Hello fellow strummers,
I became a lover of acoustics when I first heard the hit song Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits. Band leader Mark Knopfler is one of my favorite A-1 fingerpickers because his playing style gives soulful element to his music.
If you are in the market for easy on the pocket but a great guitar, this guide was made for you. Let’s check out the top Best Acoustic Electric Guitar you can start out with.
Top 3 Best Acoustic Electric Guitar Under $300
If I am to start playing an acoustic electric guitar, my choice need not be swank and expensive. I’d choose one that’s bang for the buck but would bring positive vibrations.
I ranked my top 3 solid choices that will not break your budget.
1. Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Black
The color is intimidating but this is a cruiser of a guitar. I noticed the sound is not quite heavy on the bass side although the sound character is very distinctive.
This black beauty is the perfect instrument for me – practicing, jamming and playing in concerts.
2. Alvarez Artist Series 66 OM/Folk All Mahogany Solid Top Acoustic-Electric Guitar Deep Gloss Vintage Sunburst
This guitar beauty is my 2nd choice. Its’ rich sound reverberated beautifully in a studio-type music room when I played in a jam session.
If not for some fret buzzing sounds, I would rate it to be one of the best sounding guitars.
3. Yamaha FSX700SC Solid Top Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Natural
Although this model is ranked third on my list, I would recommend this for upstarts. The sound quality is quite up to my standards whether it’s unplugged or plugged-in to my amp.
Top 5 Best Acoustic Electric Guitar Under $500
I would not splash out for an acoustic guitar early on, not just yet. However, you can level up a bit and wangle with amazing choices.
1. Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar – Natural
Phenomenal is an understatement to describe this Hellcat. I bet my bottom dollar on this one. This is a total blast in sound and high action.
Once I started playing, I knew it was the ‘classic’ guitar. The electric pick-up is already a bonus since the acoustic mode is enough to keep you engaged for hours like a long train running.
2. Seagull Entourage Rustic Guitar
The balance of a bright treble and rich bass is very evident when playing it.
Strumming this dreadnought version with open chords is a delight. No rattle sounds came out from the tuners. With regular tuning, you will be in your element playing for hours.
3. Breedlove Pursuit Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural
From playing a dread and shifting to a smaller type like this jewel gave me some misgivings at first.
The size is deceiving because the actual sound can’t be drowned out by the bigger dread. This is quite a steal for acoustic electric guitar lovers. Create magic during your strumming workouts
4. Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar
This sound created underneath the wood sides by this classic guitar is extraordinary. The fretboard is a tad thicker which might pose some grip problems.
Nonetheless, the wider neck is readily offset by the tapered headstock for easy tuning and handling stability. Practice makes perfect and this great find will hone your skills both in grip and plucking.
5. Breedlove Pursuit Concert Mahogany Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural
This choice is a no brainer for finger-style playing. If your playing style is the Santana-smooth kind, then you should pursue this brownie to own. It can handle light to moderate strumming with ease.
I found the bass sound discreet but pronounced. The guitar gives out crisp and clear sounds with every strum. Amazing effects are produced when you pedal up with a flanger or a chorus.
Conclusion: The Choice
In the final analysis, your choice of a best acoustic electric guitar is a personal matter. My views here are subjective and based on experience after having played them all. Our rating criteria might also differ in some aspects.
However, I wouldn’t be surprised if these guitars in my A-list are rated 4 to 5 stars by other guitar owners too.
The Yamahas, Breedloves, Seagulls, Alvarez’ and Fenders are by-words in the guitar universe. Certainly for the budget conscious, you will not regret choosing any of these jewels. All of them are worth more than their actual costs.