For about half the price of the Tanglewood, you could pick up something from the Guild Acoustic Design series (GAD) from, who else? Guild. Here's three pages of the GAD-series guitars:
<a href="http://www.guildguitars.com/instruments/search.php?section=acoustics&cat=gadseries" target="_blank"> http://www.guildguitars.com/instruments … ?section=a coustics&cat=gadseries</a>
You could also get an -03 series Larrivee (OM-03, L-03, L-03R, D-03, etc.) Here's the Larrivees:
<a href="http://www.larrivee.com/flash/products/products.html" target="_blank">http://www.larrivee.com/flash/products/products.html</a>
And here's a place that sells both Guilds and Larrivees and features sound samples on their site:
<a href="http://guitaradoptions.com/store/home.php?cat=257" target="_blank">http://guitaradoptions.com/store/home.php?cat=257</a>
I've been playing since 1968, and frankly, I have yet to play a Martin, Taylor, or Gibson that can touch the recent Guilds or the Larrivees. The big names are consistently mediocre on a good day. Try Guild or Larrivee, you won't be sorry, and you'll save a ton of money and get better tone. Buy tone, not names on headstocks.
Now cue the Martin, Taylor, and Gibson fans with their torches and pitchforks, LOL!
Item two: Instead of giving anywhere from $50 to $110 to a guitar shop that sees your guitar as just another customer guitar, let someone who really cares about your guitar do your setups. You. Read this website thoroughly and listen to Frank Ford's wisdom:
<a href="http://www.frets.com" target="_blank">http://www.frets.com</a>
Or buy this book and read it:
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Guitar-Player-Repair-Guide-Electrics/dp/0879302917/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/002-4226993-8306451?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1173471302&sr=1-2" target="_blank"> http://www.amazon.com/Guitar-Player-Rep … lectrics/d p/0879302917/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/002-4226993-8306451?ie=UTF8& ;s=books&qid=1173471302&sr=1-2</a>
Need parts? Here ya go:
<a href="http://www.stewmac.com/" target="_blank">http://www.stewmac.com/</a>
<a href="http://www.lmii.com/" target="_blank">http://www.lmii.com/</a>
Well, gotta go! They'll be coming to burn me at the stake any minute now, LOL!
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