Best Acoustic Guitars for Beginners Under $1000

Dealing with such expensive acoustic guitar models, you need to pay attention to the finer details. See the features and product specs, learn if you can plug it into a sound system; especially if this is something you believe you will need as you learn. Check to see if the brand is a reputed one.

A shiny or natural finish is an aesthetic factor of importance to your learning. It will not just inspire you to give it your best shot but also impress your audience, which in turn will help you want to get better at guitar.

The wood type is invaluable in determining the sound output and tonal quality of your music. A close cousin will be ‘action’ or ‘playability’ that determines just how easy it is for you to access the guitar’s important chords and features as you create music.

Finally, there are three standard sizes for acoustic guitars: full-size, jumbo, and ¾. It is not exactly about your own height more than that of the strings. You need to find the right size based on the right tone and sound you want to communicate to audiences.

Seagull Artist Mosaic Acoustic Guitar

Seagull Artist Mosaic Acoustic Guitar

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From its completely solid sides, back, and top to a fresh rosewood bridge design, this acoustic guitar from Seagull is setting standards in playability. The fingerboard is also rosewood and the brace is made of new scalloped Adirondack spruce. You also get a case to go with your purchase. The slightly larger string spacing is a dream for finger-pick guitarists. Sound output is stunning thanks to a beautiful cedar-mahogany top. The electronics rise to most occasions.

PROS

  • Tric deluxe case included
  • Adirondack spruce brace; scalloped
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Cedar-mahogany top
  • Large string spacing compared to standard
  • Good electronics

CONS

  • None

La Patrie Guitar, Collection

La Patrie Guitar, Collection

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Innovative design elements have gone into this acoustic guitar for beginners. A compensated saddle and Tusq nut ensure improved intonation compared to other guitar types in the same spectrum. A dual action (or double function) truss rod encourages simple calibrations for string tautness. The solid cedar top comes pressure-tested for durability and great sound output quality (mellow sound). Comfort-oriented fingerboard designed in a radiused fashioned. This guitar’s neck is slimmer compared to other classical pieces, meaning wide string spacing on a narrow neck; best of both worlds.

PROS

  • Compensated saddle and Tusq nut design for good sound intonation
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Cedar top, solid, pressure-tested
  • Fingerboard is radiused for comfort
  • Hard string tension is ideal for sound projection
  • Slim neck
  • Good resonation, even better overtones
  • Durable build
  • Low maintenance

CONS

  • Once the strings wear out, the tone is too mellow to enjoy
  • Small intonation adjustments are tricky; pitch does not change sufficiently

Martin GPCPA5K Performing Artist Series Acoustic Electric Guitar

Martin GPCPA5K Performing Artist Series Acoustic Electric Guitar

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As acoustic electric guitars go, this one is worth checking out. Practically designed Fishman F1 electronics (analog style) help you make the most of your sound. Chrome tuners make for reliable calibrations. A Tusq wood saddle with a compensated design adds to the guitar’s allure. The bridge or fingerboard is black Richlite and has 20 frets, with a white corian nut also part of key design elements. A stratabond neck in brown complements the dot inlays made in offset white. HPL textured finish for the back and sides ensures durability and look; koa pattern. A Sitka spruce top rounds off the ensemble.

PROS

  • 20-fret black Richlite fingerboard
  • Analog-style Fishman F1 electronics
  • Stratabond neck with dot inlays
  • Back and sides have HPL textured finish
  • Sitka spruce top

CONS

  • Not everyone will find the pickguard design ideal; it doesn’t suit the picture either

Taylor Guitars 200 Series 214-CE-G Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Natural

Taylor Guitars 200 Series 214-CE-G Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Natural

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From a gorgeous cutaway design to the user-friendly ES-T electronics system, this Taylor original is making waves. You also get a hard-shell bag to go with your purchase. The ‘Grand Auditorium’ design theme complements the rosewood sides and back. The guitar is actually designed for use in auditoriums, so if you are a beginner good enough to compete with other start-up strummers, this is the piece for you. Rounding it off is a solid Sitka spruce top that promotes enviable sound output and tonal quality.

PROS

  • Indian rosewood laminate sides and back with gloss finish
  • ES-T electronics system
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent ‘action’ or ‘playability’
  • Bright sound as well as soft bass tones

CONS

  • Disappointing pickup

Martin DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Martin DRS2 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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An acoustic world’s worth of features have confluenced into this guitar. Its chrome enclosed tuners make for excellent playability, and you get reliable strength of design via the A-Frame “X-1” bracing. The 25.4-inch scale complements the hardwood neck (modified, low) with its black Richlite fingerboard. The electronics are from Fishman Sonitone; great pickup. A hard-shell case is included with your purchase. White Tusq saddle and a white Corian Nut are design additions that work wonders for this Martin piece. The black Richlite belly bridge is a modernized touch.

PROS

  • Performance-ready sapele/spruce guitar
  • A-Frame “X-1” bracing
  • 4-inch scale
  • Fishman Sonitone electronics
  • Sitka spruce top with solid sapele back and sides
  • 14-fret dreadnought body
  • Sound projection and tone are excellent
  • High playability via the 20-fret black Richlite fingerboard
  • White Corian nut
  • White Tusq saddle is 16-radius compensated

CONS

  • None

Something You Wanna Know

In the under-1000-dollar price range, acoustic guitars are splendid in design and durability. They come packing some of the finest features you will find for beginners looking to take their music to the next level. This means performances, auditions, paid gigs, the works. In this category, acoustic guitars are designed to teach you from the basics all the way to professional strumming.

It boils down to what you are looking for in an acoustic guitar. You want style, granted, but you also need good tuners, pickguards with smooth edges, ideally compensated saddle designs, reliable fingerboards and frets, guidance-oriented dot inlays, superb electronics, and even better woodwork (solid or laminate) to help carry your sound to new heights.

Acoustic guitars are some of the best instruments to help you learn all that you need to wow audiences. However, to keep them talking about you (especially if you play out in public, and hope to be discovered) is to use all the acoustic features you can in the learning stage and create your own original sound. Few things beat a costly guitar in the hands of someone who knows why they invested all that money in one in the first place.

With the dollar-1000 category, you are looking to hit it big time; why else buy something this grand if you are unwilling to take things to the next level. We wish you the best in your future endeavors, write to us if you need more guidance or specific advice.

Acoustic guitars are poetry and music merged with the human soul’s ability to inspire. Make the right choice and that guitar will serve you better than most.