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Best Acoustic Guitars Between $200 to $2000

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The purpose of this guide is to assist people who are intending to acquire new acoustic or acoustic-electric guitar within the price range of $100 to $2000.

The list below provides the information on different brands of guitars, you can also visit our Tips for Acoustic Guitar Buyers.

The Best Acoustic Guitars by Price Range

ACOUSTIC GUITARS BELOW $200

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Epiphone DR-100
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Jasmine S-34C
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Ibanez AW54
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ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC GUITARS BELOW $200

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Behringer UCA202
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Ovation Applause Balladeer AB24
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ACOUSTIC GUITARS BELOW $300

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Behringer UCA202
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Fender-CD-60-All-Mahogany
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Ibanez AC240 OPN
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ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC GUITARS BELOW $300

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Yamaha APX500III
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Ibanez PF28ECE
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ACOUSTIC GUITARS BELOW $500

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Seagull S6 Original Cedar Slim
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Seagull Entourage Rustic Dreadnought
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Taylor Big Baby BBT
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Ovation Celebrity Elite CE44
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Epiphone Dove Pro
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Epiphone EJ-200SCE
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ACOUSTIC GUITARS BELOW $1000

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Blueridge BR-70
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Guild M-140
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ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC GUITARS BELOW $1000

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Martin DRS1
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Yamaha AC3R
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Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE
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Martin D-16GT
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Martin D-15M
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Taylor 314
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ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC GUITARS BELOW $2000

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Martin DCPA4 Rosewood
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Takamine EF508KC
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Gibson J-35
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Tips for Acoustic Guitar Buyers

Woods

The conservative view of the majority of guitar makers and guitarists is that all-solid wood guitars provide the highest performance because sound travels faster and has better resonation in wood than in laminated woods or composite materials.

However, acoustic guitars made from composite materials that are not of wood origin have achieved excellent commercial results in the market. Companies like Rainsong and Ovation build most of their acoustic guitars with these materials, and they have enjoyed tremendous sales.

Many producers of premium class guitars are now substituting wood for composite woods in parts such as the top and fretboard of their guitars because of the impact of deforestation on the environment. According to reviews from many industry experts, the use of composite materials in place of solid wood by the producers of upscale guitars has not diminished the products’ performance and quality.

Because the best of the guitar has the highest effect on sustain and projection, it is an essential site to have solid wood, but using a laminate top is more cost effective.

The following are a list of the most popular tonewoods used in guitars.

  • Mahogany - Mahogany produces a warm tone with good projection due to its dense structure. Traditionally, it was commonly used on the sides and back of guitars. However, it has become a popular choice for constructing whole guitars in recent years. In fact, guitars made from only mahogany have gained more acclaim than their contemporaries as the guitars listed below will reveal.
  • Maple - Maple projects well but many guitarists do not like it because it tends to place too much stress on the mid frequencies. It is a dense hardwood primarily used on the sides and the back of the guitars, but sometimes it is used on the top as well.
  • Sepele - Recently, Sapele has gained wide usage as wood for making a guitar. Its denser than Mahogany and its sound is a bit brighter.
  • Spruce - Spruce is considered as wood which produces an all round tone with excellent bass, brightness, and warmth. It is a top choice for building the top of acoustic guitars and blends well when used together with other wood types in constructing a guitar.
  • Ceder - Cedar is commonly used in guitars built for finger-style guitarists. Its wood is less dense than wood from Spruce, therefore, it produces a warmer sound, but lower sustain and projection.
  • Koa - This species originates from Hawaii and is also known as Hawaiian Koa. It has a dense and hard wood whose tendency to ‘open up’ as it ages increases the warmth of the mid range and it also emphasizes the mid to high overtones. Due to its high cost, it is usually used for high end guitars.
  • Rosewood - Rosewood is another costly tone-wood wood that is used mainly for high end guitars. It is commonly used to build the sides, back or fingerboard and is reputed to ‘round out’ the overall tone of guitars with Spruce tops. Rosewood generates complex overtones and a lot of warmth.

Although different types of wood have distinct properties, some of their characteristics are a function of how they are used in the construction of a guitar. If you wish to learn more about this topic, you might want to read Dana Bourgeois’ Tapping Tonewoods.

Shape and Size

Traditionally, fingerstyle players prefer guitars with compact bodies like a Concert guitars which stress the treble of higher frequencies. However, guitarists who play in a loud strumming style favor large bodied guitars that produce better resonation for bass of lower frequencies. Grand Auditorium guitars combine the tonal properties of large and small bodied guitars.

Nowadays, the Dreadnought with its loud and nice sound is the most popular guitar shape. The Dreadnought creates a nice balance of low and high frequencies with adequate note definition for playing tunes with a pick. Many acoustic-electric guitars come with a cutaway which offers easy access to the high frets which have enough volume on amplification.

Nut Width

The space between the strings is known as nut width. If you are used to playing an electric guitar, you will be more convenient with playing an acoustic which has a smaller nut width, but if your fingers are bigger, or you have a history with classical style guitars, you will be more comfortable with guitars that have larger nut widths.

Action/ String Height

Guitars with a high action are good for playing loud strumming styles where fret buzz might be an issue if the action was lower. However, low action guitars permit faster runs and playing styles such as hammering on/off and fret board tapping.It is common for beginners and people crossing over from electric guitars to be able to play a lower action guitar easily. Unfortunately, string height is not an important design parameter for guitar manufacturers, this leads to various string heights for individual guitars or batches. If your guitar comes with a string height you don’t like, you can either adjust it yourself or let a technician do it for you. For advice on how to set up your guitar, check out this guide from Guitar Player.

Scale Length

Scale length can be described as twice the distance between the 12th fret and the nut plus some compensation added at the saddle position or simply put, it is the distance between the nut and the saddle. The longer the scale length, the higher the tension, and this creates a brighter tone. For more information on the effects of various scale lengths, check Guitar Player and if you need a more elaborate discussion and examples, see Stewart MacDonald’s work on the topic.

Electronics-Pickups and Preambles

If you are going to be performing live and will need amplification, it’s better to buy an Acoustic-Electric guitar. If you are conversant with setting up acoustic guitars, you might want to install your electronics to suit your needs, but for people without the knowledge, buying an acoustic guitar and later adding the pickups to it might not be easy because doing it yourself can pose a technical difficulty.

Strap Buttons

If you want your guitar to come with straps, you need to check its pictures properly to be sure it comes with one. This is because some guitar makers do not offer their products with straps, or don’t provide a strap on the neck area of the guitar. You might need to buy a strap with the guitar if the manufacturer does not provide one. The straps come at a modest price and are easy to install. Check out some on Amazon.com.


THE BEST ACOUSTIC GUITARS UNDER $200


EPIPHONE DR-100

Based on our study, this acoustic guitar could be the best seller among its peers. According to Epiphone, this model is their most commercially successful.

The DR-1OO has been a favorite among student guitarists as well as a low budget guitar that can be taken for camping without much concern about damaging it.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Select Spruce (laminated)
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss- Natural, also available in Ebony & Vintage Sunburst
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Slim Taper
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: Not specified
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5’’
  • Nut Width: 1.69’’

PROS

Experienced players, teachers and students who practiced with it gave it positive reviews. Customer reviews also indicated that DR-100 rivaled guitars of the next two price ranges in terms of sound quality, playability and quality of build.

CONS

Some customers reported that their DR-100 developed fret buzz after some time, while some owners who are residents of dry areas complained about the guitar’s neck drying out and getting warped within a year.

OVERALL

The Epiphone DR-100 is generally cited as the recommended entry point acoustic guitar and also the Dreadnought selling below $150 with the highest rating.

JASMINE S-34C

The S-34C is the most popular entry level guitar made by Jasmine, even though they have many models with lower market sales.

It is the sole candidate with enough ratings among the acoustic guitars selling below $100 to be featured on this guide, and it has a price tag of $99.99.

Younger players find its Grand Orchestra shape convenient for leaning on, even though older players love it too.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Grand Orchestra
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Body: Sapele back and sides
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Slim
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12” (305mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5” (648mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4'’ (44mm)

PROS

Jasmine S-34C is regarded as the acoustic guitar under $100 that is most playable and with the best sound. It is highly recommended by many guitar teachers and customer reviews have praised it as an effective student guitar.

CONS

Some reviewers reported that the guitar had a wonderful low action while some complained that they had to replace the guitar because the action became so low, the height of fret buzz was unacceptable. Other users complained about damage to the finish and wood, although we could not ascertain if this was due to lax quality controls or poor handling during shipping.

OVERALL

Going by the results of our research, the best acoustic guitar you can get with a budget of $100 is the Jasmine S-34C. However, if you can spare an additional $20, you can go for Epiphone DR-100.

IBANEZ AW54

At the time of going to press, Ibanez AW54, which is also called AW540PN or AW54 had the highest rating in the class of acoustic guitars selling below $200.

The guitar is among the Ibanez’s Artwood series that they call their ‘’modern approach to guitar tradition’’ and is made solely from Mahogany

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Mahogany
  • Body: Mahogany back and sides
  • Finish: Open Pore
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 15.748’’ (400mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.62’’
  • Nut Width: 1.69’’

PROS

Many reviewers reported that in their experience, it ranked high in playability with regards to its comfy necks. Some said it had more volume than many other costlier alternatives. Users were unanimous about its exceptional playability as well as its clear and crispy sound, despite its low price tag

CONS

We found no negative reviews about AW54 during the course of preparing this guide.

OVERALL

If you are looking to buy a brand new and original acoustic guitar for $200, this is our recommend.


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IBANEZ PF15ECE

This guitar has a mahogany body and an elegant top and comes with Fishman electronics and inbuilt tuner. It has a dreadnought shape common with acoustic-electric guitars.

The cutaway makes it easy to access the great frets and the dreadnought shape offers good projection.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought – Cutaway
  • Top: Spruce (laminated)
  • Body: Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Rosewood
  • Bridge: XXX
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 250 mm
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 24.96"
  • Nut Width: 1.654"
  • Electronics: Ibanez AEQ-2T preamp with onboard tuner

PROS

Many experienced players and students gave the guitar positive reviews , with many saying its a great value for their money. Many also commented on Fishman electronics.

CONS

The only negative review was that some people reported that the action was greater than they expected.

OVERALL

The PF15ECE is a great choice of acoustic electric guitar for practice and learning to play a guitar.

OVATION APPLAUSE BALLADEER AB24

Ovation guitars have a body made from Lyrachord in place of wood. Lyrachord is an invention of Ovation and is a material made from glass fibres and resins for bonding. It produces good tunes and is a good substitute for wood. The use of this composite material as well as the bowl shaped body of their guitars distinguishes them from most other brands.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Standard Ovation
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Body: Lyrachord- a composite material made of interwoven layers of glass filament and bonding resin
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 10” (254mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25 1/4” (641mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16” (43mm)
  • Electronics: Ovation OP-4BT pickup/preamp system with inbuilt tuner

PROS

The Applause Balladeer AB24 has been applauded for its robustness and quality construction. Customer reviews have also praised it has a great guitar for its price.

CONS

The only negative reviews about the guitar were due to shipping related problems from a few online stores.

OVERALL

In case you want a durable acoustic-electric guitar under $200, this guitar is a wonderful choice.


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FENDER CF-60

This guitar is also like the CD-60 from Fender but comes in a Folk body style and is smaller.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Folk
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Body: Laminated Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss Urethane – Natural
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: "C" Shape
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 11.81" (300 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.3" (643 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.73" (44 mm)

PROS

Some experienced players have said that in its price range, it is the greatest guitar they have played. The small body also makes it an excellent choice for beginners.

CONS

The only complaint was that it produced a lower volume than a dreadnought.

OVERALL

If you are an experienced player with short arms, or a young guitarist, such a guitar is ideal for you.

FENDER CD-60 ALL MAHOGANY

Going by the number of positive reviews this guitar is getting, one can comfortably say its one of the most widely accepted guitar in Fender’s CD-60 line, though they come at the same price. In North America, the guitar is sold with a toughshell casing. It is a new entrant in the market and is made fully from mahogany.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Laminated Mahogany
  • Body: Laminated Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: "C" Shape
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 11.81" (300 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.3" (643 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.625" (41.3 mm)

PROS

Customers have showered encomiums on the guitar’s superb finish and beautiful look.The common praise in user reviews for this guitar’s tone is“rich and warm.

CONS

There were complaints about the hard-shell casing sold with the guitar, with a handful of customers claiming the inside lining was coming off. However, there were no consistent complaints from users.

OVERALL

Although the CD-60 is more expensive than the FA-100 that is also produced by Fender, we are of the opinion that it gives users more satisfaction.

IBANEZ AC240 OPN

This all mahogany guitar from Ibanez is also popular among guitarists. It comes with the Ibanez Advantage™ bridge pins that make changing strings a lot easier.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Grand Concert
  • Top: Solid Mahogany
  • Body: Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Open Pore
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 15.748" (400 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 24.96"
  • Nut Width: 1.75"

PROS

Customer reviews say that in terms of sound quality, it rivals guitars of higher prices.Many users have also applauded the Grover tuners on the Ibanez AC240 OPN as well as its great look.

CONS

The only complaint from some users was that its action was slightly higher than they wanted and they had to make adjustments to the bridge.

OVERALL

The Ibanez AC240 OPN has very popular among owners of higher priced guitars and experienced players.


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YAMAHA APX500III

Based on our findings in the course of researching for this guide, the Yamaha APX500III had the highest rating of all acoustic-electric guitars in its price range.

According to Yamaha, the most commercially successful acoustic-electric guitars in the world are their 500 series.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: APX Thinline
  • Top: Non-solid Spruce
  • Body: Nato / Okume back & sides
  • Finish: Natural
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 400 mm
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Scale Length: 25"
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43 mm)
  • Electronics: Yamaha System 66

PROS

Customer reviews indicated that the guitar needed no adjustments on delivery, you can start playing immediately. They also lauded its quality despite the small price tag as well as its tone and sound which are of great quality.

CONS

Customer reviews show that without amplification, the Yamaha APX500III sounds lower than a Dreadnought or Jumbo sized guitar.

OVERALL

A consensus among users is that the thin line body is user-friendlier than a Dreadnought’s.

IBANEZ PF28ECE

Reviews have cited the Ibanez PF28ECE as among the best guitars in the current price range. It comes in a full size Dreadnought body combined with Fishman electronics and a cutaway.

Currently, its rating is similar to that of Yamaha APX500III, even though it’s less popular.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought - Cutaway
  • Top: Flame Maple
  • Body: Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 250 mm
  • Number of Frets: XXX
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.69"
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonicore pickup with Ibanez AEQ-SP2 preamp and onboard tuner

PROS

Customer reviews rated its playability and action highly. It also received compliments for the quality of its sound when plugged in and when unplugged.

CONS

Apart from one user who didn’t like the position of the electronics controls, there were no consistent complaints from customers.

OVERALL

It has been touted as the best guitar in its price range by many users.


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SEAGULL S6 ORIGINAL CEDAR SLIM

The Seagull S6 Original Cedar Slim is classified as entry level by the manufacturer. This guitar and the Seagull Entourage Rustic Dreadnought are equally ranked as the best acoustic guitar in the $300 to $500 price bracket.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Cedar
  • Body: Wild Cherry back & sides - 3 layers laminated where the center layer is glued cross grain for added strength.
  • Finish: Semi-gloss - Natural
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Silver Leaf Maple
  • Neck Profile: C shape
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.72"

PROS

Many users say its sounds better with age; they also said it had a rich sound and a good feel. It has been described as the best guitar in its price bracket.

CONS

In some reviews, users cautioned against careless handling of the guitar because the finish could get damaged quickly. Also, there were two reviewers who complained about their guitars coming with defects in the finish from the manufacturer and the maker didn’t provide replacements. But this is not common as it has not been widely reported.

OVERALL

Throughout the years, Seagull has cultivated a large fan base, and this guitar is among the favorites of many people.

SEAGULL ENTOURAGE RUSTIC DRADNOUGHT

The Seagull brand is a market leader in the $300 to $500 price range with the S6 Original Cedar as well as the Entourage Rustic Dreadnought enjoying the same position as the acoustic guitars with the highest rating in this price range.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Cedar
  • Body: Wild Cherry back & sides - 3 layers laminated where the center layer is glued cross grain for added strength.
  • Finish: Semi-gloss Rustic Burst
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Silver Leaf Maple
  • Neck Profile: C shape
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Scale Length: 24.84"
  • Nut Width: 1.72"

PROS

This guitar has received a lot of accolades for its rich tone, action and the playability of its fretboard. Many customer reviews have also praised its quality design and say its a great value for money.

CONS

The only complaints we found were shipping related.

OVERALL

It is the best choice if you have a budget within the range of $300 to $500 and you need to get a Dreadnought of high quality.

TAYLOR BIG BABY BBT

Taylor is a reputable maker of acoustic guitars.If you would like to buy a brand new full-size Taylor guitar with a budget under $500, the BBT which comes in size 15/16 is your best bet. It features the same length of the full sized dreadnought, though it comes with a more compact body.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought 15/16
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Sapele Laminate back & sides
  • Finish: Varnish - Natural
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Standard Taylor neck
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 15"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"

PROS

In a review of the BBT by Music Radar, the guitar was praised for its quality and design despite its low price. Many customer reviews were from players who owned pricier Taylors, and they rated the BBT high regarding its balanced tone and loud voice. It was also praised for delivering optimum customer experience at a low price.

CONS

According to an individual who claimed to be a luthier, after a Taylor technician converted the guitar, the company recommended that to avoid fret buzz and sustain string tension, the string gauges had to be changed.

OVERALL

If you have a lesser amount than $500 and you desire a Taylor, the BBT will make an excellent choice.


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OVATION CELEBRITY ELITE CE44

The Ovation Celebrity Elite CE44 has a Lyrachord bowl shaped body and is topped with spruce.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Mid-Depth Bowl Cutaway
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Body: Lyrachord - a proprietary material comprising interwoven layers of glass filament and bonding resin
  • Finish: Gloss Black
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 10"
  • Number of Frets: 20 to 23 on high E
  • Scale Length: 25.25"
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43 mm)
  • Electronics: Ovation OP-4BT preamp with three-band EQ, volume/gain control, onboard tuner and low-battery light and Ovation Slim line pickup.

PROS

The guitar was rated high by several players who were owners also of Martins and Taylors. The guitar was rated high in terms of playability, action, intonation and build quality.

CONS

Only one user complained it sounded like plastic, but the same individual also gave it high ratings.

OVERALL

The guitar is engineered for longevity.

EPIPHONE DOVE PRO

The Dove is a classic that saw its debut in 1962 by Gibson. This acoustic electric guitar’s traditional tone and distinct appearance has earned it raving reviews from many players.

In its price range, the Epiphone Dove Pro is the acoustic-electric guitar with the highest rating.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Body: Select Maple back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss - Violin Burst
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Hard Maple
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonicore pickup and Fishman Sonitone sound-hole preamp

PROS

A lot of customer reviews praised the guitar for good bass response and crisp, clear highs. Users also commended the Fishman’s electronics, the playability, neck feel as well as the action. Several reviewers said it sounded like a high-end guitar.

CONS

Largely, there were no complaints about the guitar apart from some people roporting that the mid tones were too weak for their liking.

OVERALL

This acoustic-electric guitar is rated among the best in the intermediate price range.

EPIPHONE EJ-200SCE

The Epiphone EJ-200SCE comes in a Super Jumbo size and features the company’s eSonic2 pickup system and a cutaway.

It is a variant of the previous J-200 guitar introduced by Gibson in the year 1937 as the company’s premium guitar with a flat top.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Super Jumbo - Cutaway
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Body: Select Maple back & sides
  • Finish: Black - also comes in Natural & Vintage Sunburst
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Profile: Slim Taper
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: Not specified
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Electronics: Epiphone eSonic2 pickup

PROS

Reviews from experienced guitarists have dwelt on its rich tone and loud volume when unplugged. Several reviewers have also given positive ratings to the guitar’s sound and quality build.

CONS

A few customers complained about the pickguard. Some users also didn’t like its feedback while amplified, but it’s not clear if this was caused by the amplifier or the guitar

OVERALL

Customer reviews have shown that the Epiphone EJ-200SCE is a great acoustic-electric guitar.


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BLUERIDGE BR-70

Blueridge BR-70 is an acoustic guitar in the price range of $500 and $1000 with the highest rating. The brand is not quite popular, but reviews from owners and experts have shown it is widely respected. Music describes the BR-70 as a design meant to create dreadnought tones of the 1930s.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Select Santos Rosewood back and sides
  • Finish: High Gloss - Natural
  • Bridge: Indian Rosewood
  • Neck: Select Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: East Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: Not Specified
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.6" (650 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16"

PROS

Customer reviews described the sound quality as equal to that of Taylor and Martin guitars they bought before. Reviewers also praised the ingenious design and top quality of the guitars construction.

CONS

Many people reported they had to replace strings that initially came along with it to get a sound of higher quality. Some said the action was too high and needed to be adjusted to suit their taste.

OVERALL

Blueridge BR-70 is exceptional for recording or entertaining small crowds.

GUILD M-140

Based on customer reviews, the guitar with a concert-sized body was designed with comfort and ease of play in mind.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Concert
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Solid African Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss Polyurethane - Natural
  • Bridge: Indian Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: C Shape
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16″
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 24 3/4″ (628 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.75" (44.5 mm)

PROS

This guitar has no fret buzzing and can be easily played.User reviews described its setup as requirig no need for adjustment. You get it out of the box and start playing.

CONS

There were no complaints.

OVERALL

If you have a budget less than $1000 and you need a durable guitar that is concert sized, this is a great choice.


THE BEST ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC GUITARS UNDER $1000


MARTIN DRS1

In its price range, Martin DRS1 electric guitar is the top rated acoustic-electric guitar. Its entire Solid Sapele crest and body makes it a unique dreadnought guitar.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Sapele
  • Body: Solid Sapele back & sides
  • Finish: Satin - Natural
  • Bridge: Black Richlite
  • Neck: Select Hardwood
  • Neck Profile: Martin Performing Artist
  • Fingerboard: Black Richlite
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonitone

PROS

Many reveiwers make glowing remarks about its plugged and unplugged tone, Several customers also reported the tone as bright and warm and many praises were showered on the plug and play Fishman Sonitone electronics.

The guitar has a nice appearance, even though its built with some composite materials such as Richlite fingerboard and bridge as well as a Stratabond neck. The guitar was credited with having a top-quality build and a fine sound by the editor of Acoustic Guitar.

CONS

Reviewers left no negative comments about the Martin DRS1.

OVERALL

The guitar is ideal for people looking to buy an acoustic electric with a price tag under $1000.

YAMAHA AC3R

The AC3R from Yamaha is a highly rated acoustic guitar featuring an all firm wood build. This concert sized guitar comes with Yamaha’s modelling preamp and high end System 63 SRT pickup.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Concert w/ Cutaway
  • Top: Solid Sitka
  • Body: Solid Rosewood back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss - Natural
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 400 mm
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.6"
  • Nut Width: 1.69" (43 mm)
  • Electronics: SRT System63 Modeling Preamp with SRT Saddle/Piezo Pickup

PROS

The guitar received constant praise from reviewers who applauded its sound quality and excellent design. According to Matt Blackett in his review of the guitar for Guitar Player, the guitar is one of the greatest pick for people who desire their guitars to be flexible, easy to play and have quality sound.

CONS

The AC3R had no consistent negative reviews.

OVERALL

If you need a quality and reliable guitar with good sound quality, this is the ideal guitar for you. It promises to last long.

EPIPHONE MASTERBILT DR-500MCE

Also coming from the popular makers of quality acoustic-electric guitar Epiphone, the Masterbilt DR-500MCE features an all wood design while retaining the appearance of the first Masterbilt guitars of the 1930s. The Masterbilt DR-500MCE is St. Vincent’s favourite guitar.

The guitar comes with partial Lifetime Warranty while a five year guarantee on all electronics is provided by Shadow.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Solid Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Satin - Vintage Sunburst
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper “D” profile
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 14"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Electronics: Shadow NanoFlex bridge pickup and Shadow NanoMag neck pickup with eSonic-2 Stereo Preamp

PROS

Several reviewers said the guitar performed beyond their expectations despite its price tag. According to several customer reviews, Masterbilt DR-500MCE is rated equally with Guild, Martin and Taylor in the aspect of sound and quality.and even higher with regards to value.

CONS

Some customers complained that the preamp made some noise, others were not pleased with the volume control and reported that it produced some noise during adjustment. Some users complained they didn’t like its tone when plugged-in.

OVERALL

Based on reviews of this guitar, the Masterbilt DR-500MCE offers maximum user satisfaction.


THE BEST ACOUSTIC GUITARS UNDER $2000


MARTIN D-16GT

Made in the USA, Martin D-16GT comes with a solid wood top & body.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Solid Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss - Natural
  • Bridge: Richlite
  • Nut: White Corian
  • Neck: Select Hardwood
  • Neck Profile: Modified Low Oval
  • Fingerboard: Richlite
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16''

PROS

Customer reviews applauded the craftsmanship, playability, action and neck comfort provided by the guitar. The guitar was described as a worthy investment, and its tone was said to be full, warm and rich.

CONS

The only negative reviews about the guitar were about its action being extremely high.

OVERALL

This Martin offers the greatest value for money for a US made model.

MARTIN D-15M

Martin D-15M is an acoustic guitar with the highest rating in the price range below $2000.

During research for this guide, this guitar was the cheapest full sized solid wood Martin we found. Though it is marketed in another form as D-15M Burst, the D-15M has a wider acceptance among customers. The guitar features an all Solid Mahogany for the body and top construction. Popular artists who play the D-15M comprise Andrew Davie of Bear’s Den and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Mahogany
  • Body: Solid Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Satin - Natural
  • Bridge: East Indian Rosewood
  • Nut: Bone
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Modified Low Oval
  • Fingerboard: East Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16''

PROS

The guitar has been praised highly by players of different genre of music. Players of styles such as strummers, finger pickers, country, folk and church musicians have heaped glowing remarks on the Martin D-15M. It has been compared by many guitarists to more expensive guitars in quality.

CONS

We found no negative reviews about this guitar from recognized customers.

OVERALL

If you intend to purchase a new high-quality solid wood Martin, you had better go for this one.

TAYLOR 314

Taylor 314 is a perfect choice for strumming and finger picking. It features a solid back, sides and a solid top.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Grand Auditorium
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Solid Sapele back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss - Satin
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut: Tusq
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Standard Taylor neck
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 15"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.75"

PROS

Customers who reviewed this guitar have been unanimous in delivering positive remarks about it. It was described by many as exceptional, fantastic, perfect and so on.

CONS

No negative reviews were found about the guitar.

OVERALL

This guitar is a favorite of finger-style and blues players but is also widely used by other players.


THE BEST ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC GUITARS UNDER $2000


MARTIN DCPA4 ROSEWOOD

With a price tag under $2000, Martin DCPA4 Rosewood has the highest rating of all acoustic-electrics in its price range. A famous artist who uses this guitar is Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnaught - Cutaway
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Solid East Indian Rosewood back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss - Natural
  • Bridge: Richlite
  • Nut: White Corian
  • Neck: Select Hardwood
  • Neck Profile: Performing Artist
  • Fingerboard: Richlite
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Nut Width: 1.75"
  • Electronics: Fishman F1 Analog preamp & pickup

PROS

Several customers who reviewed this guitar gave special attention to the level of prolong it generates. Users applauded the acoustic as well as the plugged in pitch, while some spoke highly of its quality, look, and sound. It had a raving review all through.

CONS

The only complaint was from someone who was not happy about the hefty price tag of Martin guitars and this model in particular.

OVERALL

Whether you are recording or performing live, the DCPA4 delivers exceptional results.

TAKAMINE EF508KC

The EF508KC is Takamine’s highest rated model. Takamine designed the NEX body shape and called it a “scaled down Jumbo at heart.”

The guitar has an entire Koa body with a laminate top, and this was believed to be a strategy used to cut down the price because Koa is very expensive.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: NEX
  • Top: Figured Koa (laminated)
  • Body: Figured Koa (laminated) back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss - Natural
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Nut: Bone
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 11.81"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.3"
  • Nut Width: 1.675" (42.5 mm)
  • Electronics: Takamine CT4B II Pre Amp with Palathetic pickup and built-in tuner

PROS

Customer reviews praised the unique sound and beautiful appearance of its Koa body. Users also spoke positively about the guitar’s tone and mentioned its beauty, greatness, and warmth. The playability and action also received excellent ratings.

CONS

We found no complaints about this Takamine guitar.

OVERALL

Takamine EF508KC provides excellent tones and has a beautiful appearance you are going to love!

GIBSON J-35

The J-35 is the highest rated Gibson guitar from their models that cost less than $2000. The J-35 is crafted by hand in the United States and made its debut in 1936.

J-35 features a shorter scale length that improves playability for guitarists of different sizes, and just like its earlier version, it comes with round shoulders. Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons and Jorma Kaukonen from Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna are both players of J-35.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Body Shape: Round Shoulder Dreadnought
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Hand-Sprayed Nitrocellulose Lacquer - Antique Natural
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Nut: Tusq
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Nut Width: 1.725"
  • Electronics: L.R. Baggs Element pickup

PROS

According to Guy Little’s review of the J-35 for the Acoustic Magazine, J-35 remains a champion among dreadnoughts and comes at a reasonable price. Several customers described it as having an incredible and rich tone. Reviewers also spoke positively about its playability and its comfortable neck and body shape.

CONS

The only downside to the J-35 is its lack of a strap knob at its neck heel, and you will have to get one by yourself

OVERALL

The J-35 is for people who want to buy a Gibson acoustic-electric, and can't afford the higher priced models.

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