Are You Looking For A VERY Low Priced Acoustic Guitar?
It’s not a sin to go with an inexpensive acoustic guitar because of personal budget restraints, you’re new to playing guitar and don’t want to invest big money until you know you like it, or you want a low priced acoustic to take with on the road and don’t want to take your higher priced gear. There are many other reasons not you may not want to spend a lot on a guitar, but there’s not reason to buy a piece of junk. In the lower price range junk is certainly out there, so beware.
Of the acoustic guitars I recommend in the lower price range, none are made from solid wood; they’re all laminated which is a nice word for plywood. Laminated woods vary widely in qualitLaminated woods vary widely in quality, some are durable with good materials and laminated under high pressure and some vaguely resemble wood.
Here are my low priced acoustic guitar picks:
- Applause AA13 Mini Bowl Acoustic Guitar sells online everywhere for $149.95 and for the money, it’s a good choice. Applause is the low-priced import line of Ovation and this guitar shares many virtues of its higher priced cousins. The sound is good, playability a cut above and once you get used to the bowl body, it’s very comfortable.
- Epiphone PR150 Acoustic Guitar sells everywhere for $129.95 and it’s a winner at that price. The guitar looks very nice, the sound quality is good and it’s not hard to play. The construction, fit and finish are surprising in such a low priced guitar.
- EKO Ranger Acoustic Guitar. EKO?? What’s an EKO? EKO is Europe’s largest guitar maker, but trust me, this model isn’t made in their Italian Custom Shop. I haven’t seen this online at any major music retailer, but I ‘ve seen it in stores and for about $150.00 or so, it’s not bad. Good sound, not as attractive as the Epiphone or Applause, but not a bad finish and good playability. This guitar also has a quick and easy to use adjustment to customize string height without altering the tuning. This is worth taking a look at.
- Ibanez SGT110VS Sage Series sells for $179.95 at the major online vendors and it’s a very good low-priced choice Ibanez competes well, sometimes leading the pack, in every price range where they compete and in the low cost market, it’s not exception.
- Jasmine by Takamine S34C is a cutaway that sells online for $129.99 and it’s nice looking, plays decently and sounds good for the price. Takamine makes a huge assortment of acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars and basses and they do well in all markets.
In the lower cost guitars, in spite of my affection for Fender, I don’t care for their low-priced acoustic guitars and feel they sell mostly on the Fender name, not the performance or construction. I also don’t recommend low priced Stagg guitars, Dean, or any brand that sells thorugh stores that have “Mart” in their name or besides selling guitars sells paint, clothing, major appliances, tires, prescription medicine, eye glasses or hearing aids. At these stores the instruments tend to be horrible and nobody at these stores knows how to set them up or even that they need to be set up. Buying a poor quality instrument that’s inadequately adjusted is a fast track to failure in learning to play and an absolute waste of your money.
What’s you opinion? I”d like to hear from you. If you have a low priced guitar you like, let me hear from you or if you disagree with my ideas, be heard. Reply on this blog or send an email to email@example.com. Thanks for visiting. Prof. Dave