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Looking For A Green Acoustic Guitar!  
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 29
Posted (4 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8387 times:

I am trying to find a good-quality acoustic guitar in the colour green.

I have played acoustic guitar since 2001, and have always used an Epiphone Hummingbird guitar, which is a very good quality built guitar with great sound. I just sold mine on eBay (to pay US federal income taxes); it was hard to part with such a good old friend.

My favourite colour is green. In fact, I have a green violin! I bought this green violin in London in 2005, and still greatly enjoy using it--it is a signature instrument of mine (I am well-known for my green violin, and even have a gospel tract of my own featuring the green violin).

To go with my green violin, a green guitar would be the natural choice, would it not?  

I have been looking on eBay and other sources, and the only green guitars are either (1) really cheaply built (ie, Chinese built) acoustic guitars, or (2) electric guitars (be they solid-body or hollow-body electric). The green paint on the first category (Chinese cheap guitars) is flashy or gaudy. The same goes for most green-painted electric guitars. However I do admire the Gretsch jazz-style, archtop guitars, some of which are done in a nice green scheme!

The best, most tasteful green on an acoustic would be the translucent type that lets the woodgrain show through. The green on my green violin is translucent, allowing the woodgrain to show through. Are there any good acoustics with this tasteful type of green finish?

I did see one green acoustic guitar way back in 2001; it was in a pawnshop at the time I was looking for my first guitar (the aforementioned Epiphone Hummingbird). It was, if I remember rightly, a Dillion guitar in a natural-looking green woodgrain finish with small leaf-shaped soundholes. But I was advised to avoid pawnshops as a first-time guitar buyer.

Now I am trying to find a good-quality green acoustic guitar, with the best sound possible, and quality-built with a solid top.

Do any of you own a good green acoustic guitar? Does anyone make a good quality green acoustic guitar today? (Case in point, that green Dillion guitar in the pawnshop in 2001 I saw, but it is discontinued now)

SmithAir747

[Edited 2010-04-17 14:08:40]


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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8362 times:

If you can afford it, try getting an acoustic and having somebody refinish it in green. It's not that expensive. I'm not sure if it's feasible though - with acoustics especially you can seriously mess the sound up.

Green isn't a very common colour for a guitar unfortunately. I hope you're successful in your search.


User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3045 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8320 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 1):
If you can afford it, try getting an acoustic and having somebody refinish it in green.

That was going to be my suggestion. I'd definitely get a (licensed? certified?) luthier to handle the refinishing chore, or at the very least get on good enough terms with one to find out what's involved.

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 1):
It's not that expensive.

I can't in good faith offer an argument to that statement, so I'll merely submit the following uninformed opinion: "Expensive" is a relative term, and our friend SmithAir747 is a student who not likely rolling in dough, so his idea of "expensive" might be different from mine or Ajd1992's.

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 1):
I'm not sure if it's feasible though - with acoustics especially you can seriously mess the sound up.

Feasible, yes, but I'm sure the type of paint/stain/varnish/etc used would make a huge difference, hence my recommendation of consulting a luthier.

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 1):
Green isn't a very common colour for a guitar unfortunately.

Agreed. Even among solid-bodied electric guitars, which can be found in virtually every color of the rainbow if one looks long enough, red (including the "sunburst" pattern which is mostly red), black, and white are by far the most common.

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 1):
I hope you're successful in your search.

As do I.

As an aside, a few months ago I did happen to see a green guitar at a local pawn shop. It was a Yamaha solid-body electric, the model with a shape that's a shameless knock-off of a Fender Stratocaster, and it was painted a vivid metalflake bottle-green.



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User currently offlinescrubbsywg From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8317 times:

Quoting TSS (Reply 2):
Feasible, yes, but I'm sure the type of paint/stain/varnish/etc used would make a huge difference, hence my recommendation of consulting a luthier.

the type of finish does make a huge difference in sound. refinishing a string instrument can really change the sound of the instrument. if you need to refinish one to get the green colour, make sure an expert does it.


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9393 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8313 times:
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I'm somewhat sure that I played a green Yamaha acoustic-electric at Guitar Center (could have been blue....I don't remember).

Yamaha's line of acoustic electrics (the APX and CPX lines, perhaps among others) come in various colors.

I have a Yamaha APX7C that I bought used a few years ago. Sounds pretty good acoustic, great plugged in, and is very easy to play.

A quick search of Musician's Friend yielded the following Yamaha acoustic-electrics:

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/n...ric-guitars?N=100001+304277+200996

I don't see any green ones, though I see plenty of blue.

This is the only green(-ish) acoustic I could find on Musician's Friend:

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/p...Cutaway-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=520072



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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 21 hours ago) and read 8290 times:

Quoting TSS (Reply 2):

Feasible, yes, but I'm sure the type of paint/stain/varnish/etc used would make a huge difference, hence my recommendation of consulting a luthier.

It can make a huge difference, especially if you mess it up. On an electric it's not as critical because the pickups amplify the sounds, not the body (obviously not being hollow) so if you're going to do it, you either need to know you're able to do it yourself properly or have somebody else do it.


Quoting TSS (Reply 2):

I can't in good faith offer an argument to that statement, so I'll merely submit the following uninformed opinion: "Expensive" is a relative term, and our friend SmithAir747 is a student who not likely rolling in dough, so his idea of "expensive" might be different from mine or Ajd1992's.

I'm an unemployed student, I got you beat on that one.   You can refinish an electric for about $50 - I've done it. I made a total mess of it, but I did it none the less   So I'm assuming an acoustic isn't much different.

SmithAir747, have a look on (and maybe ask, because they're very knowledgeable) on www.ultimate-guitar.com. Head into the forums and just put a question in the acoustic and classical forum. I would do it myself for you, but I'm banned at the moment for "spamming"    


User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 hours ago) and read 8219 times:

Quoting TSS (Reply 2):
I can't in good faith offer an argument to that statement, so I'll merely submit the following uninformed opinion: "Expensive" is a relative term, and our friend SmithAir747 is a student who not likely rolling in dough, so his idea of "expensive" might be different from mine or Ajd1992's.

TSS, you are spot-on correct: I am a graduate (PhD candidate) student, living off the monthly stipend provided by my NIH T32 training grant and scholarships from UCSF. The (flat, unchanging over time) stipend provides for basic living expenses, so there is no room for expensive high-end new guitars or building a guitar or having one expertly refinished at the current time, much less the 747 I dream of having  
Otherwise, I would have my own dreadnought guitar built and finished in a lovely natural-looking green that allows the wood to show through, and have my signature put on it.

Anyway, I need to replace my beloved 2001 Epiphone Hummingbird, and this would be a good time and opportunity to search for the elusive good-quality green acoustic. If I don't find a green one, I may go back to another Epiphone Hummingbird--since I had such long, wonderful experience with that model. If money were no object, I would commission Gibson or Epiphone to make me a Hummingbird--in green!

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 5):
SmithAir747, have a look on (and maybe ask, because they're very knowledgeable) on www.ultimate-guitar.com. Head into the forums and just put a question in the acoustic and classical forum.

I just registered on the Ultimate Guitar forum, and I will definitely ask on the acoustic/classical forum about green acoustics!

It seems like green acoustic guitars of good quality are even more mythical than UFOs, aliens, or Area 51, which officially don't exist!

Thanks for your ideas and suggestions. I welcome more ideas (keep them coming), and will keep looking!

SmithAir747



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3045 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 hours ago) and read 8217 times:

So... how do you feel about a hollow-body electric/acoustic if it's suitably (and vividly sunburst-patterned) green?
http://www.univox.org/guitars/coily.html
I'm not familiar with the Univox brand of guitars, but maybe some of the more guitar-savvy members here can offer their opinions on Univox products.

I also found this Austin Bazaar acoustic, but again I'm completely unfamiliar with that brand. The price seems right, but that could mean that it's basically poo with strings and a pretty green finish.

[Edited 2010-04-18 23:00:02]


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User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 hours ago) and read 8214 times:

Quoting TSS (Reply 7):
So... how do you feel about a hollow-body electric/acoustic if it's suitably (and vividly sunburst-patterned) green?
[IMG]http://www.univox.org/pics/guitars/coily_green.jpg[/URL]
http://www.univox.org/guitars/coily.html
I'm not familiar with the Univox brand of guitars, but maybe some of the more guitar-savvy members here can offer their opinions on Univox products.

I also found this Austin Bazaar acoustic, but again I'm completely unfamiliar with that brand. The price seems right, but that could mean that it's basically poo with strings and a pretty green finish.

Sure, I would consider a hollow-body acoustic-electric (ie, archtop) in green; there are a number of green archtops produced by Gretsch and other brands, and some unknown brands too. I love the Gretsch one in two-tone green, but it's astronomically pricey. I am "watching" a bunch of other green archtops on eBay.

Can these acoustic-electrics/archtops be played without amplification?

I saw the link for the Austin Bazaar guitar; it is definitely "poo with strings and pretty green finish". It is like 99% of the green acoustics I've seen on eBay--all of which are ultra-cheap "toy" guitars made in China.

Once in a while, a nice green acoustic shows up on eBay, for example, a bowl-back (Ovation type), or a number of green archtops.

Dillion once made a beautiful green cutaway dreadnought with small leaf-shaped soundholes in its top; I saw one in a pawnshop years ago whilst on my search for my first guitar (but was advised not to buy a first guitar from a pawnshop). However this model is discontinued. Unfortunately, I have not seen a single one of these on eBay. Why?

SmithAir747



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9393 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 hours ago) and read 8214 times:
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Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 5):
SmithAir747, have a look on (and maybe ask, because they're very knowledgeable) on www.ultimate-guitar.com. Head into the forums and just put a question in the acoustic and classical forum. I would do it myself for you, but I'm banned at the moment for "spamming"

  

I've been a member of ultimate-guitar.com for probably a couple years now. Good source for tabs. I'm barely active in the forums at all, but I do browse through them now and then.

Quoting TSS (Reply 7):
So... how do you feel about a hollow-body electric/acoustic if it's suitably (and vividly sunburst-patterned) green?

Are you sure that's an acoustic-electric? I'd call that an electric semi-hollowbody (or hollowbody). Probably doesn't have the fullness and volume of a true acoustic when played unplugged.

SmithAir, my first resource for purchasing guitars these days is Craigslist. Granted, it'll take some work to find a green one on there, but it's worth a try. And you can get some great deals on there.

[Edited 2010-04-18 23:19:26]


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User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8157 times:

Here is a nice-looking green-finished guitar I just found on eBay:

It's a Hohner Eclipse ECA-800 bowlback guitar with a translucent green burst finish ("Emerald") on its top. The ECA-800 has a unique woven alder bowlback and a solid spruce top with an "echoing" pattern of ovoid soundholes.

Here is the eBay listing for it. I am "watching" the item for the time being until I can afford it; the listing has 7 available to sell, and has 23 days left on it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...263854627&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT


What do you think of this guitar? I've never seen one quite like it before (even though it reminds me of Ovation).

SmithAir747



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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8155 times:

I think it looks great. Bit weird but if that's what you like then buy it if you can afford it. It's semi acoustic too so at least if you do buy it and you want to be amplified you're not anchored by 1 or 2 microphones.

What I will say though... be careful. Hohner makes some nice stuff - Paul McCartney uses their basses I think, but they don't half make some awful crap too.


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9393 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8138 times:
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Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 11):
What I will say though... be careful. Hohner makes some nice stuff - Paul McCartney uses their basses I think, but they don't half make some awful crap too.

Paul McCartney is known for his use of a HoFner bass  

My friend has a Hohner acoustic guitar. It's not bad for the price.



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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8129 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 12):
Paul McCartney is known for his use of a HoFner bass

It's 5am - I have an excuse  

In that case, disregard what I just said, SmithAir747.


User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 29
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7981 times:

I have narrowed my search down to the following guitars, both green and non-green. What do you think of each one, and which would you recommend?

A: GREEN GUITARS

1) Hohner Eclipse ECA-800 bowlback acoustic/electric guitars: There are 2 different green ones here, found on eBay. Hohner Eclipse ECA-800 has an Ovation-style bowlback, but it is in woven alder (as opposed to Ovation's plastic back). I love the "echoing" pattern of soundholes, as well as the wooden back with the green trees painted on it and the inlays.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/SmithAlien747/My%20Dream%20Guitars/HohnerEclipseECA800greenguitar.jpg


2) Ovation Balladeer 1711 Cadillac Green bowlback acoustic/electric guitar: This Ovation guitar has a unique "Cadillac green" (a dark green that appears black at first, but shows up as green in the right light) on its solid top.



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B: NON-GREEN GUITARS I ALSO LIKE: These are guitars I'm also seriously looking at, as the best alternatives (in my opinion) to the green guitars above.

1) Gretsch G5033 Rancher dreadnought guitar: This pure acoustic dreadnought by Gretsch, called the Rancher, was designed after 1950s/1960s Gretsch acoustic guitars, featuring a unique, patented triangular soundhole and pickguard, on a solid spruce top. I just love this unque, retro design! I've been wanting a Gretsch acoustic. If money were no object, I would have Gretsch do this guitar in a green stain!



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2) Epiphone Hummingbird: My previous, and beloved, guitar was a 2001 Epiphone Hummingbird. Here is the current generation of Hummingbird, with new chrome tuners and a slightly different Heritage Cherry Sunburst design than the 2001 Hummingbird's. I may consider replacing my beloved Hummingbird with this new one. Again, if money were no object, I would have either Gibson or Epiphone do a green Hummingbird!



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3) Epiphone Dove: Continuing in the Epiphone tradition, here is the Dove dreadnought, featuring a dove on its pickguard. I am considering this one too--because I have previous experience with Epiphone (in the Hummingbird above). I love the dove on the pickguard. I wonder how a green Dove would look?



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So, what do you think of these green and non-green guitars?

SmithAir747



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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7949 times:

I personally would go for the Gretsch. I don't like the sunburst on the Epiphones (not just on that guitar, I don't like it on their Les Paul guitars either). The sound hole seems really small on the Hohner - maybe that's just me.

I play gretsch drums and if their guitars are half as good as their drums - you'll love it. They're fantastic, solid instruments.


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9393 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7945 times:
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I am not a particular fan of the Ovation body shape. Make sure you give it a test play first (well, do that for any of them). The rounded back on the Ovations feels really strange, especially standing up.


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