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- the F310 (£115/$199). Invest a bit more in the superior FG370 though. You won't be sorry.
Listen to the Yamaha F370:
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:
This 3/4 length Gretsch 9500 is a parlour guitar with a retro sound. Picture playing 12-bar blues on the porch. Another small guitar that packs a punch. Ideal for beginners, kids, and any guitar player looking to add too their collection.
Type: Parlour acoustic
Don't expect rich warm tones fro the 9500. Do expect bluesy and bluesgrass sounds though. We enjoyed playing around with open tunings and a slide with this little'un. You couldn't go wrong with the Gretsch if you're after a portable travel guitar.
Listen to the Gretsch 9500 Jim Dandy:
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 GD-51 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 GD51 win on sound too.
Type: Standard dreadnought acoustic
My second acoustic guitar was a Takamine. 13 years ago, it cost 2.5 x the price of this GD-51. Well I can confidently tell you the GD-51 sounds a little...better! As a result, I highly reccomend this model to beginners through to advanced.
Listen to the Takamine GD-51:
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The Washburn WD7S is a dreadnaught acoustic guitar with a warm tone thanks to its mahogany back and sides.
Type: Standard dreadnought acoustic
This 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.
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Listen to the Washburn WD7S:
We know Fender is the business. Well built and solid. The FA-100is one of their budget priced offerings. If you're after your first acoustic, this will be for you. Nice even tone and easy to play.
Type: Standard Dreadnought acoustic
The FA-100 isn't going to be your gigging acoustic of choice, but for a beginner practising at home, you can't go wrong. Use a quality brand of strings to get the best out of this super value for money guitar.
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Listen to the Fender FA-100:
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The AD60 is a member of the Alvarez Artist '60 Series. With all natural materials such as mother-of-pearl and abalone inlays, and real bone saddles, the Alvarez feels lovely to play and sounds crisp.
Type: Standard acoustic
Alvarez guitars aren't a house hold name. If you're after an inexpesnsive acoustic guitar but don't want to skrimp on quality or sound, it's time you gave the AD60 a bash.
Listen to the Alvarez Artist Series AD60: