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Alvarez RF26 Acoustic Guitar Natural Finish with Deluxe Gigbag

Alvarez RF26 Acoustic Guitar Natural Finish with Deluxe Gigbag &nb..

$229.99

Fender Malibu Player Solid Spruce Top Mahogany Back and Sides in Arctic Gol

Fender Malibu Player Solid Spruce Top Mahogany Back and Sides in Arct..

$429.99

Fender Malibu Electric Acoustic Guitar in Aqua Splash with Walnut Fretboard

True creativity requires something new, something like the inspiring ..

$429.99

Alvarez AD60 Acoustic Guitar Natural Finish

Alvarez AD60 Acoustic Guitar Natural Finish Alvarez Dreadnoughts a..

$349.99

Fender Newporter Player in Electric Acoustic Guitar in Jetty Black with Wal

Fender Newporter Player in Electric Acoustic Guitar in Jetty Black wi..

$399.99

Alvarez MFA66CESHB Acoustic Electric Guitar Shadowburst Finish with Case

Alvarez Masterworks Series Nothing can really match a guitar mad..

$799.99

Alvarez DELTA00-TSB Jazz and Blues Series 14th Fret Acoustic Solid Sitka Sp

Alvarez DELTA00-TSB Jazz and Blues Series 14th Fret Acoustic Solid Si..

$429.99

Fender Newporter Player Solid Spruce Top and Walnut Fretboard in Champagne

Fender Newporter Player Solid Spruce Top and Walnut Fretboard in Cham..

$429.99

Alvarez AF30CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish

Alvarez AF30CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish Alvarez Dre..

$329.99

Fender Malibu Player Electric Acoustic Guitar in Jetty Black with Walnut Fr

True creativity requires something new, something like the inspiring ..

$399.99

Alvarez RF26CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish with Deluxe Gigbag

Alvarez Regent Series Too often, students of the guitar, no matter..

$259.99

Alvarez RD26CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish with Deluxe Gigbag

Alvarez Regent Series Too often, students of the guitar, no matter..

$259.99

Alvarez AD30CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish

Alvarez AD30CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish Alvarez Dre..

$329.99

Alvarez AD66CESHB Acoustic Electric Guitar Shadow Burst Finish

Alvarez AD66CESHB Acoustic Electric Guitar Shadow Burst Finish Alv..

$499.99

Alvarez RD26CESB Acoustic Electric Guitar Sunburst Finish with Deluxe Gigba

Alvarez Regent Series Too often, students of the guitar, no matter..

$269.99

Fender Newporter Player in Electric Acoustic Guitar in Candy Apple Red with

Fender Newporter Player in Electric Acoustic Guitar in Candy Apple Re..

$429.99

Fender Redondo Player Electric Acoustic Belmont Blue Guitar with Walnut Fre

Fender Redondo Player Electric Acoustic Belmont Blue Guitar with Waln..

$429.99

Alvarez LJ2E Little Jumbo Acoustic Electric Travel Size Guitar Natural Fini

The LJ2 is a fantastic “little jumbo” with great projection and balan..

$399.99

Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster Surf Green with Bag

The American Acoustasonic Telecaster embodies the spirit of purposefu..

$1,999.99

Fender Redondo Player Electric Acoustic Jetty Black Guitar with Walnut Fret

Fender Redondo Player Electric Acoustic Jetty Black Guitar with Walnu..

$429.99

Taylor Swift Baby Taylor TSBTe 1/2 Size Acoustic Electric Guitar

Inspired by memories of writing songs on her own Baby Taylor, Taylor ..

$479.00

Fender CD60SCE-12 Fender Acoustic 12 String Guitar Walnut Fretboard

The CD-60SCE dreadnought now comes in a 12-string option, providing c..

$369.99

Taylor 224CE-K-DLX Grand Auditorium Electric Acoustic Guitar Solid Koa Top

Fans of Hawaiian koa will love the look, feel and sound of this all-k..

$1,699.00

Alvarez AG70WCEAR Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish

Master Luthiers around the world have been crafting bevel edged armre..

$629.99

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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).