Best Acoustic Guitar Under $1000

We present to you GuitarSite's award for the best acoustic guitar under $1000, along with some equally impressive runner-ups!

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There are a number of great acoustics in the sub $1000 price range, which is great from the point of view of having variety, but it can make it difficult to choose. But don't worry, we've used our considerable experience to present you with the best options under $1000, along with some details to help you decide on which one to buy. These guitars feature tone woods, durability, attention to detail, and sounds that are comparable to many more expensive models.

The Best!

Martin 000RSGT

Martin 000RSGT

It was a close call, but ultimately, the Martin 000RSGT tops all the best acoustic guitars under 1000 dollars. Although the runner-ups did come close and can arguably beat it on some aspects, this well rounded guitar served as our standard to which other guitars were measured.

Getting a full featured and great sounding Martin guitar at a retail price of less than $1000 is a very sweet deal. The Martin 000RSGT will not disappoint as it features craftsmanship and playability comparable to more expensive Martin guitars, albeit with less aesthetic embellishments. The guitar comes with an all-solid body - solid sitka spruce top, and solid sapele for the back and sides. With Martin's superb build consistency and after sales service, you can be sure that you have yourself an instrument that will last a lifetime, when reasonably taken cared of. The 000 shape is popular because of its vintage appeal and its clear and cutting tone, and since this one is crafted by C.F. Martin & Co. - you can be sure about the quality. If you are looking for a great all around acoustic guitar, better get one from one of the oldest and biggest brands so you can look at the label with pride. With great reviews and raves for this guitar, the Martin OM-1GT is simply the one to beat in this price range. Manufacturer: C.F. Martin & Co. | Retail Price: $999.00 | Get the latest price & reviews at Sweetwater.com

Runner-ups - Close to the Best...

Taylor 210

Taylor 210

Taylor is a relatively new comer in the acoustic guitar making industry but their popularity and status now rivals that of established brands when it comes to quality acoustic guitars. It may not have the same historical significance or vintage styling, but the Taylor 210 is a strong contender for the top spot with its equally impressive tonewoods - solid sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides.

The Taylor 210 features the Dreadnought shape, the most familiar of all acoustic shapes. This traditional body is known for its volume, punch and deep lows. Combining that to Taylor's modern thinner bracing that allows the top to move faster, the result is to an airy mid-range tone that works with various musical styles, be it delicate flat picking or all-out strumming. The guitar's ebony fretboard, 25.5" scale and comfortable neck profile add to its already respectable playability. Sitting at $100 cheaper than the Martin D1-GT, we will understand if you choose this over our top choice. Manufacturer: Taylor Guitars | Retail Price: $799.00 | Get the latest price & reviews at Sweetwater.com

Washburn LSJ743S Lakeside Jumbo

Washburn LSJ743S Lakeside Jumbo

The Washburn LSJ743S Lakeside Jumbo is a loud workhorse acoustic guitar, featuring a classic shape and design that was introduced back in 1912. To give the guitar a classic look, the body is finished in tobacco sunburst. The size and shape of the body sits between the jumbo and the dreadnought shape, achieving good projection and volume, while retaining a comfortable round shape.

With a price tag of just half a grand, this guitar comes with impressive tonewoods - solid Sitka spruce top with rosewood back and sides. The material used on the body alone makes for an excellent deal. Add to that other premium components like mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, Wilkinson tuners and bone nut and saddles - and the deal becomes even better. Manufacturer: Washburn | Retail Price: $499 | Get the latest price & reviews Sweetwater.com

Yamaha FG720S

Yamaha FG720S

The Yamaha FG720S is a super affordable workhorse acoustic guitar, featuring a solid Sitka spruce top, nato neck and rosewood fingerboard. The material used alone make this guitar an excellent deal. Getting a solid spruce top at this price range is already quite impressive, add to that the guitar's rosewood fingerboard bridge and it easily can match the specs of more expensive acoustics. The use of light and resonant wood gives the FG720S a dynamic tone that you wouldn't usually find in this price range.

The guitar comes with eastern mahogany back and sides that blend well with the Sitka spruce top. This is a tried and tested combination that gives out an open acoustic tone. All these materials combine to provide what many users describes as a "lively" tone. This 25 9/16" scale guitar is certainly an interesting choice for students and beginners that are looking for a truly budget friendly acoustic. Manufacturer: Yamaha | Retail Price: $279.99 | Get the latest price & reviews Sweetwater.com

If you feel that we missed a great guitar that lies below the $1000 price range, or if you have your own list of the best acoustic guitars under 1000 bucks, you can let everyone know through the comments section.

Sweetwater Thank you to Sweetwater for their sponsorship and providing the full specifications for the guitars above where possible. You can see more acoustic guitars at www.sweetwater.com

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God bless America

I agree about the Martin guitar supremacy in acoustics. However, Martin relies in his reputation to charge and profit beyond imagination.

Consider the pricing and quality wood used by Godin --Solid Wood Series-- Why Martin, using less appealing woods, such as sapele, laminate stratabond necks, etc., cannot do the same and sell their guitars with some kind or rationality, dignity and respect.

After all Martin has made billions of dollars selling guitars, they have had already their moment to make billions profit. They maybe, maybe not, using the same suppliers to buy woods; just like Godin and the others manufacturers and luthiers. Conversely, Martin culture and reputation --created by rich artist that can buy their guitars with the money earned from you and I, allows the company to behave just like the banks and the people who is managing the national economy.

Sounds like you are

Sounds like you are complaining about the rich. Don't buy a Martin dude...

Another Possible Guitar for the List

http://www.recordingking.com/products/guitars-all-models/guitars-ro16

The Recording King is a fairly unknown yet in my opinion very good guitar brand. My friends older brother sold his guitar to buy this one along with some other things and I must say it plays great with the price. Its an OOO style guitar which is thinner than the standard dreadnought body and after playing on dreads for about 6-7 years I thought it was a nice transition. I'm a teenage musician who came across a pretty well paying job and now I'm looking to upgrade my guitar. I'm willing to spend around 800 and although its not certain yet I believe that in the end I will purchase the recording king.

Recording King

Thanks for mentioning Recording King - not enough people know about this brand. We did consider them and we might have included them if the list above was a Top 10 rather than a Top 4.

Recording King

I have a Recording King RD-327 and it looks like a Martin D-45. It sounds really great for the price. My Recording King R0S-626 that looks like the Martin 000-28VS also sounds incredible.
Don't get me wrong, I have 2 Vintage Martin Guitars and I still like playing my Recording King guitars as well as my Martins.

Epiphone Masterbuilt AJ500R

I thought the Epiphone Masterbuilt AJ500R might have made the top 4. It has a sitka spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides. Like the Yamaha L series it is now made in China (except the higher end 26 and 36 which are still made in Japan) and I have read - for both makes - that there are quality control issues regarding construction of the neck and flaws in the finish. However, it appears to be a good enough instrument for Russ Barenberg who plays the mahogany version on the link below:

The shame is that Epiphone Masterbuilt series are not so readily available in the UK as in the US.

Acoustic Under 1000

I am actually looking for an all solid guitar for $1,000. And Im looking at Eastman E10D, Larrivee D-02, Martin D-1GT, Yamaha A3M and Cole Clark FL1. I have tried out all excelpt the Cole Clark FL1.

Here are my observatrions
-The Eastman appears to have the volume and balance tone I was lookin for.
-The Larrivee D-02 was warm and the action of the guitar I tried was low and easy to play.
-The Yamaha A3M almost sounded like a Taylor 110 but the low E string was a little too near the edge of the neck for me.
-The Martin was also good, but for my need the D-1GT is a low end for Martin, while the other brands I tested it was a mid-level in terms of the materials.

i did try also the Seagull Maritime (as I have an S6 original), its good for finger styles, however when strum its has a lot of mid-range.

About Larrivee

Thought you might like to know that we've just published a new story about Larrivee at http://www.guitarsite.com/news/acoustic_guitar/larrivee-guitars-re-start...

I own a Vester and a Norman,

I own a Vester and a Norman, however I recently tried 20 different guitars, including Taylor Washburn Martin Gibson Epiphone Ibanez Takamine Yamaha Fender and Seagull. The best sounding guitar at 1/3 of the cost of the Martin and Gibson, and 1/2 the cost of the Takimine or Taylor was the Seagull Performer Jumbo mini.

New Acoustic guitar I have tried

A friend of mine who teaches guitar showed me his new recent purchase. It's called a Teton guitar. I tried it out. Now, I play a Martin D-41. Neck is on the small side, and uncomfortable. STill sounds fantastic, but I need a larger neck, otherwise, my Martin is to die for. This guitar he had fit my hand. Sounded damn good, too. Almost as good as my Martin. Not quite, but good. I thought he had paid at least a grand for it. No way, he said. 400. What? It felt great to play, sounded good. I told him, I wanted one. Didn't come with a case, tho. I don't care, I want one. They sell a 12 for almost the same exact price. I'll buy my own case. I can't believe it. They sell them almost with any type of woods you want. Cedar tops, Sitka tops, Mohogany backs, sides, Rosewood back, sides you name it. I am getting one, soon. Teton guitars.com. They don't look all that great on-line, but once you hold one and play one, you need one.

best guitars under $1000

You must check out the Zager guitars.
Hand built in the USA in Lincoln Nebraska.
Their guitars and customer service are the best.
Try one you will not be disappointed.

Did Gibson make my guitar

I bought an Epiphone Hummingbird in a box that read made by Gibson ,if this is the case is it a Gibson or an Epiphone.

Bud thank you.

Hummer

Gibson owns a big factory in China that makes Epiphones mostly hand 1 at a time out of wood ranging from aa -- aaaa. Some play and stay in tune as well as any guitar EVER MADE . Some are no better than a first act from walmart.

Take some time and strum away at a price close to fair.

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