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Alvarez AFA95CESHB Acoustic Electric Guitar Red Cedar Top Acacia Back/ Side

The AFA95CESHB is a really special OM with quite a rare and inspired ..


Alvarez AGA99CEARSHB Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Acacia Finish

The AGA99CEARSHB is one of the most attractive guitars we make. The i..


Fender CD-60 Dreadnought V3 w/Case Walnut Fingerboard Sunburst

If you're a beginning guitar player, the best choice you can make is ..


Fender CD-60 Dreadnought V3 w/Case Walnut Fingerboard Black

Fender CD-60 Dreadnought V3 w/Case Walnut Fingerboard Black If you..


Fender CD-60 Dreadnought V3 w/Case Walnut Fingerboard Natural

Fender CD-60 Dreadnought V3 w/Case, Walnut Fingerboard, Natural If..


Fender CD60S Dreadnought Walnut Fingerboard All Mahogany

The CD-60S All-Mahogany adds a solid mahogany top to one of our most ..


Fender CD-60S Left Hand Walnut Fingerboard Natural

The CD-60S LH is one of our most popular models and is ideal for play..


Taylor 416CE LTD Acoustic Electric Cutaway Guitar with Hardshell Case

Taylor 416CE LTD Acoustic Electric Cutaway Guitar with Hardshell Case..


Taylor 412CE LTD 12 fret Acoustic Electric Cutaway Guitar with Hardshell Ca

Taylor 412CE LTD 12 fret Acoustic Electric Cutaway Guitar with Hardsh..


Fender CC-60SCE Concert LH Walnut Fingerboard Natural

Combining powerful onboard electronics—including a built-in tuner—wit..


Fender CC60S Acoustic Guitar Walnut Fingerboard in Natural

The all-new CC-60S boasts upgraded features at an attractive price, i..


Open Box - Washburn HD10S-O Heritage Series Dreadnought Solid Sitka Spruse

The HD10S is a dreadnought acoustic guitar. It features a solid spruc..


Open Box - Washburn WLO11S-O Woodline Orchestra Size Solid Cedar top

Your guitar is an expression of your individuality. This Rosewood-bou..


Fender FA-345CE Auditorium in Tea Burst with Laurel Fretboard

An instrument that sounds as good as it looks, the FA-345CE offers le..


Fender CC60-SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish

The redesigned CC60-SCE boasts exceptional features for an instrument..


Washburn HD10SCETB-O Heritage Series Dreadnought Cutaway Electric

The HD10SCETB is a dreadnought cutaway acoustic guitar in a beautiful..


Alvarez AU70WB-6 Artist 6-string Baritone Uke Size Travel Guitar Nylon

Alvarez AU70WB-6 Artist 6-string Baritone Uke Size Travel Guitar Nylo..


Fender FA-345CE Auditorium in Natural with Laurel Fretboard

An instrument that sounds as good as it looks, the FA-345CE offers le..


Fender FA-235E Concert in 3 Tone Sunburst with Rosewood Fretboard

Fender FA-235E Concert in Sunburst With Rosewood Freatboard V..


Washburn R360K Revival Series Parlor Resonator with Pre-War Detailing

Washburn Revival Series Resonator. Parlor body, distressed bronze har..


Washburn HF11SCE-O Heritage Series Folk Cutaway electric Solid Cedar top -

The HF11SCE is a folk style acoustic guitar that's perfect for singer..


Fender FA-125CE Acoustic Electric Dreadnaught with Walnut Fretboard

The single-cutaway FA-125CE combines Fender tone and style with Fishm..


Fender CD60SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar All Mahogany

The redesigned CD60-SCE boasts exceptional features for an instrument..


Fender FA-125 Dreadnought with Bag in Natural with Walnut Fretboard

The FA-125 is a visually stunning guitar with a budget-friendly price..


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First off, you have to look at the factors. There is price, woods, features, electronics, pickups, body style and shape, color, just to name a few. Then there is human factor where we get hung up on brands, heritage, and dare I say guitar player ego, bias and opinion.

When looking at the price of an guitar you have to look at what will get you the most bang for your buck. Cheap guitars have gotten really good over the years. Any acoustic guitar over $100-$200 is almost always going to be a pretty decent guitar to get started on and in some cases a guitar on closeout that is $79 might not be too bad either. Give it a little attention, a good set-up, and at the end of the day you can have a really great guitar. Guitars in the under $200 range tend to be beginner guitars. Again we do on occasion have guitars on closeout for $179 or so that are great guitars that used to be $250-$350 which are solid mid-level guitars you can keep for a lifetime. You really have to compare dollars to features and quality. Keep in mind if you start with $100 budget and jump to $200 then you have essentially doubled the budget for materials, shipping, labor, etc to build the acoustic guitar. Each hundred you add after that brings diminishing returns, meaning you get less of a jump in quality each time you add more budget.

When looking at wood the first thing people ask is if it is a "Solid Top Acoustic Guitar"? For years now that has been the number one buzzword for quality when it comes to a guitar. As a solid top is rumored to have a more pure tone, and as the wood sets, and bends according to your playing techniques, overtime it will start to sound better, with deeper lows, and a warmer high end.  Not so fast however!  Then there are laminate top guitars, which have tops made from alternating layers of their respective tonewoods, be they spruce, cedar, rosewood, or maple. When Laminate top guitars first came onto the scene, they were praised for their super even tone, and their ability to resist humidity change, meaning a touring guitarist could travel from Alabama to Arizona and the sound of the guitar would never change.

While most people agree that solid top guitars do sound fuller than a laminate, we have seen some laminates that will blow away even mid-priced solid top acoustic guitars. We have seen solid top guitars where there was so much bracing inside to keep the top from warping or cracking that it completely kills the tone, and laminates where the overseas factory that produced them knew what they were doing and put so much talent into their work that the guitars come out sounding just beautifully. Beware of deceptive buzzwords like solid top on a guitar that normally sells for less than $150-$200. That’s about where a solid top worth anything begins to come into play.

Then there's tone wood, we could write a book on that alone but here are the basics. The top is a softer wood because it has to vibrate. Think of a guitar like drum. The top is the drum head, the sides and back are the shell. Most guitar tops are spruce and there are varieties of wood and grades. Engleman sprice, Sitka spruce tops, etc can make a difference. Spruce is probably found on 70% or more of all acoustic guitars made which gives a nice bright tone with a smooth upper midrange, a jangly lower midrange, and a warm low end. Other notable woods are cedar which gives a warm rich tone great from strumming. Other woods would be Koa, flamed maple, and mahogany. Mahogany and Koa are a couple of the few woods that are found on both the back and sides as well as the top. The most common back and sides woods are rosewood (brighter) and mahogany (warmer).