It is a strange thing to realize that no matter how much you are willing to pay, there will always be a better guitar out there. This bothers me a lot because I want every one guitar I ever speak of to be the best guitar. So when I spend several days freaking out about this new instrument I found that is exceptional in every way and then one of my friends shoots me an email or message about a guitar that is much better, I get a little frustrated. Thankfully the prevalence of this problem becomes less immediate in the range of mid to high end. Which is why I am so excited to be talking about the 10 best acoustic guitars under 2000 – all of these guitars carry the weight of being incredibly good. In this range really, the sky’s the limit, and by the sky I mean the number 2000 and by the limit I mean beyond that we’re entering the range of “the best acoustic guitars ever”. Fair warning: you will find me freaking out about those, because what man doesn’t freak out when he exits the stratosphere?
Anyway, the problem of owning the best guitar shouldn’t bother you as much as it does me. You are not someone who reviews guitars, you are someone who plays them and if you really think about it, for each musician the “best” guitar, or instrument in general, is a highly subjective idea.
Table of Contents
- 1 Top 7 Best Acoustic Guitars Under 2000
- 1.1 Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
- 1.2 Taylor 317e Grand Pacific with V-Class Bracing
- 1.3 Martin D-41
- 1.4 Takamine Pro Series GB7C Garth Brooks with Case
- 1.5 Blueridge BR-180 Historic Series Dreadnought Guitar
- 1.6 Prestige Guitars Eclipse Spruce/Rosewood
- 1.7 Composite Acoustics Cargo Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar
- 2 2000 vs 500
- 3 Laminated and Preserved or Well Aged and Full Bodied
- 4 Conclusion
Top 7 Best Acoustic Guitars Under 2000
|Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany||(5 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|Taylor 317e Grand Pacific with V-Class Bracing||(4.9 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|Martin D-41||(4.9 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|Takamine Pro Series GB7C Garth Brooks with Case||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|Blueridge BR-180 Historic Series Dreadnought Guitar||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|Prestige Guitars Eclipse Spruce/Rosewood, Auditorium Body||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|Composite Acoustics Cargo Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar||(4.6 / 5)||Check on Amazon
2000 vs 500
A lot of the time people have trouble understanding what the difference between an expensive and relatively affordable guitars is. You will see many proponents of the “all guitars sound the same” theory and you might feel inclined to agree with them. I used to agree with them too because I had a hard time imagining that different types of body or nut material might produce a different sound.
I only realized how wrong I was after I had the chance to compare the two types of instruments myself. I had spent the day at a musical instrument shop “helping” a friend of mine pick out a new drumset. By helping I mean letting him talk to the assistant while I walked around the acoustic guitars section and tried every single instruments my hands could reach. Don’t judge me, he had been looking for a new drumset for months and I couldn’t take any more of him blabbering on about how specifically he wanted it, so yes I ran away to a better place.
I first tried a bunch of guitars on the affordable side, in the range of 500-800. These were extremely nice guitars, all of them sounded really good, something I would expect out of a guitar. Then, I saw, hanging on the wall, a guitar that was worth about 2000. Curious, I got my hands on it and played. The thing is I had grown accustomed to good sound, but this was something else. It had a deeper bass response than what I was used to, more emphasized high tones than what I had expected. It was overall warmer, more comfortable. It felt like for the first time in my life I actually sounded as good as I thought I always did.
This was thanks to the guitar made of higher quality materials.
Laminated and Preserved or Well Aged and Full Bodied
I covered a little information about the types of materials used for the body of an acoustic guitar and their effects in an earlier article, when talking about beginner guitars. The thing is, these are not beginner guitars, and there is a large difference between laminated and natural materials.
Laminated materials often used in affordable acoustic guitars sacrifices some resonance to tones for the sake of cheaper materials that could potentially last longer, unchanged. The sound remains crisp, but the effect of the laminated material is limited, taking away the uniqueness of the instrument’s sound.
Natural, non laminated materials that are used in higher end guitars such as the ones above are different. These guitars usually use high end materials with superior resonance, such as Engelmann Spruce or a any number of other, rarer materials. This results in a deep bass response and precise high tones that resist the extra sustain of the strings when the guitar is played faster.
These non laminated woods also tend to age over time, further enhancing the sound of the guitar. While a brand new Engleman Spruce guitar might sound crisp and exceptional and aged one will have grown into its sound, becoming more “full bodied”. This brings a guitar into the same realm as that of aged wines – when cared for and aged properly, a guitar only becomes better as it becomes older.
Every instrumentalist finds that the best guitar, or any other instrument, is the one they love playing. A whole lot of things other than the specs go into enjoying what you play. The history of the instrument or how it fits into your hands or how you feel holding it are much more important for the “best guitar” you will own than what material it is made of. It might be true that best high end acoustic guitars are superior in many ways to the best acoustic guitars that are priced just under 500, but one thing is omitted when considering such superiority.
The first acoustic guitar I ever bought was not worth much more than 300. That was too long ago to talk about out loud, but ever since then I have bought other guitars. Some of them have been just under 500 and some of them have been way more than that. The thing is my first acoustic guitar still remains as my favorite acoustic guitar. It is best guitar I ever owned, hands down. That is not because it sounds the best or because it is the most comfortable to play, but because it now has character. It is infused with memories of hours spent practicing with or without my friends. Every time I pick it up and play it, I can’t help but remember that one time when I was playing in the underground and some drunk guy started dancing to my music. It has all the ugly stickers and all my teenage angst compounded into so much love and hate that this guitar took. Years of abuse and years of attempting to preserve its character, originality and form, because at some point it was about to fall apart.
This isn’t to say that it beats the best acoustic guitar under 2000 in sound. In fact it is much inferior. What I am trying to say is that it beats them in character, because these guitars, until you’ve played them are plain blank. A guitar on this list might end up being your favorite, or it might not, it is entirely up to you. The thing is you have to play it to make it the best.