The Cheap Acoustic Guitars That We Recommend

With the help of our buyer's guide you'll be able to find an inexpensive acoustic guitar that has the quality you need to sound good and make playing enjoyable.

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Although there are cheaper guitars out there - most of them are only 3/4 size - or worse still, they are full size but very low quality. I have personally tested 3 sub $80 full sized steel-string acoustics and all of them had serious problems with their construction leading to intonation problems (that basically means you can't get them in tune properly). If you do want something at lower prices than the guitars we recommend, then you will be able to find them here.

Below are the 5 best cheap acoustics that we recommend:


Jasmine S34C NEX by Takamine

Jasmine S34C NEX
Manufacturer: Takamine | Retail Price:$83

The Jasmine S34C NEX exceeded our expectations! Not surprising really because it's made by Takamine which are one of the leading acoustic manufacturers. Although it uses conventional woods like spruce and nato, it has a great full bodied sound. The craftsmanship and playability is also remarkably impressive for something so cheap. For beginners and for those with limited budget, this is the best deal.
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Fender FA-100 Acosutic Guitar

Fender FA-100
Manufacturer: Fender | Retail Price:$99

Fender are the world's biggest guitar company - although better known for their electric guitars. However this instrument has been received quite well by the guitar community, and we have to admit it's surprisingly good for the price. As expected, the Fender FA-100 does not feature exotic woods, but it makes up for this with its modern x-bracing and top-notch construction, resulting in a remarkably good looking and sounding instrument. Check out the latest price and reviews at

Applause AA21 by Ovation

Applause AA21
Manufacturer: Ovation | Retail Price:$130

The Applause brand gives you the unique look and playability of Ovation guitars at very low prices. One of their most popular guitars is the AA21, which features a deep bowl composite body that helps produce the crisp acoustic tone that Ovation is known for. This affordable guitar also features a slim electric guitar style neck profile that makes it very easy to play. The AA21 is quite a catch at this price point. Check out the latest price and reviews at

Yamaha FG700S Dreadnought

Yamaha FG700S
Manufacturer: Yamaha | Retail Price:$190

Yamaha is known for their great student guitars, and the FG700S is an ideal example. The FG700S is a great entry-level acoustic, boasting a solid Sitka spruce top and Yamaha's brand of quality construction. It also looks great and has aesthetic features that can outclass more expensive guitars. With its impressive sound, volume and stability, you are easily getting more than what you paid for. Check out the latest price and reviews at

Washburn Heritage Series WF10S

Washburn Heritage Series WF10S
Manufacturer: Washburn | Retail Price:$249

The Washburn Heritage Series WF10S is easily the best looking guitar in this bunch, surprising many when they find out that it is actually affordable. For something this cheap, the WF10S comes with high-end specs like solid Alaskan Sitka Spruce top, quarter sawn scalloped bracing, mahogany back and sides and it even has a rosewood capped headstock. It is literally a professional guitar at a novice price! If you have 250 bucks and you're looking for a great acoustic, do yourself a favor and get this guitar while it is still available. Check out the latest price and reviews at

If you feel there is a low-cost acoustic that we've overlooked, please let us know by posting a comment below.

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FA-100 All Day

I like a lot of the acoustic guitars you have listed, but I have to say that my favorite of them is the Fender FA-100. I've played a few of the ones you've had listed and it stays in tune so much longer. The FA-100 sounds loud compared to some of the cheaper laminate acoustics.

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