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10 Best for Acoustic Guitars Under $500

Updated: May 18, 2022

I am Josh Levine & if you know know, I LOVE GUITARS....I've played since the age of 4, owned and operated a music store for 10 years and gave guitar lessons for even more....So in this Blog & Video (below) I am going to offer my opinion of the 10 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500 and with the links to find them below...

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Coming in at # 10

The Ibanez Acoustic Jam Pack.....What a super pleasant Surprise. A setup like this for the money is ridiculous. I think it was $149. A great starter kit that has everything......tuner, case, strap, it Plays and sounds nice.

Just a note....I do recommend with the lower end starter guitars, have a teacher or player take a look at the action and check for "dead frets" just happens with the quality control on some of the instruments in the super low price points.

#9 is the Fender CD-60S Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Set up....its Another example that comes as a kit. I was impressed with the volume of the dreadnought sized body...i definitely found it note worthy. If you’re looking for an excellent starter and a great bang for your buck, then the Fender CD-60S is definitely worth looking into. I remember these being under $200 as well. Again, links are below.

Okay...#8 is the Takamine GD20-NS...This Guitar is a great example of classic acoustic, but has few features not found on all of the others on the list, namely its Extra Wide Frets, making chord transitions easier. Takamine is not a house hold name but any guitar players that tries one, is usually very impressed.

#7 is the Washburn Woodline 10 Series WLD10SCE, love these model numbers, but so you know, Washburn is one of those companies that make one of the broadest arrays of models. Truly something for everyone. This one I really like, 1 for the price but 2 its Classic Cutaway Body. The electronics are a plus, as well. A few of the models on the list have a built in pickup but was not what I based my rankings on. Anyway...This model Washburn features a slim neck with great action. It just felt great to play and got high marks on my list.

#6 The Epiphone Dove Pro with Classic Syle of its "daddy"...the Vintage Gibson Dove, this Epiphone model features a rich sound and impressive sustain, not found on many guitars in this price point.

#5 is the Ovation Celebrity Standard. Ovation has made these models for over 50 years and it shows. Always Innovating, this ovation features their patented Comfort curved back, has a great neck and excellent action. For those that might have learned on an electric and moving to an acoustic, ovations have always been a favorite. Ovations will for ever make me think of my buddy John Stokes. He was the first person to introduce me to them and had quite a collection.

#4 is the Seagull S6 Original - Let's get this straight...Seagulls just do not feel or play like lower priced acoustic guitars. This model as most Seagulls, has amazing tone that just carries. The dreadnought body is that perfect classic size for most. These guys just don't cut corners. (Strange thing is....I think John Stokes was the first person to introduce me to Seagulls too ?) Weird...i am having high school flashbacks.

Okay, next is #3 and that's the Yamaha FS850 - I was impressed with the volume and tone out of its smaller body. It come as a complete kit and is great setup for anyone. For decades, Yamaha has made great guitars, kind of under the radar, but they are still doing it, that is for sure.

#2 was a new one for me... it's was the Art & Lutherie Roadhouse Parlor Guitar. It is amazing and just feels like its built to hit road. Several sites called it "best budget acoustic guitar" around, so I had to check it out. I really did enjoy it. The Parlor body means it will fit anyone, but this guitar just had that certain something. Character ? Essence ? A vibe....anyway...what was my just my take.

#1 ------ well for the money, under $500, it was the Taylor Academy 12 Acoustic Guitar. I loved all aspects of this guitar. It's just a super comfortable guitar with amazing sound, portability and play-ability so it checks all my boxes. Plus it's a Taylor. Can't go wrong with them, ever. They just make a great instrument and I don't know how they do this for the money.

So, i hope this all helps and remember...if you are thinking of buying soon, click the a down arrow....i have links to all of these GUITARS for you to do your research.

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All right ? as I promised, I gave you my 10 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500...please share this video with a, click subscribe and place your comments below. Please...let me know what you think. I know you Guitarists and future pickers have opinions, as you'll see from the comments on my top 10 list of Electric Guitars under $500 video. So, if you are just thinking about playing the guitar....I'd love to give you my advice. Feel free to hit me. Because, I am a guitarist...and there for have....opinions !

Many players may note I didn't included some of the smaller scale, travel guitars here on my list today, such as the Baby Taylor and Travelers by Martin, etc. Great guitars but I tried to keep the list to the traditional, if you wanted to know my reasoning....maybe I'll do a series on traveler guitars...



10 Ibanez Jam Pack $149.00

9 Fender CD-60S $199.00

8 Takamine GD20-NS $299.00

7 Washburn WLO10SCE $369.00

6 Epiphone Dove Pro $369.00

5 Ovation Celebrity $369.00

4 Seagull S6 $415.00

3 Yamaha FS850 $429.00

2 Art & Lutherie $499.00

1 Taylor Academy 12 $499.00




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