Pretty simple -> I'm looking potentially for another acoustic. It's getting close to xmas+bday time of the year, and I usually use this as an opportunity to just buy myself a thing, because why not. I currently have an acoustic but it's old and playing it is a bit of a fight - intonation isn't quite right anymore, the action is kind of off, the whole thing is kind of beat up. I don't think it was ever a fantastic instrument, but it served its time. It might be time for an acoustic that isn't on the cheapest end, isn't 30 years old, and isn't beaten to death. What I'm looking for is something that: - Is dreadnought shaped, or at least pretty close. - Could consider with a cutaway, but not picky either way - Preferably a natural-ish finish, no bursts or anything - Doesn't sound dull. Loud is good. Bright is good. - Electronics or not, doesn't matter. I've looked so far at: - Martin DX1 - Martin D16 - Seagull S6 Mahogany I think that I'm a fan of the general vibe of Martin D - type guitars, and derivatives of that design. Seagull (and other Godin brands) seem like a good value for price, since they're Canadian made, so you tend to get solid woods for much cheaper this way. Also Seagull stuff usually plays pretty well. Lets say budget is max $1500. Any recommendations for other things I should try? In the end though, I imagine it'll be down to whatever speaks to me when I pick it up.