Here is the situation:
- I have a good electric guitar (Godin Montreal) in the basement that I like to play on. It's especially convenient in the evening because I can play with a headset without waking up the family.
- But sometimes, I just want to pick an acoustic guitar upstairs and practice as I walk around the house and watch the kid, without isolating myself from the rest of the family.
I am looking into buying a guitar for that purpose. The following --- hard to reconcile --- qualities would be useful:
- Inexpensive: I might be moving around with the guitar, and it will be in the vicinity of children and other people. So I cannot --- nor do I want to strive to -- guarantee its safety like I would with my nice electric guitar (it might unfortunately take some little hits from time to time). So I guess no more than $250 would be a good target.
- Comfortable: I am hoping having that guitar easily "grabbable" will encourage me to practice a little more. But I am afraid I won't do it if the guitar is uncomfortable to play. For instance, I currently have a Washburn Rover hanging out in the living room. I like it for backpacking, but it's awkward enough to play that I rarely want to grab it at home.
- Gentle sound: because the idea is to play with the family around, I don't to annoy the hell out of everyone. So I am looking for a smooth and gentle sound rather than a loud and shiny one.
For the comfort factor and the gentleness of the sound, I am thinking a classical guitar would be the best match, but I am open to other suggestions.
What types of guitars (not asking for brand) should I be looking at and what features would fit well with my goals for the living room guitar?