The Best Acoustic Guitars - From $100 to $2000

The Best Acoustic Guitar Brands

This guide is intended to help anyone who is currently looking to buy a new acoustic or acoustic-electric guitar with a budget between $100 and $2000.

You can go to our Tips for Acoustic Guitar Buyers or use the list below to skip directly to any of the guitars that interest you.

The Best Acoustic Guitars by Price Range

Gearank Sources Street
Price
Under $200 - Acoustic
Jasmine S-34C 90 650+ $100
Epiphone DR-100 89 1200+ $119
Ibanez AW54 93 40+ $200
Under $200 - Acoustic/Electric
Ovation Applause Balladeer AB24 88 80+ $199
Ibanez PF15ECE 87 50+ $200
Under $300 - Acoustic
Fender CD-60 All Mahogany 93 300+ $230
Fender CF-60 91 50+ $230
Ibanez AC240 OPN 93 80+ $300
Under $300 - Acoustic/Electric
Yamaha APX500III 93 225+ $300
Ibanez PF28ECE 93 30+ $300
Under $500 - Acoustic
Seagull Entourage Rustic Dreadnought 96 125+ $379
Taylor Big Baby BBT 93 225+ $427
Seagull S6 Original Cedar Slim 96 400+ $439
Under $500 - Acoustic/Electric
Epiphone Dove Pro 94 225+ $329
Epiphone EJ-200SCE 92 700+ $429
Ovation Celebrity Elite CE44 92 40+ $469
Under $1000 - Acoustic
Seagull Maritime SWS SG 89 40+ $699
Guild M-140 89 10+ $780
Blueridge BR-70 93 60+ $875
Under $1000 - Acoustic/Electric
Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE 94 375+ $649
Martin DRS1 95 100+ $759
Yamaha AC3R 93 80+ $900
Under $2000 - Acoustic
Taylor 314 96 30+ $1299
Martin D-15M 97 125+ $1459
Martin D-16GT 93 225+ $1599
Under $2000 - Acoustic/Electric
Takamine EF508KC 94 50+ $1400
Gibson J-35 94 60+ $1849
Martin DCPA4 Rosewood 96 90+ $1959

Tips for Acoustic Guitar Buyers

  • Woods

    Most guitarists and guitar makers have traditionally been of the opinion that all-solid wood guitars offer the best performance because solid woods carry sound and resonate better than laminated woods or other composite materials.

    On the other hand, brands such as Ovation, and to a lesser extent Rainsong, have had a great deal of commercial success with acoustic guitars that use non-wood composite materials in a large part of their construction.

    Due to environmental considerations, many high-end manufacturers are now including composite woods in places like the fretboard or even sometimes on the top of the guitar where they would have previously used a solid wood. Based on many expert reviews and comparisons it would appear that the high end brands are now doing this quite successfully in terms of the quality and effectiveness of the finished product.

    The most important place to have solid wood is on the top of the guitar as this typically has the most influence on projection and sustain, but this tends to cost more than having a laminate top.

    Here are some of the most commonly used tonewoods:

    • Spruce

      One of the most popular tonewoods for the top of an acoustic guitar and is generally considered to have an 'all round' tone without being overly bright, warm or bassy. Spruce tends to go well with most other types of wood that may be used on the rest of the guitar.

    • Cedar

      This is a less dense wood than Spruce so it tends to have less sustain and projection while sounding warmer. It's often found on guitars that are designed for fingerstyle players.

    • Mahogany

      Mahogany is a dense wood that lends itself to a warm tone that projects very well. It was traditionally used mainly on the back and sides of a guitar, however in the last few years it has become a very popular wood used to build an entire guitar - in fact many all-mahogany guitars are now rated more highly than their traditional counterparts as you'll see in the list of guitars below.

    • Sapele

      Sapele is becoming a popular choice these days. It's a bit denser than Mahogany and produces a slightly brighter sound. Taylor say it adds "top end shimmer" to the guitars they use it on.

    • Maple

      This is a very hard and dense wood and is most often used on the back and sides but you will occasionally find it used as a top wood. It has great projection but tends to emphasize the mid frequencies too much for many people's taste as a top wood.

    • Koa

      Also known as Hawaiian Koa because it's a native Hawaiian species. It's a dense hardwood which emphasizes the mid to high overtones and as it ages it tends to 'open up' adding warmth to the mid range. It's mainly found on high-end guitars due to its high cost.

    • Rosewood

      Rosewood offers a lot of warmth and complex overtones It's usually found on the back and sides or fingerboard and is said to 'round out' the overall tone of Spruce topped guitars. It's also an expensive tonewood so you tend to find it used sparingly on less expensive models.

    • Although specific woods have their characteristics much also depends on how they're used in building a guitar - if you'd like to dive deeper into this topic then you might like to read a luthier's opinion: Tapping Tonewoods by Dana Bourgeois.

  • Shape and Size

    Generally smaller bodies such as Concert guitars will emphasize the higher treble frequencies and are often preferred by fingerstyle players. At the other end of the spectrum Jumbo body guitars resonate the lower bass frequencies much better and are preferred by those who play a loud strumming style. In between you have the Grand Auditorium which combines the tonal characteristics of small and large bodied guitars. The most popular shape these days is the Dreadnought which is nice and loud and produces a good balance of high and low frequencies with enough note definition for playing melodies with a pick. Many acoustic-electrics feature a cutaway to provide easy access to the high frets which have sufficient volume when amplified.

  • Action / String Height

    Guitars with a low action allow for faster runs and the use of playing techniques such as tapping on the fretboard and hammering on/off. Beginners and those transitioning from electric guitars generally find a lower action easier to play. A higher action on the other hand lends itself a bit better to loud strumming styles of play where fret buzz would be a concern if the action was too low. Unfortunately guitar manufacturers typically don't provide string height as one of their specifications and the actual height tends to vary between individual guitars and batches so if you don't like the setup your guitar has when it arrives you either have to get a guitar technician to adjust it for you, or do it yourself. For advice on setting up your guitar see this guide from Guitar Player.

  • Nut Width

    The nut width essentially describes how far apart the strings are spaced. A larger nut width will suit players who are used to it, for example anyone transitioning from classical style guitars, or those who have larger fingers. If your background is mostly with electric guitar then you'll feel more conformable playing an acoustic with a smaller nut width.

  • Scale Length

    This is essentially the distance measured between the saddle and the nut, or more accurately described as double the distance from the nut to the 12th fret plus some "compensation" added by the position of the saddle. A longer scale length requires higher tension in the strings and results in a brighter tone. A more detailed explanation with examples is presented quite well by Stewart MacDonald and a good description of the implications of different scale lengths can be found at Guitar Player

  • Strap Buttons

    It's important to note that some manufacturers don't provide strap buttons, or they don't provide one on the neck side of the guitar. If you want to play using a guitar strap then take a good look at the pictures to see if you need to buy strap buttons along with your guitar. They're easy to install and fairly inexpensive - here's a list on Amazon.com.

  • Electronics - Pickups & Preamps

    If you're going to be playing live where amplification is required then for the most part you are better off buying an Acoustic-Electric guitar to begin with rather than buying a straight acoustic and adding pickups later. This is because installing your own pickups can be a bit of a technically challenging process - although people used to doing acoustic guitar setups may want to install their own electronics to get exactly the system they want.

Methodology

We performed an extensive survey of the acoustic guitar landscape, so much so that we lost track of how many hundreds of guitars we looked at while researching for this guide - in fact we ended up with over 200 acoustic guitars being added to our database which resulted in the Gearank algorithm processing more than 16,000 review and comment sources.

We only included 6-string, steel string acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars that are generally full-sized instruments and only ones that are widely available from online music equipment retailers in the USA. The types of acoustic guitars not included here are: Classical / Nylon String, Travel, Silent and Parlor Guitars.

Based on all the information we collected we were able to present the highest rated guitars in the following categories:

For more information about this process see How Gearank Works.

The Best Acoustic Guitars Under $200

Jasmine S-34C

90
GEARANK

90 out of 100. Incorporating 650+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$100
Jasmine S-34C

Jasmine make a number of entry level guitars but none of them come close to being as popular or as highly rated as their S-34C model.

It has a street price of $99.99 and it was the only acoustic guitar in the sub $100 price range that had sufficiently high ratings for us to include in this guide.

The Grand Orchestra shape of this guitar makes it a little easier for younger players to learn on, but its body shape is not limited in appeal to young guitarists.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Grand Orchestra
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Body: Sapele back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Slim
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4" (44 mm)

Pros

Customer reviews often cite the Jasmine S-34C's effectiveness as a student guitar with many guitar teachers recommending it. The general consensus is that this is the best sounding and most playable acoustic under $100.

Cons

There were many customers who complained about quality issues such as damage to the finish or wood - it was unclear if these were shipping or quality control issues. Although some reviewers said it had a nice low action others complained that the action was so low that there was an unacceptable level of fret buzz which required the guitar to be replaced.

Overall

If you only have $100 in your budget for a new acoustic guitar then our research strongly suggests this is the one you should purchase. If your budget can stretch by an extra $20 then consider the Epiphone DR-100 instead.

Epiphone DR-100

89
GEARANK

89 out of 100. Incorporating 1200+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$119
Epiphone DR-100 6 String Acoustic Guitar

Epiphone says that the DR-100 has long been their top selling acoustic guitar and based on what we gleaned from our research this could well be the highest selling acoustic in its class.

For many years the DR-100 has been the choice of many as a student guitar and a low cost 'campfire' option - that's a term used to describe guitars you can take on camping trips without having to worry too much about getting it damaged as you would with an expensive guitar.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Select Spruce (laminated)
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss - Natural, also comes in Ebony and Vintage Sunburst
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: Not specified
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5”
  • Nut Width: 1.69”

Pros

Customer reviews were consistent in saying that the build quality, sound quality and playability of the DR-100 are on par with guitars in the next couple of price brackets above. Positive reviews came from students, guitar teachers, and experienced guitarists who used it for practice.

Cons

There were a number of reports from people who live in dry climates that the neck dried out and warped in under a year. There were also some owners who complained about their DR-100 developing fret buzz over time.

Overall

This is the highest rated Dreadnought selling for under $150 and is often recommended as the best entry level acoustic guitar.

Ibanez AW54

93
GEARANK

93 out of 100. Incorporating 40+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$200
Ibanez AW54 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

The AW54 has an all Mahogany body including a solid Mahogany top.

The Ibanez AW54 is also known as the AW54OPN or AW54 Open Pore Natural and at the time of publication it was the highest rated acoustic guitar under $200 with a street price of $199.99.

This is part of the Artwood series which Ibanez says is their "modern approach to acoustic guitar tradition".

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Mahogany
  • Body: Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Open Pore
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 15.748" (400 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.62"
  • Nut Width: 1.69"

Pros

Customer reviews consistently talked about how great the sound was - crisp and clear - and its excellent playability considering the relatively low price. Many also said they were impressed by its volume and compared it with more expensive dreadnoughts in this regard. Several reviewers also said that this has one of the most comfortable necks to play with that they had experienced in this price range.

Cons

There were no consistently reported negatives about the AW54, in fact at the time of publication we couldn't find a single verified customer who had rated it less than 4 out of 5 stars.

Overall

If your budget is $200 for a new acoustic guitar, then based on all the data we collected and the recommendations I read, this is the one to get.

The Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $200

Ovation Applause Balladeer AB24

85
GEARANK

85 out of 100. Incorporating 70+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$199
Ovation Applause Balladeer AB24

The major point of difference between Ovation and most other guitar manufacturers is their use of Lyrachord instead of wood for the body of their guitars - the bodies are also shaped like a bowl. Lyrachord is a proprietary material created by Ovation which uses glass fibers and resin a bit like fiberglass but with properties that seem to work quite well tonally as a replacement for wood.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Standard Ovation
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Body: Lyrachord - a proprietary material comprising interwoven layers of glass filament and bonding resin
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 10" (254mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25 1/4" (641mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43mm)
  • Electronics: Ovation OP-4BT pickup/preamp system with built-in tuner

Pros

'Great guitar for the money' or words to that effect are very common in customer reviews about the Applause Balladeer AB24. This guitar also received numerous compliments for the build quality and robustness.

Cons

There were no consistently reported negatives in customer reviews - just a very small number of complaints about shipping issues from some online retailers..

Overall

If you want a budget acoustic-electric that you don't have to worry about, can throw on the lounge or take camping, then this is a great option.

Ibanez PF15ECE

86
GEARANK

86 out of 100. Incorporating 60+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$200
Ibanez PF15ECE

This is a traditionally styled acoustic-electric with a spruce top and mahogany body combined with Fishman electronics with a built-in tuner.

The dreadnought shape provides good projection (it sounds loud) and the cutaway provides easy access to the high frets.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought - Cutaway
  • Top: Spruce (laminated)
  • Body: Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 250 mm
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 24.96"
  • Nut Width: 1.654"
  • Electronics: Ibanez AEQ-2T preamp with onboard tuner

Pros

Positive customer reviews came from both beginners and experienced guitarists with the dominant theme being 'great guitar for the money' and the Fishman electronics were also cited many times.

Cons

There were no consistently reported negatives in customer reviews other than a small number of people who mentioned the action was a bit higher than they expected.

Overall

If you're looking for a student acoustic-electric, or something to use as a practice guitar, then the PF15ECE is a good option.

The Best Acoustic Guitars Under $300

Fender CD-60 All Mahogany

93
GEARANK

93 out of 100. Incorporating 300+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$230
Fender CD-60 All Mahogany 6 String Acoustic Guitar

The CD-60 line is one of Fender's most popular and this relatively new all mahogany version has become quite popular as well judging by the number of positive customer reviews it has been accumulating -it has the same street price as the standard CD-60 but is rated much more highly.

It ships with a hardshell case in North America.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Laminated Mahogany
  • Body: Laminated Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: "C" Shape
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 11.81" (300 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.3" (643 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.625" (41.3 mm)

Pros

I would paraphrase the most common praise this guitar receives as 'it has a warm and rich tone'. There were also quite a number of customer reviews that talked about how good the finish looks with several saying that the online photos don't do it justice and that it looks much better in person.

Cons

There were no consistently reported negatives in customer reviews about the guitar itself, however there were a few people who complained about quality control on the hardshell case bundled with it with some saying the inside liner was coming loose.

Overall

Although Fender does make the cheaper entry-level FA-100 which usually sells for about $100 less than the CD-60, after having read the customer reviews I believe the CD-60 All Mahogany offers much better value for money.

Fender CF-60

91
GEARANK

91 out of 100. Incorporating 50+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$230
Fender CF-60 Acoustic Guitar

Fender's CF-60 is a variation of their popular CD-60 but with a slightly smaller Folk body instead of a Dreadnought body.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Folk
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Body: Laminated Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss Urethane - Natural
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: "C" Shape
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 11.81" (300 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.3" (643 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.73" (44 mm)

Pros

The slightly smaller Folk sized body was appreciated by those who bought this as a beginner or student guitar. There were a number of experienced guitarists who said this was the best guitar they've played in this price range.

Cons

There were no consistently reported negatives other than a few people who mentioned that it's not as loud as a dreadnought.

Overall

This guitar is well suited to younger players and older guitarists with shorter arms.

Ibanez AC240 OPN

93
GEARANK

93 out of 100. Incorporating 80+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$300
Ibanez AC240 OPN 6 String Electric Guitar

All Mahogany guitars seem to be increasing in popularity as evidenced by two of them rating so highly in this price bracket and higher ones as well.

One point of difference that this Ibanez guitar has are the Ibanez Advantage™ bridge pins which are designed to make them easier to remove and to put back in when you're changing strings

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Grand Concert
  • Top: Solid Mahogany
  • Body: Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Open Pore
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 15.748" (400 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 24.96"
  • Nut Width: 1.75"

Pros

The Grover tuners on this guitar received praise in many customer reviews with many saying that it stays in tune very nicely. The sound was consistently compared to more expensive mahogany guitars with it being described as "rich" and "warm". Many people also talked about how good it looks in their reviews.

Cons

Some people found the action a bit too high for their liking so they either lowered the bridge themselves or got someone with experience to do it for them.

Overall

This guitar has been well received by experienced guitarists and those who own much more expensive all mahogany acoustic guitars.

The Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $300

Yamaha APX500III

92
GEARANK

92 out of 100. Incorporating 250+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$300
Yamaha APX500III 6 String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Yamaha say that their 500 series are the world's best selling acoustic-electric guitars.

Based on the data we collected while researching this guide we can say that at the time of writing there were no acoustic-electric guitars that had higher ratings than the Yamaha APX500III in the $200 - $300 price range.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: APX Thinline
  • Top: Non-solid Spruce
  • Body: Nato / Okume back & sides
  • Finish: Natural
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 400 mm
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Scale Length: 25"
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43 mm)
  • Electronics: Yamaha System 66

Pros

A frequent compliment in customer reviews was that the setup was great straight out of the box with no adjustment needed. The sound and tone were generally described as "excellent" and "amazing for the price".

Cons

Several customer reviews noted that it isn't as loud as Jumbo or Dreadnought body guitars when not amplified.

Overall

Many people report that the thinline body is more comfortable than a full thickness Dreadnought body.

Ibanez PF28ECE

90
GEARANK

90 out of 100. Incorporating 40+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$300
Ibanez PF28ECE 6 String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The Ibanez PF28ECE has a full-sized dreadnought body with a cutaway and Fishman electronics and is considered one of the best value guitars in this price range by many reviewers.

Although it's not as popular, it is currently rated as highly as the Yamaha APX500III.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought - Cutaway
  • Top: Flame Maple
  • Body: Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 250 mm
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.69"
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonicore pickup with Ibanez AEQ-SP2 preamp and onboard tuner

Pros

Its looks and sound both unplugged and plugged in were spoken highly of in many customer reviews. The action and its playability were also mentioned positively several times.

Cons

There were no consistently reported negatives although one person didn't like where the controls for the electronics were positioned.

Overall

A number of owners of this guitar say it offers the best value in the sub-$300 price range.

The Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500

Seagull Entourage Rustic Dreadnought

96
GEARANK

96 out of 100. Incorporating 125+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$379
Seagull Entourage Rustic Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

Seagull is one of the leading brands in this price range - in fact both the Entourage Rustic Dreadnought and the S6 Original Cedar are the equally highest rated acoustic guitars in the $300 to $500 price bracket.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Cedar
  • Body: Wild Cherry back & sides - 3 layers laminated where the center layer is glued cross grain for added strength.
  • Finish: Semi-gloss Rustic Burst
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Silver Leaf Maple
  • Neck Profile: C shape
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Scale Length: 24.84"
  • Nut Width: 1.72"

Pros

This is another guitar which many customers say is "great value for the money" in their reviews. Many people also mentioned that the build quality was very good in addition to saying it has a rich tone. The action and playability of the fretboard were also praised by many.

Cons

Apart from the occasional person who experienced shipping issues there weren't any consistently reported negatives.

Overall

If you are looking for a high quality dreadnought in this price range then this is probably your best choice.

Taylor Big Baby BBT

93
GEARANK

93 out of 100. Incorporating 225+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$429
Taylor Big Baby Acoustic Guitar

Taylor are one of the most highly respected brands for acoustic guitars and the 15/16 size BBT is the closest you can get to owning a new full-sized Taylor for less than $500. Although the body is slightly smaller than regular dreadnoughts, it has a full-sized scale length at 25.5".

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought 15/16
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Sapele Laminate back & sides
  • Finish: Varnish - Natural
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Standard Taylor neck
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 15"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"

Pros

Many of the people who wrote customer reviews about the BBT were ones who already owned more expensive Taylors and the majority of these people were very impressed with the BBT. Despite its slightly smaller body it was often described as being loud. Many reviewers said that it had a well balanced tone from the lows to the highs. Music Radar wrote a glowing review summing it up by saying, "It's obvious, however, that both the Big Baby and its predecessor are not merely relatively cheap guitars, but; more accurately, quality guitars designed and built with such cunning as to not cost so much."

Cons

There were no consistently reported negatives however 1 person who identified as a luthier said that after conversion with a Taylor repairman discovered they recommend changing string gauges when you change tuning to maintain string tension and avoid fret buzz.

Overall

If you want a Taylor and you have less than $500 to spend then this is your choice.

Seagull S6 Original Cedar Slim

96
GEARANK

96 out of 100. Incorporating 400+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$439
Seagull Guitars S6 Original Cedar Acoustic Guitar

Along with the Seagull Entourage Rustic Dreadnought the Seagull S6 Original Cedar is the equally highest rated acoustic guitar in the $300 to $500 price range.

Seagull bills this guitar as "entry level" however it's clear from reviews that it is much more than that.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Cedar
  • Body: Wild Cherry back & sides - 3 layers laminated where the center layer is glued cross grain for added strength.
  • Finish: Semi-gloss - Natural
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Silver Leaf Maple
  • Neck Profile: C shape
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.72"

Pros

It is often described in customer reviews as having a "good feel" and a "rich sound". Many people said words to the effect "this is the best guitar in this price range" - something which is supported by its very high ratings. Several people who wrote their reviews after having owned it for more than a year said the sound gets better as it ages.

Cons

I didn't find any consistently reported negatives, however out of more than 400 reviews I read 2 that said their guitar had a defect in the finish which the manufacturer would not replace - given that this wasn't reported more frequently it seems like it doesn't happen often or that there was more to the story that those customers hadn't included in their reviews. There were also a small number of people who warned that this guitar needs to be handled carefully otherwise the finish can be damaged more easily than expected.

Overall

Seagull have developed a dedicated following over the years and this is one of their most loved guitars.

The Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $500

Epiphone Dove Pro

94
GEARANK

94 out of 100. Incorporating 300+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$329
Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The Epiphone Dove Pro is the highest rated acoustic-electric guitar in the $300 to $500 price range.

The Dove was first introduced by Gibson back in 1962 and it has earned its place as a classic. Based on the reviews I've read guitarists are quite happy with this budget acoustic-electric version from Epiphone, thanks to it's distinct appearance and traditional tone.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Body: Select Maple back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss - Violin Burst
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Hard Maple
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonicore pickup and Fishman Sonitone sound-hole preamp

Pros

Many customer reviews contained words to the effect "it sounds like a more expensive guitar". It also received praise for the Fishman electronics with many saying it also sounds great when amplified. Several people said the highs are crisp and clear and that it has good bass response. The neck feel, action and playability were all commended many times.

Cons

There were a few people who complained that the mid tones weren't strong enough but other than that there weren't any consistent negatives reported.

Overall

At this price many consider this to be one of the best intermediate level acoustic-electric guitars available.

NB it is also worth noting that the Epiphone Hummingbird PRO which sells for the same price as this guitar also had a high Gearank score at the time of publication.

Epiphone EJ-200SCE

91
GEARANK

91 out of 100. Incorporating 850+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$429
Epiphone EJ-200SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

This is based on the J-200 guitar which was first produced by Gibson in 1937 as their premium flat top at that time.

The current Epiphone EJ-200SCE adds a cutaway to the Super Jumbo body and includes Epiphone's eSonic2 pickup system.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Super Jumbo - Cutaway
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Body: Select Maple back & sides
  • Finish: Black - also comes in Natural & Vintage Sunburst
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: Not specified
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Electronics: Epiphone eSonic2 pickup

Pros

Many customer reviews praised the quality of the build as well as the sound. The tone is often described as "rich" and the volume unplugged as "loud". Many of the people who gave it positive ratings were ones that have a lot of experience and have owned multiple guitars.

Cons

There were a few people who complained about feedback issues when amplified but it's difficult to tell what role the guitar or the amp played in this from reading their reviews. A couple of people didn't like the pickgaurd.

Overall

Epiphone have a strong reputation for making great acoustic-electrics in this price range and based upon customer reviews it appears the EJ-200SCE lives up to these high expectations.

Ovation Celebrity Elite CE44

92
GEARANK

92 out of 100. Incorporating 60+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$469
Ovation Celebrity Elite CE44 Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The bowl shaped body of the Celebrity Elite CE44 is made from Ovation's proprietary Lyrachord and has a solid spruce top.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Mid-Depth Bowl Cutaway
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Body: Lyrachord - a proprietary material comprising interwoven layers of glass filament and bonding resin
  • Finish: Gloss Black
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 10"
  • Number of Frets: 20 to 23 on high E
  • Scale Length: 25.25"
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43 mm)
  • Electronics: Ovation OP-4BT preamp with three-band EQ, volume/gain control, onboard tuner and low-battery light and Ovation Slim line pickup.

Pros

The build quality, action and intonation came up in positive reviews several times. Playability was also rated highly. Many of the guitarists giving it positive reviews said they also owned Taylors and Martins.

Cons

I only found one person who criticized the sound who called it "plasticey" but that same person went on to rate it very highly saying he knew what it sounded like before buying it.

Overall

By most accounts this guitar is built to last.

The Best Acoustic Guitars Under $1000

Seagull Maritime SWS SG

89
GEARANK

89 out of 100. Incorporating 40+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$699
Seagull Maritime SWS SG Acoustic Guitar

Based on the way Seagull owners praise their guitars it's not surprising to see yet another Seagull find its way into this guide.

The Maritime SWS SG features a full-depth dreadnought body with all solid wood construction and a light gloss finish designed to allow the top wood to breath and open up over time.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Body: Solid Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Semi-Gloss - Natural
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: C shape
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.8"

Pros

The quality of the sound and the playability of the guitar were often cited in positive customer reviews. Many people compared the Seagull Maritime SWS SG favorably to Taylor's they've played or owned. There were several people who said they already owned a Seagull and had bought this one as a step up and were happy with their purchase.

Cons

A few customer reviewers mentioned that they found the action to be a bit high for them so they either adjusted the bridge themselves or had a professional setup done for them.

Overall

The vast majority of people who reviewed this guitar were very pleased with it.

Guild M-140

89
GEARANK

89 out of 100. Incorporating 10+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$780
Guild  M-140 Acoustic Guitar

This concert body sized guitar is designed to be comfortable and easy to play and it appears Guild have achieved this goal based on the customer reviews I've read.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Concert
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Solid African Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss Polyurethane - Natural
  • Bridge: Indian Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: C Shape
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16″
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 24 3/4″ (628 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.75" (44.5 mm)

Pros

Several people said in their customer reviews that they found the setup was great straight out of the box and didn't require any adjustments - this included having an easy to play low action with no fret buzzing.

Cons

I didn't find any negative reviews.

Overall

If you're looking for a quality concert sized guitar under $1000 then take a look at the Guild M-140.

Blueridge BR-70

93
GEARANK

93 out of 100. Incorporating 60+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$875
Blueridge BR-70 Acoustic Guitar

Although the Blueridge brand is not as well known as some of the others included in this guide, it is a brand that is very highly respected by expert reviewers and owners alike. In fact the Blueridge BR-70 is the highest rated acoustic guitar in the $500 to $1000 price range.

Saga Music says the BR-70 was designed to produce traditional pre-war (1930's) dreadnought tones with an updated look.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Select Santos Rosewood back and sides
  • Finish: High Gloss - Natural
  • Bridge: Indian Rosewood
  • Neck: Select Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: East Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius:
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.6" (650 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Pros

The craftsmanship and build quality were consistently referred to in glowing terms in customer reviews. Most reviewers praised the sound with some saying it was as good as the Martin and Taylor guitars they'd owned.

Cons

A few people reported needing to lower the action to their personal preferences, although one reviewer said it's not hard to do I recommend getting the help of someone experienced if you haven't' previously done it yourself - this was a minority issue and most people seemed to be happy with the setup out of the box. Several people reported changing out the strings that came with it and that doing so resulted in a much better sound.

Overall

Whether playing to small crowds, or recording, this acoustic guitar is the stand-out in this price range.

The Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $1000

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE

94
GEARANK

94 out of 100. Incorporating 375+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$649
Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Seeing yet another Epiphone in this guide will come as no surprise to those familiar with all the major brands when it comes to acoustic-electric guitars.

Their Masterbilt DR-500MCE comes with an all solid wood construction and a look which harks back to their early Masterbilt guitars which they first released in the early 1930s.

Epiphone provides a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the guitar and Shadow provides a 5 year warranty on the electronics.

St. Vincent is known to play a Masterbilt DR-500MCE.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Solid Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Satin - Vintage Sunburst
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper “D” profile
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 14"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Electronics: Shadow NanoFlex bridge pickup and Shadow NanoMag neck pickup with eSonic-2 Stereo Preamp

Pros

Martin, Taylor and Guild are all brands that multiple customer reviews say that this guitar is either on par with in terms of quality and sound, or that it surpasses them in terms of value. Many customers, including those who had owned this guitar for many years, said that this ended up exceeding their expectations - some for this price range, but many said so in general.

Cons

There were a small number of people who weren't satisfied with the electronics - some complained they didn't like the plugged-in tone while others said that the preamp was a bit noisy - one person even said that the volume pots generated noise when adjusting them.

Overall

The vast majority of people who have bought the Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE are more than satisfied with their purchase.

Martin DRS1

95
GEARANK

95 out of 100. Incorporating 100+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$759
Martin DRS1 Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The Martin DRS1 is the highest rated acoustic-electric guitar in the $500 to $1000 price range - this won't come as a surprise to anyone other than some of the hard-core Epiphone devotees.

The stand-out feature of this Dreadnought guitar is that it has an all Solid Sapele top and body.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Sapele
  • Body: Solid Sapele back & sides
  • Finish: Satin - Natural
  • Bridge: Black Richlite
  • Neck: Select Hardwood
  • Neck Profile: Martin Performing Artist
  • Fingerboard: Black Richlite
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonitone

Pros

The quality of the tone including being both warm and bright came in for praise in quite a large number of customer reviews. Both its unplugged and plugged in tone are very well regarded with many talking about how good they felt the Fishman Sonitone electronics are.

The editor of Acoustic Guitar said, "It has a top-quality build and a fine sound to match. While the guitar does include a few laminate and composite elements—a Stratabond neck and Richlite fingerboard and bridge—it has a traditionally handsome appearance. Add to that the plug-and-play Fishman electronics and you’ve got an unbeatable value."

Cons

There were no consistently reported negatives in customer or expert reviews.

Overall

If you want that Martin sound in an acoustic-electric but have to keep the price under $1000 then this is your best option.

Yamaha AC3R

93
GEARANK

93 out of 100. Incorporating 80+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$900
Yamaha AC3R Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The days of considering Yamaha to be only a maker of student guitars are well and truly over as both customers and experts rate their top range acoustic very highly.

Yamaha's AC3R is one of their highest rated guitars and comes with an all solid wood concert sized body and Yamaha's premium System 63 SRT pickup and modelling preamp -the modelling options are designed to represent different microphone sounds.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Concert w/ Cutaway
  • Top: Solid Sitka
  • Body: Solid Rosewood back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss - Natural
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 400 mm
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.6"
  • Nut Width: 1.69" (43 mm)
  • Electronics: SRT System63 Modeling Preamp with SRT Saddle/Piezo Pickup

Pros

The high quality of the craftsmanship and the sound were repeatedly talked about in customer reviews. In fact the reviews so consistently praised this guitar that one person wrote "I hope Yamaha doesn't read these reviews, or we're in for a price increase."

In his review for Guitar Player Matt Blackett said, "This guitar is a great choice for anyone who wants a ultra-flexible gigging acoustic. It plays super-easy, has a ton of sounds available, and represents a nice blending of vintage and modern elements."

Cons

There were no consistently reported negatives about the AC3R.

Overall

Based on the reviews this guitar is a very good workhorse instrument for those who need a good sounding reliable guitar for gigging day in and out.

The Best Acoustic Guitars Under $2000

Taylor 314

96
GEARANK

96 out of 100. Incorporating 30+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$1299
Taylor 314 Acoustic Guitar

The Taylor 314 sports a solid top as well as solid back and sides. Its Grand Auditorium shape provides versatility for both finger picking and strumming.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Grand Auditorium
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Solid Sapele back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss - Satin
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Standard Taylor neck
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 15"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.75"
  • Nut: Tusq
  • Saddle: Micarta

Pros

Every single one of the customer reviews I read were positive. The adjectives used to describe the construction quality included "perfect" and "exceptional". The quality of the sound was variously described as "beautiful", "fantastic" and "full and rich".

Cons

I did not find any negative reports about this guitar.

Overall

This guitar is used by players of a wide range of styles but was particularly popular with blues and fingerstyle players.

Martin D-15M

97
GEARANK

97 out of 100. Incorporating 125+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$1459
Martin D-15M Acoustic Guitar

The Martin D-15M is the highest rated acoustic guitar under $2000.

The all Solid Mahogany construction of the top and body has proved extremely popular. Although this guitar comes in another version, the D-15M Burst, this version is far more popular and more highly rated.

This was pretty much the lowest priced full-sized solid wood Martin I found while researching for this guide.

Artists known to play a D-15M include Chris Martin from Coldplay and Andrew Davie from Bear's Den.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Mahogany
  • Body: Solid Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Satin - Natural
  • Bridge: East Indian Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Modified Low Oval
  • Fingerboard: East Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16''
  • Nut: Bone
  • Saddle: Compensated Bone

Pros

Many customers report in their reviews that the Martin D-15M is the best guitar they've ever owned or played. That's high praise indeed, but not uncommon with Martin guitars in this price range. The positive reports come from both fingerpickers and strummers and from a wide range of playing styles from church musicians through to blues, country and folk guitarists. Many people who had owned more expensive Taylors and Gibsons said they felt this guitar was on par with those more costly options.

Cons

Despite the fact that this guitar is made in Mexico there were no complaints about quality. In fact I didn't see any negative reviews from verified customers - I did see one that wasn't from a verified customer but it was primarily an anti Martin rant rather than a complaint about this guitar.

Overall

This is the best price you'll be able to get on a highly rated solid wood new Martin.

Martin D-16GT

93
GEARANK

93 out of 100. Incorporating 225+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$1599
Martin D-16GT Acoustic Guitar

The Martin D-16GT is made in the USA and features solid woods for the top and body, In fact this was the lowest priced US made Martin I found while researching for this guide.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Solid Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss - Natural
  • Bridge: Richlite
  • Neck: Select Hardwood
  • Neck Profile: Modified Low Oval
  • Fingerboard: Richlite
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Nut: White Corian
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16''
  • Saddle: Compensated White Tusq

Pros

The workmanship came in for a lot of praise in customer reviews as did the action, neck comfort, and playability in general. There were quite a number of reviews from people who play more expensive Martins and they almost universally said this guitar was "great value for the money". The tone was variously described as "rich", "warm" and "full".

Cons

I did find a small number of negative customer reviews with the common thread being that some found the action too high.

Overall

At the time of writing this was the best value US made Martin available.

The Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $2000

Takamine EF508KC

94
GEARANK

94 out of 100. Incorporating 50+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$1400
Takamine EF508KC Acoustic-Electric Guitar

It is somewhat surprising to see a laminate top in this price range, however the presumption is that due to the high cost of Koa, and this has an all Koa body, that this was necessary to keep the price down.

Takamine have quite a number of highly rated acoustics but this is their most highly rated model.

The NEX body shape is Takamine's own design which they describe as a "scaled-down Jumbo at heart".

Specifications

  • Body Shape: NEX
  • Top: Figured Koa (laminated)
  • Body: Figured Koa (laminated) back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss - Natural
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 11.81"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.3"
  • Nut Width: 1.675" (42.5 mm)
  • Nut: Bone
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Electronics: Takamine CT4B II Pre Amp with Palathetic pickup and built-in tuner

Pros

As you might expect, there are many positive customer reviews that rave about both the looks and the sound of the distinctive Koa used in its construction. The action and playability were also very well received in reviews. The tone was variously described as "warm", "beautiful" and "great".

In his review for Music Radar Jim Chapman said, "This guitar is an outright delight and we'd happily own it – in fact, it's one of the nicest Takamines we've tried in a long while!"

Cons

There were very few negative reviews with no consistent complaints.

Overall

Whether it's for the tonal characteristic or the visual appeal of the Koa, you'll certainly stand out on stage with this guitar.

Gibson J-35

94
GEARANK

94 out of 100. Incorporating 60+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$1849
Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Most Gibson Acoustic guitars are priced above $2000 however there are a few priced below that and the J-35, while not the cheapest, is the highest rated of them all. Just in case you're interested, the cheapest Gibson Acoustic at most stores is the Gibson J-15 which is also very highly rated.

Gibson first launched the J-35 back in 1936 and this version is still handcrafted in the USA just like the original.

It has the rounded shoulders of its ancestor and has a slightly shorter than usual scale length which makes it quite comfortable for players of all sizes to play compared to regular dreadnoughts.

Artists known to play a J-35 include Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane & Hot Tuna, Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons and Clemens Rehbein of Milky Chance.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Round Shoulder Dreadnought
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Hand-Sprayed Nitrocellulose Lacquer - Antique Natural
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Nut Width: 1.725"
  • Nut: Tusq
  • Saddle: Not specified
  • Electronics: L.R. Baggs Element pickup and

Pros

Many customer reviews talk about this being a very playable guitar having a comfortable body shape and neck. The tone was described as "rich", "incredible" and even "old school Gibson".

In his review for Acoustic Magazine Guy Little said, "I think that the J-35 is still the winner it always was; a great, no-nonsense dreadnought with all the quality a prestigious maker can bring to it at a realistic price."

In his expert review on Harmony Central Phil O'Keefe said, "While not inexpensive, the level of quality is what you'd expect from a far pricier instrument. In that respect, it's very much like the pre-war era J-35 models - a high quality American hand made guitar that is very aggressively priced."

Cons

As Phil O'Keefe also pointed out in his review, it doesn't come with a strap button on the neck heel - you either have to install one yourself or use the old-fashioned technique of attaching your strap with laces to the headstock.

Overall

As one person said in their review, "f you've been longing for a Gibson acoustic-electric but don't have multiple thousands of dollars to invest, the J-35 is for you."

Martin DCPA4 Rosewood

96
GEARANK

96 out of 100. Incorporating 90+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$1959
Martin DCPA4R Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The Martin DCPA4 Rosewood is the highest rated acoustic-electric guitar under $2000.

Martin could easily have had two entries in this price range with the Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood having the same Gearank score as the Takamine above at the time of publication.

Chris Cornell from Soundgarden is probably the best known artist who plays this guitar.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnaught - Cutaway
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Solid East Indian Rosewood back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss - Natural
  • Bridge: Richlite
  • Neck: Select Hardwood
  • Neck Profile: Performing Artist
  • Fingerboard: Richlite
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Nut Width: 1.75"
  • Nut: White Corian
  • Saddle: Compensated White Tusq
  • Electronics: Fishman F1 Analog preamp & pickup

Pros

As you would expect, the vast majority of customer reviews are extremely positive whether they are talking about the sound, look or quality. One thing that stood out in reviews was the number people who praised the level of sustain it produces. There were even a few people who compared it favorably to the more expensive Martin D-28. Both the acoustic and plugged in tone were repeatedly complimented.

Cons

There were no consistently reported negatives although there was one person who wrote at length complaining about the high price of this guitar and Martin guitars in general.

Overall

Based on reviews the DCPA4 Rosewood guitar excels at both live performance and recording.

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I have an Enquiry , I am looking to buy a semi-acoustic guitar with a cutaway , I have heard that the Richwood Acoustic D-40CE is a better overall guitar than the EPIPHONE EJ-200CE NAT do you reckon that´s true ? Thanks.

The Richwood Acoustic D-40-CE

The Richwood Acoustic D-40-CE doesn't meet our criterion as a guitar widely available in the USA so we haven't rated it - maybe someone else more familiar with European brands can help you.

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