I recently moved out of my apartment in San Diego, and with my apartment went my roommate, and with my roommate went his acoustic guitar. I've been an electric player for years (though nothing fancy, I took lessons for about two years before I went to college), and I'm thinking that before I move overseas, which is in barely over a week, I'd like to pick up a nice acoustic to take with me. I know my questions could probably be better answered on a musicians forum but I'd like to hear what the members here have to say/think on this subject. I went to Guitar Center today to have a look-see and realized that in a sea of acoustic guitars, I know next to nothing about them. I could sit down and play each one of them but obviously that's impractical and to be quite honest I may not know what's good for me. In electric guitars I'm pretty keen on what to look for, what kind of woods make what sounds, what kind of action I'm comfortable with, etc. but when it comes to acoustics, it's basically "this one hurts my fingers too much," or "ooh this ones purdy.." I'd like to hear some pointers on shopping for an acoustic (looking for a metal-string, non-electric, buy the way). quesitons I'd especially like to hear an answer for: where should I buy one? I'll travel up to LA or Orange County to make the purchase if it's worth it. I figure there's some awesome guitar store in LA that I've never been to where I can find everything I've ever wanted, but I just don't know where to look. Are there any repercussions for buying used, and if I do buy used, (back to question A) where shall I look? Generally speaking, what are the "safe" brands for acoustic guitars? I don't mind spending up to maybe $650 or so, seems like that's around where some of the Takamines and Taylors sit. Most of the music I play is some variation of pop, though I'd like to delve into some classical style eventually as well. Anyway, let me know what your thoughts are on this matter.