Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500
Looking for a great acoustic guitar, at a great value? Whether for your own musical journey or as a gift this holiday season, these guitars are some of the best we have to offer.
The Michael Kelly Forte Port Exotic is an exceptionally unique acoustic-electric, offered at an ultra-affordable price. The body is made of okume and satin-finished. The mahogany neck is also satin-finished and shaped in Modern “C” profile for even more comfort. Michael Kelly’s Port technology utilizes an offset soundhole for enhanced resonance and an extreme cutaway delivers extra comfort. Discrete Fishman electronics make the Forte Exotic a gig-ready instrument.
The GS Mini is a sweet-sounding guitar which has all the best aspects of Taylor’s high-end models. The compact GS shape and shorter scale length gives you an easy-to-play acoustic, but doesn’t compromise the beautiful tone. This mahogany model gives you the rich even sound of that tonewood from the soundboard, with the support of sapele back and sides. The GS Mini Mahogany also features Taylor’s patented NT neck and other enhanced aesthetic details, including an inlaid rosette, top purfling, and a pickguard.
This upgraded FS800 model has a solid spruce top with nato/okume back and sides, plus a cutaway for easy high-fret access. Yamaha’s proprietary under-saddle piezo pickup and analog preamp ensure solid plugged-in performance, from the studio to the stage. The small and thin body is perfect, not only for younger players, but for intermediate to upper level finger-style players too.
Epiphone’s foundation in Gibson assures you always get the best in guitar form and function, for a real bargain. The top of this advanced jumbo is made from solid Sitka spruce, with a select mahogany body. The slim taper mahogany neck is solidified with a dove-tail joint and glued-in, for supreme resonance and tonal transfer. Nickel hardware, premium tuners, and pearloid dot inlays complete this acoustic.
This dreadnought guitar puts the proud Takamine name in your hands, for an excellent price. The GD30CE features a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides which produce a rich, resonant sound. The slim mahogany neck and 12” radius rosewood fingerboard provide great feel and playability, while the on-board Takamine TP-4TD preamp system gives you a built-in tuner, with three-band EQ, and gain controls, for excellent amplified performance and versatility.