Best Acoustic Guitars

Shopping for an Acoustic Guitar

Shopping for an Acoustic Guitar can be a daunting process, especially for beginner guitarists.   Even for professional guitarists, it can take more than just a few trips to guitar center to find the perfect guitar for their taste.

Whether you are looking for the perfect acoustic guitar for beginners or you’re a professional guitarist that just bought their 5th electric guitar and now want that Taylor Big Baby you’ve had your eye own, we’ve created a handy buying guide to help you make sure you are making the best purchase for you.

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Within our guitar buying guide we take a look at sound quality, how the guitars play, body styles, and more. We’ve also broken down the guitars into price range as well as sections including nylon string, steel string, classic guitars, solid top guitars, acoustic bass guitars and more all to make your guitar buying experience as easy as possible. We will also take a look at the best beginners acoustics, seperately from the high end artist series guitars.

One thing that we’ve learned over the years is that there is a difference between an affordable acoustic guitar and a cheap acoustic guitar and just because a guitar is expensive doesn’t mean the guitar sounds great.

But there is no need to stress! Buying an acoustic guitar is an easy and enjoyable experience with our buyers guide and some guidance from the team at Instrument Find.

Acoustic Guitar Buyers Guide

Will I be Inspired to play my Guitar?

Whether you are already a professional guitar player or you have yet to take your first guitar lesson and are just looking to start playing on a beginners guitar looking for something that’s easy to play, you will want to make sure that your guitar inspires you to want to start playing as soon as the guitar necks touching your fingers.

Which guitar will sound the best?

The sound quality of your acoustic guitar can often be linked to price but that is not always the case. There are some gems at affordable prices and some acoustic guitars that cost a lot of my that we frankly don’t think are worth the money.

The sound quality can be affected by the design and the wood choices as well as other factors like the shape of the neck and, to some extent, even the fingerboard. In the case of electric acoustic guitars, the pickups and wiring has an effect as well.

How will this guitar Feel?

One question you’ll want to ask before purchasing any instrument is, “do I enjoy playing this instrument?” Now there is something to keep in mind if you are a beginner; you haven’t built muscle and caluses yet.

For beginner guitarists, it’s gonna be a little uncomfortable on your hands and fingers when you first start out till you build up the muscle and finger strength to work your way around a fretboard. With that in mind, don’t get too caught up in this until you are ready to spend some money on a nice guitar. Even so, there are some guitars, even for beginners that are easy to play and some guitars that are not so much.

The fretboard size and design is the main factor to consider. If you have small hands or you are buying a guitar for kids, you might want to avoid large fretboards.

Does this guitar Look professional?

I know it might not be the most important thing, but the look of any instrument is important for feeling connected to your instrument. There is a reason why people talk about Prince and his purple guitar.

For most people it’s not because of the stellar tone, it’s because it looks cool. When you get to the point of performing out with your guitar, or if you are already there, you’ll want a guitar that give you confidence and makes you feel as though it is an extension of your personality.

I personally wouldn’t give up quality for look, but with the wide variety of options in the guitar world, you can easily attain both.

Best Acoustic Guitars Under $200

Fender FA100 Review

Bottom Line - Highly recommended entry level acoustic guitar

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2 Epiphone Pro-1 Review

Epiphone Pro-1 Review

Bottom Line - The price is right for this nice intro level Epiphone acoustic electric ...

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3 Ibanez IJV50 Review

Ibanez IJV50 Review

Bottom Line - This is an out of box guitar for beginners that is geared towards learning ...

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4 Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Review

Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Review

Bottom Line - It's hard to find such a unique and cool guitar for such a low ...

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5 Jasmine S34C Review

Jasmine S34C Review

Bottom Line - This is an acoustic guitar under $200.

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Best Acoustic Guitars Under $300

Best price Yamaha FG800 Review

Yamaha FG800 Review

Bottom Line - Yamaha is doing a great job of providing entry level guitars at entry ...

9.2
Best price 2 Ibanez AW54CE Review

Ibanez AW54CE Review

Bottom Line - It's a great guitar for the price.  Nice acoustic electric combo.

9.4

Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500

Best price Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Review

Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Review

Bottom Line - You are getting a great price for a guitar designed around a 4k guitar ...

9.4
2 Gretsch G5022CE Review

Gretsch G5022CE Review

Bottom Line - A good value honkey tonk 1050's throwback guitar.

9.1
Best price 3 Yamaha LS6 Review

Yamaha LS6 Review

Bottom Line - While the electronics aren't great, you get more than your money's worth ...

9.2
4 Fender Sonoran SCE Review

Fender Sonoran SCE Review

Bottom Line - Vintage surf rock is alive and well with this guitar, but not just surf ...

9.2

Best Acoustic Guitars Under $1000

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Review

Bottom Line - This is a legit guitar.  Don't sleep on it.

9.3
2 Yamaha A3M Review

Yamaha A3M Review

Bottom Line - A beautiful blend of solid wood and advanced electronics at a reasonable ...

9.5
3 Taylor 114ce Review

Taylor 114ce Review

Bottom Line - Taylor guitars are amazing and this line give you a chance to own a great ...

9.8
4 Fender Paramount PM-3 Review

Fender Paramount PM-3 Review

Bottom Line - The Fender Paramount PM-3 is a great mid level guitar priced under $700 ...

9.6

Best Acoustic Guitars Under $1500

Takamine EF341SC Review

Bottom Line - Takamine is making themselves known with strong acoustic guitars like this ...

10
2 Martin D-15M Review

Martin D-15M Review

Bottom Line - This guitar is the acoustic guitar that embodies what Martin is all about ...

10
3 Taylor 224ce-K DLX Review

Taylor 224ce-K DLX Review

Bottom Line - You will never regret owning a guitar this fine.

10
4 Yamaha A5R Review

Yamaha A5R Review

Bottom Line - One of Yamaha's best guitars under $1500

9.9

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