WE SHOW YOU THE BEST ACOUSTIC GUITARS UNDER £500 TO SHOW YOU A LITTLE INVESTMENT CAN GO A LONG WAY! THESE ARE SOME OF THE BEST BUDGET-FRIENDLY ACOUSTICS MONEY CAN BUY FROM THE LIKES OF FENDER, MARTIN, EASTCOAST, YAMAHA AND MORE

Getting hold of a high-quality guitar doesn’t have to cost you the earth these days.

There’s a huge range of acoustic guitars under £500 that will give you a professional level playing experience and superb sound straight out of the box, proving that you don’t have to remortgage your home to enjoy a guitar that will last you a lifetime and sound better with each passing day.

When you’re looking for an acoustic guitar, £500 is a fantastic budget to have as it opens up a world of options to you from some of the biggest names in acoustic guitars. So today we’re going to look at the best acoustic guitars under £500 ranging from just over £100 all the way to a maximum of £500.

Here’s our favourites starting from most expensive, to cheapest.

BEST ACOUSTIC GUITARS UNDER £500

1. TAYLOR ACADEMY 10 DREADNOUGHT ACOUSTIC GUITAR, NATURAL

Taylor Academy 10 Dreadnought-style Acoustic Guitar

The Taylor Academy 10 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Natural was essentially crafted to provide guitarists at the start of their musical journey with a hardworking, great sounding guitar that they wouldn’t really need to upgrade even after many years of playing.

This professional-level guitar distills all the beautiful things about a Taylor acoustic guitar and wraps it up in a budget-friendly option.

Designed for comfort, the Taylor Academy 10 features a patented Taylor neck with a slightly shorter 24-7/8-inch scale length and comes supplied with light gauge strings, making it easier to play.

The dreadnought shape with the Academy Series bracing offers a full, rich, and tonally dynamic sound that resonates beautifully.

A high-end acoustic at a budget-friendly price.

2. MARTIN LX1E ELECTRO ACOUSTIC GUITAR IN NATURAL

Martin LX1E Mini Acoustic Guitar

The Martin LX1E Electro Acoustic Guitar in Natural is an industry-standard mini acoustic guitar used by professional musicians everywhere.

If you're in need of a travel guitar under £500 this is where you start.

Probably made most famous by Ed Sheeran, the Martin LX1E Electro Acoustic Guitar features a Solid Sitka Spruce top with Wood Mahogany Pattern HPL Textured back and sides and a hand-rubbed finish to not only ensure a rich tonality but a particularly stunning look.

The guitar benefits from a bright and rich projection, especially due to the Modified X Series "x" bracing, whilst the Fishman Sonitone pickup provides you with the accurate representation of your guitar when plugged in.

A stunning guitar from the coveted Martin range that will sound amazing acoustically and when plugged in on stage or in the studio.

3. GRETSCH G5021E LIMITED EDITION RANCHER PENGUIN PARLOUR GUITAR

Gretsch Rancher Penguin Parlor-Style acoustic guitar

The Gretsch G5021E Limited Edition Rancher Penguin Parlour Guitar makes our best acoustic guitars list under £500 as it’s probably one of the best-looking guitars ever made.

This limited-edition model features a Solid Spruce Top and laminated Maple back and sides with silver sparkle binding which is particularly eye-catching. However, it’s not all about the looks here as the tonewood combination offers lush projection and articulation.

The addition of a Fishman Presys III pickup and preamp system allows you to plug into an amp and retain all the acoustic tonal qualities too. A beautiful guitar for those who like to turn heads when playing.

4. ALVAREZ AG60AR GRAND AUDITORIUM ACOUSTIC NATURAL GLOSS

Alvarez AG60AR Acoustic Guitar

The Alvarez AG60AR Grand Auditorium Acoustic Natural Gloss makes our best acoustic guitars under £500 list thanks to its superb construction quality and gorgeous sound.

If you’re ready to start upping your game in the acoustic guitar world, then the range of Alvarez acoustic guitars should be on your ‘must-try’ list.

The Alvarez AG60AR is a particular highlight which features Solid A+ Sitka Spruce top, a Mahogany Back and Sides, and a Natural Gloss finish which not only looks great but sounds incredible.

Each of the tonewoods has been specially cured, bringing out the best tone possible – just one of the reasons why we think this is one of the best guitars under £500.

5. FAITH NEXUS NEPTUNE ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC GUITAR COGNAC STAIN

Faith Nexus Neptune in Cognac Stain

Next up we have the Faith Nexus Neptune Electro-Acoustic Guitar Cognac Stain – a stripped-back uncomplicated guitar that focuses heavily on playability and sound.

The Solid Mahogany top, body and neck, back, and sides have been crafted using this superior tonewood to ensure superb resonance across the entire guitar.

Quarter Sawn Spruce bracing has been included, allowing the guitar to resonate beautifully and really help with projection - this thing is loud!

Those in need of a real performers guitar will enjoy the fact you have a Fishman 'IsysT' Preamp and Pickup System built-in which accurately represents the sound and dynamic of the guitar when plugged into an amplifier, PA system or audio interface.

If you like simple, easy to play guitars with a no-frills attitude, then this is one of the best acoustics under £500 for you.

6. TAYLOR BBT BIG BABY TAYLOR ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar

The Taylor BBT Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar is ideal for those out there in need of a travel-size acoustic guitar under £500.

However, the key difference between this guitar and many other smaller-scale guitars is its slightly bigger body which adds an extra boost of volume to your sound and more low-end resonance for a fuller dynamic - you have the portability of the classic Taylor BT1 and BT2 guitars but a bigger size overall.

A Sitka spruce top helps to project a bright sound with Sapele laminate sides ensuring the articulation and resonance of the guitar is perfectly captured. A gig bag is included as standard, as are the reliable die-cast chrome tuners and ebony fretboard.

A perfect guitar for travelling musicians in need of something with superior projection and articulation.

BEST ACOUSTIC GUITARS UNDER £400

7. FAITH FKM NAKED MERCURY SHORT SCALE ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Faith Naked Mercury Acoustic Guitar

While we’re on the subject of smaller-scale guitars we simply have to include the Faith FKM Naked Mercury Short Scale Acoustic Guitar in our best acoustic guitars under £500.

This nifty workhorse of a guitar actually clocks in at under £400 making it an extremely affordable option for players of all levels.

The Parlor size makes it an ideal travel guitar but also provides players with that snappy, bright blues tone thanks to a solid Engelmann Spruce top and solid Indonesian Mahogany back and sides.

A Patrick James Eggle X-Brace design ensures your guitar projects a huge sound and resonates beautifully – ideal for soloing, chords, and open tunings.

A simple yet elegant beast of a guitar that will provide a huge sound and gorgeous playability, all for way under £500.

8. EPIPHONE MASTERBILT CENTURY OLYMPIC – HONEYBURST

Epiphone Masterbilt Century Olympic Honeyburst acoustic guitar

Since the Epiphone Masterbilt Century range exploded onto the scene in 2016, the feedback (the good kind) has been phenomenal.

Partnering vintage designs from the 1920s and 1930s with new features for the modern player has proven to be a winning combination here as the Epiphone Masterbilt Century Olympic guitar seen here in Honeyburst has a lush tonal range steeped in the guitars of yesteryear thanks to the archtop body with an added eSonic HD preamp and Shadow NanoFlex HD Under-saddle pickup that allows you to enjoy all the beautiful sounds of the guitar through any PA or amplifier.

The solid spruce top with longitudinal bracing allows for a surprising amount of projection and resonance to provide blues and country guitarists in particular with a bright, snappy, and great sounding quality whether you’re playing chords or fingerpicking. One of the best Epiphone acoustic guitars under £500 you could ever play.

BEST ACOUSTIC GUITARS UNDER £300

9. TANGLEWOOD TW11-DOL WINTERLEAF SERIES DREADNOUGHT

Tanglewood Winterleaf Dreadnought Acoustic with Cedar Top and Olive Body

Hailing from the highly respected Winterleaf range, the Tanglewood TW11-DOL Winterleaf Series Dreadnought is one of our favorite affordable acoustic guitars under £500.

The Dreadnought shaped body ensures a lush, dynamic, and bright projection that effectively captures the low-end frequencies due to the inclusion of a Solid Cedar top with Olivewood back and sides.

Although the budget-friendly price tag makes the TW11 ideal for beginners and those in need of a second guitar for recording or around the house, this could easily stand up to the harsh demands of touring and makes an excellent companion for musicians of all levels.

10. FENDER CC-60SCE CONCERT ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Fender Concert-Style Electro Acoustic

The Fender CC-60SCE Concert Electro-Acoustic Guitar is a budget-friendly guitar that has been crafted using only the finest tonewoods available to ensure a fantastic sound every time.

Featuring appointments usually reserved for more expensive guitars such as the onboard Fishman Low-Profile Pickup/Preamp and Solid Spruce Top with Scalloped “X”-Bracings - you're getting a lot of guitar for a budget-friendly price.

The inclusion of the new ‘easy to play’ neck shape with rolled walnut fretboard edges makes the guitar a joy to play even after hours of practice.

The cutaway shape allows access to the higher frets and the inclusion of Laminated Mahogany Back and Sides makes the guitar a fantastic option for a wide range of musicians.

At under £300, the Fender CC-60SCE would make a stunning addition to any collection, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned professional.

BEST ACOUSTIC GUITARS UNDER £200

Next up we show you the best acoustic guitars under £200, all of which will provide you with a great playing experience and sound great without breaking the bank.

These great guitars prove that budget friendly can still be super high quality!

If you’re on a tight budget, trying to find a decent acoustic guitar can be a little difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Sure, there is a whole host of cheap acoustic guitars out there that sound fantastic, but for just £200 and under you can get yourself an absolute workhorse of a guitar that will last you a lifetime and sound great for as long as you own it.

To help you choose your ideal guitar, these are our best acoustic guitars under £200 (or just a little over) that feature beautiful tonewoods, expert craftsmanship, and fantastic playability, above all.

11. Brunswick Grand Auditorium Guitar, Tobacco Burst Satin

Brunswick Grand Auditorium Guitar, Tobacco Burst Satin

First up in or guitars under £200 section we have a really cool guitar from the new range of Brunswick guitars. This new range has blown us away here at PMT as the brand has taken great care to produce hard-working guitars that sound amazing, whilst still remaining budget-friendly.

The Brunswick Grand Auditorium Guitar, Tobacco Burst Satin is just under £100 and features a Spruce top with Sapele back and sides – both are tonewoods you’d usually find on high budget guitars.

The Grand Auditorium shape gives you that louder, fuller projection which is ideal for players of all styles and musical backgrounds, whilst remaining easy to carry around

This is easily one of the best acoustic guitars under £200 that will sound good, offer a comfortable playing experience, and provide a great foundation to learn guitar. It’s also a great option for those who just want something to play around the house or as a 2nd guitar for recording/touring with!

12. TANGLEWOOD TWUD DREADNOUGHT MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Tanglewood all-mahogany Acoustic Guitar

The Tanglewood TWUD Dreadnought Mahogany Acoustic Guitar is a beautifully designed guitar featuring an all Mahogany construction - a type of tonewood found on pro-level guitars thanks to their lush resonance and dynamic range.

You have a mahogany top and mahogany back and sides which when combined with a dreadnought design, offers up a particularly warm and resonant playing experience.

High-quality hardware also ensures this is a reliable and great-sounding guitar.

This is a fantastic option for both beginners who don’t want to upgrade for many years and guitarists in need of a 2nd acoustic for around the home or studio. One of the best acoustic guitars under £200 for sure!

13. WASHBURN HARVEST SERIES WD7S-ATBM TOBACCO SUNBURST ACOUSTIC

Washburn Harvest Series Guitar in Tobacco Sunburst

The Washburn Harvest Series WD7S-ATBM Acoustic Guitar pictured here in a Tobacco Sunburst is a great entry-level guitar ideal for beginners but also provides pro-level players with an option they’ll appreciate due to the high level of playability and superb sound.

For way under £200, you’ll enjoy the rich and warm sounds emanating from the Mahogany body - a design feature found on guitars at least twice the price.

The use of Quarter Sawn Scalloped Sitka Spruce bracing encourages a louder projection that can keep up with pro-level guitars, accentuating each note beautifully.

One of the best acoustic guitars under £200 that you’ll actually enjoy playing.

14. EASTCOAST MKOA KOA ACOUSTIC GUITAR, NATURAL

Eastcoast MKOA Acoustic Guitar

We think that the Eastcoast MKOA Koa Acoustic Guitar, Natural is one of the best acoustic guitars under £200, but we also think it’s one of the best under £500 too!

A guitar with an all Koa body is a real treat to play, and thanks to the fact this has a solid Koa top as well as Koa back and sides offering up a rich and extremely warm tonality that really brings out the lower-end spectrum of your playing.

The mini, travel guitar shape ensures a loud and clear sonic quality whilst adding a bright resonance and projection that acoustic players will enjoy on and off the stage.

This truly is a professional level guitar at beginner prices and one of the best acoustic travel guitars under £200 that you could hope to play.

Also available as an electro-acoustic version.

15. Washburn Apprentice D5 Acoustic Guitar

Washburn Apprentice D5 Acoustic Guitar

The Washburn Apprentice D5 Acoustic Guitar is part of an extremely reliable range of acoustic guitars and makes our best acoustic guitars under £200 list with flying colours.

The highly regarded Washburn Apprentice series includes professional level tonewoods found on guitars many times the price. The Washburn Apprentice D5 Acoustic guitar features tonewoods such as a Mahogany body and Spruce top, which when coupled with the unique bell-like shape, produces a massive sound that will certainly surprise the most affluent of players.

At well under £200, you’re investing in a high-quality guitar that would not look out of place on the stage of the world, for a wallet-friendly price tag.

16. FENDER CC-60S CONCERT ACOUSTIC GUITAR

We simply had to include the Fender CC-60S Concert Acoustic Guitar WN Natural as it’s one of the most popular guitars for beginners and intermediates.

It’s one of the best acoustic guitars under £200 thanks to its ‘Easy-to-Play’ neck shape and rolled fretboard edges which significantly reduces player fatigue – especially handy when you’re learning how to play guitar, but also down the fact you have a solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides, as well as the all-important Quartersawn Scalloped “X”-bracing, which seriously projects the sound.

Professional level appointments such as a Walnut fingerboard, Pearloid dot inlays, and chrome die-cast tuning machines also make it an extremely enticing guitar for the professional players out there in need of a new guitar (can you have too many?) or something to practice and record with.

17. WASHBURN WG7SBM-O MINI JUMBO ACOUSTIC GUITAR BLACK

Next up we have the beautifully designed Washburn WG7SBM-O Mini Jumbo Acoustic Guitar is a massive sounding Mini Jumbo style acoustic guitar, seen here in a sleek black finish.

This makes our best acoustic guitars under £200 thanks to its incredibly pleasing tones and the fact it's extremely fun to play!

Don’t be fooled by its small price tag though, this is not a toy, but a blues and country powerhouse ready to follow you on your guitar-related journeys for a lifetime!

The Washburn WG7SBM packs a punch thanks to a Solid Spruce Top and Mahogany back and sides, offering up crisp and punchy tones – perfect for fingerpicking and alternate tunings.

Its larger size is ideal for country players who need those huge chords to ring out but articulate enough for the finger-picking too!

18. YYamaha FG800 Acoustic in Natural

Yamaha FG800 Acoustic in Natural

The Yamaha FG acoustic guitars are some of the most well-made and beautiful sounding acoustic guitars available today.

The Yamaha FG800 Acoustic is one of the best acoustic guitars under £200, but would easily make it on the list of best acoustic guitars of all time thanks to its lush sound, superior projection, and superb construction to allow for the best sound possible.

The Yamaha FG800 features scalloped X bracing to add more volume, more dynamic tonality, and a far more resonant sound overall. In addition, the Yamaha engineers have finished the solid spruce top with a 0.25mm thin finish which allows the guitar to breathe more and offer superior resonance usually associated with guitars 3-4 times the price.

A thin neck profile ensures its comfortable to play, making it an ideal choice for professional musicians, intermediate players, and beginners alike.

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