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Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar

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The Silver Creek T-170 Rosewood Auditorium Acoustic Guitar features a solid spruce top with solid rosewood back and sides. The traditional auditorium...Click To Read More About This Product

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A fingerpicker's dream!

The Silver Creek T-170 Rosewood Auditorium Acoustic Guitar features a solid spruce top with solid rosewood back and sides. The traditional auditorium body size and wider fingerboard make it ideal for finger-style playing. The T-170 guitar also features a rosewood headstock overlay with a beautiful vase inlay and chrome tuners. Silver Creek guitars feature the same quality materials and construction found on many high-end guitars but without a high-end price.

FEATURES
  • Body Style: Auditorium
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Solid rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 24.9"
  • No. of frets: 20, open 14
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Inlays: Mini Dots
  • Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
  • Headstock Inlay: Silvercreek logo with Flower & Vase Inlay
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • Neck width at body: 2-3/8"
  • String spacing at saddle E-E: 2-5/16"
  • Binding: White with Black/White Purfling
  • Rosette: Ringed
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Width at Upper Bout: 11-3/8"
  • Width at Lower Bout: 15-1/4"
  • Maximum Depth: 3-7/8"
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Tuners: Chrome
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Silver CreekT-170 Acoustic Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 49 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

This guitar is simply amazing.

Truly a joy to play.
Lightly constructed for responsiveness. The fretboard is perfect for me for finger style play.
It is not a Martin from a fit and finish...Read complete review

Truly a joy to play.
Lightly constructed for responsiveness. The fretboard is perfect for me for finger style play.
It is not a Martin from a fit and finish perspective. But the playability, volume and tone are all out of proportion to the meager price.
I bought the 170 to go with my 160. I may buy another pair just because. I spent a few happy minutes with an Eric Clapton version Martin and the playability, volume and tone are scarily similar to the Silver Creeks. This is an astonishing amount of bang for the buck.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not for me

I ordered this hoping it would be a nice guitar to haul around with me. It had various cosmetic imperfections under the finish and my wife said it sounded worse than my 1966 Stella...Read complete review

I ordered this hoping it would be a nice guitar to haul around with me. It had various cosmetic imperfections under the finish and my wife said it sounded worse than my 1966 Stella parlor guitar. I was prepared to keep it and let the glue cure (it smelled a great deal) and wait for the wood to open up a bit over time, but the intonation on the low E was off just enough that no amount of saddle shaping would have fixed it well enough for me. Musiciansfriend.com easily took it back.
I've played Martin 000-28EC guitars before, but this T-170 had nothing in common with those guitars from a sound perspective. I think the L series Yamaha guitars are a better bet in this price range even with the laminate back and sides.
I bought it for the 1.75" nut, small body and slightly short scale
A lot of runout. No bookmatching on the back. Grain imperfections on the top. Poor intonation on the low E string.
A poorly intonated guitar is not worth any amount of money to me.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This guitar is simply amazing.

By Tim McCord

from Texas

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Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

Truly a joy to play.
Lightly constructed for responsiveness. The fretboard is perfect for me for finger style play.
It is not a Martin from a fit and finish perspective. But the playability, volume and tone are all out of proportion to the meager price.
I bought the 170 to go with my 160. I may buy another pair just because. I spent a few happy minutes with an Eric Clapton version Martin and the playability, volume and tone are scarily similar to the Silver Creeks. This is an astonishing amount of bang for the buck.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar!

By Rob H.-GAh9A

from Kentucky

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Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

I got my T-170 about a month ago, thought I would wait a while before I gave review. I was afraid to order it at first because everyone says its a great fingerstyle guitar. I do not play finger style! I play with a pick so was a little worried it would not sound well. I was wrong! I use martin .50 picks and changed the strings to martin 80/20 bronze medium guage. and done no set up work at all.This little guitar sounds great it is as loud as some dreads I have owned. I am very happy with this guitar, It came to me perfect not a scratch or blemish. I will keep this guitar for life!I already owned the silver creek D-160 and knew I would be gettong a great guitar. So if you are a light picker do not be afraid to buy this guitar. It responds beautifuly to being picked. And how could you beat the price for an all solid wood guitar? you won't!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This cots how much??? And it's made where???

By Ed Mac

from Harmony Corners NY (no, really)

Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

I bought this last August, tuned it up and mostly just let it settle in for 6 months. It played OK but it needed a pro set-up(just like everybody says). The action was lowered, frets polished, the nut adjusted, the sadle height was shaved down a bit and a strap button was added to the heel. Well...I couldn't believe it was the same guitar! No it's not a $400 Martin but it's way closer than it has any right to be. The finish is great & the sound is well balanced and bright. I've been playing for almost 50 years and this T-170 is the greatest bargain I've seen. Unless the UPS driver trashes it in transit, you'll like this guitar as-is, but will be amazed when it's properly set up! A FIVE STAR stone bargain!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By Gitfiddle42

from Wa. state

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Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

I bought the t 170 used for 199.00 I lucked out and got a pro setup beautiful guitar. I cannot believe the sound quality and good looks of this guitar If I would have spent 3 times as much I would still feel like I got a good deal.You can own a wonderful guitar for less $ than a month of fast food and coffee.WOW

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

T-170... yes.

By cgraham

from Texas

Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

I wanted a guitar that I could take to festivals... in other words, a "knock-around" guitar that I wasn't willing to make my Martin JC. I wanted an OM/000 guitar anyway, so for $250 a solid-wood guitar that fits those features is wonderful.This is a blend between a 000 and an OM that spec-for-spec is the same as the Martin 000-28EC (Eric Clapton) - either a short-scale OM or a wide-nut 000. I've had this guitar for about a month, and while it's obviously no EC model, it's phenomenal value.Out of the package, it will need a setup - the nut was basically a solid block and the intonation was all out of whack. Even an extra $50 for that invested in this guitar is completely worth it. I put a Tor-tis 50's vintage OM pickguard and a JP armrest on mine, and it's about the most playable guitar you could ever have. For $250? A steal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Budget Clapton Model

By E-Train

from Raleigh, NC

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Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

I have been a musician for 20+ years now, most of that time as an acoustic steel string player. And I gotta tell you that this is an exciting time to be a picker. Growing up we all coveted Martins and Gibsons, and even the occasional Yairi. But they were prohibitively expensive. Everything else was crap. No really, it was. With rare exception, guitars in the price range of this T-170 sounded and played just awful even with a good set up job. And I've owned at least one of every cheap model out there at one time or another. But if there is a silver lining in this push towards globalization, it's that there are some fantastic instruments emerging from China, Korea and beyond. This guitar took me completely by surprise. Sure the nut was cut hastily and sort of uneven, but if you buy something in this price range and don't have at least the bare minimum of guitar set up and DIY skills, why are you bothering in the first place. That's one of the reasons they can offer them so cheap. But that being said, this guitar had me at hello. Not bad out of the box I gotta say but after I did my own setup, refiled the nut, swapped strings for my favorite 80/20's, dropped the bridge down just a little, quarter turn on the trussrod and WOW what a difference. Looks fantastic, sounds even better. Not like a dred mind you but it's not designed to sound like that. Sweet, mellow yet bitey all at the same time. The perfect accompaniment to my voice. Body size just fits whether I'm kicked back on the couch, on a bar stool or standing. Finish (polly) is thin and blemish free (at least mine is). The top is nicely bookmatched and very tight grained Engleman spruce (according to the specs) and just sings. Solid, that's right kids, solid rosewood back and sides gives the tone of this guitar a cut and a clarity, As others have stated before, the slightly wider neck and 24.9" scale (not 26" as indicated in the specs) makes it a fingerpicker's delight. Similar size and dimensions as the Martin Clapton model, but I think this one plays and feels better in my hands than the Clapton model (quite possibly because I didn't drop something like 4 grand on it). Look, bottom line, if you're a seasoned guitar enthusiast/player with a working familiarity on how to do your own set up the T-170 is your diamond in the rough. Do your own setup or have it set up professionally, and you're going to have one hell of a fine instrument in your arsenal. If you're a novice or just some one looking for a first or second guitar but don't want to break the bank, get this then get it professionally set up and you'll be amazed. A good set up will totally transform this guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Player's Guitar

By Pickin n Grinnin

from Atlanta

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Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar is an unbelievable value. I got it last week and had a local luthier set it up with 12's and lower action at nut and saddle. This thing plays so easily with a bell like sound. There is nothing fancy about this guitar. It is very plain...which I happen to like.The materials used to make guitar and the workmanship. I have owned Martin D-18 forever and the woorkmanship on this T-170 is at least as good. Intonation is perfect....chords are true all over neck.The 12's on this guitar feel lighter than on my D-18 for some reason..maybe the shorter neck?At any rate, it is easier to play.I love it so far.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

How cool is this guitar????

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

I purchased this guitar about a week ago and it sounds really sounds as good as a martin. I say this because I've played Martin guitars and some of them sound like heaven, and some sound really dead and muffled. This guitar needs to be setup, but I've heard so many people complain about the action being high and the saddle or nut being plastic. I can spend $100.00 extra dollars to get a new saddle and nut with a set up included. Guys this is an amazing guitar. I'm very picky when it comes to sound and resonance and right out of the box this guitar sounded like an American made high quality guitar. Did I mention this guitar is simply beautiful. Please don't listen to people who complain about the setup because I really believe they are looking for a reason to complain. But don't believe me, try it for yourself and I think you'll see what some of us have come to know about this guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A poor man's Martin 000-28EC

By TwoMartinMan-rAcMh

from Columbia, MD

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Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

If you can't afford a Martin 000-28EC, this is the next best thing, and a super value. Very well made for the price, and the sound is very good... rich, mellow tone with clear highs and lots of sustain and volume. The woods (all solid) are beautiful. The scale length spec shown is a mis-print...this is a short scale, 24.9" scale guitar. Nice, wide 1 3/4" nut width. A great fingerpicker. Fretboard is smooth and fret ends are clean and well finished. Even has a diamond valute carved in where the neck back meets the headstock...nice. Nice gloss finish is not too thick. Appears to be a bone saddle and it's compensated. I have not found anything like it for the money. The neck is a bit on the thick side, but it doesn't bother me (I have large hands). Truss rod wrench included. The tuning machines are on the cheap side, though, but mine holds its tune perfectly. One day I will get a Martin 000-28EC, but until I do, this is great.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Worth a shot

By Ogre

from NYC

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Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

The very nice case has a built in humidity gage.The T170 I received had a few minor issues that had to be addressed such as a dry fretboard that needed a good going over with 0000 steel wool and fretboard oil. The frets themselves had a few areas where the fret surface that make contact with the strings were in need of a bit of polishng as well. So I had to tape off the fretboard and dress out the fret surfaces a tad. The action was a bit high so I sanded down the bone saddle .5mm to lower it. Re-strung it with some good strings and viola' !! BIG improvement in the playability, sound & feel. Although I am not a luthier I was able to address these minor issues on my own as I have been working on my own stuff for a while.The tuners are OK, not the best but OK. I like the way they look and they hold tune well enough for now.The outer finish itself is nice enough on the body and neck. No sharp fret edges at all.The wide neck suits me fine as I have big hands.No fret marker on the third fret and the ones that are on frets 5-15 are very small.The pickguard has sharp edges and shows some of the cost cutting measures that went into these.I still may bring it to my local guy and have the plastic nut replaced professionally but for now it plays nicely and sounds good.I have always tended to play more without a pick than with one so I've been wanting to get an all solid wood 000 but the high cost was always the issue.These represent a very good value to those who are willing to either spend a little extra money or time to own a good all solid wood 000 acoustic.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great value!

By Capefisherman

from Cape Cod

Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

Agree with most of what's been said about this instrument. I am a hardcore Martin guy, have owned a couple dozen over the years and no - this is no Martin but it is an exceptional value for what it is: a nice office/campfire/travel/let-your-friends-play-it-and-kill-the-strings guitar! Fit and finish are exceptional. The neck is a bit on the chunky side and has a slight V, but that doesn't bother me. If you're a thin neck Taylor person, look elsewhere. The sound was a bit stiff for the first couple hours of playing but has begun to open up and with some aggressive playing I expect it to open more. The action and neck relief needed some adjustments but again, that was expected. My only major complaint is the tuners - they are pretty bad and I'll be replacing them soon. This guitar is a wonderful value and at about 1/3 the price of most other all solid wood guitars, you really can't go wrong.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't go wrong for the price!!

By TallaJamma

from San Francisco

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Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

I was a bit skeptical because the price seemed to good to be true for an all solid guitar. Turns out the guitar was better than advertised! I love the projection, carries a lot of volume. The action is good too; not too high or low. Cool guitar for the money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Clapton Clone at 1/10th the Price

By Optik

from KC

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Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

I bought my T170 guitar several months ago and it sounds better than ever. After shaving down the bridge saddle and adjusting the truss rod, it has super low action and plays great. It hasn't needed any other attention besides string changes. This guitar was a pleasant surprise when it arrived and has no cosmetic, structural, or functional flaws. It is a gorgeous instrument that sounds better all the time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible

By Chumbucket

from Oregon

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Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

Its an incredible guitar. I simply cannot get over how this guitar sounds for the price i bought it for. I can understand hesitancy at buying a new guitar, as it is a huge commitment, but I really don't think you can go wrong with this guitar. It looks great (the yellow top is not too yellow), and it sounds absolutely incredible. A little bridge sanding and some new strings and this guitar really does compare to low end solid wood martins in my opinion. If you are looking for an incredible guitar for very little money, this is it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Value Around

By Steely Glen

from Las Vegas. NV

Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

I bought this guitar based on the praise of others at the Acoustic Guitar Forum. I wanted a small "couch guitar" good for finger picking. I was first surprised by the finish on this guitar: clean and flawless. The solid wood is of rather high quality for the price. I did some basic set up work to bring the action down and put medium strings on it and now it is really a winner.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

I'd been going to my local guitar shops a drooling over 000's for a few months. I just prefer the feel of smaller body guitars. When I saw these go on sale, though I said I never would, I ordered a guitar by mail. When it arrived it was broken. I believe one of the top braces was loose. The top bowed heavily on the bass side near the bridge. I called MF and they swapped it for another. The second one I took to my local luthier and asked for an inspection and opinion. Upon his pronouncement of a clean bill of health and general approval, I had him take the saddle down a bit, adjust the truss rod, and replace the strings. This guitar is fast becoming my preferred toy. Its sounding better as the last few months have gone by and I really look forward to its tone maturing and it aging well.I have some nice guitars (more expensive) and I've never bothered writing a review of one. This one, if you know what you're getting into (neck shape, nut width, etc.), is a lot of bang for your buck.A couple of specifics:a few reviews complain about the tuning machines. I've have had no problems with these. So far, this thing hold a tune quite respectably.the bridge pins are plastic. I'll probably replace them with ebony pins.The spruce top is not AAA; don't expect that. Its decent but evidence of knots very near the cut are present. The grain could be tighter and straighter, but all in all, no complaints here

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good deal on sale

By player-P-Gxe

from USA

Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

I bought one of these when they were featured on the "Stupid Deal of the Day". I couldn't pass it up for the price. It's a very good guitar that plays great and sounds pretty good for the price. I try not to think of the awful sweatshop that can produce an all solid wood guitar with rosewood back and sides for this price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a nice surprise!!

By luv2playguitar

from New Britain,CT

Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

I've owned my T-170 for a couple of months now, because I always wanted an auditorium size guitar, and thought it would be nice to have one with rosewood sides and back. I took it for a set-up, had the action lowered, the nut cut, frets dressed, replaced the 'butterbeans ' with with Grovers, and put on some Tusq bridge pins; I also put some Martin Phosphor Bronze extra light strings on. It sounds wonderful now!! Great even tone, great for stumming with my fingers, and light flat-picking. The sound compliments my voice well, and is a joy to listen to. Be ready to make some adjustments (set-up etc.,) but at this price , you'll still be ahead price-wise. If you're looking for a name, go for a Martin or Taylor etc., but if you want a guitar that rivals them soundwise for about a third of the price, you can't go wrong with this baby! I can hardly wait to hear what it sounds like in a year!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best guitar ever

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

read the title its true i got this for christmas and wow i love it its claptons guitar but better priced three things you need to do one is change the strings to ernie balls mediums two is get graph tech tusq nut and saddle fully compensated and get graph tech tusq bridge pins thats all you need to do enjoy playing.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

2 things you should know about this guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

1. This is a fingerstyle guitar. Don't buy this to strum chords. As their description says, little wider fingerboard.2. It has a V neck contour. I like it, some people might not. Make sure you do before you buy.Otherwise, sweet little guitar. No workmanship flaws. Bought it half price last Saturday as "Stupid Deal of the Day" Bought the case too: it's good.Great deal if you're looking for a solid rosewood Auditorium for fingerstyle.

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