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For those on a budget or those that are looking for a fantastic bargain here are the best acoustic guitars that are available for under $500. Gone are the days when you needed to break the bank to be able to afford a great guitar as now you can have both great sound and a well built guitar that will last for years at under $500.
Here then are my recommended best acoustic guitars for under $500 in no particular order.
Washburn D10S Acoustic Guitar
The worlds best selling acoustic guitar and the one that acoustic guitar magazine named the best guitar available for under $500. Although I don’t totally agree with that statement it certainly is a fantastic guitar for the money. It is easy to play and sounds fantastic, in fact it sounds better than many acoustic guitars that cost twice the price.
This is one of the best acoustic guitars in the world in fact if you didn’t know it’s price (under $400 ) you would swear it would be a $800 plus guitar. The Seagul S6 sounds almost as good as many top end Martins, Taylors and Gibsons but for a fraction of the price. It may be a little more expensive than the Washburn d10s but for that you will have a guitar that will last you a lifetime.
Epiphone Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar
It’s amazing how close this comes to the Gibson hummingbird when you consider the difference in price but Epiphone have done a fantastic job. It may not be a Gibson but for many it is as close as they will come to owning a hummingbird because of the price. This guitar is fantastic for beginners and even experienced players will find some joy.
Fender DG100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
The beautiful DG100 has a fantastic feel to it and is well suited to almost any style of play. The strings that come with the guitar are a little harsh but this is easily fixed with new strings. If your looking for great acoustic guitar from one of the biggest names around then this is definitely worth a look for under $300.
Takamine G320 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
If your looking for a bargain then this is it. I’ve played $800 acoustic guitars that don’t have the same quality of sound as the G320 Dreadnought, and yet this cost under $150. This is another example of the quality that Takamine guitars provide. It may not last you a lifetime but for value for money this is amazing.
Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar
Whether a complete novice or a veteran player the FG730S offers an amazing playing experience. The feel of it is that of a much more expensive guitar and the sound is also great. It may not be as easy to play as some of the others which is something a complete novice may want to consider but it is a wonderful instrument for the price.
Alvarez RD8 Regent Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
I’d never played an Alvarez guitar before trying the RD8 and to be honest I wasn’t expecting much but this is a great guitar for the price ( under $200 ). It has a clear and full sound that not many $200 guitars can match and is a great purchase for any beginner or for someone looking for a solid second guitar.
Ibanez AEL20E Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Onboard Tuner
This is the best looking guitar you will find for under $500 but it deserves to be in this list of the best acoustic guitars for under $500 for more reasons than that. The Ibanez sounds absolutely beautiful whether plugged in or acoustic and is a match for many higher priced guitars available. If you can afford it this has to be considered.
Takamine G Series 340C Acoustic-Electric Guitar
In my opinion I have saved the best until last as I believe the 340C to be the best of the best acoustic guitars for under $500, in fact in terms of sound I doubt you will find a guitar for less than a $1000 that sounds better. Takamine have produced, in my opinion the best value for money guitar in the world.
And there you have my best acoustic guitars for under $500. If you have the complete $500 I’d go with the Takamine 340C but whichever of these guitars you opt for I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. […]
Taylor Guitars has unveiled its new 2011 Fall Limited Edition Guitars, featuring premium tonewoods: Cocobolo, Koa and Indian Rosewood with new inspired inlay designs.
The stars of the Taylor Fall Limiteds are the Koa and Cocobolo. They are exceptional tonewoods that have unique signature acoustics.
They also have sophisticated grainy and earthy wood visuals that compliments the sound, rounding off their over all organic and aesthetic vibe.
The Cocobolo and Koa are usually reserved for the exclusive Presentation Series or via custom builds, but this fall you will get the chance to own one as long as the limited production allows. The looks of these guitars are further enhanced by matching artistic rosette and inlays. These guitars are suitable for those who are looking to expand their tonal palette
The Cocobolo line features Cocobolo back and sides with Sitka spruce on top. Since Cocobolo is one the densest and heaviest rosewood around, it allows the guitar to produce clear bell like high tones and piano like low tones.
The Koa series features an all Koa guitar, or an optional Englemann Spruce top. The Koa is a unique and sophisticated wood and brings out natural midrange. It tends to be more balanced in terms of attack and less boomy, which makes it suitable for stage performance.
The Indian Rosewood line although not as exotic as its brothers, has its own unique look and sound to offer. These guitars have the traditional Sitka spruce top and is designed to be more of a workhorse guitar for hardworking musicians. Its a great deal if you are looking for flexibile and all around acoustic guitar tone with the Taylor brand backing it up.
The other more traditional version of the Indian Rosewood line are the nylon string guitars with Cedar top. If you are into latin or classical music, or you want to give it a try, then maybe this affordable guitar is for you.
The 2011 Fall Limited Edition cast of guitars have something to offer for almost all types of acoutic guitar players. For more information head over to TaylorGuitars.com […]