There's nothing that get's on my wick more. Reading a post that promises to show you 'budget' 'cheap' guitars, and sat at number 4, is a Martin that costs the price of a small family car.
Budget? Not in my book!
Finding a cheap, but great sounding acoustic guitar on your own isn't easy. In fact, it's a bit of a mine field.
You need a skilled ear and lots of playing experience to sniff out a great buy.
Are you a 'traditional wood finish' type, or 'different cool looking' type? Standard, or electro-acoustic? Jumbo or Dreadnaught? With a Cutaway or without?
Could get confusing. Luckily, I'm here to make sense of it all for you. Whether you're after an acoustic for a beginner, or just fancy adding another guitar to your collection without spending a fortune. You're in the right place.
Don't spend your hard earned cash on just any old cheap acoustic guitar until you check out these 10 brilliant budget bad boys below. (Try saying that after a few drinks.)
There are so many fantastically made budget acoustic guitars on the market today. You don't need to go out and buy a pricey one. But...Please, please, please. Do not fall into the trap of buying a piece of £40/$60 rubbish.
Trust me when I say, this will turn out to be a bad move. A total false economy.
Shoddy cut-price guitars don't only sound rubbish, but they're harder to play. You'll only get good at playing guitar if you get serious and m
ake a commitment to learning. This means investing in a half decent guitar.
You get a full and loud sound from the dreadnaught body of the Yamaha F370. It's hand -finished body and neck gives it a classic look, and nice tone for the low price.
Type: Standard acoustic
The action can be a little high on cheaper Yamaha acoustics. The F370 we played was happily an exception. There is a cheaper Yamaha beginner acoustic F310 model you could get. Invest a bit more in the superior FG370 though. You won't be sorry, and you desrve to invest a little more into your guitar playing journey.
Listen to the Yamaha F370:
The Fender Squier SA-105 is one of the most popular beginner guitars for a reason. It's cheap as chips, and sounds not bad for such a low price guitar.
Type: Standard dreadnought acoustic
If you're a beginner on a tight budget, you can't go wrong with the SA-105. Don't expect mind-blowing tone or feel. But as a newbie, an overly expensive starter guitar is uneccesary. The Squier is a great solid choice.
Listen to the Fender Squire SA-105:
Gibson's Hummingbird will set you back up to £3,000/$3,982. If you haven't got that kind of cash kicking about, try the much loved tribute to the classic Gibbo Acoustic: The Epiphone Humminbird Pro.
Sounds fantastic for the price. The ePerformer electro tones when plugged into both our acoustic amps and PA sounded rich, full and clear. And with that traditional Hummingbird pickguard design - she's a beauty.
Listen to the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro:
Made of high quality durable steel for improved stability this guitar stand from Neuma is a must have if you're serious about learning guitar.
The 3/4 length Tanglewood TW2 is a parlour guitar with a retro sound. Perfect for on the go practice. Another small guitar that packs a punch. Ideal for travelling beginners, kids, and any guitar player looking to add too their collection.
Type: Parlour acoustic
Don't expect rich warm tones from the Tanglewood travel guitar. It's a small travel guitar afterall. Do expect surprisignly good sounds though. We enjoyed playing around with open tunings and a slide with this little'un. You couldn't go wrong with the TW2 if you're after a portable travel guitar.
Listen to the Tanglewood TW2:
If you've set yourself the goal of playing live and you're on a budget, you have to check out the Ibanez Talman. It's quirky double cutaway looks will have heads turning. It's rosewood fretboard plays well too.
Fingerpicking, plectrum picking and strumming all felt and sounded bang on. One small con we found was the curse of black guitars. Grubby finger marks and dust show way more. Ah well. It looks & sounds cool though.
Listen to the Ibanez TCY-TE Talman:
Just shy of the size of a full size acoustic, the Taylor's Big Baby has a 15/16" scale neck. Don't let it's size fool you though. Expect rounded a rounded, smooth tone fitting it's Taylor family name.
Type: Standard acoustic (electro-acoustic option)
Playing felt effortless on the Big Baby. The guitar has a bright, lively sound but still manages to keep that smooth Taylor tone. At 1 11/16 Inches at the nut, the neck is on the slim side, no fuss though. You'll look forward to practice with this baby.
Listen to the Taylor Big Baby:
The Takamine GN-93 has a real quality finish. The deluxe gold die-cast hardware & gloss finish make this guitar win on looks. The Lovely warm tones and fast fretboard make the Takamine win on sound too.
Type: Standard dreadnought acoustic
My second acoustic guitar was a Takamine. Back then, it cost 2.5 x the price of the GN. Well I can confidently tell you the GN sounds a little...better! As a result, I highly reccomend this model to beginners through to advanced.
Listen to the Takamine GN-93:
The Washburn WD7S has a quality finish. It sounds and plays like it's a much more expensive guitar. The mahogany back, sides and neck lend to a rounded and crisp tone.
Listen to the Washburn WD7S:
The Seagull S6 is well built and solid. Don't be fooled by the fact you may not have heard of this brand as a beginner - Seagull is a legendary name amongst those who know their gear. You'll get a premium feel for a modest price.
Type: Standard Dreadnought acoustic
Complete with a three-layer lamination of Wild Cherry wood for the back & sides, the Seagull S6 has a lush mellow tone thanks to it's dreadnought body. A great all-rounder guitar you'd be smart to get if you have a moderate to healthy budget.
Listen to the Fender Seagull S6:
This legendary trigger capo fits most electric and acoustic guitars and is a must-have piece of kit for any guitar player. Perfect for changing a song key to one that uses easier chords.
Faith's Naked Series use all-solid timbers and produce a warm and woody lush tone. The quality Fishman fitted pickup means the Naken is ideal for live and studio work.
The Naked Venus is one of those guitars that sounds way more than expensive than it is. The tone, volume and sustain on this guitar are striking with perfect action to boot. Go and try one of these Faith acoustics, you won't be dissapointed.
Listen to the Faith Naked Venus:
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