The Best Budget Acoustic Guitars
The Best Budget Acoustic Guitars (2014/15)
We first took a look at Guitarist Magazines selection of the best budget acoustics in 2009, so here's a look at the class of 2014, which you can buy from Dolphin Music!
To qualify as a "budget" guitar, we're selecting instruments that cost no more than £250. Of course, the more you spend the better the instrument will be, generally. But while it's true that you get what you pay for, today, more than ever, you can find remarkably good instruments for not a lot of money! Here's our 2014-15 Best Of!
£100 or Less: Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
The CD-60 is Fender's entry acoustic guitar with a pro level quality, and still the best guitar under £100 in the market! The Fender CD-60 Dreadnought top is a select spruce while the sides and back are made from mahogany to ensure a solid yet bright tone. Guitarist magazine agrees, and recommends this one for anyone looking to dip a toe in acoustic waters but with true Fender guitar quality. It's available in different colours, and as part of some slightly more expensive guitar packs with accessories.
From strumming big guitar chords to finger picking, the CD-60 is perfect for any to learn guitar on, but we've seen gigging musicians playing one, too.
If your budget is really tight, you can't go wrong with the Eastcoast Dreadnought (pic below) which costs only £69!
£100 - £149: Washburn WD7S Acoustic Guitarsmany different finishes) provides you with great tone, which actually will improve with time, since spruce ages and will change the sound of your guitar, eventually making your guitar develop into your own unique instrument! The Washburn WD7S may be considered a "beginners guitar" due to its price, but make no mistake - this is an acoustic instrument you'll want to play for many years to come, no matter how experienced you are!
The Eastcoast SS-63 is another great value acoustic, with similar features to the WD7S and is equally suited for beginners and experienced players on a budget.
£150 - £199: Yamaha FG700MS Acoustic Guitar
The over £150 price range is when things get interesting, with some affordable, quality instruments good enough to be used by professional musicians.
The Yamaha FG700MS Acoustic Guitar is a class act all the way and recommendations don't come much higher than Jake Bugg taking it on tour. Guitarist Magazine picked out it's brother the FG700S, essentially the same guitar but with gloss finish rather than the satin on the FG700MS, stating "This is how playing an acoustic should feel, but so rarely does."
Another fantastic acoustic for just over £150 is the Limited-Edition 1963 Epiphone J45, a budget version of one of the most classic guitars ever made by Gibson:
£200 - £250: Eastcoast Lis-a Mini Auditorium Guitar
Guitar & Bass Magazine says that in this price range you'll find guitars that are not that different from the slightly under £200 instruments, but you'll be getting finer finishes, inlay work etc. The finely crafted Eastcoast Lis-a Mini Acoustic guitar is a good example: glossy finish, great choice of woods including mahogany back & sides. It looks great and, unlike most guitars under £250, it also includes a good quality gig bag!
Another great guitar in this price range - and also smaller sized - is the Washburn WDM18SNS mini dreadnought:
This guitar is perfect for Ed Sheeran fans, or anyone who, like Sheeran, prefer 3/4 sized acoustics due to their portability and more focused sound. It's a great travel guitar, but much more than that, too - the all mahogany body gives it a warm, creamy tone unlike other guitars which only feature mahogany back & sides. Many players, once they try an all-mahogany guitar, can never go back! It's a truly unique sound and feel.
Can't make up your mind, yet? Why don't you check our Acoustic Guitars section for even more models!