Thanks for the welcome and the great advice. You are really on target in your comments as $500-700 is kind of where I’d set my budget at. Seems like a fair amount to spend for just starting out again, but I’m thinking it’d be good to get something that can grow with me as I progress.
Shortly after I started really looking at the old Takamine’s I found the Tavi demo clips on YouTube and fell down that rabbit hole...!
So now I’m broadening my view and looking at other older Japanese guitars. In my price range I’m currently looking at the Takamine’s (which sound very nice in those clips), as well as a a couple of Yairi’s and an older Yamaha. There’s also a Matsuoka from the 80’s in the same range that looks nice but I don’t know what it sounds like.
I’m 5’7” and have smaller hands, so I’m thinking I’ll probably want to aim for something with a 650 scale? That’s a detail I forgot to check when I was looking at these....