use it at my church today. Low price does not always mean trash but can lead to excellent values.
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Yamaha.
Yamaha makes some of the best guitars out there, in my opinion, but the F335 is not one of those.
It sounds rather cardboardy and I'd happily recommend against it.
On the other hand, there is a recent deal on the FG800. That's a pretty good guitar. Unfortunately, the deal is very small.
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There's a pretty big difference between an electric and an acoustic guitar's ability to produce sound.
I think we're both probably aware that electric guitars and acoustic guitars produce sound by different mechanisms.
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Why so many monoprice deals these days
Probably because they've been getting lots of criticism for their customer service and it's impacted their top line sales. I used them as goto shop for various pro audio gear. Not likely again, as they completely screwed up a purchase last year. They failed to deliver, then made it excruciating to either get them to send it, honor the price, and then get a refund. Failed every step. They've gotta bait you real good these days. I'm not alone, except under "stay at home order". Wish they'd get it together, as overall decent products at fair prices. But...nah...
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I never understood why invest in some cheap equipment to start with...one they sound horrible and go out of tune fast and if you ever want to sell it no one would buy it...I always believe in the mid to upper level stuff weather it's musical equipment or camera...you want a product that will produce something good.

I had some cheap guitar that I started on and I had one string that always loss tune and the action was so high it ate into my soft virgin guitar fingers... On top of that it also sounded bad even in my inexperience ears.. I paid around $150, ended up buying a Martin for $1k and my experience learning on a Martin so much better...and I had a few friends that wanted to but it off when I was playing in a while. If I wanted to become more serious and wanted an even higher quality....there will be lots if people would would want to buy my Martin...the same thing happen with my cheap drums that I bought for $300...i ended up just leaving it on the side of the streets. Buy quality and if you don't like it someone will buy it off you...if you stick with music you'll gave something of quality that you might never need to upgrade.
Why would anyone buy a $1k guitar, if they may or may decide they don't like playing?
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Are you able to lower the action with this guitar?
Yes. You are able to lower the action on most acoustic guitars by setting up the guitar. It usually involves

1. Adjusting the truss rod.
2. Sanding down the saddle.
3. Sanding down the nut (last resort and mostly not needed).
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I never understood why invest in some cheap equipment to start with...one they sound horrible and go out of tune fast and if you ever want to sell it no one would buy it...I always believe in the mid to upper level stuff weather it's musical equipment or camera...you want a product that will produce something good.

I had some cheap guitar that I started on and I had one string that always loss tune and the action was so high it ate into my soft virgin guitar fingers... On top of that it also sounded bad even in my inexperience ears.. I paid around $150, ended up buying a Martin for $1k and my experience learning on a Martin so much better...and I had a few friends that wanted to but it off when I was playing in a while. If I wanted to become more serious and wanted an even higher quality....there will be lots if people would would want to buy my Martin...the same thing happen with my cheap drums that I bought for $300...i ended up just leaving it on the side of the streets. Buy quality and if you don't like it someone will buy it off you...if you stick with music you'll gave something of quality that you might never need to upgrade.
I never understood why anyone would want to spend that much money on a guitar. I have about a dozen or so guitars of different styles and none of them cost more than $300, one of my go to guitars is a Monoprice strat copy, it was less than $100.

It was already set up nicely out of the box and I spent a couple hundred more and upgraded all the electronics, hardware and shielded all the cavities and now it sounds better than an American strat imo. And if something happens to the body or neck that can't be fixed, oh well, I'll just transfer the electronics and hardware to a new body. Having a guitar that I'm scared to death of damaging sounds like a nightmare.

Acoustics are a little different obviously, but I've never had a problem finding an acoustic that sounds great for less than $4-500... My current go to acoustic cost $250 and I love it.

Shitty hardware is trivial to upgrade and you can spend a little time learning how to fix sharp frets and the like, rather than all that extra time working hours for an overpriced name.

And if the resale value is low, who cares? 99% of guitars don't keep their value, so being able to sell that $1500 guitar for $1000 later isn't much of a win in my book when I was only out $3-500 in the first place.

And if you're just starting, good Lord, there's no reason to go crazy. Find something cheap and playable, and going off my previous experience with Monoprice guitars I imagine this one fits the bill nicely.
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I never understood why invest in some cheap equipment to start with...one they sound horrible and go out of tune fast and if you ever want to sell it no one would buy it...I always believe in the mid to upper level stuff weather it's musical equipment or camera...you want a product that will produce something good.

I had some cheap guitar that I started on and I had one string that always loss tune and the action was so high it ate into my soft virgin guitar fingers... On top of that it also sounded bad even in my inexperience ears.. I paid around $150, ended up buying a Martin for $1k and my experience learning on a Martin so much better...and I had a few friends that wanted to but it off when I was playing in a while. If I wanted to become more serious and wanted an even higher quality....there will be lots if people would would want to buy my Martin...the same thing happen with my cheap drums that I bought for $300...i ended up just leaving it on the side of the streets. Buy quality and if you don't like it someone will buy it off you...if you stick with music you'll gave something of quality that you might never need to upgrade.
Ah yes, I remember all the stories about how Jimi Hendrix waiting until he could drop a grand on a guitar before learning. Too bad he never got any good with that cheap guitar he started with
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The only thing I would say is there is a pretty big difference between a <$100 guitar and a $250 guitar. I had a cheap Kona that I learned on for a year and I had no idea how bad it was until I got one of the fender FA 235 deals here for $99 AR. I would say is you can spring for an extra $50 or $100 you'll save yourself buying a better guitar in a year.
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I can't say anything about Monoprice, I've only ever seen one review on YouTube. But I will join the argument about quality in instruments. Every once in a blue-moon, you can score a deal under a $100, and it'll play well and get used (goes for everything from drums to keyboards to clarinets). I've purchased many instruments. Almost everything under $100 has or develops major playability issues inside a year. Some, like violins, are absolute crap. Some, like Ukuleles are amazing.
As for guitars, almost every brand has a smoking deal in the $250-$500 range. Jumping up over $1000 gets you a prettier guitar, slightly better internal pickups, and 5-15% better tone/playability, but really, only a seasoned guitarist should ever spend $1000 on a guitar. I didn't until my third guitar. I understand why it's nicer, but to all my budding kids learning guitar? Don't go super cheap (unless your kid is under 10 or non-committal)...find a guitar with good action (not hard to bar on the fifth fret), will stay in tune with some bending, has nice tone in multiple styles of playing, and one that is comfortable (shape, but especially neck). Don't get talked into anything over $600 on your first guitar. I still love my $450 Guild. If it had an internal pickup and a cutaway, I'd say it was better than my $1500 Taylor in every way except looks.
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