Best Acoustic Guitar Under $500
If you are looking for the best acoustic guitar for under $500, you are definitely in the right place. We have taken an in-depth look at what is available within that price range and narrowed down your options to just five beautiful guitars.
The guitars below will satisfy the playing needs of virtually any guitar players. Whether you are a complete beginner or an accomplished player one of the acoustic guitars we have picked out is bound to suit your needs.
Arcadia DL Series Full-Size Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar Pack
For entry-level and intermediate players this good looking, full-sized acoustic guitar is a particularly good choice. The spruce top resonates perfectly to produce a balanced tone and superior sound projection. It features superior internal bracing, dependable black-back die-cast tuners and a mahogany neck.
Importantly, it comes with everything you need to get started. Included in this guitar pack are a clip-on digital tuner, a gig bag, a strap and a range of picks. Plus, you get a spare set of strings, a chord chart and a guide that explains how to tune your instrument.
It is available in three colors – black, natural and tobacco sunburst. As well as the full-size guitar we are talking about here, a ¾ version is also available.
- Die-cast tuners for better tuning
- Very good value for money
- Accurate clip-on digital tuner included
- The shorter scale is helpful for younger and less nimble players
- This guitar has no serious flaws, only the fact that, in time, you will probably need to replace it because it is not designed for advanced
Why we liked it – The build quality is exceptionally good for a guitar of this price. Plus, when you buy this kit you get everything you need to start your journey to becoming an accomplished guitar player. It is very comfortable to play and sounds good.
Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar
This beautifully crafted guitar is designed to take you right through from beginner to professional player. It has been available for many years now and it has a growing fan base. Owners of the Jasmine S35 report that it produces a big bold sound. This dreadnought style spruce acoustic guitar is clearly built to last, which is why it comes with a lifetime guarantee.
The rosewood fretboard is easy on the fingers and its laminated Nato back and sites are durable, as is the satin finish. So, this guitar should continue to look good even after decades of playing.
- Unique strap button provides perfect balance making it easy to play
- Great tone
- An inexpensive classically styled acoustic guitar
- The ability to adjust the neck’s truss rod is handy for set up
- Very light
- You only get the guitar, no case or strap
- The tuners are only entry-level, but do the job
Why we liked it – When you buy a Jasmine S35, you are getting a lot of guitar for the money. Potentially, it will see you through a lifetime of playing and it is a very nice looking instrument from a trustworthy maker.
The Yamaha FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar
Yamaha has a great reputation in the world of musical instruments and with good reason. They have been involved in the industry since 1887. Throughout that time, they have always searched for ways to make their instruments better. Taking new materials and manufacturing techniques and combining them with their experience and workforce skills to make competitively priced high-end instruments is something Yamaha excel at.
The FG800 is an upgrade of the FG700, which has a reputation for being a beautiful sounding guitar. They have done a good job too. The 800 has a far stronger sound than the 700 range, especially in the low to mid ranges and projects it more. This has been achieved using a scalloped brace, which also gives the guitar extra strength. The solid Sitka spruce top and Nato back & sides help too. The rosewood fingerboard and bridge look and feel nice.
- Available as a standalone guitar or as part of an accessories pack
- Long pedigree and good reputation
- Superior sound quality
- A choice of two body types and five colors
- It is a little more expensive than some other brands
Why we liked it – The fact that Yamaha has been making and continuously improving this model of acoustic guitar for 50 years is an indication of the dedication they have to creating the best mid-range acoustic guitar.
The Martin LX1E Spruce Top Electric Acoustic Guitar
Martin has been making beautiful acoustic guitars, since 1833. The LX1E is one of the guitars most people buy once they have graduated from intermediate to professional level.
This six-string spruce top guitar is classically styled with a high satin finish and high-pressure laminate back and sides for durability. Using these materials has enabled Martin to market this model as an environmentally-friendly guitar. The neck is made from mahogany for precision playing. This is an electric guitar, so it is fitted with a Fishman Sonitone pickup.
- Compact size which is ideal for travel
- Great sound clarity
- Built in an environmentally friendly way
- Includes a great soft gig bag complete with backpack style straps
Why we liked it – This is an exceptionally good looking guitar and the fact that Ed Sheeran owns and plays one is a testimony to just how good it sounds.
Seagull S6 Acoustic Guitar – “The Original”
This mid-range acoustic guitar is one of the most sought after amongst experienced players. Although, there is no reason beginners should not play this fantastic instrument, as well. It produces beautiful, rich deep tones, which make it a joy to play. If you have fairly big hands you will really appreciate the slightly wider neck.
The Seagull S6 is made from Canadian wild cherry and silver maple wood, which is why it looks so stunning and is so durable. It features a custom polished semi-gloss finish, which gives it a distinctive look. We recommend that you invest in a Seagull padded gig bag or a solid case. If you are a beginner it is more economical to buy this guitar as part of an accessory pack. That way you will have everything you need to look after your instrument and start learning to play.
- Rarely needs re-tuning
- Sounds fantastic
- Good action
Why we liked it – This is a classic, the only acoustic guitar you will ever need to, or want to, buy. It is beautifully made, sounds wonderful and is very easy to play. You can also buy a 12-string version of this beautiful instrument.
- Arcadia DL41BK Full-Size 41″ Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar Pack, Spruce with Black Finish
- Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar
- The Yamaha FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar
- The Martin LX1E Spruce Top Electric Acoustic Guitar
- The Seagull S6