Well, Mike has ditched the rock n roll ways and gone folky. Well...errrr sorta. I wasnt totally satisfied with my Samick, felt it was holding me back with the monster 3 chords I have learned. :-)
Truthfully. The Samick was not as well made as I originally thought and was starting to show it on a regular basis. Also, much of the music I want to learn how to play is acoustic based, so it was natural that I seek out a acoustic. But, I didnt want to commit to full John Denver mode just yet, so I bought a Acoustic-Electric hybrid. That means I can amplify my guitar, and yet not be as annoying as a full out electric.
The guitar has its own pickup on it like a regular electric and I can control the tone and volume on the top of the instrument. I also can shape the sound through my amp. It sounds really warm and I like it. I feel like I have the setup I have always wanted. ( now, I have to learn how to play!) :-)
Epiphone AJ-200SCE was priced at about $11 more than my other setup. Its very well made and looks nice. Not as mean and cool looking as the Sammy, but at my age....mean and cool are in the eye of the beholder. I think it will be much more entertaining to have me play a nice song on my "conservative" guitar, as opposed to a full out painful version of "Voodoo Chile" by Hendrix. I am respecting my audience! :-)
New Years will be here in about a hour. Here is wishing you the best in the upcoming year!