Best Acoustic Guitars

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 14, 2018
A good sounding acoustic guitar allows you to perform music pieces in almost any music genre. Stop putting off your dream, it is time to learn to play your favorite songs and bring live music into your home. We have reviewed five best acoustic guitars on the market to help you choose the one that suits you best. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Top Material
Body Material
Back Material
Fretboard Material
Neck Material
Number of Strings
Hand Orientation
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

If you are looking for a high-quality acoustic guitar for beginners, equipped with everything you need to start playing - strings, guitar picks, a tuner, and even an instructional DVD - this item from Fender is just what you need.

CONS

The included case could be of better quality.

OUR VERDICT

This classical full-size guitar with a 20-fret neck and a dreadnought body design has a full and vibrant tone; it is perfect for both lead and rhythm work. Thanks to the included tuner, adjusting the strings is easy even for beginners. This Fender acoustic guitar is available in natural and black colors.

detailed parameters
Top Material

Spruce

Body Material

Laminated wood

Back Material

Agathis

Fretboard Material

Rosewood

Neck Material

Agathis

Number of Strings

6

Hand Orientation

Right-handed

Extras

Gig bag; Tuner; Strings; Strap; Picks; Austin Bazaar instructional DVD; Polishing cloth

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Owing to an innovative acoustic analysis technology introduced by Yamaha’s engineers, the instrument boasts a loud and rich sound output in the low and mid ranges.

CONS

This dreadnought guitar might be too bulky for younger users. However, a concert version is also available.

OUR VERDICT

It is a well-balanced instrument with an ergonomic neck that fits nicely in the hand. Made of high-quality tonewoods, this Yamaha acoustic guitar boasts a clear and rich sound and classic look. You can also get an acoustic-electric guitar that is available in both natural and bright ruby-red colors.

detailed parameters
Top Material

Solid spruce

Body Material

Mahogany

Back Material

Nato

Fretboard Material

Rosewood

Neck Material

Nato

Number of Strings

6

Hand Orientation

Right-handed

Extras

N/A

Warranty

Limited Lifetime: top, neck, back, and sides

1 year: tuning hardware, tailpiece, bridge, plating, pickguard, vibrato mechanisms

PROS

Plugged in or unplugged, this awesome acoustic-electric guitar, which is equipped with a built-in EQ, has an excellent sound and playability. It comes with a handy gig bag case and picks.

CONS

You might need to tune it quite often. 

OUR VERDICT

This full-sized Jameson Guitars model with a 3" thin-line body will help you produce any sound with ease: it has a single cutaway that allows reaching upper frets. Thanks to its thoughtful design and gloss finish on the neck, it is easy to slide your hand up and down the fingerboard. This model is available in six color options.

detailed parameters
Top Material

Spruce

Body Material

Rosewood

Back Material

Maple

Fretboard Material

Wood

Neck Material

Spruce

Number of Strings

6

Hand Orientation

Right-handed (Left-handed available)

Extras

Gig bag, Guitar picks

Warranty

Limited Lifetime Warranty

PROS

This acoustic guitar with dreadnought body shape and a 21-fret fingerboard has a nice sound and comes with everything you need for practicing.

CONS

The strings are a bit far from the fingerboard. 

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for a budget-friendly yet nicely made instrument, this model with a clear sound (no buzz) and quality parts and finish, is the one to go for. It is a good choice for both teens and adults learning to play the guitar. You can choose an item of black, blue, natural, or sunburst color.

detailed parameters
Top Material

Wood

Body Material

Wood

Back Material

Wood

Fretboard Material

Wood

Neck Material

Wood

Number of Strings

6

Hand Orientation

Right-handed

Extras

Gig bag, Pick, Shoulder strap, Extra set of strings

Warranty

90 days

PROS

Being of the Epiphone’s best selling guitars, this wonderful dreadnought instrument has a well-balanced tone which means that the melody you play will sound clear and distinct at any volume.

CONS

Some users are not quite happy with the included strings. 

OUR VERDICT

This stylish acoustic guitar, made of high-quality materials, is sturdy yet pretty lightweight; it features a full dreadnought sound that is not too bright or dark. Equipped with premium machine heads, the guitar is easy to tune; great playability makes this model a wonderful choice for both beginners and seasoned musicians.

detailed parameters
Top Material

Select spruce

Body Material

Mahogany

Back Material

Mahogany

Fretboard Material

Rosewood

Neck Material

Mahogany

Number of Strings

6

Hand Orientation

Right-handed

Extras

N/A

Warranty

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Fender 0950816021-COMBO-DLX

Unpack and Play

Fender is a brand name well-known to music fans all over the world owing to the highest quality and signature sounding of all their products, including acoustic, electric guitars, and guitar amps. For example, this top acoustic guitar for beginners, perfect for any music style, has a warm and vibrant tone and full and deep sound thanks to its dreadnought body shape. It has a laminated spruce top, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with white dot inlays, rosewood bridge, and a compensated synthetic bone saddle. Boasting wonderful acoustic characteristics and good playability, this model is a good value for the price.

The Fender 0950816021 is the guitar you can start to play as soon as the package arrives. The purchase includes a spare set of strings, a tuner to tune them with no difficulty, and three guitar picks to experiment with sound and style. Moreover, it comes with a strap allowing you to put the instrument's weight upon your shoulder if you choose to play standing, a padded bag for easy carrying it, and a cloth for polishing it to a shine. An instructional DVD with comprehensive and helpful content, which is also included in the box, makes this Fender acoustic guitar bundle an excellent choice for any beginner.

Review of Fender 0950816021-COMBO-DLX Acoustic Guitar Bundle

 

Yamaha FG800

Rich Sound, Durable Design

Combining classical guitar design with innovative technologies, Yamaha’s engineers have managed to create one of the best acoustic guitar instruments in its price range. The unit is made of quality tonewoods; it features a solid Sitka spruce top, rosewood fretboard, and nato back and sides (this durable wood has color and properties similar to those of mahogany wood). The manufacturer has used a unique scallop bracing pattern to ensure a durable use of the top board and a rich and loud sound of the instrument in the low and mid ranges. This wonderful Yamaha acoustic guitar is equipped with die-cast tuners; it has a truss rod for adjusting neck relief for the most comfortable playing. Though you can play the guitar as soon as it arrives and you tine it, it can as well be set up for even better playability.

There are several purchasing options available: you can choose between a dreadnought and a concert size models (the latter is somewhat smaller in size and is a bit different in shape). Moreover, you can get an acoustic-electric guitar (available in both shapes and two colors: natural and ruby red).

If you are also interested in mastering the electric guitar, you are welcome to read our review here. We also recommend you to select a distortion pedal that suits the genre of music you play.

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Jameson Guitars 979 BLUE CSE

Strive For More

If you are looking for an acoustic guitar with a great playability and a clear sound that can be amplified any time you wish to, this model is the one to go for. This full-sized instrument has a slim body with a single cutaway, allowing you to reach upper frets with ease. Available in various colors, the unit has an attractive high-gloss finish so it not only sounds but also looks beautiful. This acoustic-electric guitar can be played unplugged when you are practicing or plugged in when you are performing or just want to experiment with the sound that is easy to adjust owing to ergonomic sound and tone controls. To ensure its excellent sound in both cases, the guitar is made of quality tonewoods: it has a spruce top, nato body, and rosewood fingerboard. The instrument is equipped with die-cast tuners and steel strings; moreover, you will get a gig bag and picks with the purchase. Please, put your attention to the fact that this is a right-handed guitar; however, a left-handed variation of this wonderful instrument is also offered.

Summing up, this Jameson Guitars model, which is made of high-quality materials comfortable to play on and equipped with a built-in EQ, is an excellent choice for both beginners and experienced players.

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Best Choice Products 4515

Cost-Effective Guitar For Beginners

It is not so easy to find a quality and moderately-priced guitar for beginners, however, this model is a good choice for aspiring players. Made of wood, it has a classic dreadnought body and a pretty good sound. Besides, it comes with everything you need to start practicing, including a pick, an extra set of strings, and a shoulder strap. You will also get a handy carrying case with an external zippered pocket for your music sheets or accessories. Thanks to the supplied strap, you will be able to play standing with no difficulty. The included strings are made of steel and they sound very well; however, some users admit that they are a bit too far from the fingerboard so you might need to adjust their height. At the same time, according to most consumers, the guitar is a good value for the money. Finally, this Best Choice Products acoustic guitar has a smooth glossy finish that looks very appealing; you can select a color that suits you best among four options available.

If you like to experiment with sound, consider buying an unconventional guitar instrument called ukulele. You may also be interested in our drum sticks review.

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Epiphone DR-100

Play with Style

Let's look at this acoustic guitar model with a classic dreadnought design with beautiful sunset finish and vintage style pickguard. It is not only the iconic Epiphone "E" on its body that makes it stand out from the crowd, but a superb sound the instruments by this manufacturer are famous for. The secret is in an elaborate design of the unit and high-quality materials used for its production. The guitar is made of traditional tonewoods - it features a mahogany body, select spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, and an okoume neck with classic dot inlays. Moreover, it has a 14-degree headstock, a SlimTaper™ neck profile, and die-cast premium tuners on its sloped Dovewing headstock. Perfect for performing music in folk, bluegrass, rock, country, and many more styles, this dreadnought guitar has a balanced sound, so you and your listeners will be able to clearly hear the melody at both high and low volume levels.

Summing up, if you want to start mastering the guitar and keep motivated by excellent sound and performance, this wonderful model, and one of the best-selling Epiphone acoustic guitars out there, is just what you need. To personalize your playing style, we recommend you to get guitar picks that you can find in our review here.

Review of Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar

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What Is an Acustic Guitar?

The guitar is one of the most played instruments in the world, and that's for a number of reasons. First of all, it allows you to produce a wide range of sounds and perform a variety of music genres, from folk to hard rock. Next, it is quite portable; it won't take much space in your apartment, nor will it be too heavy to take with you to your music class or on a journey. It can be played pretty loud if you are performing or quiet if you do not want to disturb your family while rehearsing.

There are several acoustic guitar shapes available on the market. A parlor guitar is perfect if you need a compact acoustic instrument. Dreadnought guitars offer a balanced sound and allow performing almost any music style. Auditorium acoustic guitars are recommended for finger-style players while grand auditorium ones are equally good for strumming and picking. Finally, there are jumbo guitars designed for those looking for a larger instrument with a powerful sound.

Once you have chosen the guitar that suits you best, it is time to find the perfect tutorial that will make your rehearsals both effective and enjoyable. With a quality guitar tuner, you will be able to tune the instrument in a breeze.

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Sources:

1. Acoustic guitar, Wikipedia. April 28, 2018.

2. Acoustic guitar body shapes explained, MusicRadar. October 25, 2017.

3. Dreadnought (guitar type) Wikipedia. March 24, 2018.

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Publish Date: 2018-05-16 06:48:47