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Old 11-29-2003, 05:37 PM
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Solid Top vs. Laminate Top

It's new guitar time and I'm considering buying either an Alvarez RD-8 or an Alvarez RD-20. They are both very nice guitars, but the RD-20 has real chrome tuners and a solid top. The RD-8 has a laminate top. The RD-8 costs $200, and the RD-20 costs $250.

Is it worth spending $50 more for a solid top and some nicer tuners? I heard that although solid tops sound better, a laminate top will take more punishment without showing it. Also, the RD-20 is getting up there into Seagull territory, which makes matters more complex. I mean, I bet I'll eventually upgrade to a nicer guitar a few years down the road, so I don't know if I'll even have time to break in the solid top. What do you think? Should I spend $50 more for nice tuners and a solid top or save the money and buy the cheaper one? Thanks.
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Old 11-30-2003, 09:24 PM
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why wouldn't you upgrade for 50 bucks?
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Old 12-01-2003, 12:52 PM
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Solid Top.
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Old 12-05-2003, 01:32 PM
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solid top hands down. if its only 50 dollars more expensive to get a solid over a laminate, then id call that 50 bucks well spent. laminates just sound too hollow for my taste
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Old 12-05-2003, 11:05 PM
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fact: laminate top acoustic guitars are garbage. <==note the period
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