To become a professional, or even a decent, guitar player means to sacrifice a lot of things and to acquaint yourself with a lot of pain. Every day you spend any amount of hours practicing the instrument. An hour, two, four, eight, taken out of your day to practice your music, hours that could be used for fun with friends or dates with lovers, or just time that could have been spent with family. Each of these minutes that could have been something else sacrificed to the guitar. The shredded fingers that have to slide non stop against strings, tearing, peeling and hurting until finally they develop thick skin. Unfeeling and efficient at sliding across steel strings. Feeling lost in an attempt to fulfill an ambition. Days of frustration when it feels like you can’t advance any further, when you cannot get any results you wish. Days where you feel like you hate yourself more than you love yourself. All of these minutes and feelings, even a part of your own personality sacrificed for one purpose: fulfilling a dream. Achieving that height of being the truly deserving musician. One that worked for the perfection of their tones, one that knows what it means to be in pain, to be hungry and tired and still keep playing. So that you can be the one and only star that shines brightest. The road to this goal is a tiring one, so every once in awhile, you treat yourself. You buy yourself toys and fun, but you enjoy buying more, better instruments most. All you want is the best available, so when you finally achieve the level, you end up buying the best acoustic guitar under 1000.
Top 10 Acoustic Guitars Under 1000
You might be tired of hearing that all art and all artists are somehow connected. That music and art are twins, with different means of expression. Maybe someone even went as far as saying that all the work you do to achieve perfection is just as valuable as the work of a painter. Well, my friend, you are not wrong to be tired, but you are wrong to disregard the similarity. After all music and art are the result of the same desire – to tell the world how it actually is, instead of seeing and accepting it for what it is. While you declare your vision through sound, art does it through vision. So when I say that the Seagull Artist Mosaic is one of the best tools to assemble the musical mosaic that you wish to impart upon the world, all I mean is, this is an exceptional guitar. This handcrafted beauty has innovative mounting and neck construction for simple playability. The solid cedar of the instrument gives it the richness and vibrance that you will appreciate, more than I ever could. So have at it, you visionary you.
- Amazing Sound
- Incredibly Well Built
- Beautiful Design
I love it when I see Cordoba guitars. Gives me an excuse to talk about one of the more amazing in the world, and speak of the fire and steel of the spirit that both the region and the guitars of the Cordoba manufacturer are infused with. You must have had enough. This time around I will be honest, no exaggeration and no talking about the spiritual power this guitar carries. I will say that it is made with solid Englemann spruce, a high quality material that gives the guitar a strong sound with a beautiful, versatile tonality. The ebony fingerboard with rosewood binding is comfortable to spend hours playing and durable, so the guitar remains seemingly untouched through all the years and song you play. The heel is constructed with Spanish traditions, resulting in a lighter weight. The sound of Cordoba Acero D10 is loud, clear and beautiful. This is a great instrument.
- Great sound
- Great construction
- Tusq nut might not be as bright and durable as bo
Bob Taylor was a man with a lot of love to give. Most of it he pumped straight into the guitars he made. He never stopped doing it and at some point, all of the work he put into making guitars resulted in the Taylor 114ce 100 series. It is a simple guitar, chock full of love and you can tell. When playing the guitar sounds like it was made by a person who knows that a guitar can sound perfect. He knows that this sound is also impossible to achieve, but he is going to try his best. The result is a very good guitar with a solid sitka spruce top for a beautiful resonation and solidity and warmth and vibrance in tone. The grand orchestra style body provides the attractive, powerful but also subtle dissemination of sound. This is a beautiful instrument that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a new guitar.
- Comfortable playing
- Bright, rich sound
- Excellent build
- Sapele neck might not be everyone’s favourite
- A bit pricey for beginner level
A.R.E. is apparently a new wood warping technique developed by Yamaha. Acoustic Resonance Enhancement, as it is called, must be doing something especially unique to produce a result that is just as good as all the other guitars on this list. While Yamaha LL16RDHC Solid Spruce/Rosewood guitar does have a very beautiful sound, I don’t think this technology adds much beyond what normal wood reforming technologies do. Still, this guitar holds up, especially in the under 1000 bracket. The englemann top does a great job of resonating a balanced set of tones and sound. The solid rosewood back and sides further enhance this balance, resulting in a guitar that sounds like it is producing the fairy dust from Peter Pan. The vibrant, ringing sound of this guitar is noticeable and will result in heads turning from all side to to take a look at what is playing.
The Loar unique among acoustic guitars. It does not sport the traditional acoustic sound hole that all the other acoustic guitars have. Instead it has two F-holes that you would expect a hollow body guitar to have. That is because it is one. Now that you have come so far in your guitar career, you might want to consider picking up a guitar that has the capabilities of both sides of the isle. You might find yourself more pleased than you would think. The pickup on Loar LH-350-VS allows for very little feedback issues, if any, while the hand carved, mahogany body sound warm, pleasant and overall like the silky voice of one of those sexy, Hollywood actors who we all secretly wish we were. It is perfect for old school rock and rockabilly sound and tone, while also being extremely well fitted for all the jazzy, country acoustic need you have. This means that you can have a great time and an amazing, versatile tool in your arsenal for a reasonable price.
- Great tonewood
- Old style looks
- Neck might be a little bit too bulky
There are many legends and stories associated with guitars. It is hard to tell which ones are true and which ones are not, but sometimes, we know for sure that the tale told of a guitar is true. Such stories make the guitar all the more beautiful, all the more attractive. To me at least. The story of LaPatrie guitars is inflaming to your romantic bones. Somewhere in Canada, deep in Quebec, there is a small snowy village populated by men and women who dedicate their lives to making guitars. For the past 30 years they have been making these beautiful instruments that you enjoy. Finally they have made the La Patrie Concert CW QI. It is one of the best guitars under 1000 available to on the market. Thanks to its Cedar top and mahogany back and sides, the guitar has a well rounded sound with an emphasis on the high tones. It is comfortable to play and a pure pleasure to have as part of your collection.
- Great tonewood
- Comfortable neck
- Rich sound
- Price is not too beginner friendly
- Might need a lot of tuning in the beginning (but so do most new guitars)
There is a tranquility in a coastline beach on a cold morning. The waves beating against the sand and rock, the beach empty of those afraid of the cold blowing in from sea or the ocean. The gray of the sky mixing in with bluish green of the sea, clouds melding together and dipping below and beyond the horizon. You could stand there, just staring out at the world, your feet planted solidly into the ground, a blanket around your shoulders. And all you can think about are the many summers you have spent sitting on one of those old rocks, right next to the bonfire, singing your favorite songs into the dead of the night sky. The Seagull Coastline S6 Slim CW Spruce QI feels like a guitar taken straight out of such a daydream. Holding the guitar and playing it feels beyond good, it feels just right, just as if it belongs there. So did you at the beach. The sound is strong, vibrant with the high tones effortlessly emphasized thanks to the spruce top. This is a great guitar, especially for how much under 1000 it is.
- Great sound
- Comfortable neck to grip
- Consistent and the sound gets better with time
- Might be pricier for beginner’s budget
- Tusq nut, for some, does not sound as bright as real bone
This friend of mine is a little smaller than you are used to when picturing a dreadnought. There are many reasons to making one that is smaller in size. Children or people that are not as big will find this guitar incredibly comfortable to play. But you don’t want to be dropping this much dough on a guitar for a child. So what this guitar is actually perfect for is hanging on your back and carrying it through days and days of going places. It is light and incredibly easy to fit into cramped spaces. Most importantly, the solid sitka spruce top of Martin Dreadnought Junior produces a magical sound. Full, warm, expressive, the guitar is perfect for your on the road occasions. The comfort of playing a smaller guitar leaves you questioning why you would ever actually want a full sized guitar. In the end, you start realizing that not all things need to be big, and sometimes the greatest things can be slightly smaller in size.
- Easy to play
- Great sound
- Sapele (not the best material but it does not ruin the sound on this one)
- Does not have the full volume of full-sized ones but it sure comes close
There are men who spend their lives chasing ghosts. Days upon days looking for something that used to be there but now is gone. Nostalgia conquers the lives of these men or women, as they spend more of their lives wandering in wonderment and hope that they will find something of the past than they do enjoying their today. Fortunately for these men, and all of us who wish them the best, in this world there exists a strong taste for vintage. Things of the past that bring back something that once was, not in the sense of the physical, but in the sense of abstract, of memory and feeling and emotion. Well made vintage items tend to awaken things in these people, the happiness they seem to be unable to find at times. The Blueridge BR-140 Historic Series Dreadnought is one such instrument, made for men looking for the ghosts. This guitar sounds just like it was made in the realm of once upon a time, way back in the day, using bracing and warping techniques from the past to achieve a vintage sound. The sitka spruce top is expressive in its resonance of the sound, while the dreadnought body is loud and strong. And even if the guitar does sound vintage, it still feels fresh to the world of today.
- Great tonewood
- Pure vintage sound
- Might be pricey for beginners (but see the conclusion)
Not all acoustic guitars have to be the same as the others. The Gretsch G9201 Honey Dipper stands out, in this list, because of the fact that it is not a simple acoustic guitar. It is a resonator guitar, that uses its metal body and biscuit cone to sound not just like a resonator guitar, but just like an average acoustic guitar. It might seem counter intuitive to buy a resophonic guitar when all you’re looking for is an acoustic one. It is, but when the guitar is as versatile as the one described here, when it can sound like an average acoustic guitar without a problem, well, the counter intuitiveness gives way to great ideas. This instrument, with its superb sound lovely versatility might be the little bit of flavoring that your musical career need, making it one of the best options for an acoustic guitar you have.
- Great Sound
Congratulations, whoever you are, to finally have come so far in your musical career that you are buying yourself a better guitar. This is the reward you get for spending the past few months (years?) being called the annoying word “beginner” (Ew). If you do have the pesky question of why you need a more expensive guitar bothering you then hear me out.
More Expensive and Generally Better
Most cheap guitars have a lot of things in common, which is not surprising, since they all (or at least a vast majority of them) are made on an assembly line in a factory. All of them could be pretty much generic, with the process used to make these guitars repeated several hundred times a day. The guitars that go through such a process usually end up having a variable level of quality. Some come out great, others end up being below what you wanted or expected. Any cheap guitar that I have mentioned as best usually has these problems of variable quality minimized, so you end up getting a solid quality guitar if you buy one of them
The thing with more expensive guitars is that they are actually carefully crafted to be better. Each detail is considered: the grain of the wood and what part of the guitar it is used for. The alignment of the neck to the body of the guitar is carefully considered and checked multiple times. Basically, the guitar is optimized to play as easily and as well as it can be. The best acoustic guitars under 1000 do this as well. This means you don’t have to break bank to buy a really good guitar.
This means that all those hours spent practicing will finally pay off, not just because you will finally sound the way you wanted to, but because you get to play these tunes on an instrument that can actually keep up with you.
This is not to say that cheap guitars don’t hold up. The only thing cheap in this context means is affordable. The guitars that you pay less for can sometimes sound as good as expensive ones. Though you have a certain guarantee that your guitar will definitely sound as good as you want it to, if you pay a little extra for it.
Do I really need an expensive guitar?
If you want better quality, yes you do. While in the world of electric guitars it is possible to get by with a cheap guitar that you modify into oblivion, there is only a limited amount of upgrading you can do to an acoustic guitar. You could try modifying the nut and saddle of an acoustic guitar, slightly improving the sound, or you could try modifying the way you play. The end result will remain the same – your inexpensive guitar will not sound as good as a slightly more pricey one could.
So, I would say, yes you do. If you want a guitar that sounds better and can keep up to the challenge of producing the tone you want it to produce, you need to start thinking about upgrading. A slightly more expensive guitar might mean a world of difference for what kind of sound you produce. It could also mean the beginning of your new guitar collection. Most importantly, it could be the boost in morale you need to keep the commitment to music going. A new guitar, especially a well made one, will make you want to play, will lead you into playing without you realizing that it is not something you wanted, but something that the guitar wanted.
I never became the musician I wish I could have been. I found that there were other things I wanted more. There was a point in my life though, a year long stint, where I spent every day playing my faithful acoustic guitar. That was the time when I learned the satisfaction, the sense of reward that come with actually getting better, especially when disregarding pain. My fingers might have bled and my social life might have suffered, but in the end it was worth it. Finally, I could play any song I wanted, not just smoke on the water or wonderwall. There was actual meaning to all those times I said “I can play the guitar” when attempting to impress my crush. But now the meaning went beyond the girl and the kiss I wanted. The meaning was music itself, the art of playing the guitar. It was a game, a challenge to myself. To keep playing and learning and getting better. After only a few weeks of playing every day, my goal with the guitar was not to impress, but to get better. It was a year long lesson about ambition and hard work; about the pain and sacrifices that have to be made to achieve something outstanding. I might not have become a good musician but I know that I became a better person as a result. If you are here, looking for the best acoustic guitar under 1000, then you know what I am talking about. You know the amount of time it takes to get better, to feel like you deserve a guitar of good quality. To feel like that you graduate from a beginner guitar. So congratulations and good luck.