The acoustic guitar is an umbrella term for a large number of types and shapes of guitars, all of which tend to have unique sounds and techniques associated with them. Not only that, but each category of the guitar has more “best guitars” than you would expect.
So when you ask me what the best acoustic guitar in the world is, the first thing I will ask you to is: be more specific. What type of sound are you looking for? Do you prefer steel string or nylon string, classical shape or dreadnought? Maybe you’d like some electronic options? What type of material do you prefer? Wood, synthetic, or maybe even steel? Are you looking for a unique shape, sound or something else? Don’t let all these questions confuse you, just allow yourself to learn more about the answers to them and you will end up finding your perfect guitar.
What’s The Best Acoustic Guitar
|Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar||(4.9 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|Takamine Pro Series GB7C Garth Brooks||(5 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|Guild D-140 Acoustic Guitar in Sunburst||(5 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|Seagull Maritime SWS SG Guitar||(5 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|Taylor GS Mini Mahogany||(5 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|Martin LXK2 Little Martin||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|Alvarez Artist Series AD60||(4.9 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|Fender Beginner Acoustic-Electric Guitar CF-60CE||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|Ibanez AW54OPN Artwood||(4.9 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|Bristol BD-16||(4.9 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
The world of the acoustic guitar is riddled with options, all of them viable all of them interesting to pursue. The problem is, such a vast variety of options tends to paralyze those trying to choose. So let me be clear about one thing – despite all of the options available you probably have one type in mind when you think of acoustic. The steel string, wooden dreadnought. Despite this, I’ll explain some of the others as well. You never know, you might be convinced to pick up something entirely different and much more fitting to what you want to do.
Beginner Acoustic Guitars
Seagull Coastline S6 Spruce Guitar
We all know that every brand has at least one feature that everybody knows them by. Seagull has been renowned with quality guitars that run quite low in terms of the price range (of course, they have some more expensive models, as well). They do compromise some of the quality, in terms of durability and tonewoods, but the results are still more than decent. Their Coastline S6 is a wonderful option for those who are just getting started. Keep in mind that its dreadnought body is a bit big for kids, but adults can enjoy it even in the beginning of their journey. This bad boy has a spruce top and laminate wild cherry back and sides. Many of you might disapprove of laminates, but let me tell you, once you play this guitar, you’ll see that they are not so bad after all. On the whole, Coastline S6 has a balanced sound which has the perfect amount of lows and highs in it. It doesn’t get muddy or too bright, which is a wonderful thing at such a low price point. This guitar deserves a shot!
- Good value for money
- Balanced tone
- You might have to lower the action
Blueridge aimed to bring the traditional sound to the world of the modern, price-sensitive musician. The Bristol DB-16 Dreadnought succeeds in being incredibly affordable and infatuating in sound. The strange thing is that the guitar wanted to bring a traditional mountain sound but is named after a city with an incredibly rich maritime history. I guess we shouldn’t ask instrument makers to be aware of apt naming, or maybe they were simply adding some romance to the story. A guitar-playing sailor taking off from Bristol to spread the beautiful sound of spruce top wood and mahogany sides and back around the world. Whichever it is, this guitar brings the sensitive force of sonic endearment to the hands of those who think that affordable is the best way to go.
- Great Sound
- Plastic Bone and Saddle
Each person has a different requirement for what makes the best sounding acoustic guitar and for many (like me) one of the best qualities is affordability. Of course, sacrificing quality for affordability comes naturally, but that does not mean the guitar has to lose most of its quality to price. Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is one of the few instruments that does not sacrifice quality for price, so much so, that the guitar sounds like it should be more expensive. The sound of this guitar is strong and vibrant, and while some more advanced items are sacrificed to keep the price low, the guitar still stands as an incredible option for first-time players, or those looking for the best, cheap acoustic guitar they can get their hands on.
- Beginner Friendly
- Adequate Sound
- Not for Professional Use
- Tuning Stability
- Agathis Body
Cheap Acoustic Guitars
Ibanez AW54OPN Artwood
To combine traditional and modern is to produce something unique and useful. Ibanez aimed to produce something with that exact description – a piece of modern equipment that took everything a traditional guitar had to offer and better it with the technology that has since come along. In the end they produced AW54OPN Artwood, one of the best affordable acoustic guitars on the market. The instrument offers flexibility and solid, professional sound to those looking to start off their musical journey. While some of the beginners might be more appreciative of this guitar’s ease of use, even professionals will find the comfortable form of the guitar attractive. Hours upon hours upon days of practice will never feel burdensome to anyone who picks up the guitar. The mahogany solid top and back and sides will make sure that the practice will not burden your ears either. This instrument is a wonderful option for those of us who are more cost-conscious.
- Good Feel
- Rich Sound
- Might be a little on a heavy side (Dreadnought)
- Not the best fretboard
Any beginner will appreciate the mellow tonewoods, lightweight frame and the lack of a bank breaking price tag on the Yamaha FG800 Solid Top Acoustic guitar. Yes, I am saying this because, more often than I would like, the guitars offered to the public and to beginners, overlook the importance of being reasonably priced while being of acceptable quality. There might be dozens of some of the best cheap acoustic guitars on this list, but in the real world there are hundreds of cheap guitars that are not worth your time. This is why this instrument is one of my favorites to write about: high-quality sound for a price that makes sense. What else would you want right? Oh yes, details: The sitka spruce top and the nato back and sides make up a beautifully projecting dreadnought body. The guitar is lightweight but solid in sound and just comfortable enough to play that you will not want to drop it for a long time.
- Great sound
- Some of the materials uses are not “top notch”
- Might need to restring
Everybody wants to help a beginner, especially one that cannot afford to buy a guitar. The world of guitars is being filled up with cheap guitars that will perform just like the price tag implies they will. Not all of them are capable but most of them are made with kind thoughts in their minds. Epiphone Pro-1 Acoustic guitar is not made with kindness in mind. It is made with engineering in mind. It is made with efficiency and knowledge of what a guitar should sound like. It is made so that when you pick it up, you know that you will have a good time playing it. Epiphone has produced a good guitar for a price that is better than most of your best dreams. The select spruce top and the mahogany back and sides of this guitar produce a mellow, attractive sound that you, your roommates, friends or parents will find just as pleasant as they want it to be. The dreadnought body means strong projection and pleasant sound, turning heads wherever you are. This guitar is perfect for anyone looking to pick up an instrument for learning and an instrument for practice.
- Easy to play
- Good Sound
- Needs retuning quite a lot in the beginning
- Bridge is not as sturdy
Acoustic Guitars Under 300
Alvarez Artist Series AD60
The artist series does not exist to pander to the sense of entitlement that nondeserving musicians get. The series named artist because the guitars that are part of the series are art themselves. While not being the best guitar to ever exist, Alvarez Artist Series AD60 over achieves in its price and quality range, producing a sound that feels high end, despite being one of the more affordable options on this list. The dreadnaught body allows the guitar the level of projection you could only dream of, while the Sitka spruce top resonates every single tone and sound you are going to play into a beautiful rendition. This guitar does not “play”, it sings, simply and brilliantly, spreading is warm, vibrant tones throughout any room it is in. Quite a catch.
- Good quality tonewood
- Real bone nut makes tone much better
Fender Beginner Acoustic-Electric Guitar CF-60CE
Any guitar can be a beginner guitar if you are generous enough. With Fender Beginner Acoustic-Electric Guitar CF-60CE you don’t have to be though. This instrument is offered as an option by Fender to anyone just starting out their musical career, and it gives them everything they will need on this yellow brick road. The laminated spruce top and mahogany back and sides are durable and sound very sophisticated, professional even. The folk body shape means less bulkiness and more comfort, as well as a nice, pleasantly projected sound. A slightly scaled-down version of an already existing guitar by Fender, this one is perfect for anyone – munchkins, iron men, good and bad witches, as well as little girls and boys just starting out on their road of adventure. So much so, you don’t even have to take the gold bricks out of the road to buy this guitar, making it one of the best, most affordable options for beginners.
- Great Sound
- Beginner Friendly
- Not Stable Tuning
- Won’t age well
When you stand on a stage, be it in front of a dozen stragglers in a bar or a thousands of people at a stadium, you want your guitar to sound strong and loud. While there are many guitars capable of doing that, there are few just as good as the Takamine GD20-NS in the price range it is in. The dreadnought body shape is now traditional among acoustic guitars in the world, but the power of this instrument seems to be magical, especially judging by its location in the price range. The top wood, or resonator board, of the guitar is made of solid spruce, which allows the vibrant tones of the guitar stand out even more. Nobody stands a chance against this guitar when it starts playing. It will draw the attention of the loudest fan, making them quiet down when you want to and to go crazy when you want them to.
- Great quality tonewood
- Good Sound
- No guitar strap button on the neck
- Synthetic bone nut is not as high quality as bone nut, but some sacrifices have to made for lower price
Acoustic Guitars Under 500
Taylor GS Mini Mahogany
Some of us in the world of guitar players like to move around a lot. We like to envision ourselves constantly on the road, the green hills and the dark woods, green lakes and endless oceans disappearing behind our backs as we walk, ride, swim or fly across the world, in search of the next gig. In search of the next revelation and the next emotion to perform on stage or by a bonfire or on the street for the disinterested passersby, a sunbleached gang of beach enthusiasts or just another drunken crowd at a bar. To make a living by song and not by pay and to be hopeful that as a traveler, our backs won’t hurt much from the burden of never staying in one place for too long. Which is why a lightweight guitar is important, one that sounds much louder than it looks, one that inspires those who are shook. The Taylor GS Mini Mahogany is one of those guitars that help you travel without the fear of heavy, easily damaged guitars. This one small addition to your collection is bound to bring a happy little smile to you, every time you need to move a few kilometers for your next gig.
- Lightweight, Comfortable
- Good Sound
- Bone nut wear
- Sound is not too flexible
Martin LXK2 Little Martin
Little Martin is a good friend because you don’t have to lug him around, only barely carry him on your back. A lightweight minstrel that sits as lightly on your back as on your lap, capable of producing a sound you will scarcely ever feel is inadequate. The Martin LXK2 Little Martin is the Koa wood solid-topped spirit of musical fun that, unlike a leprechaun, will not cause mischief wherever you go. Not unless you enable him to or want him to. This little guy is a comfortable friend with a unique personality and incredible voice that is friendly both to beginners and professionals alike. Willing to go anywhere you go with ease, he is the perfect companion for all your mischief and travel.This vibrant songster is the perfect addition to the collection of any bard, bringing luck and beauty no matter how far you stray from home.
- Great for beginners and kids
- Great sound for such a small model
- Not solid top
- High action
Seagull S6 Original
Out of all the gifts that the sea and ocean have for us, seagulls are probably the most annoying, even if they bear romance in their legend. Thank god than that the Seagull S6 Original Acoustic guitar leaves the annoying behind and takes only the freedom to go anywhere and do as you wish. This affordable acoustic guitar is good to be played however you wish, with the capable, throaty and booming dreadnought body producing a sound that can make the waves seem silent and bland. The solid cedar top of this guitar, combined with the wild cherry back and sides, produces a vibrant and captivating sound that will catch those off-guard listeners and take them, like a tide, back into the middle of your music. The affordable price of this guitar is more of an anomaly than anything, granting you value way beyond what the price tag would imply.
- Rich sound
- Stays in tune
- Narrow headstock which in itself is not a bad thing but some people prefer bulkier ones
- Tusk nut (some people consider that if a guitar does not have a bone nut it’s a no-no)
Acoustic Guitars Under 1000
Guild D-140 Acoustic Guitar in Sunburst
Sometimes the best things in this world don’t require the most money. Though Guild D-140 might be considered as an expensive guitar by some measurements, it still maintains a middle price range and we can easily say that it’s relatively affordable. The main thing is that the price you pay is justified by all standards – you’re getting a real treasure here. Guild D-140 (sunburst version) looks so expensive and stylish, you’ll want to brag about it with everyone. The sound it makes is even fancier – its lows are deep and rich, highs – bright and shimmery. Its volume is more than decent: there’s no way you won’t be heard once you start playing. The top of this beautiful dreadnought guitar is made out of solid Sitka spruce, while the sides are built with solid African mahogany. D-140 is equally suited for picking or strumming, light or heavy playing. No matter what your preferred technique is, this bad boy has you covered!
- Wonderful tone
- Beautiful appearance
- Well-built and durable
- The action might be too low for some
Seagull Maritime SWS SG Guitar
Seagull is one of the best acoustic guitar brands that make amazing instruments. always reminds of the calmness I acquire once I sit on the seashore and listen to the sound of waves. I get a similar feeling every time I think about their guitars – they’re always inspiring me to gather my thoughts, forget about my problems, and just sit down and play. The sound is usually decent, but when speaking about their Solid Wood Series (SWS), decent isn’t the right word. Maritime SWS SG (i.e. semi-gloss) is a dreadnought guitar that is built with solid woods (hence the name of the series). It features solid pressure-tested spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and Richlite fretboard. The finish is semi-gloss, which means it is protected from external damage without interfering with the tonewoods themselves. Oh, the sound of this one is what lured me in the first place. All the ranges are full-bodied and can be accentuated with your playing technique. To express my point more vividly, I’ll tell you directly – Maritime SWS SG is definitely one of the best Seagull guitars.
- Excellent build quality
- Well-defined tone
- Reasonable price
- Might not be loud enough for outdoor playing
Taylor 114ce 100 Series
The Taylor 114ce is on the upper end of affordable guitars as well as in the upper end of good sound as well. Primed for professionals looking for a solid sound and comfort in play, this guitar fulfills its goal of sounding amazing for a price that does not scare away. Sporting layered walnut as it’s back and sides topped with solid sitka spruce, this guitar produces tones that will give the best high-end guitars a run for their money. The design of the guitar is Grand Orchestra, a Taylor guitar special that defined the strong, captivating sound of their guitars. This beautiful example of unique engineering is also a great example that great sound does not require the traditional dreadnought shape. So, get your hands on this guitar, and play to your soul’s content, because it is one of the best instruments in its price range.
- Comfortable playing
- Bright, rich sound
- Excellent build
- Sapele neck might not be everyone’s favourite
- A bit pricey for beginner level
Acoustic Guitars Under 1500
No matter how hard we try, we can’t help our hearts navigating towards Martin. You see, we know perfectly that they aren’t always affordable. We do also know that we can’t always buy every other model they come out with. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want them, does it? Owning a Martin is a statement we all want to be making. Their D-15M is for those, who want to join the team but don’t really have the budget to do so. This model is relatively affordable compared to other pieces, and it can still turn your world upside down. It has a solid mahogany top, back, sides and neck, while the fingerboard is made from East Indian rosewood. The design is nothing to write home about, since it doesn’t feature anything extraordinary. Its classic look is what will make you fall in love with it. Then you’ll listen to the sound and there will be no going back. After all, it’s a Martin!
- Amazing looks
- Great construction
- Apart from the price, I really doubt you will find a problem with this guitar
Guild D-20 – Natural
Have you ever wished for a guitar that would understand your desires with some sort of telepathy? Well, I’ll admit it – I’m exaggerating, but I’m about to show you a model that will definitely do something like that. Guild D-20 knows what you want and it fulfills all your wishes with each touch. This bad boy has impeccable design, quality, and sound. It comes with an all-mahogany body – top, back and sides are made from a solid wood that will age beautifully. It has a dreadnought shape, which is complemented really well with mahogany. If you’ve ever wanted to know what power means, then you should certainly play D-20. It does also have a rosewood fingerboard, which is quite smooth to the touch. No matter which techniques are your favorite, this guitar will show off its virtues with any of those. You can strum heavily or gently, try out some fingerpicking – you can do anything that you want. Guild D-20 is truly a must-have piece!
- Excellent craftsmanship
- Beautiful appearance
- Quick response
- Comes with a hard case
- The finish might wear out quickly
Eastman E20D Dreadnought Traditional Flattop
We keep living our lives in a constant search for something better. Be it personal goals, our instruments or general events, we keep waiting for those things to make us happy. Even though I think chasing happiness isn’t the right way to go, I still feel like there are certain guitars out there that can truly change your life. One of those is Eastman E20D. This luxurious model isn’t as expensive as one might think, but it still delivers a wonderful performance. Built with solid woods (Adirondack spruce for the top and rosewood for the back and sides), this fella can bark up some of the unimaginable power. I’ve noticed that many players claim that it’s not like a Martin, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing. In fact, the unique patterns in its sound is what makes it so wonderful. E20D is for everyone, who is willing to try out something that isn’t created by big names. Who knows, maybe you’ll find the happiness where you expected to the least.
- Comes with a hard case
- Amazing build quality
- Powerful, full sound
- Doesn’t sound like a Martin (if that’s what you’re looking for)
Acoustic Guitars Under 2000
Takamine Pro Series GB7C Garth Brooks
It is said that there are many secrets hidden under Garth Brooks’s hat. Some of them are the ones that are never supposed to be seen in the real world, others that need to be seen but hidden away because Garth deems us unworthy still. But I know his secret, and let me tell you, it is much more impressive than you would think: under his gallon hat, with the cowboy brim and the mystery smile, he hides a guitar. Not just any guitar, but the Takamine Pro Series GB7C Garth Brooks. It is said that he carries one in such a way that whenever he needs to, he may pull it out and strike a chord that will bring a tear to the eye of anyone in the crowd at the moment. That will bring the party back to life within an instant. So no surprise that the guitar he carries is designed specifically so that it produces the most vibrant, exciting sounds that a guitar could. The solid cedar top will enhance the upper limit of his tones, while the unique sound hole will remind you – there is no one who can play the guitar like Garth Brooks, not unless you are holding this one.
- Full sound
- Good construction
- Price might be a bit high for beginners
- Might want to restring
Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
If you want your guitar to stand out, then you should definitely go for Martin Custom D. This is probably the best way you can treat yourself – with a bit over a thousand bucks, you can get yourself something worthwhile. The brand itself is the one you can always trust since they have always brought quality to the table. This particular model is so good that I don’t even know where to start. Its tonewoods include spruce top and mahogany body. Of course, it’s built with solid wood – we wouldn’t expect less at such a price point. The body shape is a dreadnought, which will tell you a bit about its sound. But I’m sure you’re waiting for more specific details, so I’ll give you some. It responds wonderfully to rhythm playing and will compliment your voice if you sing. It has a rounded, crisp and well-defined overall tone. It’s really hard to find faults with it, since it has almost none. Custom D represents that characteristic Martin sound and the tradition they have followed till this day.
- Wonderful tone
- Perfect volume
- Well-balanced lows and highs
- Too much low end for recording
Taylor 317e Grand Pacific with V-Class Bracing
Sometimes we appreciate the traditions of the past. We’re mesmerized by the ingenious lessons we learn by looking back in time and exploring history. Brands, such as Taylor, are renowned for their quality, character and expertise that is based on experience. They have their signature sound which can be recognized even in the bulk of tones. But they decided to step out of their comfort zone and respond to modernity with their own take on how an ultimate guitar should sound. Taylor 317e belongs to the Grand Pacific series and features their proprietary V-Class Bracing. It is the representation of the changes the brand has incorporated in their newer guitars. The body shape is a dreadnought with round shoulders. Tonewoods include Sitka spruce for top and Sapele for body. The innovation they have incorporated implies that the sound is rounded and blended. Though you can still hear the individual ranges, it is designed to accentuate overall qualities of your playing. 317e is for those who want to experience something new – something that truly works wonders.
- Innovative V-Class bracing
- Rounded, yet expressive tone
- Wonderful build quality
- Dynamics are compromised with heavy strumming
Best Travel Guitars
This little travel buddy is the perfect friend to take with you onto the road as you finally decide to fulfill your dream of traveling along the horizon. The lightweight instrument is comfortable and easy to play, making it perfect not only for travel, but for any beginner looking to be able to play with a great, easily accessible electric-acoustic guitar. This Little Martin has a solid spruce top combined with beautiful solid mahogany back and sides that results in a vibrant, lively sound with well expressed top-end tones. Perfect for anyone who wants a big sound that is packed away in a small package, this impressive Little Martin will result in you practicing and playing more than you thought you ever would or could.
- Great Sound
- Easy to carry and play
- Not a traditional look
- Synthetic nut and saddle
Traveler Guitar Mark III MK3 MHG
If you find yourself on the road more than in any one place, you might find it hard to lug around an acoustic guitar and you might also not want a scaled-down version for “comfortable” carrying. In that case you might also consider the option of acquiring an acoustic-electric guitar, such as the Traveler Guitar Mark III MK3 MHG. It might not look like your average acoustic guitar, but the sound makes up for it. When played, the sound released by the electronics, whether you are plugged in with your headphones or to an amp, is similar to what a well sounded acoustic guitar on a stage would. So whether you are looking to be playing for yourself in a car in, in a parking lot, at a rest stop or hitting gigs around the state you will find this acoustic electric guitar infinitely useful to you.
- Great Sound
- Very Portable and Lightweight
- Alien Looking
- Not an Acoustic
Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor
Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor acoustic guitar is no child’s toy, though children will find it incredibly fun to play. This guitar, which yes, initially was intended for younger instrumentalists, today stands as an example of an affordable traveler’s guitar, as well as an incredibly versatile instrument. The mahogany top replaces the spruce top of its twin, resulting in lower, grounded tones that will seem incredibly pleasant to those partial to the worldly sounds. This guitar is perfect for those looking to play around with how they play, techniques, styles or even alternative tunings, this guitar will help you take your music to the next level. The affordability of the guitar makes it one of the best guitars you could buy.
- Beautiful low tones
- Travel Friendly
- Comfortable to Play
- Ebony Bridge
- Could do better with Treble
Martin LX1 Little Martin
The Martin LX1 Little Martin is the twin brother of the Little Martin LX1E, only slightly less electronically developed. This guitar is just as good as its brother in many ways, but lacks the same sophisticated electronic development. Despite this, even on its own the LX1 is an exceptional travel companion, producing a great sound with or without an amp. It is perfect for your camping trip with the wife and kids, where you know you will be seated around a fire in the dark and will have to sing a song to alleviate the mood after all the scary stories you inappropriately told to the kids right before sleep. A great companion even at home, this guitar is perfect for hours of practice on your own or with the kids who want to learn the guitar. The size and the lightness of the guitar promise comfort no matter where you go with it. And just so you know you will be having hours upon hours of fun with it, imagine the happiness of the little ones as they see a guitar they too can pick up and play with ease.
- Great Sound
- Comfortable to play
- Limited Colouring options
There are few gifts in the world that feel as inspiring to their receiver as the gift of music. And the gift of music does not always have to mean that you buy them the best instrument out there so that a beginner can start out as fancy as a professional would. But it does mean that you need to buy the receiver a solid guitar capable of producing adequate sound and a comfortable playing position. The Yamaha FD01S is one such gift that bring a glimmer of happiness into the life of the person who gets it. The incredibly affordable guitar has everything a beginner player might need, including professional flexibility of sound and tunes. Whatever the reason you are buying this guitar is, it will never disappoint.
- Great sound
- Solid top for this price range is quite nice
- Needs tuning quite a bit
- Might need to replace bridge pins
Cordoba Guitars Protege C1 ¾ Size
Looking for a more traditional sound and look in his guitar? This Cordoba Guitars Protege C1 3/4 size acoustic nylon string guitar is perfect for any beginner guitarrista, young or old. Offering a very classical spanish look, this scaled down guitar is the perfect size for children. The nylon strings are easy to handle and sound beautiful on this affordable, but very well constructed acoustic guitar. It is a great option for a child to learn to play the guitar. The guitar takes wear well, while the comfortable size and the nylon strings do not create any wear on the child itself. Your offspring will not want to drop his guitar and will at some point end up dancing around the house with it, playing music, desperado style.
- Full sound
- It has great volume but not as high as on full sized models
- The gig bag it comes with is not fully protective
12 String Guitars
Martin D12X1AE 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
We’ve talked about Martin countless times, which means you already know how great they are. Not that they need some special appraisal (their products speak for themselves), but I just can’t help myself. They keep surprising me each time they come out with something new, or I discover a guitar I hadn’t encountered before. Their D12X1AE is definitely one of those. This 12 string guitar will keep you longing for the skills you lack, because it requires some. Even though it is built intelligently, it isn’t almighty. This wonderful piece has a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany-grained high-pressure laminate (HPL) back and sides. Its rich and dimensional sound will make you feel like a supernatural beast who can do it all. Without exaggeration, it inspires you so much that you’ll have a hard time playing other guitars after it. D12X1AE can easily outperform its rivals, even with a laminate back and sides. Its pristine character is what makes it such a great guitar. If you’re looking for a reasonably-priced 12-string guitar, then this is definitely worth your attention.
- Made out of sustainable materials
- Wonderful sound
- Might not be as good as its high-end siblings
Back to the bards of the old. After all the 12-string was designed to sound like you have an exceptional story to tell. Bob Taylor believes that comfort in play is important, so he makes this 12 stringer incredibly easy to play, despite all the extra strings being added to the guitar. This instrument is a piece of affordable joy to any musician looking to expand their skillset and tone set into a whole new world of music. Yes you might feel like a bard playing it, but you will feel like a bona fide badass after you are done. Challenging as it might be to play a 12 string, this guitar brings a lazy sense of ease to the world of 12 strings. Don’t get too cocky though, once you start playing, you might end up never going back to a normal guitar. The Taylor 150e does have the addictive power that few 12 strings have. So be careful with this sitka spruce top beast, because the sound it produces might not be something you are ready to ever leave behind.
- Great Sound
- Beautiful Design
- Consistent Sound
As many in the eastern part of the world know, the state of Nirvana is nigh impossible to achieve. And just like that a quality but affordable 12-string guitar is also almost impossible to find. Now that I have found one though, I might just start out my quest for Nirvana and I might end up using the 12-string I just found as one of the gateways to achieve it. I love and appreciate a good 12 stringer as much as any musician does. The thing is, I did not know that a guitar this affordable could sound this good. It is as if the people at Takamine who constructed this guitar were buddhist monks who aimed to bring the average mortals a musical shortcut to eternal piece. And while the buddhist monk thing might not be true, one thing is: Takamine GD30CE is an incredibly valuable addition to your collection for the fraction of the price of what you’d have to pay for this sound.
- Good Sound
- Amazing Tonal Flexibility
- Weak Electronics
Left Handed Acoustic Guitars
Blueridge BR-40LH Contemporary Series, Left-Handed
I don’t know about you but I have never been disappointed with the guitars from Saga Musical Instruments. They somehow manage to deliver high-quality products and provide us with models that aren’t as renowned as Taylors or Martins. This time I’ll present to you Blueridge BR-40LH, which was designed with lefties in mind. It’s part of the Contemporary Series – and I’d say it’s one of the most powerful members. Its sound will be heard even from far away, so spare your neighbors and don’t play it too hard (especially if you’re still learning). Its tone is flawless, and so is the construction. The woods used for the body are spruce (for the top) and mahogany – creating the mixture that’s both common and reliable. I mean, can you really go wrong with these two? BR-40LH is certainly one of the best left-handed acoustic guitars, setting a bar quite high for its rivals. You can get it way under 1000 bucks, leaving you with a bargain. A real treat!
- Wonderful build quality
- Can be used in many different genres
- Powerful and versatile sound
Taylor Guitars GS Mini-e Walnut Left-Handed
I feel like it’s just as hard for musicians to say no to Taylor guitars as it is for babies to resist sugar. Have you seen them craving something sweet? That’s how we crave this brand, without an exaggeration. The iconic sound of their guitars has captivated the hearts of many, and now they continue to capture the souls of lefties. Their GS Mini-e is an amazing option for anyone, who is frequently on the road. You know what, hell with it, it’s a wonderful guitar and it can be suitable for anyone. Its compact size makes it possible to carry it around wherever you want and the lightweight hard case makes everything that much easier. It’s on the middle road i.e. it’s an acoustic-electric option, enabling you to plug it in and jam out as loudly as your heart desires. The selection of woods will intrigue you from the moment you scroll through the spec list: solid Sitka spruce top is combined with walnut back and sides. They create a deep and rich tone that is steeped with highs and lows equally. In short, if you’re looking for character and quality, GS Mini-e is your guy!
- Authentic Taylor tone
- Excellent build quality
- Compact size
- Some guitars might have some tuning stability issues
Seagull S6 Original Left-Handed
I don’t know how you feel about the birds, but for me, they symbolize freedom, especially seagulls that fly over the beautiful oceans. Sitting on the shore, listening to the waves beat against the cliffs and watching these little creatures is one of the most peaceful things for me. And so is the brand that always reminds me of them. Seagull has been famous for its affordable guitars, the materials of which are sourced in the US. They have created a number of wonderful models, and luckily, they haven’t forgotten about left-handed players either. S6 Original Left is one of the most mellow instruments I have encountered thanks to its pressure-tested solid cedar top. Wild cherry back and sides complete the body and amplify tonal characteristics even further. If you’re thinking that it’s yet another typical guitar, you’re utterly wrong my friend. It has narrower shoulders that emphasize the mid-range and add more attack to the sound. This way your music will never be forgotten.
- Great build quality
- Pronounced, defined tone
- Simple, yet beautiful design
- Slim headstock (just in case that’s an issue for you)
Blues Acoustic Guitars
Martin Standard Series 000-18 Auditorium
What can be a better match for blues if not a Martin guitar? I can’t say that all of their guitars are flawless, but I can surely say that Standard Series 000-18 is impeccable. As you probably know, you do pay a lot of money for this treat, but boy, is it sweat! The construction quality is so high I don’t think it will ever break apart. It features Sitka spruce top and genuine mahogany back and sides. These woods will make sure your guitar sounds even better as you both get older. This fella has an auditorium shape, which is comfortable to play. However, it does have its limitations – it’s not as loud as a dreadnought. That’s basically the only “flaw” we could find with this one. 000-18 comes equipped with high-grade components that constitute the sound as well. Once you play it, you’ll feel the vibes of pre-war instruments instantaneously and get surrounded by the magic of mahogany and spruce. In short, it’s truly an awe-inspiring instrument.
- Premium quality
- Impeccable performance
- Stunning design
- Not as loud as a dreadnought
Blueridge BR-140A Historic Craftsman Series
There are brands out there that focus on the future, while others choose to follow traditions, maintain the historic virtues of acoustic guitars and create new models with older technology. Choosing between these two can be a difficult task, since both of these groups have magnificent manufacturers within them. I can’t tell you what’s right or wrong, but I can tell you that this model is all about history. Blueridge BR-140A captures the feel of pre-war guitars and fills you up with all that vintage goodness. Solid Adirondack spruce top and mahogany back and sides turn this guitar into a real masterpiece. Its pristine clean tones are perfect for blues, and they have so much depth and character that you won’t believe your ears. BR-140A is a premium instrument which can be utilized by professionals and beginners equally. Though it might need an initial setup, so do the majority of guitars out there regardless of their price. This one’s a keeper!
- Exceptional build quality
- Rich and saturated sound
- Comes with the gig bag
- Has strong vintage feel
- Needs initial setup
Zager EZ-Play ZAD20 Mahogany
Denny Zager has been playing guitars probably all his life. Other than performing and recording himself, he taught other people the art of mastering the guitar. He’d find his hands feeling sore after a long day of performing and that’s when he decided to change something. He experimented with various adjustments – he’d lower the action, change the gauge, test bracing systems and etc. As a result, his recreations turned into completely new guitars that no longer strained the hands of his students. Easy Play series ZAD20 is the result of his hard work and attentive eye. It incorporates all the features that are needed to perform hours on end without feeling tired. This bad boy is a perfect match for anyone who enjoys smooth and comfortable necks, soft frets and solid construction. It feels way more expensive than it actually is and provides us with the possibility to experiment even more with our sounds. I don’t think it will be an exaggeration if I say that this fella is one of the best blues acoustic guitars on the market!
- Premium quality for affordable price
- Defined tone
- Packs a lot of punch
- Easily gets affected by the environmental changes
Acoustic Guitars For Country Music
Eastman Traditional Adirondack/Rosewood, Parlor
Eastman has always been one of those manufacturers that say something unique to the guitarists with each instrument. The price range doesn’t matter – be it an expensive piece or an affordable one, they add a touch of something that is then translated into many different languages. I don’t know why but their guitars are never silent. If you don’t believe me, then you should check out E20P from their Traditional Series. This parlor sized guitar has an impeccable construction and features premium components. The brand decided to go for a solid Adirondack spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides. These woods make it possible to create resonant, vibrant, rich and defined sounds regardless of the techniques you use. This thing is quite powerful for its size and has the ability to capture the audience. I won’t start talking about the design, because I like it too much and I’m afraid I’m going to get overboard. So let’s end it at that, since you have to explore it further!
- Flawless construction
- Wider nut (i.e. more space between the strings)
- Powerful sound
- A bit expensive
Oh, Martin, is there something more unattainable in this universe? Probably yes, because I’m sure many of you have enough money to afford their guitars. Their high-end range is truly a dream for many, but a cheaper line has made Martin guitars accessible to more people. Their guitars are the one you should grow old with, as they will be by your side no matter what. DSS-17, in particular, is a wonderful example of the values the manufacturer stands for. It has a sturdy construction that won’t develop any cracks over time (unless you expose the guitar to extreme environmental changes or beat the crap out of it). The top is made from Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are built with mahogany. But the sound is where things get cranked up a notch or two. DSS-17 has an expressive tone – you can hear its woodiness no matter what you do. Its vintage vibes are so real that you can easily convince yourself you’ve been playing this guitar all your life. I can go on and on about this fella because it inspires me in a different way. After all, it’s one of the best acoustic guitars for country music!
- Creates dynamic tones
- A wide range for versatility
- Durable construction
- Some of you might dislike the design
Fender Paramount PM-1
Even if some of you don’t agree with me I think Fender is improving their acoustic game. Not all their models are perfect, but they do have several ones that get the job done decently. Their Paramount PM-1 proves that you should be open-minded and try something out before you make up your mind. It’s affordable compared to its rivals, yet it still has an impressive tone. It comes with the Fishman preamp system so that you have the chance to adjust anything that you want. Refined tone will take you to unimaginable places, be it country or any other genre. This fella has a solid spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides. Fender decided to retain the “old-school” look so they went with a checkerboard binding and rosette. They have also used a headstock that is reminiscent of their old models. PM-1 is a really interesting piece, so why not give it a try?
- Beautiful design
- High-quality electronics
- Expressive tone
- Thick layer of finish
Gold Tone Paul Beard Signature Series PBS-M
The bearded ghost of the all bluegrass musicians united into one incorporeal body came to me one day and told me: this is just a dream, but the Gold Tone Paul Beard Signature Series PBS-M is real, and if I could buy a guitar, I would buy this one. I woke up the next morning wondering why it was I dreamt that dream, since bluegrass had been lost to me for a while. Then I looked up this guitar and it hit me – because this is an exceptional instrument. This steel resonator is soothing and haunting at the same time. The unique beard-spun aluminum cone placed on this resonator gives it a sound that is unique even among the unique resonators, while the square neck makes it perfect to be used as a lap top steel guitar. The mahogany body and the rosewood fretboard are comfortable and lightweight, enhancing the sound of the guitar and balancing its vibrancy and playfulness. In the end, this is the best high-end resonator guitar you could probably get your hands on today.
- Amazing Sound
- Beautiful Design
- Amazing Hardware
- High Price
Regal RC-51 Metal Body Tricone Resophonic Guitar
When the resophonic guitar was first created, it was hard to decide if it was futuristic or a callback to the past. Whether it was a piece of new technology or simply the utilization of past techniques to create something new. The dilemma persists in modern times, especially with the Regal RC-51 Metal Body Tricone Resophonic Guitar, which looks like it could have come out from a steampunk, retrofuturistic, science fiction novel. The metal body of this guitar is as much a design from the future as it is a call back to the past. The sound it makes is as alien as it is familiar and pleasant. So no wonder that I would like to call this guitar one of the more unique acoustic guitars on the list. The tricone design is definitely one of the original designs, but the concept of mechanical amplification, as done in this resonator, is still a little on the mind-blowing side. Whatever the guitar is, wherever it is from, it is still one of the best resonator guitars around.
- Amazing looks
- Traditional construction
- Good tonewood
- Need to change strings
- Quite expensive so I would not recommend it for beginners
Recording King RM-991 Tricone Resonator
The sound of the Recording King RM-991 Tricone Resonator is royal and regal despite being primarily used by the bluegrass bums with long beards and wide-brim hats that I so idolize (despite them not being that real). This guitar is on the affordable side among the resonator guitars, but it is also one of the best to ever grace our world. Its signature vibrant, twangy sound and flexibility in play technique makes it an incredible addition to any collection of any guitar player. Only if I could strike out and become one of the bluegrass bum royalty playing this instrument somewhere deep in the countryside of the American mid-west, I would possibly be a happier man. Or maybe I would miss WiFi too soon and come back with my tail between my legs – whichever it is, I know for sure that the sound of this instrument is one of the man things calling upon me to abandon my urban lifestyle and dedicate the entirety of my being to music.
- Great Sound
- Tuning Stability
- Beautiful looks
- A little heavy
There are several types of guitars listed above. All of them are acoustic, but they all possess unique qualities that affect the way they sound and play. So, to make sure you know what you’re getting into, here are short explanations of what each type of guitar is and how it differs from the others.
Steel String Guitar
The steel-string guitar is the guitar you think of when you hear the words acoustic guitar. This type of guitar has become incredibly popular around the world in the 20th century. Ubiquitous, it is the go to instrument whether you are playing country, rock and roll or really, any genre at all.
The guitar is relatively loud, compared to its other acoustic brethren, thanks to the so called “dreadnought” design often used in the construction of the guitar. This design makes the body of the guitar bulkier, giving the sonic vibrations more space to resonate inside it, resulting in better and louder projection.
The steel strings of the guitar produce an incredibly vibrant and energetic sound. The “twangy” nature of the sound gives the tones played a unique flavor. The metal of the guitar is also more susceptible to natural sustain when played with high speed or strength, but the best steel string guitars mitigate the effect. Even if sustain creeps in, creative use of the effect might result in a very pleasant and unique musical effect. The steel strings also tend to be a little harsh on the fingers of the fretboard hand, causing calluses or possibly pain, until the new instrumentalist gets used to them. After a while, the strings stop being harsh so that playing the guitar becomes only pleasurable.
The classical guitar is the second most spread type of guitar in the world. This might also be the instrument you think of when the acoustic guitar is mentioned, though the guitar has lost some of its popularity over the past century. This is the result of change of popular genres of music around the world – the classical guitar was more often used for playing classical music arrangements or flamenco music. Nowadays, with the rise of country, blues, rock and roll, and other modern genres that demand more flavor from their instruments, the classical has lost some of its popularity. The thing is, the classical guitar still possesses the qualities that often attract popular music musicians to use the instrument in their compositions.
Unlike the steel string guitar, the classical guitar has a smaller body shape, following the tradition of the “classical guitar” makers. This means a slightly softer sound when compared to the steel string guitar, but it also means lighter weight and more comfort for the player.
The Nylon strings of the guitar are one of the most unique things about it. The best classical guitars sound no quieter than the best steel strings, but they also have a warmer, mellower sound thanks to these strings. This makes the guitar the favorite of musicians who prefer to remain calmer, though the guitar is extremely good at fast-paced and energetic music. The Nylon strings are actually much less susceptible to the sustain problem of the steel strings, meaning that fast-paced fingerstyle or high-speed strumming sound just as precise and good as slow playing.
The resonator guitar is one of the most unique types of acoustic guitar on this list, both in terms of make and technique. The guitar is made with an alternative method of sound resonating: the typical guitar uses a soundhole and a large cavity in the body to amplify and resonate the sound. The resonator guitar uses a metal coil connected to the bridge of the guitar, through which the vibrations of the strings travel and are resonated by the coil. This results in a very unique sound and a unique style of play.
There are several types of coils used in a resonator guitar and all of them are part of a very interesting history. Some of the best resonator guitars were made in the 1950s, from whence the history of the guitar begins. The material of the body and fret does have to be steel or metal, but often, for cosmetic purposes, are made so. The coil is usually made with metal, which gives the guitar a much more twangy, energetic and vibrant sound. The uniqueness of the sound also tends to put the guitar in the specific genres of country and bluegrass, but has been used in outside genres as well. The potential uses for the guitar are immense.
There are two ways to play the resonator guitar, depending on the type of neck it has. The square neck requires the guitar to be played as a laptop steel guitar. This means keeping the guitar horizontal, strings up, and playing it in such way. This allows for easier sliding across the fretboard and easier fingerpicking. The round neck option among the resonator guitars allows it to be used just like any conventional acoustic guitar. The makes strumming easier.
Scaled Down Version
A scaled-down version of acoustic guitars tend to be the same as normal-sized versions of the guitars other than sound. The smaller size makes the guitar easier for children to play or for travel. These guitars are incredibly well fitted for the needs of beginners but also provide good enough sound for professional players.
Now that you are aware of the general details about each type of these guitars you might have an idea that you want one of these specifically. I am glad that this short guide helped you out. The thing is, you might be interested in buying all of these as well, but you have to have the basic skills required to play the guitar before you do. For that you would need the best beginner’s acoustic guitars available. Once you have the skills to play a guitar then you should think about investing in the best instruments available on the market. These skills would also assist you in learning the different styles and techniques required to play some of the more unique guitars on this list, such as the Resonator guitar.
Owning the best acoustic guitar comes with a burden. You must be able to play it to its full potential, no matter what type of guitar it is. Otherwise, why would you buy it? Why waste the resources necessary for such a beautiful instrument if you do not intend to challenge both it and yourself? The acoustic guitar is an immense instrument, both in its power and challenge. Its versatility is what makes the acoustic guitar so valuable in the world of music. Whether you’re playing jazz, rock, blues or almost any instrument-based genre, you will encounter the need for guitar. So why not have the best-sounding acoustic guitar you can get your hands on available when you do?
What about Best Acoustic Electric Guitars?
Can you do a review on the AKLOT Acoustic Guitar Full Size 41” Spruce Cutaway Guitar? It’s posted on Amazon but no reviews yet. Is it a decent guitar?
Seagull Coastline Slim CW Q1T:
Spruce top, Wild Cherry back and sides. Fantastic tuners, electronics and well balanced tone. All with a cutaway design that allows you to shred the highest frets when you want to switch strumming and soloing. I own this guitar and absolutely love it. Highly recommend!
Yeah, this is a cool guitar with a great sound.
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