11 Very Best Acoustic Guitar Brands (May 2023)
What are the Best Acoustic Guitar Brands?
This is a question that is often given subjective answers. Most respond by stating their favorite brands. While others base their recommendations on their limited experiences. These responses are acceptable, but they have a narrow range of perspectives.
Here at Gearank, we want a more objective response to this question, so we took a data-driven approach.
We used our extensive database of guitars to rank the brands based on real-world ratings. This way, our selection reflects the opinions of thousands of guitar owners, not just a few.
Note that we focused on guitars that more people can actually afford. So we decided to have a price ceiling of $2000.
This means that only brands with highly rated guitars priced below $2000 were eligible. This is why Collings, Maton, Gibson and other high-end brands did not make the list. For more information, please read the Methodology section at the bottom of this article.
Without further ado, here are the results of our research.
C.F. Martin & Company is one of the oldest and most well-reputed acoustic guitar brands in the US today.
It was established back in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin and is credited as the creator of the first acoustic guitar in the USA.
It is rare for any brand or company, to stay in business this long. This longevity speaks volumes about the exceptional quality of Martin guitars.
The company started small in New York City but has grown to receive worldwide acclaim. Martin's main claim to fame is the iconic dreadnought shape, which the company developed.
Over their long history, Martin guitars have been played by artists as diverse as Mark Twain. David Crosby, Chris Cornell, John Mayer, Valerie June, and Ed Sheeran.
The Martin D-15M and the Martin 000-15M are Martin's best-rated acoustics in the sub $1,500 price range. Both models continue to gather almost perfect ratings across multiple review platforms.
Martin offers even better options for those who have more though, including a $119,999 guitar called the Martin D-200 Deluxe.
They also have great quality mid-tier guitars with small bodies. This includes the Martin D Jr. and the popular Martin LX series. The superb ratings of their guitars meant that Martin is deserving of the top spot in this guide. It is currently leading the pack as the best acoustic guitar brand to get in the sub $2000 price range.
Martin guitars rarely go beyond traditional designs. So don't expect unique and eclectic acoustic guitar designs from this acoustic guitar brand.
As a Martin guitar owner, I have to say that there's something special about their instruments. Their iconic logo never fails to catch the attention of musicians. They are quite pricey, but the benefits make them worth saving up to.
From its humble workshop beginnings, Guild Guitars quickly rose to fame in the '60s. At that time, it was competing toe to toe with top acoustic guitar brands like Martin.
Guild's acoustic designs did not veer from familiar territory. But they were known for being one of the good guitar brands when it comes to playability and tone.
They made a big impact in the acoustic guitar industry by being the first to mass produce a cut-away model. These days, cutaway models are industry standard, especially for acoustic-electric guitars.
However, their success in the '60s was short-lived. They ended up being sold to Fender and more recently to Cordoba.
But all is not lost. There have been big improvements in quality under Cordoba's ownership. And this sentiment is reflected in reviews across many retailers.
In particular, the Guild M-20 gets rave reviews for its build quality, playability, and warm guitar sounds. These high ratings helped Guild jump up to the 2nd spot. They outranked more famous guitar brands like Taylor and Fender.
Compared to other brands, Guild is a small manufacturer. This means delays in production and releases. But fans are hoping for Cordoba to ramp up production.
Many are waiting for modern reproductions of iconic Guild acoustics. Including the 12-string Guild guitar that SRV used in his MTV unplugged performance. With these releases on the way, I wouldn't be surprised to see Guild retaining its spot as one of the best guitar brands acoustic for a long time.
Seagull may not be as popular as some of the acoustic guitar brands here, but they have an almost cult-like following. And these fans can give you a long list of why Seagull is the best brand of acoustic guitar for them.
At the top of this list are the solid tops that they use and the way they build their guitars by hand. This includes their budget models, all the way up to their top-of-the-line guitars. This is the reason why their guitars come with higher quality than similarly priced instruments.
Seagull's eco-friendly production is another reason why they are popular. This acoustic guitar brand uses sustainable materials and utilizes hydropower.
Seagull guitar hails from La Patrie, Quebec in Canada. It is a sub-brand of Godin Guitars, one of the more popular Canadian guitar brands.
Robert Godin started the company himself back in 1982. It is said that 200 out of the 750 population of La Patrie are involved in making guitars. This is why Godin used to have a LaPatrie brand for their nylon guitars. Note that Godin has dropped the LaPatrie brand. They now use their main brand, Godin for their nylon string guitar series.
The Seagull S6 Original is a great showcase of this acoustic guitar brand's quality. It has a solid cedar top, modified dreadnought shape, and narrow headstock. These qualities give it a unique appeal and tone.
It may seem like Taylor has been around forever. But compared to most big-name brands of acoustic guitars, Taylor is a relative newcomer.
It was founded by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug in 1974. It started as an acoustic instruments company and remained this way to this day. Now they are one of the most famous guitar brands, able to go head to head with other good guitar brands.
This guitar company introduced innovations like precision manufacturing of guitars using computer mills. This build quality consistency helped build their reputation as one of the best brands of guitars. They've also transitioned to a more employee-friendly business model. The company is now 100% employee-owned.
They still make their high-end guitars in California. But they produce some of their more affordable lines in Mexico. This allowed them to expand into mid to low-tier markets.
The Taylor Academy 10 is a good example of their successful foray into beginner-tier guitars. It impresses even experienced musicians with its specs and build quality. And it does so while retaining a relatively accessible price tag. This student-friendly guitar comes with a beveled armrest that makes it more comfortable for your right arm.
Taylor vs Martin
Taylor vs Martin is an interesting rivalry. And as a buyer, it's easy to get confused by this. This rivalry is often brought up in response to questions like "what brand of acoustic guitar is best"?
This rivalry benefits Taylor more because it pits them against a true heavy weight of the acoustic guitar industry. And it is a testament to how Taylor has made it big in a relatively short amount of time.
There is no one way to conclude this battle, but here are some things to expect.
- Taylor guitars have more high-end zing, while Martin has more mid-range punch.
- Taylor guitars have more mid and treble clarity, while Martin offers more low-end depth
- Taylor guitars generally have modern neck specs that are easier to play.
- Martin guitars have a more traditional setup and playing feel.
- Taylor doesn't emphasize low-end depth as a traditional hollow body guitar would.
Taylor vs Martin Verdict:
- If you prefer modern playability, high-end clarity, and crisp tones, you'd love Taylor guitars. But if you want a fuller sound and traditional vibe, then you're better off with a Martin.
In my opinion, PRS guitars is a better rival for Taylor, since they also make modern acoustic guitar designs. While Martin is better matched with Gibson guitars.
Artists that play Taylor guitars include Jon Foreman, Jason Mraz, Israel Houghton, Taylor Swift, Zac Brown, and more.
For a long time, Yamaha was regarded as one of the best producers of student guitars. Unfortunately, their reputation as an acoustic guitar brand didn't go far beyond that.
Over the last decade or so, Yamaha has expanded into more kinds of guitars. But they are still known for the quality of their student-friendly nylon and steel string acoustics. Based on ratings, the FS800 (pictured) is currently the best Yamaha acoustic guitar for serious students who want to learn on steel strings.
While Yamaha is mostly known for student guitars, some pros play their acoustics. This includes Chad Kroeger from Nickelback, Ed Roland from Collective Soul, and Joe Bonamassa.
Are Yamaha guitars good? Yes, they make excellent guitars, especially for beginners. Many of my students are satisfied with their Yamaha acoustics.
I also enjoyed learning to play on the popular student nylon string C40 guitar. This led me to recommend learning to play on a nylon string guitar.
Fender is an interesting entry because this company is more known for electric guitars. It is the company behind the popular Telecaster (then named Broadcaster).
It wasn't until 1964 that Fender began to produce acoustic guitars. This was just one year before Leo Fender, suffering from health problems, sold the company to CBS. So if you ever find a 'Pre CBS' Fender acoustic in the attic you'll have one of the rarest modern acoustic guitars in existence.
These days, Fender is well respected for entry to mid-tier level acoustics. What sets Fender acoustics apart are their specs and value for money. They offer better specs than what you'd normally get for the price. And they do so while retaining the label of one of the best brands of guitars ever.
Interestingly, affordable Fender acoustic guitars have the main "Fender" branding. But affordable electric guitars are assigned to a sub-brand called Squier.
The Fender CC-60S is a prime example. For a sub $200 acoustic guitar, it comes with a solid spruce top. It is quite inviting when compared to what other big-brand guitars offer in the entry-level range. There are variations of this guitar model. You can get it in other popular guitar shapes while retaining a very accessible tag price.
Fender is competing with no-name acoustics using their main guitar brand label. And given the popularity of their acoustic guitars, their gamble has paid off.
One thing to watch out for with Fender is how often they change their acoustic lineup. There is a long list of discontinued Fender acoustic guitar models.
Gretsch Guitars gained popularity in the '50s for their Filter'tron pickups. Their guitars were popularized by virtuosos like Chet Atkins, Brian Setzer, Duane Eddy, and more.
But back in the '30s, they dabbled in acoustic guitar production with much success. These acoustic guitars were under the sub-brand "Rex". These old-school Rex guitars now serve as the inspiration for their current line of acoustics.
One of their highly-rated acoustic guitars is the Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy. It is an affordable parlor style acoustic reminiscent of old Rex models. It is well-received for its compact size, easy playability, and warm tone.
This acoustic guitar brand has distinguishable aesthetics. Some come with triangular-shaped sound holes. While others have pickguard shapes and hardware like their electric guitar designs. These quirks set them apart from other brands of acoustic guitars.
Jasmine started out as a Takamine brand. But it was later sold to KMC Music in 2005 who remain the owners today.
This acoustic guitar brand carries over much of the playability and design sensibilities of more expensive Takamine models. The main difference is the use of more affordable materials production. This results in a line of guitars that are accessibly priced.
Jasmine produces a range of acoustic guitars including steel-string dreadnoughts and orchestra models. They also offer nylon string guitars. But it is definitely their student models which garner the brand's highest ratings.
Jasmine's highest-rated model is the cutaway grand orchestra bodied S-34C.
You can find their budget-friendly guitars in major national stores. You can buy them through Guitar Center and online through sites like Musicians Friend and Amazon.
The Ibanez brand has a fascinating history beginning with Spanish luthier Salvador Ibáñez in the 1800's. Original Salvador Ibanez guitars are still in-demand today. They are revered by the likes of Eric Clapton and the select few who are either wealthy enough or lucky enough to own one.
But that's not the Ibanez we know today, although the two are related. Japanese company Hoshino Gakki began importing guitars made by Salvador Ibáñez's company to Japan in 1929. It was so successful that they started producing guitars manufactured in Japan under the same name in 1935.
They soon made modern guitars under the shortened Ibanez name in 1957. Ibanez began exporting these guitars to the USA in 1971. This is after the US Air Force destroyed their factory in 1945.
These days, Ibanez is easily one of the most famous brands of guitars, thanks to their impressive line up of virtuoso artists which include Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Tim Henson, and Jon Gomm.
Ibanez is also one of the most productive brands of acoustic guitars. They have a large range of acoustic guitars and are particularly strong in the entry-level market.
The highly rated Ibanez AW54 is one of their more traditional guitar offerings. But they have other acoustic guitar models with modern designs and unique shapes. If playability is important to you, then you should definitely consider looking at Ibanez acoustic guitar models.
Epiphone has been owned by Gibson since 1957. But their history runs deeper than that.
They began as an independent musical instrument company in 1873. They were making stringed instruments like lutes and fiddles in the Ottoman empire until they relocated to the US in 1903. in
The founder's eldest son, Epaminondas Stathopoulos took over the company. He later renamed the business to Epiphone Banjo Company in 1928.
This rebrand emphasized their transition to more popular stringed instruments. And this happened in the same year they first began making guitars.
The name comes from 'Epi' which was Epaminondas' nickname, and the Greek word 'phone' meaning sound.
Today Epiphone is one of the most widely available acoustic guitar brands. They make affordable versions of Gibson classics such as the Dove, Hummingbird, J-45, and more. They also put out their own designs, including the popular entry-level guitar the Epiphone DR-100.
Blueridge is owned by Saga Music. This acoustic guitar brand specializes in producing excellent 'pre-war' style guitars. This means their designs are based on instruments made in the USA during the 1930's and earlier.
Pre-war guitars are sought after because they were built before war restrictions on materials were implemented.
Many guitar players favorably compare Blueridge with famous guitar brands like Martin and Gibson. They offer guitars of the same design and build materials, but at much lower price points.
Selling for under $1000 is one of their highly rated models, the Blueridge BR-70. For the price, it comes with a solid Sitka spruce top and premium aesthetics. It even has generous amounts of abalone and mother-of-pearl inlays.
It sports a design based on pre-war '30s era dreadnoughts but built using modern production methods to keep the price accessible.
For a brand to be eligible, the guitars should be available from major American retailers. This includes Sweetwater, Guitar Center, Amazon, Sam Ash, B&H, etc.
We took the Gearank rating data that we have for individual qualifying guitars for each brand. Then we combined them using a weighted average to produce a rating for each brand. This ensured that our selection is more representative of overall market sentiments toward the brands.
Only ratings for guitars that met the following criteria were included in the data set:
- Steel string acoustic
- No electronics (acoustic-electric models were excluded)
- Maximum street price of $1,999.99
Using these criteria meant that some well known brands have fewer guitar models for consideration, if not none at all. Examples include:
- Collings - aren't available from the major retailers - here is a list of their dealers.
- Maton - is an Australian brand (played by Tommy Emmanuel) only sold by smaller specialty guitar sellers in America at prices above $2000
- Gibson - Most of their acoustics sell for more than $2000.
Note: Gibson's G-Series acoustics (under $2000) are getting some market traction. But not good enough yet to make it to this guide. If they continue to rank well, Gibson will be in the running for the next update.
We ended up processing the ratings of more than 118 individual models from the following 28 brands: Alvarez, Antonio Giuliani, Blueridge, Breedlove, Bristol, Cigano, Dean, EKO, Epiphone, Fender, Gretsch, Guild, Ibanez, Jasmine, Journey Instruments, Larrivee, Luna Guitars, Martin, Paul Reed Smith, Recording King, Rogue, Seagull, Sigma, Takamine, Taylor, The Loar, Washburn, and Yamaha.
This gave us over 30,200 rating sources to process and you can see a list including the individual models in our Music Gear Database. For more information about how we calculate product ratings see How Gearank Works.
Another advantage of this approach is that it allows for a direct comparison of the market sentiment of brands regardless of the average price of their guitars. People generally don't rate a $100 guitar relative to a $2,000 guitar - instead they tend to rate it according to how good it is for the price they bought it.
What surprises you about the brands that other guitar players like and don't like as much? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
About the Authors
I've written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at my local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.
In addition to being a singer / guitarist I have worked on the business side of music as an artist manager, event manager, producer, and a music publisher talent scout.
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What? Álvarez is not even I.
Submitted by Ben (not verified) on
What? Álvarez is not even I. The top ten?
How is guild not on this list
Submitted by Gtp (not verified) on
How is guild not on this list???
You expect me to believe any
Submitted by Richard Buswell (not verified) on
You expect me to believe any of these except maybe Martin and Gibson are better than Guild?
This is possibly the most
Submitted by Jonathon Wild (not verified) on
This is possibly the most ludicrous list I've ever seen.
I have to agree! Takamine vs
Submitted by GBogle (not verified) on
I have to agree! Takamine vs Ovation alone is enough to make me shutter. Who did the rating?
Martin, Guild, Breedlove &
Submitted by Snuffy (not verified) on
Martin, Guild, Breedlove & Collings are all excellent. Gibson was good years ago.
Have read all of this forumns
Submitted by Terry the ole man (not verified) on
Have read all of this forum's comments. RTFQ...who and why. But having three Godins i must say...to my old ears, Godin etal, outperformed Taylor, PRS, Tach, and a host of way more expensive guitars. And therein lays the magic. I don't use my guitar collection to make money, gigging,etc. It's about getting superlative sound and not being attracted to the name on the head stock. Once you can close your eyes and really listen to the instrument, Godin may be your next guitar. And the kicker...you will have a lot more jingle in your pockets. Good luck
I totally agree with you here
Submitted by Terie (not verified) on
I totally agree with you here, Terry. I'm not swayed by the big names myself. I own two Godins myself. An Exit 22 an XTSA. SA Ed a ton of money.
And.. My next guitar will be a Seagull.
What about Breedlove I am
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
What about Breedlove I am amazed they are not on this list???? Wow
This list wan't be legitime
Submitted by Lekić Darko (not verified) on
This list won't be legitimate until Bourgeois guitars appear on it!
Any list that puts Epiphone
Submitted by OCJimmy (not verified) on
Any list that puts Epiphone and Yamaha ahead of Taylor is not credible.
I agree as well. What are
Submitted by Nr Slaten (not verified) on
I agree as well. What are they thinking?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
2 years ago I bought an early
Submitted by Frank Szmalc (not verified) on
2 years ago I bought an early used seagull Maritime. I am not a pro but have been playing for more than 40 years and tried many instruments over that span. To my ear, it is the best sounding acoustic I have ever played. Plugged in very good as well. Perfect intonation on every fret. While the opinion on the sound is personal preference, intonation is quantifiable. We all have personal preferences for sound so any list is necessarily colored by qualitative means as well. My best advice. Play the instruments and choose that which best suits you in all regards including price.
Submitted by bohemian (not verified) on
Hi, just wanted to put in my
Submitted by Fiona Taylor (not verified) on
Hi, just wanted to put in my tuppence worth. We were looking to get a new, half-decent, steel strung electro-acoustic guitar for our daughter about three years ago. She'd been playing for five years by then, from age 9, and needed something more appropriate to her level. She tried out several different makes (even a Taylor, fortunately reduced by 50%, which still was priced at around £1000!). I guess she played about half a dozen ranging from £250 to the "reduced" Taylor, with Takamine and Martin in there too. She kept going back to the same instrument; a Seagull Classic S6. It was by no means the most expensive one but she just fell in love with the sound and feel. If I remember correctly it was around £450-£500. She plays it every day and still loves it. Even though I don't play I think that that's the most important thing about an instrument, it's a very personal thing. BTW she called it Steven (Seagull)!!!
Fantastic! I am a beginner
Submitted by Paul Hammer (not verified) on
Fantastic! I am a beginner guitarist looking to move on to the mid level range, and I found this list extremely informative and helpful. I found it hard to figure out why one guitar was much more expensive that another; and your research helped clear up some of the guess work. Thanks much.
How is Seagull the top
Submitted by Patrick Clark (not verified) on
How is Seagull the top acoustic guitar brand? And where is Guild, which are superb acoustic guitars and have the deep, crisp sound that bluegrass players like. If you are talking about bigger names un the guitar world and not the smaller ones like Santa Cruz or even Zager, Guild is a classic name that makes quality guitars that have been used on many classic and current records by many artists.
How about acoustic guitars
Submitted by Rachel (not verified) on
How about acoustic guitars made by Kennedy Violins?
How would you rate the
Submitted by Clyde Woosley (not verified) on
How would you rate the seagull 12 I Sy St?
We haven't rated any 12
Submitted by Jason Horton on
We haven't rated any 12 string guitars yet so there's no official rating from us.
I haven't played the 12 ISYS T so I can't offer a personal opinion either.
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Submitted by Ted (not verified) on
I guess no one has played the
Submitted by Geoff (not verified) on
I guess no one has played the new Guilds. Fantastic
What about Breedlove? Great
Submitted by Doug (not verified) on
What about Breedlove? Great guitars made in Oregon.
What about tanglewood. In
Submitted by John (not verified) on
What about tanglewood. In my opinion they should be right up there with martin and gibson.
From what I've seen of
Submitted by Jason Horton on
From what I've seen of Tanglewood they do make some nice guitars. Being a British brand they weren't excluded but they didn't feature strongly in the data set, just like the Australian brand Maton, due to the US focus of the data we collected.
I was in a music store
Submitted by Mark Heinen (not verified) on
I was in a music store recently. Played some very nice guitars from the brands in this list. I was waiting for that special moment when 1 of them spoke to me. I was disappointed. I will keep playing my 10 year old Yamaha FGX730. It just keeps getting better with age.
I have a beaver creek that
Submitted by ed (not verified) on
I have a beaver creek that sounded fine in the shop where I bought it,it was demonstrated to me by plugging it into an amp great clear sound,after I brought it home I tried it without an amp because I did not have one and it sounds horrible seems to be no way to get it in tune,any suggestions
It sounds like you need to
Submitted by Jason Horton on
It sounds like you need to take it to a guitar shop and get a setup done.
Looking for an entry level
Submitted by Ann Rodgers (not verified) on
Looking for an entry level guitar for my children and found this interesting
and useful, thank you.
This article was tremendously
Submitted by Erika (not verified) on
This article was tremendously helpful! My daughter is entering college for music therapy, and she is already an accomplished pianist but needed a more portable instrument to see patients. We have been scouting out guitars for some time and are looking to get a quality instrument without breaking the bank. Thank you so much for this well-researched article.
I was very surprised by your
Submitted by Joseph Aprea (not verified) on
I was very surprised by your article on acoustic guitars and the ratings given by you. I have been playing acoustic guitars for most of my 62 years and have owned and played all of them. I cannot believe that you put Seagull guitars at the top of your list! I've played as well as owned a Seagull guitar for some time and I have found it to be constructed out of cheap materials with no regard to detail. The guitar's intonation was horrible... could never get the damn thing in tune beyond the fifth fret,which frustrated me very much. Lastly, the lack of a finish on the product lent itself to getting stains on it. With that being said,I just cannot see how you can even be on that list at all.
Hi Joseph, thanks for your
Submitted by Jason Horton on
Hi Joseph, thanks for your feedback because it allows me to highlight why we base our analysis on thousands of reviews instead of a single person's experience.
It seems as though you had a sub standard guitar - something that can happen no matter how well regarded a brand is.
We avoid providing inaccurate ratings and recommendations that can arise due to the tested product or method of testing being flawed by analyzing large numbers of user and expert reviews to produce our ratings. This has the effect of reducing the impact of single opinions, including potentially flawed ones, in our results. We only end up with a high rating for a brand or product if the majority of reviews are positive and in the case of Seagull the overwhelming majority of reviews of all types are indeed positive.
For more information on how we produce our ratings generally, please read How Gearank Works.
If you were to add them to
Submitted by Aaron (not verified) on
If you were to add them to the list, where would you place Takamine? I have played a few and though Martins have typically been my favorites, I was blown away by the Takamines. I am a fingerstyle player, so I'm sure this has an effect on my preferences. Perhaps for that reason, I've never played a Taylor that I like.
It's been a while since I
Submitted by Jason Horton on
It's been a while since I played a Takamine, however if I had produced the list above based on my personal opinion then I probably would have included them in place of Jasmine.
From a full time working pro
Submitted by John (not verified) on
From a full time working pro , takamine may be the best acoustic electric ever made for the onstage pro. Top notch craftsmanship in their high end pro series.
The reason they dont show up is because martin and taylor own the us market.
I've never worked with a better guitar for the stage and I've owned them all.
^^^ These guys ^^^ seems to
Submitted by Darren (not verified) on
^^^ These guys ^^^ seems to know what they are talking about. I see where some people may get upset over this list, but they obviously hadnt read the criteria for making the list. The builder of said guitar must be:
1) male, between the age of 30-35.
2) predominantly right handed, but golfs lefty.
3) married with 2.7 kids.
4) wife has a limp due to being pregnant with the 3rd child.
Tah Dah, list complete.
Blueridge: makes some very nice guitars.
Ovation: one of my favorites.
Jasmine: very nice guitar prior to them going on their own.
Ibanez: Fantastic electrics. Subpar acoustics.
Fender: again, great electrics. Subpar acoustics.
Taylor: Great guitars when Bob ran the show. BWAhahahahahaha since Andy took over the helm.
Epiphone: Older models ( which you must have included ) could be exceptional. New ones are subpar at best.
Yamaha: older models made in Japan are excellent, just excellent. New models, meh.
Martin: One of my all time favorites. Price point was between $100-$20,000 right ? $2,000 Martin is hit and miss.
Gibson: I cant hate the brand as the Les Paul, SG, Hummingbird and Dove have always been a favorite of mine but as far as acoustics, under $2,000 ... you meant used right ? At the price point suggested, you are better off with an Epi.
Seagull: Somehow the flagship of Godin, I own Norman, La Patrie, Simon & Patrick and Art & Lutherie that are clear winners over Seagull especially for the lower price point.
What on this list touches a Takamine, price point or otherwise ? Nothing. Not sure if the list was generated with an agenda behind it or just insufficient data but we just have to take it for what it is. Sad.
This was written in 2017 however and if you are familiar with trends, you'd remember what was going on at that time. People were smoking Carolina reapers, snorting condoms and eating tide pods. Lets hope the next list will be better.
I have 8 takamines love them
Submitted by Douglas bright (not verified) on
I have 8 takamines love them great guitars
This is a good list although
Submitted by Matt (not verified) on
This is a good list although after owning most of these brands or at least having played all of them, I would re-rearrange the order. Gibsons although a good guitar are simply no longer the quality of Taylor or Martin. They are lagging behind these guys. Yamaha and Epiphone despite online "reviews" are also not near a Taylor or Martin for that matter. So I would drop Gibson, Yamaha, and Epiphone down the list, and although Seagull makes a decent guitar, they are no better than Blueridge, so I would drop them down and bring Blueridge up. Of course this is all subjective, but here is my list re-ordered for what its worth.
I would also add Tanglewood to the list somewhere in the seven slot maybe.
I totaly agree about your
Submitted by Daniel (not verified) on
I totaly agree about your rearanged list! But wonder why nobody mention Guild? To me this american brand belongs in the first alf of the list!!
How about takamine
Submitted by lolo (not verified) on
How about takamine
Your order makes much more
Submitted by Adam Holmes (not verified) on
Your order makes much more sense. I was kinda stunned when Seagull came in first. They are decent guitars fir the price point, however I do feel like Martin , Taylor & gibson are the most desired for anyone who has gotten past the novice stage. I'm privlaged to own a Martin standard series, as well as a Taylor & my own small bench custom guitar. As someone who has been playing over 20 years, you cant beat solid wood construction.
I like this list. My
Submitted by Jason Horton on
I like this list. My personal one would be similar but I'd remove Jasmine and add Maton into the top 5.
Thanks for sharing Matt. We
Submitted by Alexander Briones on
Thanks for sharing Matt. We all tend to have our own Top Ten lists based on experience. I for one would put Martin at the top, if I were to choose.
And while most experienced guitarists will usually go for build quality, tone, and sometimes brand loyalty - others prioritize value for money and practicality. We combined all these feedback to produce the list that we have here, factoring in a huge amount of data to come up with a list that reflects actual market sentiment.
Thought you'd like to know.
Submitted by Ray MacLeod (not verified) on
Thought you'd like to know. Before Christmas, I stopped by a local music shop to buy my 12 year old granddaughter a new guitar to replace an old Beaver Creek she'd been banging on for a few years. Since I'm an old folky from the 1960s, I thought a low end Gibson or Martin would give her both good sound and some bragging rights at her school's guitar club. The shop owner was in the acoustic guitar room strumming something I had never seen before and quickly told me I should forget Martin or Gibson and get what he was playing. It was a Seagull. An equal sound for half the price, he said, so I looked it over, strummed the few chords I could remember, and bought it on the spot. Later, I was still pondering how a little Canadian guitar could be called better than a Martin or Gibson when I found your ratings post. I do believe I kept repeating "Oh my God, it's true!" over and over. And she loves the guitar, especially the smaller neck and fuller sound. Thanks for helping this old folky who always thought Martin and Gibson were names to be spoken in hushed reverence believe in something new.
We are glad to be of help Ray
Submitted by Alexander Briones on
We are glad to be of help Ray!
I'd like to point out that higher ratings doesn't usually mean better sounding, rather it implies that more people appreciate them - and they usually emphasize getting their money's worth as important. This is why some affordable guitars outscore the more expensive ones.
In the end, it's what inspires your granddaughter to play that matters.
How is it possible Larrivee'
Submitted by Eric Ryan (not verified) on
How is it possible Larrivee' is not on this list? One of the best guitars in the world hands down. What about Maton as well?
No Santa Cruz or Collings I
Submitted by Dave (not verified) on
No Santa Cruz or Collings I've had a Collings for over 20 years and performed thousands of shows.
Submitted by Jason Horton on
That's a fair question, and there were similar reasons for each of those two brands not making the list.
My results were based upon statistical analysis of market sentiment and was limited only to brands that were widely available in the United States.
As I mentioned the the Summary section above, Maton is an excellent Australian brand but it doesn't yet have sufficient market penetration in the USA in order for there to be a significant number of rating sources for them in our data set.
Larrivee is much 'closer to home' and have been operating out of California since 2011. Although you can buy their instruments from Guitar Center and Amazon, and I personally like what I've read about their approach to lutherie, they didn't quite score high enough to make the final cut due to the method I used having a bit of a bias toward wide availability - I may rethink the approach if I revisit this topic.