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Washburn EA15ITB Mini Jumbo Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar Flame Maple To

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Alvarez RF26CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish with Deluxe Gigbag

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

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Alvarez RD26SB Acoustic Guitar Sunburst Finish with Deluxe Gigbag

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Alvarez AD66CESHB Acoustic Electric Guitar Shadow Burst Finish

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Alvarez AD60 Acoustic Guitar Natural Finish

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Alvarez AD30CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish

Alvarez AD30CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish Alvarez Dre..

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Alvarez LJ2E Little Jumbo Acoustic Electric Travel Size Guitar Natural Fini

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

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Alvarez RD26CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish with Deluxe Gigbag

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

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Demo - Washburn HD100SWCEK-D Heritage Dreadnought Cutaway Electric

* Open Box – Floor Demo – Looks like New * Washburn HD100SWCEK-D H..

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Alvarez MDA66CESHB Acoustic Electric Guitar Shadowburst Finish with Case

This stunning dreadnought offers simply incredible craftsmanship, ton..

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Alvarez RD26CESB Acoustic Electric Guitar Sunburst Finish with Deluxe Gigba

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

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Alvarez MD60BG Masterworks Bluegrass Dreadnought

Alvarez MD60BG Masterworks Bluegrass Dreadnought With clear purpos..

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Alvarez AG70WCEAR Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish

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

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Alvarez AD30 Acoustic Guitar Natural Finish

Alverez Dreadnoughts are powerful and wonderful guitars to play. Grea..

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Alvarez MFA66CESHB Acoustic Electric Guitar Shadowburst Finish with Case

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

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Alvarez AF30CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish

Alvarez AF30CE Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish Alvarez Dre..

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Alvarez RF26 Acoustic Guitar Natural Finish with Deluxe Gigbag

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

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Taylor K22CE Grand Concert Hawaiian Koa Top Back and Sides Expression 2 Sys

Hawaiian koa’s captivating beauty is matched by a tone that blossoms ..

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Alvarez RD26 Acoustic Guitar Natural Finish with Deluxe Gigbag

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

$174.99 $199.99

Alvarez AD60-12 Acoustic 12 String Guitar Natural Finish

Alvarez AD60-12 Acoustic 12 String Guitar Natural Finish Our Dread..

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Alvarez RC26 Acoustic Classical Guitar Natural Finish

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

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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).