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Best Acoustic Guitar Under $1000 in 2017
If you’re looking for the best acoustic guitar under $1000, expectations are understandably going to be high. Because these days, you can get a damn good guitar for a very reasonable price.
For a guitar to make a list like this, it needs to have high-end sound and build quality, and premium features. You can spend up for quality, but you should also look for value.
One key ingredient to look for is the use of solid wood for not only the guitar top, but the back and sides as well. Unlike laminate, the sound produced by solid wood guitars (especially the top) will continue to improve as the wood matures.
Although, there are notable exceptions to this rule, and some superstar all-solid-wood models are still priced above $1000.
(Disclaimer: The guitars listed here were all under $1000 when this article was written in 2017, just be aware that prices can change!)
When considering premium acoustic guitar options, you can afford to be discerning. You should expect a wider range of options and features, the use of exotic, higher-quality wood, and really great sound. Plus better components and a more elegant look and feel.
Acoustic-electric guitars are often mentioned when you’re looking for intel about this price range, but in my opinion, they belong in a separate discussion. In this article, you’ll learn about 4 straight-up acoustic guitars that sparkle, with high-quality sound, look, and features.
I’ll stick to dreadnoughts here (the most popular guitar shape), though several of these guitars are available in different shapes and sizes. And while I’m focusing on the acoustic models here, note that all 4 of these guitars do have an acoustic-electric version.
We’re looking for guitars with some kind of wow factor, and a combination of awesome sound and cool vibe.
Now without further ado, let’s take a look at 4 stunning acoustic guitars!
1. Seagull Artist Mosaic
Seagull Guitars may not be a household name to the general public, but they are often highly rated by guitar aficionados. And it’s easy to see (and hear!) why. Their guitars are hand-crafted in Canada with a focus on premium sound and build quality.
The Seagull Artist Mosaic is a beautiful guitar with an understated look, providing a warm, mellow sound with a strong low end that will continue to open up and improve over time. It’s a subtle, intimate sound not overly bright but well suited to fingerstyle playing, with the slightly wider neck providing extra string spacing.
It’s made with a solid cedar top, and solid mahogany back and sides. It’s got scalloped Adirondack spruce bracing in the guitar top for better vibration and enhanced sound, and dual-function truss rods that can be adjusted in either direction.
It also comes with a TRIC deluxe case (soft shell over hard frame).
This video will let you hear the Seagull Artist Mosaic in action:
2. Taylor 210
Taylor acoustic guitars are known for their rich sound and quality builds. Taylor’s 200 Series features guitars made with several different tonewoods, but the Taylor 210 has a solid Sitka spruce top, and layered rosewood back and sides.
The 210 is a step up from the Taylor 110, which is only currently available in an acoustic-electric version (check out my Taylor 110e Review here for more info).
The Taylor 210 is the only guitar on this list that isn’t all solid wood; the back and sides are made of layered rosewood. You’d have to move up to the Taylor 310 for that, which is out of our price range here.
But the Taylor 210 still has a rich, complex sound, accentuated by the use of rosewood, and it’s got low action plus that awesome Taylor tone.
It also looks great, with white binding and a full-gloss body.
This guitar is a dreadnought, but if you prefer a Grand Auditorium body shape, check out the Taylor 214 instead.
The Taylor 210 is great for strumming, and includes a Taylor hardshell case.
Listen to the Taylor 210 here:
3. Blueridge BR-160
Blueridge is an underrated guitar manufacturer that makes cool guitars, and the Blueridge BR-160 is a stunner.
It’s a recreation of a 1930s vintage-style acoustic guitar, and part of their Blueridge Historic Series, where guitars are crafted using traditional techniques, but that adhere to modern standards. Several features of the guitar pay homage to the past, including its shape, the use of aged wood to help create a vintage tone and look, and several cosmetic upgrades including the vintage pickguard, inlays, binding, and tuners.
The BR-160 has a solid Sitka spruce top, with scalloped bracing, and solid Indian rosewood back and sides. It also features a slim neck, natural high-gloss finish, and real bone nut and saddle.
It’s suitable for many different styles of music and either lead or rhythm playing. The sound is loud and crisp, with strong bass. It also has rich overtones due to the use of rosewood.
It has a similar sound and vibe to the Martin D-28, but at a much cheaper price.
This guitar does not come with a case, though one can be purchased separately.
This video provides a quick listen to the Blueridge BR-160: