Help me choose!

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  1. Jeezeez

    Jeezeez Member

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    I'd like to buy a new guitar this year and these are the two that I have chosen. I can only pick one as I'm on a tight budget. So, help me choose! The price of the protege A-1CE is Php 12,500.00 while the Protege SA-3CE is priced at Php 9,700.00. I can't try them out as I'll buy them online.

    For you, which one is better? (By specs):
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    Guitar Name: Protege A-1CE

    Soundboard:
    Solid Spruce
    Back & Sides: Mahogany
    Body Shape: Grand Auditorium
    Neck: Mahogany
    Fingerboard: Rosewood
    Nut and Saddle: Bone
    Bridge: Rosewood
    Machine Heads: Black

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    Guitar Name: Protege SA-3CE

    Soundboard: Sitka Spruce
    Back/Sides: Indian Rosewood
    Shape: Grand Auditorium
    Scale length: 648mm
    Binding: ABS Binding
    Bracing: Forward Shifted X Brace with quarter sawn sitka spruce
    Neck: Khaya Mahogany
    Fingerboard: Rosewood
    Nut and Saddle: Bone
    Bridge: Rosewood
    Machine Heads: 14:1 Gold Sealed Tuners
    Cherub G-Tone GT-2
    Default Strings: Standard 0.012-0.054 Acoustic Light Gauge
     
  2. judson

    judson Senior Member

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    nice budget

    i would go test drive one or both for that kind of cash....sorry i never played either
     
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  3. Jeezeez

    Jeezeez Member

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    I'd try them IF I can but I'll be buying them online. :(
     
  4. mmd

    mmd Senior Member

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    Based on specs, I like the second one. I prefer a rosewood body over mahogany on an acoustic. The rest of the specs seem similar enough. I am sure both are nice - maybe go to a local shop and try a rosewood body vs. mahogany body acoustic? Of course the overall instrument (not being the brand you are interested in) will be different, but you can try to hear any tone differences....I don't know. I have done it before....
     
  5. paco1976

    paco1976 Senior Member

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    The price is in php, it means Piso Filipino.
    10.000 php are equivalent to $200.
     
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    Victek Senior Member

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    They appear to be very similar guitars, which would make me focus more on the small styling differences. As for buying online I would check the return policy. Regardless of which guitar you choose you want to be sure you can return it if it's not setup properly, etc. Good luck and post a NGD thread.
     
  7. BadPenguin

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    Since you haven't been able to try either one, I am curious as to why that brand? I would consider something used in that price range, something you can sit and play, before buying.
     
  8. judson

    judson Senior Member

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    oh...then hell with it buy em both and return the one you dont like:h5:
     
  9. NorlinBlackBeauty

    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    You really should hear the difference between rosewood and mahogany before deciding. I'm partial to rosewood - I have both. It does not mention if the mahogany or rosewood are solid and not a laminate (plywood). If it is laminate, the advertised wood type will be less of a factor.

    In the acoustic Bluegrass world, mahogany is a bit brighter - best to cut through other acoustic instruments for lead work. Rosewood is more balanced, and powerful with a deeper bass. The forward shifted bracing pattern is all classic Martin. It makes for an even more balanced overall tone, with a little less boominess.

    If you are plugging in and amplifying, the wood may have less of an effect on the amplified sound.

    It is all about the setup as mentioned above.

    http://www.guitarpusher.com/brand/protege/

    Usually rosewood is more expensive. In this case the more expensive model is the mahogany. That could be due to the brand name Fishman electronics installed in the mahogany model.
     
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  10. Jymbopalyse

    Jymbopalyse Senior Member

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    If you can't play them to compare them . . .

    Buy the cheaper one and invest in some new tuners. Better than the 14:1 tuners they come with.
     
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    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    I'd agree, despite my effort to educate above.
     
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  12. Jeezeez

    Jeezeez Member

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    It's cheaper and I also wanted to try that brand. I'd want an epiphone but I don't have the budget for it and I'm not even good yet. I'm somewhat in the middle of "a beginner and an intermediate".
     
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    Used would be cheaper still.
     
  14. Dun Ringill

    Dun Ringill Premium Member

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    The first on has a solid top.
     

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