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Ask Bob: Acoustic/Electrics Under $1,000

Question: My 15-year-old granddaughter has begun playing the guitar and is succeeding very well with it.  About two years ago, I bought her a cheap one just to see if she would get interested in playing it, and in the last six months she has gotten very serious about it. She is a country music singer and now is learning to accompany herself as she sings. Now I would like to buy her a better guitar to continue her playing, but I am lost as to which one to get. She wants an amplified acoustic. I know the price range on guitars goes from one extreme to the other, and I can’t afford to pay over $1,000 for one. Can you make any suggestions as to which guitar(s) I should be considering?
Joan Granger

Answer: Will you be my grandma, Joan? I mean, whose grandma spends $1,000 on them for a guitar? We’re all jealous. Buy her a 114ce or a 214ce and she’ll be set for life, except I’m lying because everyone always wants a new guitar, but let’s say it won’t be your problem anymore, if you know what I mean. If I would have had a 114ce that my grandma bought me when I was a kid, Taylor Guitars might not exist today — I’d just be happily playing, to this day, and would never have had to build one. 

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