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Washburn WLO10SCE Woodline Orchestra Solid Spruce Top Cutaway Acoustic Elec

This Orchestra size Washburn Woodline 10 series guitar has solid Spru..

$459.00

Fender Newporter Player Solid Spruce Top and Walnut Fretboard in Champagne

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

$429.99

Washburn HG12S Heritage Series Grand Auditorium Solid Mahogany Top Natural

Washburn Heritage HG12S The HG12S is a Grand Auditorium acoustic g..

$369.00

Washburn HD10SCE Heritage Series Dreadnought Cutaway Electric Solid Stika S

Washburn HD10SCE Heritage Series Dreadnought Cutaway electric Solid S..

$399.00

Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster Natural with Bag

The American Acoustasonic Telecaster embodies the spirit of purposefu..

$1,999.99

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

Washburn WLO12SE Woodline Orchestra Solid Mahogany top Acoustic Electric Gu

This Orchestra size Washburn Woodline 10 series guitar has solid Maho..

$459.00

Washburn WCGM55K Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar Comfort Beveled Koa Top B

Washburn's Comfort Series combine looks and ergonomics to deliver the..

$299.00

Taylor K28E Grand Orchestra Hawaiian Koa Top Back and Sides Expression 2 Sy

The K28e boasts the bold yet balanced voice of its Grand Orchestra bo..

$4,399.00

Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster Sunburst with Bag

The American Acoustasonic Telecaster embodies the spirit of purposefu..

$1,999.99

Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster Sonic Gray with Bag

The American Acoustasonic Telecaster embodies the spirit of purposefu..

$1,999.99

Washburn EA15ATB Florentine Acoustic Electric Guita

Washburn is known for their guitars under $500, and with good reason...

$269.00

Alvarez AD60CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish

Alvarez AD60CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish Alvarez Dre..

$449.99

Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster Black with Bag Serial #US200482 4.

The American Acoustasonic Telecaster embodies the spirit of purposefu..

$1,999.99

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

Washburn HJ40SCE Heritage Jumbo Acoustic Electric Solid Spruce Top

The HJ40SCE is a jumbo acoustic guitar with cutaway for superior uppe..

$579.00

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 Jetty Black Guitar with Walnut Fret

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

$429.99

Washburn AG40CEK Grand Auditorium Acoustic Electric Cutaway Solid Spruce To

Washburn  AG40CEK  Grand  Auditorium  Acoustic &n..

$369.00

Washburn WCGM15SK Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar Comfort Beveled Solid Sp

Washburn WCGM15SK Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar Comfort Beveled So..

$499.00

Washburn EA40SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar

The Washburn Heritage 40 Series of acoustic guitars feature solid Ala..

$499.00

Fender Redondo Player Electric Acoustic Belmont Blue Guitar with Walnut Fre

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

$429.99

Washburn EA15ITB Mini Jumbo Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar Flame Maple To

Washburn designed the Festival series to address the needs of the per..

$269.00

Alvarez RF26CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish with Deluxe Gigbag

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

$259.99

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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).