Yamaha Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $300 Reviews: Pick from Just a Few

Yamaha FSX800C guitar
Yamaha FSX800C guitar

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If you glance at the list (below) of Yamaha acoustic electric guitars that will be featured in this review, you would think at first that there are 6 models from which to choose. Technically, you would be correct, but there are really only 3 different styles there.

You can probably guess by looking at the first letter of each model why this is so. In this article then, I’ll group similar models together but still show you the differences among them. Continue reading “Yamaha Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $300 Reviews: Pick from Just a Few”

Ovation Acoustic Electric Guitars under $300: Not Many Choices, Sorta

Ovation Applause Balladeer
Ovation Applause Balladeer

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When I started looking for Ovation acoustic electric guitars under $300, I thought I had found a handful of models I could choose from. Unfortunately, it looks like some of them are no longer available (new). Of the several models I did find, they all boiled down to just two – the Applause Balladeer AB24II and the Applause Elite AE44II.

You can get more than one color of each Applause model, which is why it looked like there were more available originally. The Balladeer and the Elite don’t differ all that much from each other, so your options for an Ovation guitar under $300 aren’t all that great.

I’ll take a look at what you will be able to find and show you the differences among them in this review. Continue reading “Ovation Acoustic Electric Guitars under $300: Not Many Choices, Sorta”

Ibanez Acoustic Electric Guitars under $300 Review: Colorful Choices for Not a Lot of Cash

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Are you looking for a quality, inexpensive, acoustic electric guitar and want some variety in your color options? If so, you’ve come to the right place. The Ibanez acoustic electric guitars I’ll look at in this review should each be available for less than $300, and you will have 9 colors from which to choose.

I’ll look at 8 guitars here, which at first seems like a lot, but we can put 6 of them into two groups because they are very similar models. So in the end this will feel more like we’re comparing just 4 guitars instead of 8. Continue reading “Ibanez Acoustic Electric Guitars under $300 Review: Colorful Choices for Not a Lot of Cash”

5 Epiphone Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $300 Review: Nice Choices

Epiphone Hummingbird PRO
Epiphone Hummingbird PRO

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You may have heard that Epiphone (acoustic electric) guitars are less expensive versions of the pricey Gibsons. To a certain point, you could argue that that is true, but Epiphone guitars are really fine instruments in their own right. Cheaper than Gibsons, yes, but still of very high quality.

Even those Epiphones under $300 which I’ll examine here are among the best “beginner” acoustic electric guitars you can find today. There are at least 5 models that you should be able to get in this price range.

If you’re in a hurry and want to quickly check the pricing and availability of these five at Amazon, you can click the links in the list below. They are listed in no particular order. Continue reading “5 Epiphone Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $300 Review: Nice Choices”

Takamine Acoustic Electric Guitars under $500 Reviewed: Japanese 6-Stringed Delights

GD30CE
GD30CE

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Takamine has produced acoustic electric guitars in Japan since the 1960s. Their instruments are still highly regarded today. I’ll take a look at those models that you can normally get for under $500 in this review.

Takamine (pronounced, ta-ka-mee-nay) makes a wide range of guitars, but here we’ll concentrate on just their best acoustic electric guitars for less than $500. (I’ll cover some of the higher priced instruments in another article.)

If you are pressed for time and just want to check out the pricing and availability of the Takamine guitars in this review at Amazon, you can click the links in the list below. I know this list is longer than it should be for an article like this, but there are so many options in this price range that I just couldn’t decide which ones to leave out. Continue reading “Takamine Acoustic Electric Guitars under $500 Reviewed: Japanese 6-Stringed Delights”

Simmons Electronic Drum Sets: Can You Hear Me Now?

Simmons SD2000 Electronic Drum Set
Simmons SD2000 Electronic Drum Set

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Many drummers love the Simmons electronic drum sets because they realize you get what you pay for. However, many others are generally disappointed with what Simmons has been producing lately.

In this article, I’ll take a brief look at the various kits from Simmons. I’ll try to point out what it is that owners like and don’t like so you can judge for yourself whether a Simmons drum kit is for you or not. Continue reading “Simmons Electronic Drum Sets: Can You Hear Me Now?”

2Box DrumIt Five Electronic Drum Set Review: One Trick Pony?

2Box DrumIt Five electronic drum kit
2Box DrumIt Five

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2Box is the Swedish manufacturer of the DrumIt Five electronic drum set. They really only have the one product (as of this writing) available in the US. They have developed a universal sound module called the DrumIt Three, but that is currently only available in Europe.

The DrumIt Five was highly anticipated before it debuted several years ago. The kit seems to have lived up to the hype, as many users today rate it very highly. It’s just unfortunate that it took much longer than expected to arrive and that no other products are yet available.

That said, in this review we’ll take a look at what the DrumIt Five is all about so you can see if it’s a kit that matches your needs. Continue reading “2Box DrumIt Five Electronic Drum Set Review: One Trick Pony?”

NFUZD NSPIRE Electronic Drum Packs Review: Lids for Your Heads

NFUZD NSPIRE Standard Pack
NFUZD NSPIRE Standard Pack

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You say you already have an acoustic drum set you really love, but you sure could use an electronic kit once in a while? Take a good look at the NFUZD NSPIRE line of electronic drum packs.

The NSPIRE “kits” are (to date) unique in the drumming world. They are something akin to slipcovers or lids for your acoustic set. They are electronic pads that you slide onto the heads of your acoustic drums and over your metal cymbals so you can play them with all the goodies that an electronic kit affords.

In this review, I’ll take a look at three of the NFUZD “packs” as they’re called – the Rock, the Standard, and the Pro. Continue reading “NFUZD NSPIRE Electronic Drum Packs Review: Lids for Your Heads”

KAT Electronic Drum Kits Review: Is the White Look for You?

KAT KT3 electronic drum set
KAT KT3 electronic drum set


KAT (I’m not sure where the apparent acronym comes from) makes four basic drum kits, known simply as the KT1, KT2, KT3, and KT4. What makes the KAT electronic drum kits stand out from the crowd is that they are all basically white.

Sure, there’s a little gray and black here and there, and the KT3 has some bright red accents, but the drum pads themselves are all white.

That’s rather refreshing. But is white your best color? Does that matter? Continue reading “KAT Electronic Drum Kits Review: Is the White Look for You?”

Pearl ePro Live Electronic Drum Kit Review: Are the Real Wood Shells Worth It?

Pearl ePro Live
Pearl ePro Live

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Pearl has long been known for top notch acoustic drums. With the Pearl ePro Live electronic drum kit, they entered the electronic world of drumming several years ago.

The chief distinguishing feature of the ePro Live, which comes in two variations, is the real wood shells used for the drums. You can swap out the electronic pads for acoustic heads and play them as an acoustic kit.

Would you want to do that? Is the ePro Live worth getting for that reason and just because it has wood shells? Continue reading “Pearl ePro Live Electronic Drum Kit Review: Are the Real Wood Shells Worth It?”