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I go to the beach every weekend in the summer and I don't want to bring my Gibson with me but would like to have a guitar out there for practice on the weekends. What do you guys use for travel/knock around guitars? Do you have real cheap ones or are even the "beaters" higher end?

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My "beater" acoustic is a 50's Silvertone archtop. Sold for about $35 new, and I paid $50 bucks for it as a "basket case".

 

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Of course, by the time I rebuilt the whole guitar, including the dovetail neck joint, added the pickup and controls, made a TRC and pickguard, new tuning machines, and bought a case for it.... it's certainly no longer a $50 guitar, but it's still my beater.

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I don't take it to the beach but anytime I'm asked to drag a guitar along to parties or whatever I take my R0.

I suppose it's my 'Beater'. The others are all in considerably better nick.

 

I suppose if I was living next to a beach I'd buy an acoustic, though.

There seem to be loads of lower-end Yamaha dreadnoughts going (used) for around the £70 / $110 mark.

Well-made; solidly-built; they play nicely and have a good tone.

 

P.

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What do you guys use for travel/knock around guitars? Do you have real cheap ones or are even the "beaters" higher end?

 

my 78 Alvrez Yari, (it's not really a beater, but I opt to take this to gigs and when we are heading to the beach for a few days)

 

Solid spruce top, gorgeous Indian rosewood back and sides. great action, and very nice tone.

 

had some restoration work done last year, and updated the pickup to a new Fishman.

 

it's a rock solid acoustic, very resilient to weather/climate and is really a fantastic all around work horse.

 

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Another nod for the Yamaha dreads.

 

But I flip flop between my Yamaha and my Tak. Whichever has the fresher strings.

They have both seen plenty of campfires.

 

One night out at my buddies lakefront cabin, we had a couple of boats out on the water sitting out there listening to us.

We were even applauded..lol... they obviously had no idea how full of rum we were. They must have been just as full.

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We were even applauded..lol... they obviously had no idea how full of rum we were. They must have been just as full.

 

There's that old saying I used all the time during my club gigging days..

 

"Remember folks, the more you drink the better we'll sound!"

 

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I'd recommend checking around for a decent used acoustic in pawns etc.

 

I had a similar situation... I wanted an acoustic to leave at my mother-in-law's house to play when we visit. I didn't want to spend a heap, but I have standards. [biggrin] My problem was solved by this Epiphone (by Gibson) PR350S which I found in a pawn shop in her town for $99. It has a solid top and sounds great. Now I actually look forward to visiting her (sorta) :rolleyes:

 

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I had a D-15 and gave it to my stepson for a grad present. That is still a pretty nice beach guitar.

 

 

I think it's a great guitar. The finish is pretty dull but no big gouges or anything and I take pretty good care of it so in that sense it's a "beater" like Pippy's R0 is. [biggrin]

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Seriously cool… Do they make those now? How much do they run??

Yup... I bought mine ohh about 15 years ago and it was £180 :)

 

http://pignose.myshopify.com/collections/specialty-guitars

 

Ohh and look at that £188 now ... that's a GREAT price.. I mean they are really nice little guitars. A lot of fun to play

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/pignose-pgg-259-guitar/5314

 

actually that was the "custom" one :) the sunburst is still £180... very cool

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/pignose-pgg-200-vintage-sunburst-/40612

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That is a really cool guitar!

Ohh yes and it has another probably accidental feature..... you can plug an MP3 player into it and it will play through the speaker allowing you to jam along :) (near the end of this vid).

 

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Well I just ordered an Alvarez AP66 Parlor guitar to be my beater/travel. Blemished, so got a good price on it, and wanted the small body. Really, what I want is an LG2 Americana, but that would hardly be a beater, now would it.

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For a long time I was a one acoustic kinda guy but my Gibson J-60 Traditional was really starting to show some wear... finish checking, rapidly aging hardware, etc. Being my one and only gigging acoustic it was time to get a dedicated camp guitar. I got a cheap Yamaha acoustic, smaller than a dreadnaught, and being so used to my Gibby's lush tone... I really could't learn to love it. I ended up selling it after a year or so and buying a blemished Washburn Lakeside jumbo. It was a pretty good deal, right around $300 and it sounds great... not the cheapest "beater" but cheaper than replacing my Gibson!

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I am wondering what is most important for a beater. The most obvious characteristic would be "cheap" obviously. But what's next most important?Sound.... Sturdiness..... Playability/action.... Electronics..? Something else?For some one comfortable with "better" guitars, a "beater"'will always be a disappointment, but I think "playability" is the key.If looking for a outside guitar, with a budget below, say, $400, I think you have to assume your audience will not be looking for anything other than "guitar-like" noise. They won't know or care if the strings are new or older than them. Or if it looks great, or what brand it is. But if you can't play it without buzzing due to bad action, they'll notice. So, if I were getting a beater,mid make sure the nut and neck were very close to my Gibsons'. So, I guess I'd look for a used Epi Masterbuilt.

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I picked up the Alvarez AP86 Parlor a few weeks ago. Perfect beater, but as with all my guitars, it's hard not to treat it with kindness.

 

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How do you like it? (and I'm sure I'll treat it very nicely too. It just won't CRUSH me if it gets dinged up.)

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