Here’s your official welcome to premium acoustic guitars.
Still, it’s not premium in terms of a pro’s definition or even to a high-end manufacturer, but it’s still a bucket load of cash to normal people on a budget.
The good guitars in this budget range have value and quality that will far exceed their cash price. By picking wisely, you’ll find a guitar that may even sound and feel like one double the price.
This is the market where you can buy a lifetime guitar, a stage worthy guitar, and all-wood bodies.
The Best Acoustic Guitars for Under $1000
|Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Spruce||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Voyage-Air Songwriter VAD-04||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Ibanez Artwood AVC10MH||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Riversong Soulstice HB DLX||VIEW ON AMAZON|
|Seagull Artist Mosaic||VIEW ON AMAZON|
Our 5 Top Acoustic Guitars Less Than $1000
Premium can mean thousands of dollars. Guitars can cost as much brand new cars. But, a grand in the pocket for a guitar is about as premium as many casual players will spend in their lifetime.
With $1000, most guitars in this price range will be guaranteed to be high quality, have good tone, excellent craftsmanship, and exotic tonewoods. You can also take your pick between prestigious brands since most dabble in and around this budget.
This is also where guitars with unconventional features are seen. Manufacturers experiment with innovative ways to improve a shape, playability, or guitar construction. Cosmetics should be executed perfectly, and hardware gets even better improving intonation and appeal.
With solid tops and bodies in the mix, you’ll have resonant and warm sound. Of course, it all depends on the construction, materials, and woods used, but you can tell the difference with just a strum versus guitars found in the Under $500 price range.
If you’re ready to drop some serious cash on what your once-in-a-lifetime buy may be, here’s the lineup that would do you proud.
Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Spruce SG
This brand is known well among high-rollers who like to spend their hard-earned cash. To have an S&P guitar in this price range is a sign that you need to heed.
The Woodland Pro Spruce SG is an undercover guitar. It may not be flamboyant about all its trappings, but it certainly has it all. It’s a guitar made with solid wood from top to bottom. It has a spruce top and mahogany back and sides.
It’s made in North America, has a back strip inlay, and a hand-polished stain sheen gloss. It’s a guitar that you will never want to part with. The more you play it, the more the tonewood will develop into a deep, matured, and aged work of art that offers true acoustic beauty in sound. It’s an S&P, their quality and standards are unmatched.
Voyage-Air Songwriter VAD-04
This is by far one of the cheaper models in our lineup, but it’s been picked out for its unique folding feature. This is a guitar that can literally fold in half. It’s specifically made for you folks that travel and need portability and convenience on your side.
Guitars are big, and sometimes you need compactness that this instrument just can’t provide unless you can fold it. It doesn’t come without quality either. It has a solid spruce top, hand-inlaid rosette, and a full-size dreadnought body. It also comes with a custom-designed Transit bag to conveniently take it around with you.
Expect some other modern design elements that we assume will intrigue you, but we’re not going to spill all our secrets here. Check out our full review for the latest goss’.
Ibanez AVC10MH Artwood Vintage Thermal Aged
Ibanez. Artwood. Thermal Aged. You already know it’s going to be a fantastic guitar. We already do and want to prove it to you. This gorgeous and stunning guitar is down to earth and straightforward. Torrefied wood comes together to bring you a sound that only the mature and aged guitars in the industry can provide.
It’s not a used guitar, and it’s not old. The wood is special. It’s an all-mahogany guitar with spruce X bracing that’s also undergone the thermal aging process. A soft V-shaped neck, grained Ivoroid binding, and herringbone purfling adds a touch of class to this already classy guitar.
This guitar will leave you wanting for nothing. However, it does lack something. It lacks a finish – that’s right, it has an open pore finish that’s raw and lets the guitar do what it does best, sing!
Riversong Soulstice HB
This chic and vintage guitar is on the heavier end of the budget, but with one look we can guarantee you’ll fall head over heels for it. Their Canadian, hand-picked wood, Harvest Burst finish, solid AAA Chillakwian maple back and sides, and through-body necks are proof of a human’s hand touch on this guitar.
Wait, back up. Through-body neck? Eh? You read that right, and it’s a key feature that is unique to Riversong Guitars. It allows the guitar to be adjusted in ways that is now easier than ever. It’s strong, longer, and removable.
If you want to set yourself apart from the rest of the playing crowd, put some soul into your buy. With some soul in your playing, the Soulstice will make you proud.
Seagull Artist Mosaic
Music is everything but single faceted. You have a composer, singer, player, and endless genres of music to identify by. A guitar must keep up with the demands that a guitarist needs to be versatile to adapt to a playing style or sound they feel like expressing at any given moment in time. This is when you need to combine both an artist and a mosaic masterpiece into one to reflect the many sides of the player.
Seagull does exactly that with a solid pressure-tested cedar top and solid mahogany back and sides. It’s an all-wood guitar that produces a warm, sweet, and bright sound. It’s made in North America, and the Artist Mosaic has a strong reputation amongst true artists.
If you feel like your groove is lacking passion, genuineness, and artistry, you may be playing the wrong guitar. Show your true self as an artist with a guitar that is one in and of itself.
What to Expect in This Price Range
The quality keeps getting better, and the competition to outdo another manufacturer gets tighter. We’re looking at slim pickings and the pettiest of features to compare among each other.
These guitars must be top notch in performance, construction, and materials. Not only must it sound good, but it must look good too. A guitar that doesn’t appeal to the buyer will stay on the shelf, and that’s no good to anyone. Be on the lookout for…
- Tone woods: Exotic tonewoods are coming into play. All-mahogany, cedar tops, and maple start sneaking their way into this budget. Solid tops are the norm, but solid bodies are an extra bonus that offer excellent value.
- Quality: Hardware and cosmetic touches are essential in this price range. They are what help to keep the guitar in tune, contribute to intonation, and provide eye-catching aesthetics. Think along the lines of real bone, hand-polished finishes, and custom inlays.
- Accessories: Don’t get greedy and start expecting extra freebies in this price range. When you’re spending a grand, you want to make the guitar is a $1000 guitar. Fortunately, it often is, and it may even outperform its price range. However, some guitars may come with a hardshell case included in the buy. That is a bonus – keep on the lookout for that.
- Value: Most guitars priced out around a grand are going to have value. Taking proper care of your guitar will help it last a lifetime, be ready for on-stage performances and look good while doing it. Guitars closer to the heavier end of the price spectrum will offer more value without tipping the scales over budget.
A Life of Contentment
Most amateurs won’t ever spend more than this. Many guitar manufacturers know this, so they either bottom-out around here, or they throw the consumer market a bone by providing us with a high-end guitar with some premium features for a “budget-friendly” price. And, you’re hooked.
You now know what it feels like to play a high-quality instrument that sounds good and can provide decades of contentment. It may be your prized guitar, or you may just be on the verge of starting your very own collection.
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