​​​​23 Best Acoustic Guitars in 2020 (Review)

Last Updated January 6, 2020

Best acoustic guitar

Are you looking for the best acoustic guitar of your dreams? Well, I am here to help!

There are a variety of people looking for acoustic guitars, some are looking to learn a new instrument, some are professionals, and some are looking for a gift. To make it as simple as possible for you to find a guitar that is within your budget and needs, I made a list of my personal favorites in a variety of budget ranges and styles.

Scroll down the list and find your target budget, there you will find my picks within that range with a summary of why I like it and with a few cons if there are any.

I hope you find this article helpful, if you feel like there is anything I left out or if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment in the end.

Now without further ado, let’s start!

23 Top Picks Of The Best Acoustic Guitar

Here is a table of a few hand-selected favorites from this list, more in-depth reviews will follow after the table.

Product Details
Our #1 Rated

Takamine EF360S

Takamine EF360S TT Thermal Top Acoustic-Electric Guitar...
My personal favorite! The sound quality is remarkable, it has a nice design and the overall setup is impeccable.
Our #1 Rated

Takamine EF360S

My personal favorite! The sound quality is remarkable, it has a nice design and the overall setup is impeccable.

Best For Beginners

Seagull S6

Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar
If you are a beginner looking for a supreme guitar at a low price the S6 is the perfect pick.

Best For Beginners

Seagull S6

If you are a beginner looking for a supreme guitar at a low price the S6 is the perfect pick.

Best Guitar for Gifts

Rogue RA-090

Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural
This is the best guitar in terms of quality for the price. Perfect for gifts.

Best Guitar for Gifts

Rogue RA-090

This is the best guitar in terms of quality for the price. Perfect for gifts.

Premium Option

Breedlove Oregon

Breedlove Oregon Concert CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar -...
Are you looking for a top-shelf guitar? The Breedlove Oregon features supreme build and sound quality.

Premium Option

Breedlove Oregon

Are you looking for a top-shelf guitar? The Breedlove Oregon features supreme build and sound quality.

Best Under 1500$

Martin D-15M

Martin Guitar D-15M with Gig Bag, Acoustic Guitar for...
The Martin D-15M gives you a Fullwood Martin for a steal of a price. The mahogany wood creates a warm and dynamic sound that is very pleasent.

Best Under 1500$

Martin D-15M

The Martin D-15M gives you a Fullwood Martin for a steal of a price. The mahogany wood creates a warm and dynamic sound that is very pleasent.

Best Under 1000$

Breedlove Solo Concert

Breedlove Solo Concert CE Red Cedar-Ovangkol...
Made of the well known brand Breedlove here in USA. Overall a great guitar suiting for most playstyles.

Best Under 1000$

Breedlove Solo Concert

Made of the well known brand Breedlove here in USA. Overall a great guitar suiting for most playstyles.

1. Takamine EF360S 

Takamine EF360S TT Thermal Top Acoustic-Electric Guitar...
  • Solid Thermal Spruce Top, Solid Rosewood Back
  • Solid Rosewood Sides, Mahogany Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard, Gloss Natural Finish

The Takamine is an outstanding guitar piece that has a delightful vintage feel with the new retro tuners and rosewood back and sides. On this Takamine, the preamp is not on the top but on the bottom of the guitar, which makes it more practical. The preamp is of high quality and sounds fantastic. The wood on the Takamine EF360s is heated in high temperature, low oxygen environment to get the wood to peak performance.

I have owned a Takamine EF360s for a few years, and I have used it for quite a few shows, and it’s remarkable. The Takamine is not a guitar for the average man, but for those who are looking to invest a lump sum in a high performing guitar that will last for you for years, then this is the guitar for you.

2. Blueridge BR-160

Blueridge BR-160 Historic Series Dreadnought Guitar
  • Solid Sitka spruce top with scalloped braces gives you clean...
  • Solid Indian rosewood back and sides guarantees deep bass...
  • Slim mahogany neck offers fast, easy action and inherently...

This flat top, steel-string guitar, is a member of the Blueridge historical series. I enjoy the design of the Blueridge BR-160, the back and sides being east Indian rosewood. The sides and back are beautiful, but the top is my favorite. It’s made of a beautiful piece of Sitka spruce with subtle straight symmetries. Throughout the whole guitar, you will find that there is put a lot of effort into making a unique piece of art with unique touches and details.

Either if you are fingerpicking or Flatpicking, you will find that this guitar puts out a lot of sound with exceptional tones, punchy mids, and an excellent woody low. It is a great guitar that provides a lot of value for the price.

3. Yamaha 6 string A-Series A3M

Yamaha 6 String Series A3M Acoustic-Electric...
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top with scalloped bracing for a louder,...
  • Yamaha's new SRT2 system allows you to blend between...
  • High comfort satin mahogany neck with a slim taper profile

The Yamaha A-Series is excellent, especially the A3M. It looks good, sounds good, and as other Yamaha guitars, it comes at an affordable price. The A3M beats a lot of the top shelf guitars in terms of quality and sound, so if you decide to purchase the A3M, you can be sure that you will get a lot of value for your money.

In terms of playing styles, the A3M covers a lot of ground as well, if you like to fingerpick or just jam around this guitar will do the job.

This guitar suits beginners to advanced players, which is why I think this is the perfect second guitar or gift to a special one since it doesn’t cost too much, and the quality you get for the money is so worth it. But again, if you are not sure you are into guitars, I wouldnt risk the money to figure later out that your guitar interested was just for a limited period. Still, if you are 100% into guitars and want a supreme guitar from the get-go, then this is the once I would recommend.

4. Seagull S6

Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar
  • Made in North America
  • Select Pressure Tested Top
  • Double Action Truss Rod

The Seagull S6 is the guitar I see gets most sold in guitar stores, and that is for a good reason. Who would think that someone could make a guitar in North America, sell it for under 500$, and making it sound like a million? It’s just an excellent guitar in terms of both sound, quality, and durability.

The Seagull company manufactures a range of different guitars, but the S6 is definitly the guitar that is the most popular amongst their product series. The reason it’s so economical is that the Seagull company uses materials that are plentiful in California and are therefore sold cheap on the market. The body and the sides are of wild cherries. The top is of cedar, and the neck is maple. The combination of the different types of woods makes it more lucrative and pleasant to look at.

In terms of designing and engineering, they have done an excellent job of making it as durable and high quality as they possibly could for the budget that they have to make this guitar.

If you are looking to buy an excellent guitar on a budget, then here you go! There is no other guitar that can compete against the Seagull S6 in terms of quality to price ratio.

5. Yamaha APX600 

Yamaha APX600 BL Thin Body Acoustic-Electric Guitar,...
  • Thin-line cutaway Body design for exceptional playability
  • 25" Scale Length and narrower string spacing for Enhanced...
  • New scalloped bracing pattern for increased bass response

The Yamaha APX600 is an excellent choice for those of you who are looking for an easy to play electro-acoustic guitar that is sold at an affordable price. The thin body shape makes it very comfortable to use, and it has proper string spacing that gives you more flexibility (still smaller string space than APX500, making it easier to use for those with smaller hands).

My favorite part about this guitar besides the sound is the design. It has a black tone to it, which I find very attractive, and engineering is sound as well. Another part of this guitar that I enjoy is the preamp. The preamp is powered by two AA batteries making it a lot more gig friendly than most built-in preamps since you dont have to worry about a power outlet everywhere you go.

The APX series was first introduced in 1987, the APX 600 is an upgraded version of the APX500 which was one of the most popular electro-acoustic guitars on the market, and it had been for several years as I can remember. With a few added features and some significant approvements, I see no reason that the APX600 will be the best selling electro-acoustic guitars this year as well.

The biggest challenge of a small acoustic guitar is making it sound great, but its a problem Yamaha has solved entirely. For the APX600, they have moved the bracing forward, which increased the low end, gave it a strong mid-range, and an excellent top range.

The APX600 is overall an excellent electro-acoustic guitar that gives you tremendous value for your money. I highly recommend you check this out if you are looking into an electro-acoustic guitar. If you have been in the guitar game for a while, then I am sure you have owned a couple of APX guitars, but if you are new, then the only thing I would say to you is to test it out.

6. Takamine GD93CE-NAT 

Takamine GD93CE-NAT Dreadnought Cutaway...
  • Solid spruce top, rosewood sides and a beautiful three-piece...
  • Slim mahogany neck and 12"-radius bound rosewood fingerboard...
  • Takamine TK-40D preamp system gives you a built-in tuner,...

Yet another Takamine! I enjoy playing on their guitars; they never disappoint. The Takamine GD93CE-NAT is a special one for me. It has been around my present for many years because it’s my best friend’s favorite guitar. As I said, I had not owned it myself, but I have played it and heard so many times that i figured I should know enough about it to write a short review of it.

The Back and sides are made of maple inset, and the back has a beautiful detail of redwood carved into it. For those of you who have small hands, this is a guitar you should look into, the string spacing and neck size makes it comfortable and easy to use still if you dont have hulk hands. Besides the sound and great design, the sound is impeccable as well. If you want to hear the tune, check it out on youtube, and you can listen to it yourself.

If you struggle to tune your guitar, then there is a unique feature just for you! That is the built-in pickup with a tuner. I would go far and beyond to get this feature when I first started, so I know there is a lot of you who would appreciate such a pickup nowadays.

I have nothing wrong to say about this guitar, and in terms of quality, price, and sound, this is yet another guitar that deserves the top spot on my list.

7. Yamaha Fg800 – Best Guitar For The Price!

YAMAHA FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar,Natural,Guitar...
  • Solid sitka spruce top
  • Nato back & sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard

I worked in a guitar store for a while, and I said this a lot when I tried to sell the guitar, but I sincerely mean it when I say –  its the world’s best guitar in terms of quality for the price. This is a very cheap guitar, but I am sure they could charge at least the triple of what they sell it for. Yamaha has excellent attention to detail when it comes to guitars, and even if the guitars cost less than 300$, they treat it as if it was their top-shelf products.

The FG800 is made of maple side and back, nato neck, and a spruce top. The FG800 has a more significant body than the FS800. I enjoy the FS800 as a “Coach guitar,” meaning a guitar I use when I watch tv and chill, while the FG800 gives you more power and dynamic sound, which I prefer over comfort, at least if I could choose only one of the two.

I would recommend this guitar to beginners, but more seasoned players as well. If you are looking for your first guitar to test the water with, then this is the one I would choose. Same with gifts, it’s kind to gift an 800$ guitar, but what if they dont like it, not interested in investing hours into playing or some other reason that dont allow them to play? If you are looking to gift a guitar to your kid, man, or anyone special that you think will enjoy having a solid guitar in their arsenal. Then this is the guitar for you.

Best For Beginners

are you a beginner and looking for an acoustic guitar? Great, then here are a few of my favorite picks for you. When I first started, there weren’t a lot of excellent guitars at this price point, but today you can get a good guitar for just 200$ that will sound like a grand. Now let’s dive into this list!

8. Taylor Academy 12e

Taylor Academy 12e Grand Concert Sitka Spruce/Sapele...
  • 6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top
  • Tayl ES-B Electronics - Natural Satin
  • Layered Sapele Back Sides

The Taylor Academy is an excellent series of guitars, and the 12e has an elegant concert body! The Taylor Academy 12e is so comfortable, and the price point makes it a unique beginner guitar. It has everything you would look for in a smaller body guitar, it has a nice focus and is a bit punchier without beeing to washy and big as a dreadnought.

It’s hard to make a guitar more comfortable than the Taylor 12E. It’s easy to hold in the lap, has a comfortable armrest, and is the perfect coach guitar if you ask me. The armrest has been filed down to peak the comfort. I must say that the tailors have really outdone themself with this guitar.

In addition to sounding great and being comfortable, the Taylor Academy 12e has a built-in pickup with a tuner making it easy for you to punch up the volume or to fine-tune the guitar.

If you are a beginner looking for a top-shelf guitar at an affordable price than the Taylor Academy 12e is the guitar just for you, I am close to jealous that you will have the pleasure of having such an exceptional guitar available from day one. I am sure you will have a great time and make some good tunes with this one if you decide to purchase it.

9. Fender Tim Armstrong

Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Concert Acoustic Guitar,...
  • Solid Mahogany Top, Laminated Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Scalloped X Bracing
  • Fishman Preamp.Number of Frets: 20

This is such an awesome sounding guitar, I have owned it for about two years now myself, and I have been playing it a ton.

It seems to hold up the tune well when I travel around. There is little to no tuning needed before I can start jamming away, and that’s a huge bonus for me. When I first got it at the store, the action felt a bit high, but after some playing for while, it’s all fine.

It comes with a Fishman pickup installed which is honestly my favorite brand for pickups, in addition to the pickup it has a three3 ban IQ, for beeing under 400$ guitar I find the IQ to hold up well.

What makes this such a great beginner guitar is the low price, a thinner neck making it easier for you to do chords, the action, and that it holds itself in tune for a long time.

I highly recommend this guitar for beginners looking to buy an exceptional guitar at a low price. It covers all the requirements you would look for in a good guitar. The design caught my eyes when I saw it and was the reason I bought it. I’m a good fan of Fender guitars and Tim Armstrong, and at that point, I was completely sold.

So check it out, I am sure you will have a blast with this cool looking guitar.

Best under 2000$

10. Breedlove Oregon

Breedlove Oregon Concert CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar -...
  • 6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Spruce Top
  • LR Baggs Element Electronics - Natural
  • Myrtlewood Back Sides

The Breedlove series just released a few years back, and it`s made here in Oregon. The body of the guitar is concert size, which is one of my favorites. I have never gotten to purchasing one myself, but I have tested a few, and I am sincerely impressed with the quality and craftmanship they have put into making these guitars.

Its equipped with a beautiful myrtle wood on the back, sides, and top. Most guitars on the market today have pins on the bridge, but this one doesn’t. It’s more of a classical style bridge, what’s great about this is that they dont have to drill holes in the guitar to fit the pins.

As you can see, Oregon puts a lot of effort and love into their products, but I haven’t gotten to the best part yet. To make every single guitar perfect, they have a neat process with some unique quality checks. Depending on the guitar, sound, and body, they choose different types of wood pieces suiting for that specific guitar.

The guitar is smooth to use, its responsive, sounds fantastic, and just the overall quality is remarkable. This is a guitar I would recommend to the once who genuinely have a passion for guitars and craftmanship.

11. Taylor 200 Series Deluxe 224ce-K 

Taylor 200 Series Deluxe 224ce-K Grand Auditorium...
  • Body Body type: Grand Auditorium Cutaway: Single cutaway Top...
  • Taylor's 200 Deluxe Series delivers all the essentials of a...
  • This collection strikes a sweet balance between tasteful...

People love this guitar, and now I understand why. Just the sound of this guitar wants me to play on it all day every day. It got a clean mid-range, subtle low end, and sparkle high end. The pickup on this guitar is excellent as well. Its the ES2 system, which is a top-shelf pickup and preamp system that is hard to beat. It allows you to shape the tone to your liking with the active volume, trouble, and base controller.

The top, sides, and bottom are made of layered wood the reason this acclimates the temperature and humidity, which I appreciate since its one of the most common reasons a guitar gets ruined.

The top is made of Koa. This is a real beauty in terms of both looks and sound. And as all Taylor guitars, it comes with an African ebony fingerboard and bridge.

I like this guitar, the color of the wood, the well-balanced dynamics, and engineering that is impossible to resist.

Best under 1500$

12. Martin D-15M

Martin Guitar D-15M with Gig Bag, Acoustic Guitar for...
  • PROFESSIONAL SOUND & APPEARANCE: Martin's D-15M acoustic...
  • GEARED FOR GIGS: This Martin Acoustic Guitar is made for...
  • PREMIUM HANDMADE GUITARS: Handmade from the highest-quality...

If you are looking for a guitar under 1500$, the Martin D-15M would be my first recommendation. The D stands for the dreadnought size, 15M stands for the style 15 with mahogany on the neck, sides, and top.

The Martin D-15M is an all-wood guitar, so this guitar would cost you a lot more if you were to buy it in the 1930s when the Martin guitar first originated. The Martin D-15M has a sating finish, which is very similar to how they made the guitar 100 years ago, but trust me, they have made a few improvements.

The neck is made of redwood with a low profile that is very comfortable to hold and use. It’s a modern 111 16 inch neck at the nut.

Throughout the whole guitar, you will find small details of extra effort and craftmanship, such as the short pattern diamonds on the fingerboard and square fingerboard, just like in the 1930s.

What I think makes this guitar, so valuable is the mahogany top. You genuinely get another sound with such and top compared to a spruce top. In my ears, the mahogany top makes a warm and sweet sound that works very well with fingerpicking with the combination of the warmth and open bottom.

13. Taylor 214ce DLX

Taylor 214ce Deluxe Grand Auditorium Cutaway...
  • "Shape: Grand Auditorium Number of Strings: 6 Back/Side...
  • Number of Strings: 6
  • Back/Side Wood: Layered Rosewood

If the Martin D-15M didnt wall in taste, then dont worry, I got another option for you, and that is no other than the Taylor 214ce DLX.

This guitar provides a lot of value for your money. It’s like a Taylor 214ce on superpowers. This guitar looks fantastic and sounds fantastic as well.

It got a solid Sitka spruce top with an ebony bridge and Tusq saddle. The back and sides are layered redwood, which provides some of that lovely rosewood sound, and since its layered, it will help to acclimate the temperature and humidity.

The neck is slim and has a low profile, which makes it very comfortable to hold. If you got small hands, then this guitar will work perfectly for you. I must admit.. I have small hands myself, and this guitar works perfectly for me.

It has a modern 111 16 inch neck at the nut just like the Martin D15-M so if that was the reason you disliked the Martin than this guitar won’t be the one for you either, but I can’t imagine that was the reason since these necks are a true beauty and comfortable to use.

This guitar got the new Taylor expression system installed and comes with a hard top case. For under 1500$ you get a lot of guitar for your money. The reason I put it on this list is simply that it’s just a cool guitar that sounds great as well, what more do you need?

Best Under 1000$

14. Breedlove Solo Concert

Breedlove Solo Concert CE Red Cedar-Ovangkol...
  • Solid western Red Cedar top, ovangkol back & sides, Mahogany...
  • African ebony Fretboard, 25.5" Scale Length, 1.687" nut...
  • African ebony Bridge, offset Dot Inlays, Abalone ring...

Looking for a guitar under 1000$? Great then checkout Breedlove solo concert, if I were to pick one guitar and I only had 1000$ then this would be my go-to guitar for sure. It has a tune sound, looking good, and provides a lot of value for the price.

It has a red cedar top, ovangkol back and sides, and a mahogany neck. The neck is comfortable to hold. It has a perfect fit in hand, making it easy to do any chords comfortably.

As you may know, I am a massive fan of Breedloves work, first of all, their guitars are made here in the USA. The secound is the quality control they have implemented in their manufacturing. It makes me comfortable to buy any of their guitars on the shelf because I can be sure that every guitar has been inspected and is top quality.

Breedlove is known for their different bracing. Most of Breedlove guitars are pinless, the reason for this is that it allows them to avoid making holes in the body, which results in better sound durability throughout the guitar.

Overall I like this guitar. I am a massive fan of Breedlove’s work and their guitars. The Breedlove Solo Concert sounds good, feels good, and looks good, which is all you need in a good guitar.

15. Taylor 114ce 

Taylor 114ce Acoustic-electric Guitar - Natural
  • 6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Spruce Top
  • Ebony Fretboard - Natural
  • Walnut Back Sides

If you didnt like the Breedlove solo concert or maybe you own it already, then here is an alternative for you. The Taylor 114ce is an excellent option for you who has 1000$ and is looking for a great guitar.

Taylor is a massive guitar brand that produces a large number of various guitars, but the best selling guitar in their stick is the Taylor 114ce.

The Taylor 114ce is a smaller guitar, so when I was first about to test it out I was worried the lower end would be weak, but I pleasantly surprised that they have done the correct steps to fix this common problem and making a fantastic guitar

I have played guitar for decades, and I feel the Taylor brand has become a close friend of mine, they become one of the go-to guitar brands that I know I can trust in terms of sound, looks, and quality.

To get to be the best selling guitar in Taylor’s line of guitar, you can be confident that there is an excellent reason for this.

Now let’s go down into some specifics, the top is made solid Sitka spruce, and it comes with an ebony bridge combined with a Tusq saddle. Under the Sitka top, you will find the forward shifted X-brace pattern, which adds to low end.

This is an awesome guitar for its price range, and its for a good reason that is Taylors most famous guitar.

Best under 500$

16. Yamaha L-Series LS6

Yamaha L-Series LS6 Concert Size Acoustic-Electric...
  • Hand-selected premium solid Engelmann Spruce top treated...
  • A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement) is an original wood...
  • Rosewood Back & Sides;Elixir Strings

If you have a tight budget and are looking for a great guitar, then there is one brand I would highly recommend to you, and that is Yamaha! It seems like they have perfected the manufacturing system since they can produce such high-quality guitar at a fraction of the cost is looks and feels like.

If I had 500$ and you told me to purchase one guitar, then the Yamaha L-Series LS6 would be my first recommendation. It has a spruce top treated with Yamaha’s A.R.E technique, which in short heats the wood in the guitar in a low oxygen environment to perfect the sound output this guitar puts out.

The guitar itself has a very traditional feel to it, as I mentioned the top is Engelmann, the sides and back is rosewood.

Overall this is a guitar that gives you a lot of value for your money, so if you decided to purchase this one, I could assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

17. Epiphone Hummingbird PRO  – Electric-Acoustic guitar Under 500$

Epiphone Hummingbird Studio Acoustic/Electric Guitar
  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany neck and body
  • Grover Rotomatic tuners

The Epiphone Hummingbird Pro is a beautiful guitar made of mahogany wood. If you didnt like the Yamaha L-Series LS6, then this is an option I would consider.

When I first started playing a guitar way back, a guitar like this would cost you a fortune. It’s remarkable how Epiphone has managed to produce such a quality guitar that sounds amazing and looks good at such a low price.

If you are looking for an Electric-acoustic guitar, then check this one out.

Under 300$

18. Yamaha FG830

Yamaha FG830 Solid Top Folk Acoustic Guitar - Tobacco...
  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Newly developed scalloped bracing
  • Traditional western body

Let’s be honest 300$ isn’t a lot, but in today’s market and choices of guitars, you can get an excellent guitar for that amount of money. A good example of such a guitar is the Yamaha FG830, as I have said dozens of times already Yamaha is a very good brand for those who are looking for a high-quality guitar at a low price.

This dreadnought styled guitar remains as one of the best selling guitars on the market today. It is a cheap guitar, but it, sure enough, doesn’t feel like one. It has a nice setup that plays like butter.

If you are looking to purchase your first guitar to test the waters the Yamaha FG830 is a great place to start, even if you have some experience under your belt I am sure you will be happy with the quality and sound of this guitar.

19. Alvarez Artist Series AF30 

Alvarez Artist Series AF30 Folk Guitar, Natural/Glass...
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Mahogany back and sides

If I could buy two guitars with my 300$, then this would be my second choice. Alvarez is famous for making high-quality guitars that don’t cost too much. The AF30 is a known product in their product lines because of the price to quality ratio.

It’s remarkable how they can make a guitar that costs less than 300$ yet feels like its worth 3 times more. You are off to a good start if Alvarez artist is your playing partner. With a spruce Sitka top, laminated mahogany on back and sides, you are set for a great adventure.

The guitar is comfortable around the neck, sounds good, and comes at a remarkable price.

Cheap Acoustic Guitars

20. Rogue RA-090

Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural
  • The 6-string Dreadnought design White wood body25-3/8" scale...

This guitar is insane, I have never owned it myself, but I have asked a lot around on forums and listened on a few videos on youtube of the Rogue RA-090, and I am impressed. It’s hard to imagine its possible for a company to make such a good guitar for under 100$, but it’s possible it seems.

If you are looking to test the waters on your guitar carrier or buy a gift for a special one then this could be an excellent option for you. There isn’t any guitar out there that is this cheap and sounds as good as the Rogue RA-090. It’s not the best guitar you can purchase obviously, but if you want a “test guitar” or a guitar that you can carry around on the bus or to lessons, then this is an excellent choice for you.

I found this guitar when I was searching through amazon a couple of weeks ago when I was looking to buy a few guitars for this huge article I had planned. The reason this guitar caught my eye was because of all the good reviews it had. I believe it had around 300 positive reviews, which are right to be such a cheap guitar. So I decided to do some more research and believe it or not it’s a great beginner guitar for a whopping price.

Travel Guitars

21. Yamaha SLG200S

Yamaha SLG200S NT Steel String Silent Guitar with Hard...
  • Steel Strings, Natural Finish
  • The SLG is the perfect instrument for practice, travel or...
  • Near-silent performance makes discrete practice simple....

If you are looking for a top-shelf travel guitar, the Yamaha SLG200s got you covered. This guitar is a true masterpiece when it comes to craftsmanship and quality. It’s portable with an innovative design that makes it possible to keep producing high-quality music still if you are traveling.

The YamahaSLG200s is built of a detachable maple and rosewood framework that makes it very portable while the mahogany body provides the warmth and tone that I enjoy.

I have seen and played on a variety of travel guitars throughout the years, but no guitar has won my heart over the Yamaha SLG200s. It’s a guitar that gives you a lot of character, portability, charm, and not at least quality sound.

The audible is an SRT powered preamp system and an under-saddle pickup that allows you to use headphones if you were to play in a silent zone during your travels. The pickup has some handy features and controls for both volume and eq, making it easy for you to adjust the sound to your liking.

22. Traveler Guitar AG-105EQ

Traveler Guitar AG-105EQ Acoustic/Electric with Gig Bag
  • Shortest full-scale acoustic travel guitar on the market
  • Modified Traditional Bracing pattern for increased volume...
  • Built-in tuner

If you are looking for a more affordable option than the Traveler Guitar AG-105EQ is an excellent choice. It has the size of most full-sized guitars, but the body is 20% smaller than the regular dreadnoughts. It is a very innovative design that allows you to keep the standard shape and sound of a classical guitar while being portable at the same time.

The pickup is a Shadow Nanoflex pickup and custom-made preamp that allows you to plug in your headphones if that would be needed. It comes with its big bag included in the sale as well that can come in handy on your travels.

Overall this is a great guitar that allows you to stay portable while sounding great, and best of all, it comes at a low price.

12 String Guitars

23. Takamine EF381SC

Takamine EF381SC 12-String Dreadnought...
  • Solid Cedar Top, Maple Back
  • Maple Sides, Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard, Gloss Black Finish

The Takamine is an innovative guitar that suits modern stage performers perfectly. Takamine is known for its high-quality guitars, and the EF381SC is no exception. It has an elegant design, wrapped in a solid spruce top and maple back and sides making this a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

The Takamine is an acoustic-electric guitar. The sound quality is excellent, and still, if it’s an acoustic-electric guitar, it takes good care of the warmth and dynamics from the acoustic side of the guitar. In addition to the great design and sound, the guitar is equipped with top self electronics that offer versatile EQ controls, making it easy for you to adjust the sound to your liking.

This is my favorite 12 String guitar, but it comes at a steep cost. If you have the budget and love guitar as much as I do, then this guitar would be highly recommended. If it doesn’t suit you then dont worry, I have another option for you! So let’s take a look.

24. Guild F­1512E

Guild F-2512E Acoustic-Electric Guitar in Natural
  • Jumbo size
  • Built with a solid spruce top, maple sides, and arched maple...
  • Slim C neck shape with 1 7/8” nut width

Now lets the take a look at the Guild F1512E. To be honest, when I use this guitar I feel quite small. It’s an absolute beast that offers everything you would ever need in a 12 string guitar. The volume and the power you get from this guitar is a true blessing.

On the Guild F1512E, we have a solid Sitka spruce top with scalloped x-bracing, and the back and sides are Indian rosewood. Now when you play a 12 string guitar, you want a neck that is comfortable to use, and this Guild covers that part. It has a vintage look to it as well, which I enjoy.

This is a true folk music guitar. I promise you that you can take this guitar to any gathering and jam away because you will be heard from miles away. If you want to have a concert, you have the option to plug it into a stereo as well since it is equipped with a pickup.

Overall it’s an amazing canon that you get for a great price on amazon.

Acoustic vs Electro-acoustic Guitars?

Throughout this article, you have probably noticed that we have to types of guitars here and that is the acoustic guitar and the electro-acoustic guitars.

So which one is better you ask? Well… I can’t really give you an answer on that. Like all things in the guitar world or life in that matter, what you like the most depends on your taste and needs, so let me tell you when you would need the electro-acoustic guitar so you can see if this could be something for you.

The electro-acoustic guitar is very similar to acoustic guitars, but there is one major difference and that is the pickup. The pickup allows you to other gear such as an amplifier to crank up the volume or a guitar pedal to add unique tones and effects to your playing style.

Nylon vs Steel Guitar Strings?

Before you purchase there is another question you need to answer and that is which string you should use. Your answer to this one totally depends on which music style you would prefer to play.

The classical guitar sound which is more soft and easy is made with nylon string, so if this is what you are looking for then go with an acoustic guitar with nylon string.

The nylon string is a lot easier for your fingers as well, so by not having constant pain in your fingers, you will probably play for a longer period.

However, nylon strings aren’t for anyone. If you prefer to play jazz, folk music or rock then steel strings should be your go-to strings. Since they offer a crisp, bright sound that you want in such music styles.

If you are still not sure which one you should choose I recommend you to go to a bar and listen to the different types of check out a few videos on youtube I am sure there are some great comparisons between the two there.

After you have purchased your first guitar and have played for a while then there is nothing wrong with buying both types of string guitars.


I spent countless hours in research, testing, reading and writing to put this article together for you so I hope you found it useful and that you found a guitar of your liking and budget. Buying a guitar is a big decision so take your time when choosing the one you are about to buy, read a few articles, watch some youtube and go for it.

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