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Washburn Steel String Travel Acoustic Guitar

Washburn Steel String Travel Acoustic Guitar

The Washburn acoustic guitar is an excellent guitar for practicing, playing, and most especially being your musical travel companion. It is made from high-quality materials like its solid spruce top, strong mahogany neck and beautiful mahogany body.

In addition to the quality body, the Washburn acoustic guitar has one awesome full-sized feature: its neck. What really excited me when I first opened the case and at gazed at my little travel buddy was the full 24 inch scale, with 19 full frets, on the gorgeous Rosewood fingerboard.

The cherry on top it the Washburn acoustic guitar’s professional binding and quality inlay, good quality geared tuners and its molded case which fits into overhead storage compartments on most airlines.

Playability

The great thing about the small size of the Washburn acoustic guitar is that it allows for full playability of all of the 24 inch scale which features 19 full frets. There is no difficulty getting to the end of the fret board because of the diminutive body. The full-sized neck is extremely comfortable for fingering which will excite the experienced musicians wanting to run a full scale.

In addition to the small body size helping fret access, it also causes the Washburn acoustic guitar to weigh less. Much less. This beauty only weighs in at 2.5 pounds so it’s an excellent choice for those who get weary holding a larger bodied guitar but want the full, rich sound of one.

Sound

The Washburn acoustic guitar has a great production quality and richness that is synonymous with a full-sized body guitar with a slightly quieter output due to its size.Sometimes being quieter is a great thing though, because it has allowed me to play my Washburn acoustic guitar in camping areas and hotels without disturbing other guests. That is a huge travel instrument bonus.

Solid spruce, mahogany and rosewood are all excellent quality tonewoods that help propel the Washburn acoustic guitar into the realm of the greats.

I personally think the sound is more pleasing when fingerpicked with this guitar, but it plays beautifully with a pick as well. Bonus: three picks are included with this guitar kit.

Traveling with the Washburn Steel String Travel Acoustic Guitar

Something that always concerns me with traveling with my guitars, of any size, is to make sure my instrument will be safe. The case that comes with the Washburn acoustic guitar is a very high quality cordura case that has a molded interior with a hard foam lining.

The case also features inside and outside pockets that allow for small tuners, picks, mini playbooks, you name it! It also has luggage straps, backpack straps for even easier carrying, and three D-rings to adjust all the straps and clips for an exact fit for you to carry it.

Super Bonus: it’s sized to fit overhead storage bins in planes, so that you do not have to check in this guitar. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve nearly had a heart attack on the flight hoping that my instruments would not get damaged in general cargo bins!

Pros

  • Full 24" scale on a full-guitar-sized neck
  • Comes with a plush lined Cordura case with backpack straps
  • Beautiful mahogany body
  • SOLID spruce top
  • Kit includes a guitar strap and three picks
  • Beginners will enjoy the included Learn to Play CD ROM
  • Professionally bound body and bound Rosewood fingerboard
  • Super lightweight at 2.5 lbs
  • Fits into overhead airline compartments!

Cons

  • Sorry, lefties! It only comes in a right-handed version
  • For the uneducated passerby you may remind them of Tiny Tim playing “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” on a ukulele because of the small body size. I'm kidding! Although the size is similar to a ukulele, the sound is full-bodied and I can't come up with any other cons about this guitar personally.


Final Verdict

This is an awesome travel guitar and one I would highly recommend to anyone wanting a smaller instrument to take on the road.  Its small size makes it a good guitar for younger players, and excites the more experienced musicians with its full access to all 19 frets.

Crescent MG38-CF 38″ Acoustic Guitar

I think we can safely say that the starter package with the Crescent acoustic guitar includes everything but the kitchen sink.  I think my Aunt Mary might actually make a tomato sandwich with this package! Seriously. It has an impressive number of accessories.

Ignoring the good quality, full-sized wooden Crescent acoustic guitar for a moment, let’s talk about the fact that the amazing price of the starter kit is what you would pay, if not less, just for the accessories included.

When I opened up my box it was like Christmas had come early!!There is an included pocket-sized pitch pipe, a full set of extra strings, a gig bag with a carrying strap, a guitar pick, a pickguard, and an awesome clip-on digital e-tuner.

The Main Event of the Crescent MG38-CF 38″ Acoustic Guitar Starter Package

So, now let’s talk about the guitar in this starter package. The Crescent acoustic guitar is a full-sized, full-bodied 38 inch guitar. It has a 17 inch body with a nice average 4 inch thickness, which is great for almost any player to hold and play.

Despite its full size, the Crescent acoustic guitar is pleasantly light for the beginning player, weighing in at only 4.4 pounds. This version of a steel string acoustic guitar is most commonly used for Country, Bluegrass and southern rock, but can handle any genre of music.

It also features Linden binding, and quality wood construction. The geared tuners are made from brass and steel and stay in tune for a long time compared to other beginner acoustic guitars.This may sound trivial – it’s not. An angst-filled teenager banging on steel strings will put tuners to work!

The Sound of the Crescent MG38-CF 38″ Acoustic Guitar

Depending on the package you purchase, the wood construction varies a little. There are a few good wood varieties to order from but each features a bright, ringing tone in the sound quality. This is a bright sounding steel string acoustic guitar, and features a quality wood backing no matter which kit you decide to order.

In addition to the body’s good quality tone wood, the fretboard is made of the classic high quality Rosewood and features full-sized frets. The comfortable size and shape of the body of the Crescent acoustic guitar allows for Bluegrass flatpicking in addition to finger-picking folk and using a pick to blast out some rock and roll.

Beginner’s Appeal of the Crescent MG38-CF 38″ Acoustic Guitar

The size, shape and versatility of playing styles of the Crescent acoustic guitar makes it an excellent starting instrument choice. Not only does the price excite beginning players that aren’t sure if they want to jump off that cliff into the musical abyss, but the versatility of playing styles literally appeals to every budding musician out there.

Everything in this package is geared for the beginning player.

  • The digital tuner that is included is incredibly easy to use
  • There is an extra set of strings in case you break one right away
  • The high quality brass geared tuners stay in tune even as you bail out some rock and roll
  • The wood construction not only gives great sound, but it's sturdy and durable
  • It comes with a gig bag with a carrying strap so you do not need to hold the guitar by the neck, or leave it out to get dusty or damaged
  • The kit includes a pickguard to protect your guitar from over-enthusiastic picking
  • The pitch pipe tuner that comes with it in addition to the digital tuner is pocket sized and the perfect travel companion for taking your guitar camping or traveling


Pros

  • An absolutely complete 38 Inch Acoustic Guitar Set
  • Incredibly low price
  • Ideal for Beginners
  • Linden binding and wood construction
  • Geared Tuning
  • Wood framing
  • 6 Steel Strings plus a full extra set
  • Comes with a gig bag with carrying strap, a guitar pick,pickguard, digital e-tuner and pitch pipe tuner

Cons

    • Musicians interested in a higher sound quality will want to invest in an additional guitar for the stage. This is a perfect travel companion guitar, but not necessarily one for show.


Final Verdict

The Crescent MG38-CF 38″ Acoustic Guitar Starter Package has everything that a beginning guitar player could want. I highly recommend it as a package, not only for the incredible price, but because the wood framing and backing make it a durable quality guitar.

Jasmine S34C NEX Acoustic Guitar

What is the Jasmine S34C NEX Acoustic Guitar?

A barn find.
Have you heard those stories about someone finding a 1934 coupe, or 1960’s Corvette in somebody’s barn untouched by time or weather in perfect condition? That’s what it’s like finding the Jasmine S34C  NEX acoustic guitar at this incredible price. Purchasing this guitar online is the musical barn find of the year.

How Does the Jasmine S34C NEX Acoustic Guitar Sound?

Impressive construction creates superior sound.

As any guitar enthusiast knows there are a few things that affect sound. The construction, the materials used, and the overall shape of the guitar. The Jasmine S34C NEX acoustic guitar is a Dreadnought style, but in all other ways is the Grand Lady of the ballroom in terms of guitar engineering.

The X-Bracing Master Engineering – Going with our ballroom analogy, the Grand Lady’s dress needs a good corset – in this case, x-bracing. The Jasmine S34C NEX features an advanced type of X-bracing pattern that is called forward-shifted, which places the bracing closer to the guitar body soundhole. This position creates a definitive tone detail and improved tone production.

Also, the advanced X-bracing pattern produces an amplified, animated sound in comparison to other acoustic guitars. The braces that the Jasmine S34C NEX acoustic guitar uses are quartersawn, meaning that they are exceptionally stronger and more stable than normal bracing wood. Quartersawn wood used in guitars have a distinctly brighter tone due to the density of the wood compared to flatsawn wood.

In addition to this, the braces have a scalloped design which allows the top to vibrate freely which produces a better overall tone clarity and length. The design also helps with the bracings rigidity.

The Grand Lady’s Dress - If you’ve never heard of the Jasmine S34C NEX, it is produced by the same exceptional craftsmen who make Takamine acoustic guitars.  The same level of quality and craftsmanship that goes into building a Takamine went into building the Jasmine S34C NEX Acoustic Guitar. This guitar features a Japanese laminated Spruce top which allows excellent sound and extreme durability while permitting the Jasmine S34C NEX to be sold at an extremely affordable price in comparison to a solid wood guitar.

Complementing the laminated Spruce is the Aboudikro or Sapele back and sides done in a natural finish. Sapele Is used for its sound clarity in many instruments such as ukuleles and harps, and has a beautiful finish reminiscent of mahogany. This high-end wood appearance compliments the Jasmine S34C NEX’s venetian-style cutaway and its orchestra style rich, full sound.

In addition to this, the Jasmine S34C NEX features a stunning Rosewood bridge plate, and a rosewood fretboard. The Rosewood is known for providing balanced and beautiful note separation, furthering this guitars distinct sound.

Rounding out her appearance, the finish is a smooth satin which maximizes resonance and tone quality. It also features full body binding and chrome tuners as the cherry on the top.

Body Specs – The Grand Lady is both light and quick on her feet

This Jasmine S34C NEX is extremely lightweight, weighing in just under 6 pounds. The weight makes it excellent for a beginner although it is large, full-sized guitar measuring 48 inches long. It has a compact body, however, measuring at 18 inches, but thanks to the superior bracing and laminated tonewood delivers exceptional sound production.

The Jasmine S34C NEX has a 25.5 inch scale length with a slim neck for fast playing and finger sliding

Drawbacks

The only drawback I have come across with this particular guitar is due to its slimmer neck design. Inexperienced players that have just started their guitar journey may have a slight buzzing sound by accidentally hitting a neighboring string. This is not an issue for me because I have 7 years playing experience, but it is an issue that may happen to someone with no experience.

You need to purchase accessories and a case separately from this guitar, but the price leaves you plenty of room to purchase these things and still equal the cost of another beginners acoustic guitar, so, in my opinion it doesn’t really qualify as a drawback.

Pros

  • Rockin’ Dreadnought body style
  • Quality Laminate Japanese Spruce top
  • Sapele back and sides
  • Beautiful Rosewood Fingerboard and Fretboard
  • Extremely Affordable
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Rich, full tone production
  • Chrome Tuners
  • Advanced X-Bracing for tone clarity

Final Verdict

I was very surprised by the high quality of the guitar construction and the detail that went into the sound engineering for this affordable acoustic guitar. I would definitely recommend purchasing this guitar for those that want a louder tone production than some of the smaller classical acoustic guitars on the market. The Jasmine S34C NEX acoustic guitar will not disappoint you.

Yamaha C40 GigMaker

Yamaha C40 GigMaker

It’s a Yamaha.

Before I even delve into a lengthy review about the Yamaha C40 Gigmaker guitar set, I need to let you know that I don’t typically have a company preference. I won’t tell you that this is the best beginner guitar on the market because Yamaha is the Cadillac of guitars, but the truth is, it really is the best guitar out there for the price. At least in my opinion.

Yamaha is known for its superior quality despite being very economical. There is no difference with this guitar quality when compared to a much more expensive model. In this respect it is not only really affordable, but almost suspiciously affordable.

What’s in the Yamaha C40 GigMaker Package?

Everything you need to start playing your first guitar, or travel with a good one.

Yamaha knew that they made a great product they offer their limited lifetime warranty with the package. It has 4.6 out of 5 stars on hundreds of Amazon reviews, and getting a good review consistently for a guitar is almost more difficult than a travel hotel. How many good reviews do you see on an economical motel? That says a lot for the overall quality of the Yamaha C40.

This is the complete acoustic classical guitar set up for beginning players. This Yamaha C40 Gigmaker package supplies you with everything that you need to start playing, but the guitar is good enough quality that anyone with intermediate or advanced guitar skills will be extremely pleased with this as an inexpensive travel guitar.

The Yamaha C40 Gigmaker kit includes the nylon strings for the classical guitar sound and setup, a guitar case and a beginner CD with examples of songs for music learners to listen to and attempt to play along with.

What is the Yamaha C40?

The Yamaha C40 is a full sized guitar at just over 47” long, but has a compact 17.5” body which is great for beginners. It offers a wider fretboard which makes it easier for beginners who have a difficult time with strings placed too closely together. You don’t need to worry about accidentally touching the string next to the one you’re trying to play and creating a buzzing sound.

How does the Yamaha C40 Sound?

The sound quality of the Yamaha C40 is superior. That sound is created with the solid wood Spruce guitar top, the Japanese rosewood fretboard and bridge, the classic Nato neck and the Indonesian mahogany backing. All beautiful quality tone wood. The fretboard boasts 19 frets and beautiful chrome tuners.

While this guitar is not handmade, which is disappointing for those who want a handcrafted guitar (you also could not dream of getting a handmade guitar for this price) Yamaha has constructed the Yamaha C40 within exact quality parameters. Because it is created by a computer-controlled machine, just like a CNC machine making spinal grafts you would use in surgery, the Yamaha C40 is engineered to sound as beautiful as it looks.
It really is a beautiful guitar.  When I unpackaged it I thought at first I had received the wrong model!  I am very impressed by the wood quality in an expensive beginner guitar.

Downfalls of the Yamaha C40

The only issue I have ever had with my Yamaha C40 is the sound projection is a little lower than some acoustic guitars due to its more compact body style.  Acoustic guitars are by their nature low projectors so it’s not really an issue worth discussing in my opinion.  If you want loud sound with this particular model, I suggest amplifying it and you’ll be good to go.

Pros

  • Nylon strings make life easier for beginner’s fingers
  • Compact body makes playing easier for beginners
  • Wider fretboard reduces double-string playing for beginners
  • Beautiful tone woods used in construction
  • Yamaha Warranty
  • Case and Beginner CD included in package
  • Extremely Affordable Bargain
  • Deep bass sound despite compact body

Final Verdict

I would definitely recommend the Yamaha C40 Gigmaker package to anyone wanting to learn to play who is large enough to hold a full-sized guitar.  The nylon strings make your fingers happier when learning to play and the fretboard is not only beautiful but user-friendly. I can’t stress enough how surprisingly low the price is for the quality of the guitar.  Yamaha made a winner in the C40!

Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

What are you getting with the Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar?

The terrier of acoustic guitars.

The Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar reminds me of growing up with my Uncle’s pet terrier, Splotchy. It’s a mid-sized acoustic guitar much like the terrier is a mid-sized dog, but also similar to the terrier is the Rogue RA-090’s full, robust sound projection, much like the full bark of Splotchy.

Its indomitable will not to be taken over in sound and tone by larger guitars, and its unyielding durability remind me of my Uncle’s terrier, playing and barking for hours on end.

The Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar takes energetic playing and rough-and-tumble practicing from young musicians without breaking the rhythm. Splotchy would be proud.

Construction of the Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

Terrier-sized - The Rogue RA-090 is a six string compact size Dreadnought acoustic guitar measuring in at 41 inches. It features a white wood body that has a 25 3/8 inch scale length for playing over the frets.

Despite being a smaller guitar it features a full 20 frets, 14 of which are open. Also, it features a dovetail neck joint and Japanese NATO wood neck for durability and tone sustainability.

Craftsmanship - In addition, it features a beautifully painted maple ridge, fingerboard and fret board. The Rogue features a c-shaped neck with nickel hardware and covered tuners. Because of the C-shape of the neck string division is a little easier for younger musicians and beginning players to separate the lower and upper 3 strings.

It provides a nice, comfortable natural curve for the beginning player to learn finger placement.

Terrier-weight - It is extremely lightweight, weighing in at 4.5 pounds so anyone having difficulty holding a heavier guitar will be able to use the Rogue RA-090 easily and comfortably. This is a guitar you can take camping or to an outdoor bonfire and carry it around all evening without getting tired.

It is the perfect size for beginning musicians to take to school for band or instructive classes.

Splotchy’s Energy - Perhaps because of the smaller size the Rogue RA-090 is surprisingly durable. I purchased the Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar for my son to start taking his first official music classes in middle school and it has managed to survive the school bus, his friends and severely destructive band mates.

What does the Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Sound Like?

The bark the neighborhood hears.

Even though it is a condensed size for smaller musicians, the body depth and overall width bring out a balanced sound and surprisingly loud projection. The Rogue RA-090 is known for its vigorous mid-range tones. The white wood body is a perfect tonewood to bring out those mid-range tones at full projection.

The Japanese NATO wood neck sustains the sound without losing any strength in the final finish. The Maple brings sound clarity and is well known as a crisp tone wood.

It has a surprisingly loud projection for its price and size, and is a great guitar for my son to step up into intermediate playing. Just like I ran with and tumbled Splotchy about for hours on end growing up, my son has played his little heart out on the Rogue RA-090 and it has survived.

Pros

  • Ridiculous I Won the Lottery Low Price
  • Full 20 frets
  • Full tone projection
  • Smaller size for beginners or young musicians
  • Lightweight for easy use and carry
  • Beautiful white wood natural finish
  • C-shaped neck
  • Dovetail neck joint for stability

Cons

  • If you are over 6’3” with a long arm span and torso a larger guitar may be a better choice.

Final Verdict

I bought the Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar for my son and have never regretted it. I would recommend this for anyone looking for an affordable guitar for beginning players of any age, or younger players even in the intermediate stage. It is a comfortably sized guitar for smaller musicians and delivers great punchy tone and full projection from its compact size. The quality surpasses the price.

Epiphone EJ-220SCE Acoustic Guitar

Epiphone EJ-220SCE Acoustic Guitar

It’s an Epiphone.

For those in the know Epiphone is a name in acoustic guitars that demands respect. It is the oldest and most respected instrument maker in America, and has been making instruments for every style of music since 1873.

There is no style of music that has swept across the nation that Epiphone has not been on the forefront of, designing and creating the most modern and well-respected instruments of the age. Now, in the 21st century, Epiphone continues its technological breakthroughs and helps advance the sound of music with the Epiphone EJ-220SCE Acoustic Guitar.

Design of the Epiphone EJ-220SCE Acoustic Guitar

Classic Sound and Powerful Presence - I purchased the Epiphone because of it smaller size and utterly gorgeous cutaway design. I fell in love with the shape of this guitar before I even heard the sound. Once I began to play it, I never regretted my decision.

Bonus: I am 5’6’’ so the Epiphone EJ-220SCE’s length at 43.5” was very comfortable and playable for me.

This guitar is a modified version of what Epiphone calls “The King of the Flat Tops” which was the J-200 series that was created in 1937 by Epiphone. As the newest model, the Epiphone EJ-220SCE acoustic guitar features beautiful and functional cut away for extra fret access and a preamp EQ.

Play like the Legends - I am a fan of older country, rockabilly and fifties rock and roll music. The sound and shape of this beautiful Epiphone reminds me of listening to Rosanne Cash playing “Tennessee Flattop Box” and I feel like rocking out with the greats of music history everytime I put my hand on it.

In fact, I’m not alone in this. The father to this guitar was used by Don Everly, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Emmylou Harris.

Since this is the new generation, however, the Epiphone EJ-220SCE gives you all of the complex sound and beauty of the historic guitar at a much more affordable price tag and with a modern electrical pick up system so that your sound can be amplified as far and as wide as you want the dancing to go. History reborn.

Let Your Fingers Dance - The Epiphone EJ-220SCE acoustic guitar has a 25.5 inch playing scale with 14 open frets and the cutaway for extra fret access. It also features a Rosewood fingerboard with Pearl crown inlays.

In addition to this it has Epiphone’s custom sloped Dovewing headstock with gold screws and diecast gold Grover tuners. Gorgeous style to flaunt onstage.

How Does the Epiphone EJ-220SCE Acoustic Guitar Sound?

The ej200 style Epiphone acoustic guitar is quite easily one of the most recognizable and famous guitars of America and across the world. It offers a deep, powerful projection that dominates the stage and drew in thousands over the radio. The Epiphone EJ-220SCE has a sound projection above and beyond any other acoustic guitar on the market.

The guitar features a solid Spruce top with a select Maple back and a beautiful classical rosewood moustache-style bridge. The Maplewood body produces a clear crisp complex sound while the spruce provides robust projection.

Epiphone / Shadow Germany’s eSonic2 Preamp System

The Epiphone EJ-220SCE also sports an eSonic2 preamp system with an easy-to-use built-in tuner. Included in the controls on this preamp are:

  • A Master Volume dial
  • The NanoFlex Tone Pickup
  • The NanoMag Tone Pickup
  • Stereo Blend sound
  • A super helpful Low Battery indicator
  • Phase switch to eliminate unwanted feedback
  • Requires two 2032 lightweight, long-lasting lithium watch batteries

State-of-the-Art Stereo Pickups

Located under the compensated saddle is the unique NanoFlex low-impedance pickup. This amazing pickup not only detects string vibration, but also body and top end vibrations for a full-bodied acoustic tone. This pickup amplifies all the rich sound without the harshness of a piezo.

In addition to the NanoFlex pickup is the NanoMag pickup mounted at the fingerboard. The NanoMag captures all the highs and lows, including a wide range of harmonics between its 3 Samarian-Cobalt magnets and an integrated active circuit.

Drawbacks

The Epiphone EJ-220SCE weighs in at 12 pounds, so it’s a slightly heavy acoustic guitar.  That’s the price you pay for fine quality solid wood!  Although I don’t typically recommend a strap for acoustic guitars, the weight of the Epiphone EJ-220SCE may call for one for extended play periods.

Pros

  • Beautiful classis design with majestic cutaway
  • Quality hardware
  • Gold cast tuners and screws
  • Sloped Dovewing headstock
  • Epiphone’s world-renowned quality
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Maple back
  • Spruce Top
  • Incredibly clear, complex sound
  • NanoFlex, low-impedance pickup
  • Nanomag pickup
  • Built-in Tuner

Final Verdict

I’m blown away by the strong sound projection and stage presence of the Epiphone EJ-220SCE.  I feel like I am the master of the stage playing this acoustic guitar even when I am alone, practicing in my garage.  I highly recommend this guitar for anyone looking for a powerful sound and old school beauty.

Best Acoustic Guitar Under 500 Review

Want to Buy the Best Acoustic Guitar Under 500 Dollars?

Do you ever imagine yourself around a campfire, strumming a guitar to your favorite tune? The only thing between you and your dream of learning how to play an instrument is buying an acoustic guitar.

You don’t want to empty your bank account for your first guitar, but you don’t want to buy an instrument that sounds awful-but how do you know you’re getting a good deal for an inexpensive guitar? We’ve reviewed seven best acoustic guitars on the market and chose the one we think wins the title of best acoustic guitar for under 500 dollars.

What Did We Review?

We looked at seven guitars we think rank among the best acoustic guitars under 500 dollars. These included the Taylor Big Baby, the Seagull Entourage Rustic, the Fender T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway, the Seagull S6 Original, the La Patrie, the Blueridge BR-43, and the Fender Stratacoustic Plus.

For our review, we specifically looked at:

  • Wood quality
  • Sound
  • ​Body type
  • ​Style
  • Extra features

Though we focused on features that a new musician wants in their first guitar, these reviews will also help more experienced guitar players choose an acoustic guitar.

Reviews of the Best Acoustic Guitars Under 500 Dollars


Taylor Big Baby

This is a very simple, dreadnought-style guitar with a 15/16 scale body. This means that it’s a bit smaller, so it can be a good guitar for children or women.

Despite the size difference, the Big Baby’s fretboard isn’t any shorter, so you can easily transition to a full-size guitar without a problem.

It does have a laminate front and back, but the fingerboard is made of African ebony wood.

One customer called the Taylor Big Baby the best acoustic guitar under 500 dollars in the world, saying that it was extremely fun to play. Another customer said it was a great purchase for her child.

Pros

  • Comes with a gig bag
  • Slightly smaller body size
  • Same fretboard length
  • Bright, clear sound

Cons

  • Laminate front and back
  • ​Doesn’t feel very solid
  • Very plain looks

Final Verdict

  • Wood Quality: 3/5
  • Sound: 4/5
  • Body Type: 5/5
  • Style: 3/5
  • Extra Features: 3/5


Seagull Entourage Rustic Guitar

The Entourage Rustic Guitar is a solid guitar that’s pressure tested and has a double action truss rod to keep everything intact.

The solid top is made of cedar, which will warm in tone over time. The sunburst, rustic finish makes this guitar stand out in beauty.

This is a full-size, dreadnought-style guitar but has a slim neck, making it very comfortable to play. It doesn’t contain a tuner, but it tunes very precisely and stays in tune longer.

One reviewer said this guitar sounds just as good as his more expensive guitars and another said it was a great instrument for his daughter to practice on.

Pros

  • Beautiful finish
  • Slim, comfortable neck
  • Stable and durable

Cons

  • Doesn’t include a tuner
  • Takes time for sound to age
  • Laminate sides and back

Final Verdict

  • Wood Quality: 4/5
  • Sound: 5/5
  • Body Type: 5/5
  • Style: 5/5
  • Extra Features: 3/5


Fender T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Acoustic Guitar

This eye-catching guitar really stands out due to its unique, spalted maple wood.

The maple top gives this guitar a rich, bright sound, and the guitar comes with electric pickups and a tuner.

The guitar is a full-sized dreadnought, so it might be a bit large for children and petite women.

Customers on Amazon have some mixed reviews about the electronics, with some complaining of a buzzing from the batteries. However, most reviewers rated this guitar at 5 stars, saying that it’s eye-catching and easy to play.

Pros

  • Each guitar is unique
  • Has electric pickups and tuner
  • Comes in a variety of colors

Cons

  • Some buzzing with batteries in the electronics
  • Costs more for cosmetic reasons
  • Big body for smaller players

Final Verdict

  • Wood Quality: 4/5
  • Sound: 4/5
  • Body Type: 4/5
  • Style: 5/5
  • Extra Features: 5/5


Seagull S6 Original

The Seagull S6 Original is a popular guitar for novices. This guitar has a solid cedar top with a bright sound that can make beginners sound good.

This guitar has won several awards for its ease of play and tonal quality, which makes it stand out on this list. It is solidly built and durable, so it can be a good travel guitar.

It’s a little boring to look at, but this guitar comes with a gig bag and a stand, which is a bonus to this purchase.

One reviewer on Amazon said that it sounds a feels like a much more expensive guitar. Other guitarists were shocked to hear how good their novice chords sounded on the Seagull S6.

Pros

  • Very unique, vintage look
  • Comfortable to play
  • Parlor-style with a full-size sound

Cons

  • The smaller body produces a smaller tone
  • No electronics
  • The lacquer varnish can bubble without proper care

Final Verdict

  • Wood Quality: 4/5
  • Sound: 5/5
  • Body Type: 4/5
  • Style: 3/5
  • Extra Features: 4/5


La Patrie Guitar

This is a very unique-looking guitar due to its compact, pinched body. The La Patrie Motif is still a full-size guitar, though, but the body shape makes it more comfortable to play.

One thing that makes this guitar stand out is the cut-out head, helping it recreate the turn-of-the-century look.

One problem that you might experience with this guitar is that the body shape changes the angle you’ll play. You should buy a footstool if you’re learning on this instrument.

Amazon customers reviewing this product said they loved the deeper tones in this guitar. Many of the reviewers were specifically looking for a guitar that had a more classic sound and look.

Pros

  • Comes with a gig bag
  • Slightly smaller body size
  • Same fretboard length
  • Bright, clear sound

Cons

  • Laminate front and back
  • ​Doesn’t feel very solid
  • Very plain looks

Final Verdict

  • Wood Quality: 4/5
  • Sound: 4/5
  • Body Type: 4/5
  • Style: 5/5
  • Extra Features: 3/5


Blueridge BR-43

The Blueridge BR-43 has sitka spruce tonewood. This type of wood is popular because it has great resonance, which gives this guitar a very full, rich sound for an acoustic guitar under 500 dollars.

Another benefit of this guitar is the adjustable truss rod, which lets you change the curvature of the neck. New players may be uncomfortable adjusting this, however.

This guitar has a very traditional sound. It’s also very lightweight and has a small, 000 body.

One reviewer on Amazon said this guitar was easy to set up and play right out of the box and makes a good instrument for living room concerts. Another said that with just a bit of adjustment to the saddle, it plays perfectly without any buzzing.

Pros

  • Small and lightweight
  • Very rich sound
  • Easy to play

Cons

  • Imported from Asia
  • Looks plain at first glance
  • Not as solid as other guitars

Final Verdict

  • Wood Quality: 5/5
  • Sound: 4/5
  • Body Type: 5/5
  • Style: 3/5
  • Extra Features: 3/5


Fender Stratacoustic Plus

Though the Stratacoustic Plus has the classic Stratocaster electric shape, it’s actually an acoustic guitar with electric pickups.

This guitar has a unique look that customers expect with Fender guitars. The body shape and plastic sides and back, however, creates a thinner sound than other acoustic guitars.

This guitar is very versatile with its electronic options. It even includes a USB port so you can plug it into your computer or laptop.

Customers who bought this guitar on Amazon said that although the sound isn’t as loud and full as other acoustic guitars, it sounds much better when plugged into an amp. Another customer said it was easier to play than other Fender electric guitars, so they thought it was the best acoustic electric guitar under 500 dollars.

Pros

  • Lots of electronic versatility
  • Unique and interesting look
  • Easy to play with tuner

Cons

  • Body shape creates a thin sound
  • Very heavy for the size
  • Plastic back and sides

Final Verdict

  • Wood Quality: 2/5
  • Sound: 3/5
  • Body Type: 4/5
  • Style: 5/5
  • Extra Features: 5/5


Who Should Buy an Acoustic Guitar Under 500 Dollars?


How to Purchase the Best Acoustic Guitar for 500 Dollars

  • Beginning musicians looking for a good starter guitar to practice with.
  • Musicians who want to play around the campfire or at the beach without worrying about damaging their instruments.
  • Guitar tutors who want an instrument that their students can touch.
  • Musicians who want to decorate their guitar with stickers or signatures but don’t want to ruin the value of a more expensive guitar.

Look for the following when shopping for a guitar:

Don’t Buy a Guitar If...

  • Materials and build — Some acoustic guitars are built with solid wood and others are built with laminate. The types of wood   and materials used in building the instrument can affect sound and looks. This point also includes how solidly built and durable the guitar is.
  •  Body style and size — The shape of the guitar’s body can affect how it sounds and how comfortable it is to play. Body styles include concert, auditorium, dreadnought, and jumbo, among others.
  •  Sound — A good guitar has a rich, full sound that can project without buzzing. It also stays in tune as you play along the neck.
  •  Extra features — Some guitars come with features like built-in tuners, pick guards, or electric pickups. These add extra value and versatility to the guitar.
  •  Looks — The way a guitar looks is important for any musician. This point is a matter of personal taste, but color options and accessories can help.

What Else Do You Need to Play Your First Acoustic Guitar?

  • The body or neck is warped or cracke
  • You can see any glue or gaps where the pieces come together
  • The strings are very hard to press down
  • You can see a “sandwich” of laminate or plywood when you look at the soundhole
  • There is a strong buzzing sound when someone plays a chord

Which Guitar is the Best Acoustic Guitar Under 500 Dollars?

  •   A tuner (if your guitar doesn’t have one built in)
  •   A gig back or instrument case to keep your guitar safe
  •   Guitar picks in various sizes and thickness
  •   A capo (a clamp that changes the guitar’s key)
  •   A guitar strap

All of the guitars we reviewed could satisfy any new guitarist looking for their first guitar. They aren’t expensive, so you can take them with you anywhere without having to worry about damaging equipment worth thousands of dollars.

Of all the guitars we reviewed, though, we think that the Seagull Entourage Rustic Guitar is the best acoustic guitar for 500 dollars. It has a good sound and a comfortable body that’s suitable for new players.

The best acoustic electric guitar under 500 dollars is the Fender T-Bucket 300CE. This guitar has a built-in tuner and electric pickups, so it can transition with you as you learn to play better.

Best Acoustic Guitar Under 300 Review

Who out there hasn’t fantasized about playing the guitar in front of a stadium of screaming fans? It’s up to you to practice and get out there and start gigging, however, the following guide can help you pick out a sweet guitar that can get you on the right road to the rock star life. Here’s some things to keep in mind when you are looking for the best acoustic guitar under 300.


Things to Consider When Buying an Acoustic Guitar

Budget

No matter what your budget, there will be a guitar available for you. All manufacturers have products in the high, mid and low ranges so you should easily be able to find the best acoustic guitar for 300.

Pickups

An electric guitar that has a flat body was created to convey the sounds from the strings out through the pickups and into the amplifiers and not add any resonance from the body. Pickup have a very important role in creating the sound when it leaves the guitar.

The guitar can have either one or more pickups with standard pickups installed under the strings at the bridge of the guitar. When there are other pickups on the guitar, they can be located at different spots on the body of the guitar. These pickups pull unique sounds out of the guitar and they can be combined with make a certain overall sounds from the guitar.

Here is a list of the different pickups and their characteristics:

  • Strat Pickup or single coil - Distinct three-pickup design that lets the player switch and choose which combinations of pickups are used for different sounds.
  • Humbucker Pickup or dual coil – These are two pickups that out of phase with each other and they stop the 60 cycle hum and that accompanies a single coil sound.
  • Hybrid Pickup – This guitar style can have either a one dual coil pickup or a two single coil pickup.
  • Bridge and Neck Pickups – These pickups are located at either the bridge or neck of the guitar and are used most often with country and blues music, respectively.

You can also purchase a variety of aftermarket pickups and install them on your guitar. These help to create a different sound from your guitar such as a ‘jazzier’ sound.

 

With these points in mind, here are a few reviews to help you pick out the best acoustic guitar under 300.

Yamaha FG720S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar

 

The Yamaha FG720S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar is part of a series of acoustic guitars that have a great look and feel for an affordable price. The top of the guitar is built with solid Sitka Spruce and the back and sides are created with Nato. The FGS comes with a limited warranty and it does not come with a case

Features highlighted:

  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge with 20 medium frets
  • Bound neck and body
  • Die-cast chrome tuners
  • Multi-ply body binding
  • White neck binding
  • Several finishes available including black, natural, brown sunburst, dusk sun red or ocean blue burst
  • Tortoise pickguard


Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

 

The Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is a superb quality guitar that includes all the accessories you need to get started for a great price. Fender makes great bundles that are fabulous value and also a great way to get the basic accessories to start playing. It includes a hard shell guitar which will help protect your new guitar when you have a gig.

Features highlighted:

  • Spruce top with X bracing for full and resonant sound
  • Body binding
  • Exclusive Fender headstock shape
  • Fender pickguard
  • Smooth-playing 20-fret rosewood fingerboard
  • Rosewood bridge with compensated saddle,
  • Forward strap button with internal block reinforcement, and chrome hardware
  • Dreadnought Body Shape
  • Laminated Spruce Top laminated Agathis Back and Sides
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Comes with hard shell Case, Tuner, Guitar Stand, Extra Strings, Strap, and Picks


Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

 

This is a great bundle set that gives you everything you need to start playing gigs right away at a great price. It comes with a hard shell case to protect your new guitar when you are traveling with it. The Fender CD-60 possesses features that would usually be found on an expensive guitar like its spruce top and three finishes to choose from. It also includes upgrades such as a mother of pearl acrylic rosette design, a new compensated bridge design, a new black pickguard, a white bridge pin that include black dots plus a smaller (only 3mm) dot fingerboard with an inlay.

Features highlighted:

  • Scalloped X bracing
  • Black body binding
  • 20-fret fingerboard
  • Dual-action truss rod
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Hardshell case and bonus accessories included
  • Laminated Nato Back and Sides with Laminated Spruce Top
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Rosewood Bridge with Compensated Saddle
  • Chrome Hardware


Taylor Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar


 

Although it started as a guitar for kids, the Baby Taylor has become an instrument musicians of all ages enjoy. It’s a three-quarter sized Dreadnought that is made with Sitka Spruce for its topwood. It’s back and sides are made of layered wood which is less vulnerable for its which is great for players that travel with their instruments or require a guitar with more durability. Taylor guitars are unrivaled in the quality of their build, the stability of their necks and their variety of tonal options. They also use ethically sourced raw materials and come with a lifetime of support and service.

Features highlighted

  • Solid Sitka Spruce top wood
  • Layered Sapele back and sides
  • Taylor Standard Baby X-Bracing pattern
  • Matte 2.0 body finish
  • Genuine African Ebony fingerboard
  • Sapele neck wood
  • Lexan headstock overlay
  • Chrome Baby Tuners and Buttons tuning machines
  • Genuine African Ebony bridge
  • Nubone saddle & nut
  • Taylor Deluxe Baby Gig Bag


Epiphone Les Paul-100 Electric Guitar

 

The Epiphone Les Paul 100 is a great guitar for those that are serious about their music. It has a mahogany body and a maple top that provides a great classic heavy tone. It also has a bolt on mahogany neck and a rosewood fingerboard that is easy to play. It also includes 700T/650R open-coil humbucker pickups with chrome hardware. The Epiphone Les Paul 100 guitar highlights the classic Les Paul design and tone.

The Les Paul 100 is a great guitar for someone who is looking for a great deal for a reliable guitar. It has that great classic look with the sound and feel of a Les Paul. It’s similar to a 1952 Les Paul but includes all that professional guitarists today are looking for a in a superb instrument.

Features highlighted:

  • Mahogany body and maple top is easy to hold for long practices
  • ProBucker-3 is slightly overwound for wide tonal range
  • Classic Construction
  • Humbucker Tone
  • Quality Epiphone Hardware
  • 700T (bridge) and 650R (neck) humbuckers
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Mahogany body and Maple top
  • Bolt and mahogany neck


Epiphone Les Paul SPECIAL-II Electric Guitar

 

The Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar has a great low price for starting guitarists. Plus it gives you the fundamentals of a Les Paul guitar including a mahogany body with a bolt on mahogany neck and a sleek 22-fret rosewood fingerboard. It also features 700T/650R open-coil humbucking pickups that provide a long, true and sustaining true Les Paul tones. It’s also easier to make string changes and add more sustain with the LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece.

Features highlighted:

  • Mahogany body
  • 700T Humbucker pickups
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

 

The Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar One is one of Fenders best-selling acoustic electric guitars. Upgrade features include a black pick guard, mother of pearl acrylic rosette design, new compensated bridge design, white bridge pins with black dots and small (only 3mm) dot fingerboard inlays.

Features highlighted:

  • Laminated Mahogany Top with Scalloped X-Bracing
  • Laminated Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Mahogany Neck with 20 Fret Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Rosewood Bridge with Compensated Saddle
  • Fishman Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner
  • Hard shell case included


So, which guitar is the right one?

In the end, you want to buy the best guitar for you while also making sure it’s the best acoustic guitar under 300. It’s a good idea to look at several of the guitars to get an idea of what you do and don’t like about each one. Once you figure out your preferences, you will be able to shorten your list of prospective instruments. Depending on your playing style and your favorite music, you should be able to zero in on the perfect guitar to complement your technique and form. Don’t forget what you think looks cool about the guitar which is important too. As long as you are happy with it, you’ll be out in front of a screaming crowd in no time.

Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Review

What Is the Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar?

This Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar has a beautiful mahogany wood neck with a 20-Fret Rosewood Fingerboard. Rosewood is known for it’s quality in acoustic guitars and goes perfectly with the guitar finish. The Fender CD-60 also sports a Rosewood bridge with a compensated saddle. What is a compensated saddle? It is a bridge saddle that has a staggered profile to make the playing pitch more accurate – that is to say, better sound.

This particular Fender CD-60 also features a laminated Mahogany top with scalloped X-Bracing (sturdy), and a laminated mahogany back and sides.  Some die hard solid wood fans would say the laminate is a deterrent, but, it keeps the guitar inexpensive while maintaining those fantastic mahogany mellow tones.

In addition to the lessened expense, the laminate helps reduce the overall weight, which is great for extended play sessions because the Fender CD-60 Dreadnought is a very large acoustic guitar! The laminate also makes a very sturdy body which has held up well with me traveling in the van, on stage and being banged around by my band mates.  We play in smaller venues and limited space with a large instrument can be perilous.  The dreadnought dreads not my clumsy nature.

How does it feel to play and hear the Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar?

 

You’re playing a Dreadnought. It’s a beast!  This particular Bad Boy, the Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar measures in at a lofty 47” so it is bigger than your average sized acoustic guitar.  You can’t help but feel like the biggest band member in the room!

You Don’t Have to Be a Giant. I have medium hands, not giant hands, not Marco Rubio joking about Donald Trump’s Tiny Man Hands, just average hands. The Fender CD-60 Dreadnought is a larger than average guitar. Luckily, the neck is a great width and not as oversized as the body and is very playable for almost anyone.

Deep, Bold, Enriched, Loud Sound. The tones, while a little mellow due to the quality mahogany laminates of the soundboard, are deep and resounding thanks to the thick body. Peering into the sound hole for a dropped pick is like staring into the Mariana Trench. The music produced out of this guitar is so powerful and crisp it can easily stand alone as a solo instrument instead of being a backup guitar hidden in the band.

I like to play country blues, southern rock and rockabilly similar to the likes of Reverend Horton Heat. The Fender CD-60 let me play the softer, slow bluesy songs with its mellow quality, and had more than enough power to jam out the raunchiest bits of rock I could inflict on it, too.

In addition to its sound variety, one thing I noticed was the sound stays clear when picked, but I when I finger-picked a few tunes there was a vibration and expiration of sound like a solid wood folk acoustic guitar. This is an exceptionally nice surprise, and one not typically found in any laminate acoustic guitars.  That speaks volumes to me about the quality of the Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar.

The action was very comfortable for me to play more difficult chords because it was lower than other guitars I have played.  Very nice to press and smooth transitions for blues and southern rock jam outs. It stays in tune for extended periods and has a consistent sound.

Pros

  • ​Great Price for the full size and quality
  • ​It comes with a manufacturer warranty
  • ​I know it's a personal thing, but a truly beautiful guitar
  • ​Mahogany laminates send out strong, heavy mellow tones
  • Large body booms out crisp tones, everything you want in a Dreadnought

Cons

Sorry Lefties!

  • It does not currently come in a left hand option

    Final Vertict

    This acoustic guitar is one I would definitely recommend a beginner needing to play a larger guitar or anyone in the intermediate stages of acoustic guitar playing who is ready to step into a gorgeous instrument.  The sound quality is great enough that a professional could use this as an inexpensive standalone instrument. The price is really reasonable and the sound quality is great, making it a great band guitar as well.

38″ Black Acoustic Guitar Starter Package

What Is In the 38″ Black Acoustic Guitar Starter Package?

This kit comes with everything you need to start out with the basics of playing an acoustic guitar. If you’re nervous about playing for the first time, or get overwhelmed with having to put things together without a demonstration for the first time – this kit has you covered. The guitar comes pre-strung with 6 steel strings, ready to play your first ballad.

Get over excited about playing like your favorite 80’s hair band and pop a string? This kit has you covered! It comes with an EXTRA set of strings.

Worried about breaking a nail or realize your fingers get tender playing? – They will until you build up your finger pickin’ calluses – this kit has you covered. It comes with a guitar pick.

In addition to that is a shoulder strap and nylon (i.e. washable!) guitar bag to carry it around so you don’t need to worry about leaving it open or carrying it by the neck. Think of it like a baby carrier for your very first guitar! What would you name your very first guitar? I use the guitar bag as a storage cover in my house just to keep dust, pet hair, etc. getting in the sound hole when not in use in my high-traffic house.

Also included in the 38″ Black Acoustic Guitar Starter Package is a pitch pipe – super useful and super necessary to those who know how to tune and play.  For extreme novices like me, a weird plastic 6-holed tool. One thing I discovered early is if you want to play with anyone singing remotely in tune with you or playing another instrument with you, you need to know how to tune a guitar. So again, this kit has you covered!  This pitch pipe is such an awesome add-in to this package because:

  • It’s a completely portable method for tuning an acoustic guitar to standard pitches
  • This pitch pipe only plays the notes of the open strings of the guitar and not the extra notes you would tune in-between for another instrument like a piano or your Aunt Mabel’s singing
  • Look Ma! No Hands! Seriously, this is an awesome tuner – no hands required! You can hold the pitch pipe easily in your mouth and blow to hear the pitch and use your hands to strum and tune the guitar.

Why Did I Choose the 38″ Black Acoustic Guitar Starter Package?

I chose the 38″ Black Acoustic Guitar Starter Package for a few reasons:

    Awesome low price – I mean, really unbeatable price for an average sized guitar
It is a solid wood guitar, not composite or laminate and I wanted to learn on real wood like an old hand-crafted piece. In my head I picture learning by a campfire and picking on something you would see in a John Wayne movie, not a plastic beginner’s version of a guitar like my toddler playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on his 18” version with a battery next to me.
    Neutral Black Gloss Color – I love beautifully stained wood but I also know I am going to be rough and make mistakes my first time around with this guitar. I’m going to drop it, I’m going to slam my pick down the front of the soundboard when I completely miss the strings a few times the first week, and I’m just clumsy in general.  I also secretly want to be a rock star in my head and can’t wait to put my favorite stickers on this guitar or paint my own custom piece on that empty blank canvas on the back!

How does it feel to play the 38″ Black Acoustic Guitar?

Comfortable Beginner’s Guitar

It’s a nice average size at 38” with a slightly shorter fretboard with 19 frets. It’s also shallow, making it easier to handle for beginners for arm movement, and it’s very lightweight making it portable and user-friendly for nearly anyone.

Pros

  • Extremely Lightweight
  • Comes with a pitch pipe tuner
  • Comes with a Product Warranty
  • Comes with an Extra Set of Strings
  • All real wood; no laminate composite
  • Classic Black Gloss Finish matches everything
  • Comes with a shoulder strap and a nylon carrying bag

Cons

  • It does not currently come in a left hand option

Final Verdict

I would recommend the 38″ Black Acoustic Guitar Starter Package to anyone in the beginning stages of acoustic guitar playing who is ready to try their first instrument.  The price is really unbeatable for the complete set and allows you to purchase everything you need to try playing an acoustic steel-string guitar without breaking the bank or running to the music store when you break your first string.