Best Acoustic Guitar Brands

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Notice the inconspicuous absence of the suffix "ists" from guitar. This list is devoted to your favorite guitar brand.

The Top Ten

1 Martin & Co.

Nothing compares to a Martin. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is impeccable, and the sound: the sound. The sound is like heaven. If you're used to an electric, a Taylor may feel more comfortable, but nothing compares to the timbre of a Martin acoustic. In the right hands, the bass and treble are perfectly actuated. None of that "tinny" Taylor quality which - while useful in certain applications and seems "easier to play" - cannot hold a candle to the the deep, rich, nuanced tone of a Martin acoustic. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Woody Guthrie, Eric Clapton... Need I say more? I own a D-35, and I wouldn't be caught dead without a Martin guitar in my arsenal. Complete, unequivocal perfection.

Acoustically I own a Martin for the living room. Best sound but I won't let it leave the house. (Taylor people are so defensive, but lets face it Martin owners never have to say "Oh it sounds just like/as good as a Taylor") I own an Ovation, the thing is bullet proof, a little thin on sound but can take it anywhere. If I plug it in, it has amazing electronics and sounds 10X better. I own an Ibenez exotic wood, pretty but a stiff box that just does not resonate, hate it.

Even Taylor players know that Martin is king. They just won't admit it. Who do you think invented the Dreadnought?

Best sound and craftsmanship for me

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2 Gibson

Every time I guitar shop I come back to Gibson. Pricey, but the look, feel and tone are to my tastes. A lot of classic songs have been recorded over the years on these guitars. Are they superior to Martins or Taylors? It's a matter of preference. I own a hummingbird custom and the aesthetics, tone and feel are unsurpassed, but it doesn't "cut" like a Martin. For chording though, it's a better balance. I also own a J-45 which is the ultimate acoustic blues guitar.

Just picked up a J-45 PureVoice.. the sound is sweet, the play is dynamic, and it is responsive to the max. It works with me, and I with it - one really feels the relationship is mutually needy, and if you like the mid-range feel of Jackson Browne or Cheryl Crowe, Gibson lays it out for you.

One day I want to own a Martin IN ADDITION to my Gibson.. but having tried both a lot.. the D-18, the D-28... I went with the J-45. The J-45 is special in that it has slim shoulders - you won't get an enormous boom out of it when un-amplified. But the sustain is super fine, and as accompaniment to the singer and as a tool for the songwriter, it is rock solid and it gives, gives, gives, then gives some more. Plus, it's sexy as hell - every boy might think he longs for a Martin, but every girl goes home with the guy with the Gibson.

I just got a hummingbird and it's by far the nicest guitar I have ever owned. And I've had so many fenders martins, and Taylor's. Taylor were decent also but Gibson. Both electric and acoustic have that rich warm sound and feel. Bottom line, gibbons are the best.

Gibson J-185 EC. Beautiful sounds with an awesome low end. Can’t beat it.

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3 Taylor

Taylor, Martin, Gibson all great production brands... Which is better comes done to what you like sonically, visually and of course the feel in your hands. It is also difficult to compare one brand versus another unless you are comparing similar designs using the same tone woods and in the same price range. Anyone espousing one is better than the other without doing this is not being honest with themselves. I own a Martin and two Taylors, all are great and have different voices and feels... Even the 2 Taylors are very different in sound and looks. In the end I vote for Taylor because I like the neck carve and feel that the looks and build quality are a bit better in the $3K - $4 price range. If your looking for something in a lower $500 - $1, 000range you probably should be considering Yamaha or Takamine. Though in the end you get what you pay for.

I have been a musician for many years now. I have played in everything from metal bands to acoustic coffee house sets to worship/praise bands. I feel that with these many years of playing I have earned a sharp ear, no pun intended. By that I mean that I have developed an ear not only to hear pitches, tones, and notes, but I can also hear good and bad timbre. I feel that Taylor guitars simply produce the best timbre of any acoustic guitar I have played. Naturally, all of my acoustics are Taylor! With that, thanks to Bob Taylor for doing it best and doing it right the first time!

Taylor and Martin are the best. I like Taylors cause of their higher sound. A Martin has a deeper, more mellow tone.

Nice bright tone that is clear, sustains well.

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4 Washburn

I can't have them above Guild. Their usa made stuff and vintage acoustics are gems no doubt, but they set 7 or 8th for me. I just wish they still made American made acoustics. Like guild they are a hallmark name in the acoustic guitar world. Unlike guild they aren't being made in america. Guild and their supporters really lucked out with the Cordoba purchase. They're bringing Guild back where they belong. On top. Now if someone would do the same for Washburn. I really thought the usa made stuff would get back to greatness with that solo deluxe warren haynes model, but they stopped American made guitars all together which is a shame.

I was handed down my fathers Washburn, the only time I remember being allowed to touch it was when he bought it and put it across our laps when I was 5, this was about 30 years ago and even then we were only to protect it. I now play it and it is beautiful and has such a rich tone. I love it.

Just got a new washburn a few days ago and it sounds just as good as most of the martins and other top brands that I tried I don't know why it has such low ratings

Warn and solid sound

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5 Epiphone

#5? Are you joking? I have a PR-200 that I've owned for 15 years. I hate it. The action is ridiculous unless your fingertips are made out of adamantium or whatever the heck Wolverine is made from. The sound is muddled and a clash of midrange. Sustain is nonexistent. The frets have flattened on the high strings. News flash- I'm not spending $350 to re-fret a $279 guitar. Epiphone may make some good high end guitars but I don't trust them. If you make crappy low end guitars why should I trust your brand? You were supposed to get me to fall in love with the brand but you've made me hate it. My next guitar will be a Yamaha, Martin or Taylor.

Unbelievable quality and sound

I like it cause it's the greatest sound I have ever seen and the other thing that it gets better when it gets older

I think Epiphone is better. Epiphone could be better than Yamaha,Jasmine,Jumbo and Gibson. It"s strings is a bit painful but sound is better than other guitars. If you want to buy Epiphone, you should buy the PRO brand.

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6 Fender

Honestly, a couple of years back I never looked at Fender for acoustic guitars because everyone was always talking about Taylors, Gibsons, Martins, Takamines, Paul Reed Smiths etc. Despite being a very good electric guitar company not to mention the inventor of the no. 1 guitar in the world, the strat, everyone always looked Fender, alongside with Ibanez and Washburn (good electric guitar brands) as bad acoustic manufacturers. I was one of them too. For me, Washburn and Ibanez might be a good budget acoustic guitar manufacturer but they don't deserve to be high in this 'top acoustic guitar brands' list. But for Fender, these past few months my mindset about them changed. I never realized how authentic and good sounding fender acoustics were way back then but I'm happy now that I changed my mind about them. I love them now. It's not about having vintage acoustics, or having high end prices. Fender don't set their prices as high as taylor, martin or gibson but they must not be judged ...more

Recently had an Epiphone acoustic...irritating twangy sound and always falling out of tune. The body of the guitar is so large it's uncomfortable, even holding down the strings felt as though I would be drawing blood any minute. I hated to practice because of the sound & pain, traded it for the warm sound of the fender. Not only am I playing better, but holding down the strings doesn't hurt nearly as much (a little expected) and I can't wait to hear it. Now I understand how the phrase "it's music to my ears" came about. I'm in love with my Fender.

Crystal

Fender is such one of the best not just in electric guitars, but also with acoustics. I have had such a great acoustic Fender Guitar. No regrets about it. Definitely, of high quality.

Best ever guitar I have ever played on its just killing it.

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7 Seagull

Though I'm a Martin fan and definitely don't feel that anything else truly rivals my Martins, I do love my Seagull. It has a much deeper, warmer, fuller sound than any other guitar I've played in its price range. (Helps that mine is a cedar-top; the wood type makes all the difference in tone.)

It's the best backup guitar I've used when not playing a Martin -- and I don't even have a high-end Seagull, just a basic, cheap model. It also plays so nice that you just don't want to put it down once you get your hands on it. I can't say enough great things about it.

I've really listened and played the Gibson, Martin, and Taylor and it really comes down to the top and what it's made of. My late father in law made acoustic guitars & patterned his after Martin. Other than playing the ones he made, SEAGULL is handmade & is a very rich sounding, underrated guitar from Quebec.

Went to guitar center and tried 30 guitars. The best was a Gibson hummingbird, and my next two favorites were both seagulls. You can't get a better value under $400. The cedar top on mine sounds fantastic and combined with the cherry sides and back and the mini jumbo shape it brings out the low notes very well while the others seemed to not show the highs. Great guitars

I have always been a Seagull fan. They are so beautiful to play and are very easy on the wallet.

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8 Yamaha

I've been playing guitar for several years now so I have played a wide variety of instruments. Of course bigger companies such as Martin or Taylor are going to be higher up in the ratings because they produce very expensive guitars and their name has been widely spread. My first ever Yamaha six string, which after three years is still my favorite guitar, is amazing. Its deep and rich tones makes it a blast to play. I can find myself playing any genre for hours because of how reliable and durable it is. They are very well priced for there quality and I would label Yamaha as being the working mans guitar.

Yamaha guitars are very reliable instruments, my grandfather bought the guitar that I currently own, and it's gone through 60 years of being played, and there are only a few dents in it, and they don't even affect the sound. If you want a guitar that has an amazing sound, pretty good price, and will last a very long time, buy a Yamaha.

I bought an LL11 about 15 years ago and never wanted anything else since. It matches up to up to a Martin/Gibson costing up to three times the price.

The new AC5 series is one of the finest acoustic guitars made. Solid sitka sound board, solid rosewood or mahogany sides and bottom, ebony fretboard. Handmade and beautifully crafted. It would cost over twice as much with another brand. Fantastic tone, and the electronics are second to none.. check them out.

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9 Gretsch

The Gretsch "Jim Dandy" is a little known secret and it is one of those guitars you can't put down. Out of the box it was in tune and setup was right on. No sore fingers and you can play it for hours. Chet Atkins played the Gretsch and produced some great songs not a Jim Dandy but still Gretsch. Mike from Ga.

Should be higher than ibanez and washburn lol so much hate. Ibanez and washburn may produce nice budget acoustics but they don't deserve high spots on this list. Gretsch and fender acoustics are always underrated.

You can't drink them in the desert or invite them to dinner in front of distinguished guest such as the prime minister or marie antoinnennette who happens to be my sister by the way however as a violin for the bath well I ask you is this ninety six thousand dollar machine better than my fifty six dollar Stradivarius I stole from school with it.

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10 Ovation

Bought an ovation a couple of years ago and it hasn't failed me yet. Mine's a fairly lower in the range Ovation Celebrity, but it's excellent. One of the most comfortable feeling guitars I've ever held, good projection, nice tone, even been known to out do a Gibson further down the neck. Plus bonus feature is that it does sound so much clearer and warmer out of the amp

Plug one in, and you'll understand what an acoustic instrument is supposed to sound like while playing live. Unplugged they sound great as well, especially the deep bowl models. I hear from my friends that they think those rounded backs feel awkward to play while sitting down. I have a deep contour bowl, that is way more comfy playing relaxed in my couch than even my little 000-martin.

Ovation Guitars have the very best tone of all of my guitars. I love the distinquished look too.

Round Back guitar is very unique. The sound is more powerful and stylish than wood guitar.

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The Contenders

11 Ibanez

Ibanez Artwood and Exotic Wood are amazing.

What? Ibanez acoustics? oh man...

I have an Ibanez acoustic and it is always my go to guitar

Its honestly been the best type of guitar for me and I've been playing for 2 years

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12 Breedlove

You can tell these lists only consist of people who don't dig deep on info of great guitars. Breedlove's USA lines are top shelf. They quality and tone is outstanding and they are a top 5 or 6 company. I have an Oregon Parlor that is quite possibly the best sounding Parlor size guitar I've ever played or heard. And that's a plain Jane American made acoustic. They offer higher end American made stuff. I've played their other body styles and they aren't copying anyone's sound or style. They sound like Breedlove and that's something special. Much like Taylor's have their own sound so do Breedlove.

I've owned and played Martin, Ovations, Fender, and Gretsch acoustics but none has thrilled me more than the Breedlove Concert Pursuit with cedar top. The tone is definitely different - so balanced and the midrange really shines. Absolute joy to play despite this is not their top line. Not so much a strumming guitar - shines when finger picked. Last but not least, the tone when plugged in is so deep and warm it astounded me. Far better than the others I've had.

Best acoustic I've owned. It's an Oregon dreadnought, an all round stunning looking guitar. The sound is beautifully balanced, clear with nice defined bass, sits perfectly in the midrange and projects well without being too bright. It's light weight with meticulous craftsmanship and beautiful timber. When you look at these guitar it's obvious that they are built with a lot of care and attention to detail.

Breedlove is a company waiting to be discovered and welcomed to the level of Martin and Co. The tone is amazing, especially for fingerpicking. The sound is as pure and sweet as raw honey. I love my Breedlove Concert guitar.

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13 Takamine

I have a beautiful 2003 Ltd and my friend who has played for many years has the Taylor and he ended up borrowing my tak for five months he didn't want to give it back you know the guy has played with some well known folk's so I trust his judgment played with Keith Green and America and I have played over thirty years so I haven't let to many go by without some trial and ownership this tak is as good or better than the best Martin can offer. Ovation can't touch it and of course Gibson is too soft for me I own a fender and a Yamaha 6 and 12 for the money you can't beat a yam and I have played hummingbird to dove guild gretch Washburn breedlove which is a favorite not many I haven't played so with all this my top ten is Takemine Martin Gibson Breedlove Hagstrom Taylor Guild Gretch Washburn and Yamaha. If you can find a Hag it will blow your bag I have a 1971 Hagstrom acoustic I believe it was a demo for Golden Earing it was a gift from an old friend from Deutschland any way I will say ...more

My tak is an amazing sound an unforgiving strong clear medium to deep sound great feel it's a limited edition and kicks my buddies 3800 buck Taylor's ass my guitar was a bit pricey at 2800 but well worth it my 6000 price Martin is not as nice as my takemine maybe I got lucky and the guitar just turned out that way who knows it is the most amazing clean very vibrant and holds the notes so long I have played them all only one guitar has this sound and its this one only for deeper sounds I have my Martin and ovation has unique sounds and the Gibson is softer and Taylor sucks sounds like a osterizer blender if you tried my guitar you would be shocked by its sounds I have played the same model and the other ones sounded the same as each other I don't know why the one I own sounded so much different I guess I lucked out. I also have an old Hagstrom acoustic and it sounds phenomenal better than any Taylor I have ever played it sounds very much like a high end Gibson but not as soft. try a ...more

Some of the most well-rounded acoustics on the market. They may not boast the character of some of the big names like the Martins and Gibsons but they fit in most musical situations just as well. Remember that Takamine achieved its success by copying Martin guitars - and they did a good job. Also they have some of clearest and cleanest electronic preamp systems on the planet. In fact, they essentially pioneered the style of electronics that we see in most guitars today. While you can spend an arm and a leg on one, you don't have to. I've had Takamines under $1,200 that played phenomenally. Don't make your purchase until you've tried one out.

Often called the "Japanese Martin". YES, they are that. GREAT instruments.

I had a $300 Taklamine once and it played and sound great. Sharp frets though from my Made in China model. I think that should have been corrected by them at the factory.

Their pricier stuff is obviously on another build level and worth a hard look. - dr150

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14 Andrew White Guitars

I've met and talked to Andrew as his shop is 20 minutes from me. When you talk guitars to Andrew, you will get the feeling that this man knows his guitar building. He strives for perfection in his small WV workshop. There is plenty of evidence seeing some of his production models hanging on display. His quiet voice belies his guitar building abilities. As a luthier, his personal hand made guitars command a big price tag. But when you understand how he builds them, you'll understand why. One day, I'll own one his creations from his workshop. But until then, I'll just drool over the pictures. Not sure why his production models are rated at 42 though.

I haven't had the pleasure of owning an Andrew White yet, but I plan to. I've followed the company and Andrew for some time after noticing repeated YouTube videos featuring unique guitars with lush, exotic tones. Since then, every time I've had a question or comment it is Andrew himself that responds quickly with pleasant and enthusiastic answers. Andrew White guitars have something different to offer and Andrew himself seems to be a down to earth guy with the passion of guitar building in his heart.

Boutique quality instruments, available at prices that the masses can afford. Andrew strives to innovate with what he does with his instruments, from his unique bracing techniques, to the selection on soundboard woods to find the best wood grains for sound production. From his top-of-the-line custom made creations, all the way down to his Production series of guitars, you get so much bang for the buck.

The best wood materials and seamless craftsmanship! The future of world's best steel string acoustic guitars! Have ONE!

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15 Maton

I have many acoustic guitars in the collection including Gibson, Taylor, Fender and Washburn. That said none of these guitars come close to the richness in sound of a Maton. I'm assuming this is due to the quality of the Australian timbers and workmanship. Although a little expensive I highly recommend you at least play one in a shop as a treat and hope a dead relative leaves you some money to give you an opportunity of taking one home.

Good ol' Australian quality. Played by many, many famous musicians, including Tommy Emmanuel, John Butler, even Angus Young from AC/DC has one. The sounds and quality are second to none.

Their guitars are specifically design to have a flat tone like a Gibson j45 because it was design to be played electronically and a flat tone is a must have but I wouldn't rush out to get one for just playing at home

Better than any other brand I've ever used. Mt favourite one is the Maton performer

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16 Larrivee

I own Larrivee walnut and a Martin, both are great but Larrivee seems to have a better value. Exotic and unusual woods, beautiful craftsmanship, and balanced sound makes this the most underrated guitar on this list

Expertly made, beautifully balanced (affordable! ) guitars with perfect necks/fingerboards for finger style playing.

Larrivee's should be in the top 5. Only reason they are ranked so low is people don't know about them. A high quality guitar at an Affordable price when compared to the top 3 on this list

I bought my first Larrivee (L Series) in the mid 1980s after recording with my Gibson. The Larrivee has sustain, a consistent sound and allows the bass strings to come through without infringing on the sound of the treble strings. I think Larrivees are still one of the top 2 guitar makers.
A few years ago I wanted a mini/parlor guitar. I tried a few, did not like what I heard in the Taylor line and I did not want another Larrivee. The irony of it is, I did buy a Taylor and now realize it was because it sounded like a Larrivee, bright and even. This is an anomaly Taylor, I know that now. I bought a Larrivee Parlor which is okay but I also have learned that I am not a parlor, mini fan. They, for the most part, do not deliver an even enough sound for me. I have played Lowden, Martin, Gibson, Guild, Olsen, Huss and Dalton. I recently played an Irvin guitar. Wow, what a beautiful line of guitars. I want one. It is my next guitar with its sustain, consistency, brilliance and ease of ...more

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17 Guild

Top 4 in my opinion. Countless guitarists have played them on some of the best albums ever written. I've owned numerous vintage guilds and still own a vintage f50 and d55. Recently Fender bought guild and I bought a new d55 which was a bit over rated and over priced in my opinion. But Fender has sold Guild and I sold my fender owned guild d55 only to buy a brand new by the new owners who moved Guild to a California facility and I must say it holds its own with the vintages I have. Guild is back! A great name in acoustic guitars. A great build (thank God once again), and the quality has always been with the best. Long live guild and it's a top 4 brand just behind Martin, Taylor and Gibson.

I have a bluegrass jubilee D-40 and it's sounds great

Overall solid guitars with great tone!

I have an all mahogany guild-all solid top and body and it has sound all it,s own,a very full bodied sound and very warm with extremely easy fingering This all mahogany baby not only looks fine but the tone is really sweet!

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18 Alvarez

Each brand of guitar has it's low, mid, and high-end models. I've played all brands and it usually comes down to an individual guitar... even within the same model. However, the best bang for the buck (especially for vintage Yairi's) seems to be Alvarez and Takamine.

This company is simply unmatchable when it comes to the value you get for the price. Especially their bottom end models! I have an rd20sc that will blow most guitars from other brands costing twice as much out of the water. This brand should be at least in the top 5 of this list.

Alvarez guitars are underrated. I'm an intermediate guitar player. When I play my 5056 in a group setting, Martin and Taylor players sit up and take notice. Some of them have told me my guitar is better than theirs.

Great sounding guitars and built very well. You can’t go wrong with Alvarez.

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19 Godin

I love my Godin..I have Taylors, Ovations,Martin but this is an awesome guitar..

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20 D&D Custom Guitars

D&D guitars makes world class acoustic guitars at very affordable prizes. What makes it flaunt its wings is its remarkable ingenuity in creating guitars which is heavily toned yet slim-shelled. - Nightbird95

This should be among the top twenty if you base it on sound and workmanship quality against the price. Definitely one of the best.

These are the best bang-for-the-buck acoustic guitars out there. Priced merely a little fraction of 'bigger' brands, these Philippine-made instruments are slowly gaining its well deserved popularity. - Pasky

Thanks to these comments, I just recently bought myself a Django. Its one of the best guitars I have ever played.

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21 Lakewood

I have a A54, 1997, and it's the only guitar which ever said to me "play me"!
Superb tone & finish and, due to Brazilian rosewood manufacture, will never depreciate!
I live in Scotland and have never seen another Lakewood here, seems to be Gibsons, Martins and Taylor's, two of which I also have and love, but the Lakewood is unique!

Excellent tone and finish. Unique concept, with very high quality standards.

A very underrated acoustic guitar brand. I hope it will gain more fame through the years. Sungha Jung, the youtube fingerstyle guitar prodigy, has a lakewood signature guitar. Even his teacher when he was young has one. Lakewood is in a league of its own. Nothing can match a magic of a lakewood guitar!

Superb guitars. Lakewood have both standard and custom production of 12-fret cutaway guitars. Other producers do not offer standard production - except of Taylor, but Taylors at the same price level are made technologically cheaper, resp. at the same quality level are much more expensive. My impression is that Lakewoods have a little bit lively sound than Taylors. I am interested in well made, i. e. with high quality craftmanship, 12-fret cutaways and the brand is not so important for me.

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22 Maestro
23 Tanglewood

Best Sounding Acoustic, Just bought on today and the most beautiful sound I've heard

Tangle wood should have in top ten when it comes to acoustic.

I don't think tanglewood should be below Yamaha, they sou amazing and the materials they use are very comfortable to the touch, I own a Yamaha but when I played a tanglewood I got mesmerized.

I am watching halep

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24 Cort

I own a Cort MR 710 and I love its bold yet balanced tone. I have tried a few different guitars but I find it to have the best sound you can buy for the money. They have some very nice looking models, too. Also I love the narrow necks on most of their models. Perfect.

I love my cort, given me a great sound for 9 years. Best value for money and a great acoustic sound

High Quality and superb sound, betters with age.

The best value for the money. I have an AP55 V-B parlor and it is very well made. It has great balance and is light. The neck is comfortable, and stable. It has a rosewood fret board, spruce top, and the sides and back are mahogany. Beautiful finish and attention to detail. The hardware is excellent. This is a no frills acoustic guitar so don't expect fancy inlays, or a pick guard. The AP 55 V-B is comfortable to play and sounds great.

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25 Yamaki

Amazing, amazing acoustics. I am partial to it because the Japanese imported spruce from British Columbia for the top, and I live in Vancouver. Massive volume, great tone, and my favorite neck. I played one 17 years ago, and have never been able to forget it... So I hunted and found one this year from the early 70's. Absolutely love it

Terrific guitars. I would put them up against a Martin of which I own one. However, I play the Yamaki's almost exclusively (I have 4 of them) because of their wonderful deep sound and ease of play. One of the best bangs for the buck.

70'S vintage canon japan made yamaki guitars. One of the best sounding acoustic guitar. Spruce top madagascar rosewood back brazilian rosewood sides and rosewood fret boards with abalone inlays.

I have a cedar top Ay372S Yamaki that I bought in 1979. I have a Martin D-28 also. The Yamaki has a lot more volume and punch in the high end. I can't decide which I like better the Martin or the Yamaki

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26 Faith

I've had my faith guitar for 7 years now and the action and tone is fantastic, great quality materials and workmanship. Well recommended

Faith guitars as far as I'm concerned are on a par with all your top makes I'e Martin and Taylor. I have a Neptune natural best acoustic I've ever played,solid top grade woods and ebony fret board just try one!

27 Lowden

If you ever have the good fortune to encounter one of these, for heaven's sake try it out. There's absolutely nothing out there that sounds as good as a lowden, at least not for under 10 grand. I've never played a Lowden that didn't haunt me afterwards.

There's something pure about these guitars. Several different tweaks of engineering and hand crafted through and through. Nothing compares.. and George lowden is getting better at his craft as time goes on.

Great sustain, fantastic craftsmanship, and heavenly sound. One of the best of the best!

I’ve owned 2 Lowdens, and when misfortune compelled me to trade
them in for another guitar, I regretted it.
The gorgeous tone, the graceful Zen of their understated beauty!
Now, I’m waiting for an O25c to be built and delivered this May.
I’ll never let go of this new Lowden!

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28 Fernando

They have one of the most perfect and great sounds in the world

The best guitar

They have the best acoustic guitars :D

One of the best :D

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29 Walden

I had a D710CE about 5 years, it was great guitar an easy playing guitar, and in my opinion a well made guitar.

High-quality steel-string and classical guitars at affordable prices

I own a Hawthorn HO221TB Walden guitar (Colour: Tobacco Blast Matt finish), and fascinated by its marvelous sound quality and its make, material, design and feel. A heaven at affordable price. Kick off those kings of prices who do not allow the masses to have a classical guitar in hand.

I have played all sorts of guitars, Guild, Gibson, Epi, Lowden, Fender etc etc. Walden for a beginner/intermediate are far beyond anything you can get for the same money. Exceptional sounding and great build quality, and because no-one has heard of them you can pick them up for half the price or any of the "named" brands if you get a good used one. I have had my hands on 3 in recent years, I got them for less than £100 each - one for £50 and it held its own with anything else I had that cost nearly £1k new. I would recommend them absolutely.

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30 Lag Guitars

I love this guitar. Great great looks and sound quality. Great value for your money. I have t400ace and I love it

I have 2 Lags, one is a 4 seasons (spring) no electrics) and a 300DCE, both guitars are excellent value for money.
I would recommend to anyone considering a new guitar try one and I don't think you will be disappointed. In my opinion they are very much unknown out there and well worth a look.

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31 Cole Clark

Incredible, unique tone and great for finger picking - try one!

Beautiful wood. Smooth neck. So easy to play and amazing sound.

Should be higher best pickup and amazing sound

Best guitars, hands down.. I own 4 of them.

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32 Paul Reed Smith (PRS)

What.. they are known for the high quality and great sounding electrics, but their acoustics are out of this world. Expensive yes, but we aren't talking best price. We are talking best acoustics and PRS is making just that.

Like their electrics, amazing action, extremely playable, and beautiful tones. A joy o play. Makes me look good.

33 Eastman

Best value I've seen on the market, possibly ever. Amazing guitars that compete with more popular names at a fraction of the price. I absolutely love mine!

Excellent! For those with a tighter budget plays as well as most Martins I have tried.

Best sounding guitar I've owned is a solid wood Eastman.

I own a 10ss, it's the most exquisite instrument I ever laid my hands on. The Martin and Gibson I tried in the shop could not match its richness in sound and balance.

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34 Mitchell

I think Mitchell is a great guitar brand. I happen to own a Mitchell MX 400, and it is just great. Honestly, I wouldn't say it's the best guitar brand but it definitely deserves to be somewhere in the top ten, not 43, like seriously.

I bought a Mitchell after my Fender wasn't cutting it for me and honestly like it more.

I just bought my first guitar it's a Mitchell and I really like it.

Excellent brand

35 Collins

How may companies are listed above the best built Acoustic guitars I'm the world...this list past 1 and 2 is is terrible.

This is probably the best brand out there but it's very expensive

36 Simon & Patrick

Only real guitar I have ever owned and I continue to get people asking me what make it is because of its sound. I can't tell you what others sound like, but everywhere I play someone asks what guitar is making that great sound.

Well built, beautiful rich sound and stays tuned. Made in Canada by the Godin family. The slim neck and close action makes it easy to play for those with smaller hands. I have the black Songsmith and will never part with it. Many of my friends and family thought I had spent $1000 to $1500 for it and were really surprised at the price under $400. Godin makes a nice case for it and all of their guitars for around $120.00. Definitely should be in the top 10 of best acoustic guitars!

Sounds great, feels great. Certainly the best guitar to go for if you are on a budget and can't afford a Martin, Gibson or Taylor.

Father has a s+p guitar for around $300, excellent value. and it stuns me every time I pick it up. Such rich and balanced sound, beats my similarly priced Seagul hands down.

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37 Crafter

Crafted to be the best

I own a twin bird that I've had set up ie new nut and lowered, and a taylor 318 and the tone of the twin bird and the sustain is far sweeter than my taylor, it's a remarkable guitar that I will keep above all my other guitars,

They are a good guitar for the money

I received a crafter for my 21st and the sound is just beautiful, can not fault the guitar at all! Amazing sound and good quality make.

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38 Dean

It is awesome and has a beautiful sound and it is beautiful

In my opinion, the guitar is underestimated by the players.

Very beautiful sound and beautiful looking!

39 Lumanog

Best kept secret in the world. These Philippines made guitar are the best in value!

40 Sigma Guitars

Absolutely stunning guitars, that can easily compared with Martin. Beautiful sound with really great price. I own Sigma 000-15M folk/blues guitar and it's one of the most wonderful guitars I've ever played on. And I've played on much more expensive guitars.

41 Bourgeois

The tone from a Bourgeois produced with master grade Cocobolo wood using hot hide glue is superior to any guitar I have played, I can get an incredible reverb sound by applying a light percussion on the body with my forearm, this guitar is expensive but worth it. I believe Bourgeois builds 400 guitars per year, the other major producers production is 400 guitars per week.

Man this is sad. They aren't a well known company, but their quality is as great as any of the American acoustics and they sound amazing too. If you don't vote for these guys you know nothing of fine guitars

Agree that Bourgeois quality materials and construction produce a superior tone and sound. However, I also agree that they suffer from a lack of brand recognition.

42 Santa Cruz

The best...feel, tone, playability all the best!

Exccellet, stands proudly with Martin, Gibson

43 Greg Bennett

An awesome acoustic-electric guitar at affordable price! I felt like this is one of my smartest purchase. I have an OM one with very beautiful look - ivory-color spruce top and chocolate-color back and side. The guitar comes with built-in Fishman pick-up and tuner. It has bright and sweet sound on picking, while having strong and resonant sound on strumming. With capo, the tone can be transformed to be soft and deep suitable for sad songs. Most importantly, it is a full-sized guitar playable by a lady with small hand and short arm like me!

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44 McPherson

A touring pro friend of my was given one of these years ago by the McPherson company as a promotional endorsement for him to play on stage. After playing his I have wanted one for years. They are indeed expensive, but recently I was able to purchase one. In my 45 years of playing I have always gone through multiple examples of each guitar I've owned before purchasing, and have (and do) own Martins, Taylors, Gibsons, Tacomas, Fenders, Seagulls, Alvarez, Yamaha, etc. which were all really good in their own right. However, nothing I've played has been as good as the McPherson in terms of tone, volume, sustain, note clarity, playability, workmanship; it's useful whether played solo or in an ensemble setting, and for chords or single line playing. It is indeed the last acoustic guitar that I will ever buy.

One of the finest sounding guitars available. Unfortunately they are out of the price range of most people but if I ever win the lottery this will be the guitar I buy.

Heard a lot about these. Just wondering what features these guitars have that make them unique from the others.

Check out "The Guitar Spa Singapore" on You Tube. Jarvis reviews several McPhearson and a lot of other brands as well. The McPhearson 4.5 with Indian Rosewood and Atarondac top is unbelievable. Truly a work of art and sound.

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45 Santana

Amazing sound.. Sweet loud and clear... These r great low cost guitars... top made from solid spruce which resonates superbly... HW-41 201 is the guitar I own... try it

It sounds like takamine.. Cort & fender.. n wht else to say... the best low budget guitar.. I bought it for Rs 4500/- a jumbo guitar... my living room sounds so good when I play it

These are really good guitars... recently I bought HW41-201... it sounds amazing like fenders takamine n gibson... sound is loud and clear & sweet... These guitars are made from spruce wood... I m happy to own it. Go for it guys... its low cost and best.

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46 Cordoba

An affordable and amazing guitar. has amazing nylon strings that makes almost anyone sound great

This a great sounding and playing guitar at a bargain price

If you want classical or flamenco guitars, but don’t want to pay $4,000 or more, Cordoba has affordable, playable student models. My ebony and Spruce flamenco Cordoba plays like a dream, with a percussive yet rich sound at less than half that cost.

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48 Luna

Looks great. Lacks in sound, playability, and good build. But the details in looks are amazing.

I have a Martin, 3 Taylors and a heap of other good stuff inc. a Luna Vista Bear - I chose my particular one because of the beautifully matching selection of woods used. At first just OK sound (but I did get it for the visuals! ) but after a proper setup and a few tweaks plus a set of John Pearse strings it sounds and plays pretty darn good. I'm more than happy with it, and for the price a very nice guitar now. Not up to Taylor/Martin levels of course, but it has its own sound - and when plugged in it has a really great well balanced sound. Recommended!

49 Morris

I think should be at least number 3 from the list

I have a 0m28 copy that resonates, sounds and feels better that the original.

50 Blueridge

I like the sound of a blueridge, but paying the same money as a Martin, Gibson or Taylor for a guitar made in China is ridiculous. Especially considering they don't sound anything near as good as a Martin, Gibson or Taylor. Blueridge sound good, but so do those Washburn acoustics for less than 500 made in China.

Blue ridge beats out Martin and Taylor I have all three

Great value for your money with outstanding quality and sound.

My Blueridge BR-260A beats my Martin HD-28 by a country mile, and I am not exaggerating. Beat bang for your buck, period.

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