Best Acoustic Guitars Under $200

Best Acoustic Guitars Under $200

1 Jasmine S34C Review

Jasmine S34C Review

This is a great option for an Acoustic Guitar under $200.

9.1
2 Fender FA100 Review

Fender FA100 Review

Highly recommended entry level acoustic guitar.

9.1
3 Epiphone Pro-1 Review

Epiphone Pro-1 Review

The price is right for this nice intro level Epiphone acoustic electric guitar.  It’s not t...

9.3
4 Ibanez IJV50 Review

Ibanez IJV50 Review

This is an out of box guitar for beginners that is geared towards learning and being easy for...

8.7
5 Gretsch Jim Dandy Review

Gretsch Jim Dandy Review

It’s hard to find such a unique and cool guitar for such a low price.

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If you are looking for cheap guitars, whether you need a cheap acoustic beginners guitar or just a budget acoustic guitar  that you can beat up, you will want to do a little research first. Acoustic guitars in the lower price ranges can range from great deals to cheap toys with terrible sound quality.

Since you likely wont have the ability to try all the acoustic guitars under $200, we’ve narrowed down our top choices for you.  Like all musical instruments, there are a wide range of things to consider from sound quality to whether it’s a pure acoustic guitar or an acoustic electric guitar and does the guitar come with accessories like a guitar strap, gig bags, effect pedals, and other things that might come in a starter kit.

With our buying guide, you will be able to pick the right acoustic guitar that can both qualify as cheap guitars and quality guitars at the same time.


How we rated the Acoustic Guitars?

How is the Sound Quality of this Acoustic Guitar?

The Best Guitars for Beginners vs Pro Pick Budget Acoustics

Is it one of the best Guitar Brands in this Price Range?

How does the Acoustic Guitar feel to play?

How is the Sound Quality of this Acoustic Guitar?

Judging the Sound Quality of an Acoustic Guitar takes many things into consideration.  Tone can be affected by the body shapes of the guitar, be it a dreadnought acoustic guitar or one of the nylon string classical guitars.

A guitar like the Jasmine jo36 Orchestra is going to feel and sound different than dreadnought guitars because of the difference body shape.  The way sound resonates with the different styles is one of the first things to hit the ears.

The tone can also be affected by the wood itself.  Whether it’s mahogany, select spruce, laminate spruce, solid spruce, or spalted maple, each has it’s own brightness and depth that can be understood to help navigate the world of affordable acoustic guitars.

The sound quality can also be effected by the guitar strings, the fretboard, the electronics and pickups on acoustic electric guitars and even the truss rods.  We take a look at everything we can, to determine the best available acoustic guitars under $200.

The Best Guitars for Beginners vs. Pro Pick Budget Acoustics

There might not be professional quality cheap acoustic guitars, but there are guitars that a professional guitarist would buy to have for songwriting at the beach and singalongs at campfires and general daily abuse that they wouldn’t want to expose their expenses Taylor stage guitar to…we call them beater guitars.

Don’t go looking for a Vintage Les Paul with a hundred dollars, but for a low price you can look at the top acoustic guitars we found for under $200.

While finding Pro Pick Budget Acoustic Guitars presents a challenge, there are some good options for acoustic guitars for beginners.

For a beginner, we consider the same things we would for all guitars as well as:
– Are the acoustic guitars are easy to play
– Can you get an acoustic guitar bundle with a gig bag?
– Is a stater kit available?
– Which guitar will inspire you to start playing?

Beginner acoustic guitars seem to be everywhere, but from what we have found, you have to be careful not to get a cheap toy that wont inspire you to want to play, and if you don’t play you wont be able to improve and express yourself the way you deserve to.

Even beginner acoustic guitars can be good value guitars that are worth more than their price.  We have scene decent beginner acoustic guitars with the traditional dreadnought body, a rosewood fingerboard, die cast tuners and a select spruce top all in a bundle with a gig bag.

Some good deals are out there and we’ve made great efforts to find them for you!

Is it one of the best Guitar Brands in this Price Range?

There are some brands that really stand out in their ability to craft affordable guitars that any guitar player would agree are quality guitars despite being cheap guitars.

With Acoustic Guitars like the Epiphone dr100, Fender fa100, Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy, Jasmine S34C, it is easy to see the brands that stand out.  Guitar brands like Epiphone, Fender, Gretsch and Jasmine have proven to know how to get the best tones and feels out of their affordable acoustic guitar lines.

For our buyer guide, we took a close look at the guitar brands that offer reputable and affordable guitars and weeded out the cheap guitars that would sound terrible and amount to throwing your money away.

How does the Acoustic Guitar feel to play?

There are some factors that determine if a guitar is going to be easy to play and inspire you to be the guitar player you know you can be or if they are going to reflect the low price and truly play like a hundred dollar guitar.

Ultimately you want a guitar that is easy to play and makes you want to start playing the moment the guitar strings touch your fingers.  Typically, the more you pay, the better this feature ultimately becomes, but there are some good budget guitars that have sweet rosewood fretboards and rosewood bridges that feel good on the fingers.

The Action and how the guitar plays is effected by the make of the bridge is something that is very personal for guitarists.  We try not to judge how guitars feel out of the box in regards to things that are easily adjusted on a guitar like the action or the strings, but for the buyers guide we look at every aspect of the feel.
We assessed the “Feel” of the guitars based on:
– Guitar Strings
– Fretboards
– Bridge

While we are assessing these factors, we do go into depth with individual reviews and point out instances where small adjustments can highly increase the value of a guitar.  Sometimes to get the most value out of a cheap guitar is to buy one of the ones that are built quickly but with great materials. In those mass produced scenarios you get good quality guitars that are rough around the edges, which is what makes them affordable budget guitars.

With a little TLC, you can make cheap guitars feel like quality guitars.

For Instance:
– Guitar Strings can be replaced and picked for the feel and size you prefer.
– The fretboards can be sanded, buff and made to feel better is they come a little rough from mass production, ideal to have a guitar shop take care of this.
– The Bridge can be adjusted to adjust the action, recommended to take your guitar to   a guitar shop until you feel comfortable doing this yourself.

Are Guitar Bundles worth the Money?

When shopping for an affordable acoustic guitar, it’s easy to be tempted to get an acoustic guitar bundle.  Sometimes that is a great decision. Buying an acoustic guitar bundle can make it easy to start playing guitar.

You can get a bundle with a gig bag, sometimes a hard case, guitar straps, and guitar strings.  Some even come with effect pedals and guitar amplifiers.

Especially if you are in the market for guitars for beginners, it can be nice to make one purchase and get everything you need to start playing.

I would caution to be skeptical of the ones that cost the same or less then the acoustic guitars that are offered for the same price without all the extras, however, if it is the same guitar and you don’t mind that the included accessories may be less than impressive, it’s not a bad decision considered some of the starter kits are essentially throwing all that in for next to nothing in most cases.

In the end if you end up with a couple nice gig bags, it could be worth it, but don’t be scared to by the guitar by itself and get your accessories separately.  We are reviewing accessories now too, so if there is something you want to know about that we haven’t reviewed yet, please leave it in the comments.


#1 Epiphone Pro-1

9.3/10 Read review
93 %
Last Amazon price update was: March 14, 2021 4:36 am
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9.3 Expert Score

The Epiphone PRO-1 is a very nice guitar at a very nice price.  The only complaints I’ve found on it are typically about a shipping issue or just the buyer not understanding what they are buying, but all the substantive reviews of this guitar have suggested a great playing and sweet sounding guitar that both looks good and feels good to play.

Sound
9
Price
9.5
Look
9.4
PROS
  • Cool looking finish, especially the translucent blue
CONS
  • Check price for additional color features before purchasing

#2 Gretsch G9500

9.2/10 Read review
92 %
Last Amazon price update was: April 19, 2021 6:04 pm
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9.2 Expert Score

This is a cool guitar under $200.  The old school “Rex” Parlor style guitars are awesome looking and have a unique vibe and tone that makes this more unique than most of the mass produced acoustic guitars that exist at this price point.

Sound
8.5
Price
10
Look
9.4
PROS
  • Has a cool lofi sound that has a vibe
CONS
  • What is a cool lofi sound to some is just not what others want out of an acoustic guitar. If you want the quintessential acoustic guitar tones, look elsewhere

#3 Jasmine S34C

9.1/10 Read review
91 %
Last Amazon price update was: March 23, 2021 7:19 am
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9.1 Expert Score

The Jasmine S34C using features found in the more expensive Takamine guitars that Jasmine is an extension of, and it get’s you a value that definitely outweighs the price.

Sound
8.6
Price
9.9
Look
9
PROS
  • It's a fairly nice looking guitar which you wouldn't expect or how little it costs
CONS
  • Not necessarily ideal for beginner guitarists even though it's priced for beginners

#4 Fender FA100

9.1/10 Read review
91 %
Last Amazon price update was: November 11, 2020 1:57 am
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9.1 Expert Score

If you are looking for a well built and affordable Fender guitar that has a great look and a warm and versatile sound, this is a great option.

Sound
8.9
Price
9.8
Look
9.1
PROS
  • Stylistically Versatile which is great for a beginner guitarist that is finding their sound
CONS
  • The provided strings aren't that great and probably a little too heavy for beginner guitarist that haven't built up calluses

#5 Ibanez IJV50

8.7/10 Read review
87 %
Last Amazon price update was: March 23, 2021 7:24 am
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8.7 Expert Score

This is definitely only recommended for beginner guitarists but if you are a beginning is got some nice features to assist you, like the bridge pins, which help with tuning and staying in tune.  It also makes changing strings easier for the beginner.

Sound
8.5
Price
10
Look
8.7
PROS
  • It's made with spruce and mahogany which is great for the price
CONS
  • Its worth a little more money to get something better, but this is a good affordable option for beginners

 

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