Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars in 2020



Yamaha Fg800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar Review:


I got this guitar just a couple months ago, not knowing much about guitars and not really knowing much about quality or anything I did a lot of research about what would be the best purchase for the right price for a beginner guitarist.. and I stumbled upon the Yamaha FG700, Fantastic reviews and ratings for beginners with great overall quality and overall sound, especially for the cost. I did a bit more research, comparing instruments and what not just to be sure I didn't purchase something that was made out of cardboard and shoe strings when I stumbled upon the Yamaha FG800, which was said to be the upgrade of the 700. I did some reading and though it didn't have as many reviews it was said to have improved sound and durability for the exact same price. Knowing that Yamaha has pretty much always been rather good quality I trusted my instinct and bought this guitar.. It sounds spectacular, easy to play and learn on.. Been playing for a month and already have two songs memorized of my own choice and taste. I don't know much about guitars but I will tell anyone who cares and is reading this review that it was a good buy and a good experience, no complaints, it sounds beautiful and looks just as beautiful in my eyes. 5 stars and have recommended it to others vocally as well.



Yamaha Fs800 Small Body Solid Top Acoustic Guitar, Natural Review:


I purchased this as a replacement for my acoustic guitar of 15 years. I couldn't be more pleased with the purchase. The construction is excellent without gaps or excess glue around joints. The top is solid sitka spruce which is a very attractive feature at any price point let alone $200. The aesthetics on the DG800 are simple and the design on the head stock is painted and will rub off with time. However that has no bearing on the overall fit and finish of this guitar, both of which are excellent for a <$1000 guitar.

The greatest features of this guitar relate to its design. The instrument is quite light and has a good balance between neck and body making it easy to play while standing. Most important is the neck. The neck has a matte finish making playing very smooth even with sweaty hands and features a compound neck profile. Closer to the body the neck is fairly thin and flat making barre chords and individual notes comfortable to play. As you move closer to the head the shape becomes a deeper rounded rectangle that fits nicely in the hand and gives great comfort and support for open chord playing. I cannot say enough about how smooth and comfortable this neck is to play. It is worlds away from the more U shaped profile of my previous acoustic.

All of the above complements the excellent sound of the instrument. The bass is responsive and the treble clear and sweet. The whole package makes this a superb value. In my opinion the neck design alone makes this the best value guitar available. This guitar punches well above its weight competing with instruments $500 more expensive in terms of sound, fit, and design. If you are looking for an acoustic guitar below $700 this needs to be on your list of guitars to test drive.



Yamaha APXT2 3/4-Size Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Black Review:


UPDATE #1 (includes new info on changing the tuning pegs) Note: I will soon be doing an update on how to make this little guitar completely wireless.

I bought this guitar for my 7 year old.

What I like:

1) 3/4 size is the perfect size for a kid 10 years or younger. For kids 10-13 you may want to try a 7/8 parlor size guitar. However, a 3/4 size guitar is also the perfect travel guitar for adults so don't hesitate buying a 3/4 because you will keep it around for life because of convenience.
2) Sound when plugged in to an amp rivals guitars costing much, much more even thousands more. Yamaha uses proprietary technology in their pickups to achieve this amazing result and no other guitar manufacture comes close in this price range.
3) Sound when not plugged in is surprisingly good for a little guitar. Of course, if you're expecting acoustic sound like a jumbo or parlor you will be disappointed because that's impossible for a 3/4 size guitar to match the acoustic sound of larger guitars. However, for a 3/4 size guitar in this price range, it's as good as it gets and I will put this little guitar up against any 3/4 for acoustic sound in this price range.
3) Comes with a built in tuner. Until you've had one you don't know what you're missing. I'll never buy another guitar without one especially for a beginner.
4) Cutaway design is a much more modern design than the non-cutaway traditional boxes and allows much easier access to the lower frets.
5) Comes in black which my daughter loves.
6) Comes set up from the factory with extra low action resulting in easy playability which is very important especially for beginners. You may even want to throw some extra light (it comes with light gauge) strings on to make it even easier to play.
7) Yamaha quality can't be beat. I just returned from my friend's house and noticed his $1,000 Martin box splitting because of the dry Las Vegas climate. And, no I'm not a believer in guitar humidifiers because I believe a guitar should be made for the real world and not so delicate that it needs a humidifier. My friend and fellow old-time musician who has been working at Guitar Center here in Vegas for many years has seen them all come back over time because of splitting or warping except one brand that is... You guessed it, Yamaha! The reason you find them back ordered from time to time is because Yamaha actually gives their wood time to cure properly unlike other manufacturers who tend to rush their products out the door. And, this guitar is for my kid and for travel which means it needs to be exceptionally tough and well-made:)

As always with the good comes the bad. In order for Yamaha to squeeze so much bang for the buck into this tiny package they had to skimp somewhere.

What I don't like:

1) The tuning keys (machine heads) are as bad as it gets and if you're planning on keeping this guitar for a while and making it really workable plan on changing them ASAP and throwing the others away as far as you can throw them - Shame on you Yamaha, you could have at least used some half decent tuners!! These are an insult to your good name. So I replaced mine with Grover Sta-Tite V97-18NA (with brass colored gear) which are the best tuners "for the money" ($40) for any guitar especially for this one. However, be aware that you will also need to replace the Yamaha bushings because the I.D. is too small for the Grover post and, unfortunately,the Grover bushing O.D. is too small for the holes in the Yamaha headstock. The correct bushing that will allow an easy proper fit of the Grover tuning pegs to the Yamaha APXT2 is Kluson MBG65N or B bushings (Google it). If you elect to do this instead of letting your friendly Luthier do it, be advised that when you knock out the stock Yamaha bushings, since they're press fit it may have a tendency to split the wood on the top of the headstock. This one modification will bring this guitar from the level of a toy trying to be a serious contender to the best little guitar that money can buy.

2) The neck edges at the fret board are not rounded and tend to be rather sharp which can really start to hurt your hands if you play for awhile . Typically this is where guitar companies skimp on their budget models and Yamaha didn't disappoint. But it's an easy fix for a Luthier who will just take some sand paper and sand down the sharp edges and dress the end of the frets if needed. Also, its an easy fix for someone with a steady hand, good eye, and a women's fingernail file. It took me about 10 minutes to round the neck edges with a fingernail file and it didn't even require touch up paint thereafter as the fret board is solid wood and the same color all the way through. She feels like a dream now and I can play all day long without the sharp neck edge digging into my hand, and my hand just glides ever so smoothly up and down the neck as it should.

3) Had a little fret buzz on the high E but that was probably more my fault than anything else because I changed the light gauge strings to extra lights which sometimes requires the neck adjustment to be loosened. This guitar is set up from the factory with light gauge strings which means if you put on extra lights, the neck will have a tendency to straighten out too much which brings your strings closer to the frets and sometimes results in fret buzz. An easy fix though...just take a straight edge, like an aluminum yardstick, and lay on the neck, or hold down the string on the first and last fret and you should have just a slight space (approx. 1/64" - 1/32") between the frets and strings in the middle of your fret board. In other words, contrary to popular belief the neck is supposed to have an ever-so-slight dip in the middle and IS NOT supposed to be perfectly straight. My guitar required about a 3/4 turn (loosened) on the neck adjustment to fix the fret buzz. And, remember when adjusting the neck don't expect immediate results. Give the neck time to settle-in adjusting a little at a time and then waiting a couple hours or so before checking it again. If you still have fret buzz after adjusting the neck then it most likely will be at the nut because Yamaha keeps their action really low at the nut. If so, just take a piece of paper and put it under the string at the nut which should be an easy fix.

Bottom line:

Get a Luthier (or do it yourself if you have the knowledge) to change the tuners to the ones I specified, take the sharp edges off the neck, throw some extra light strings on, and do a set up and this guitar becomes a dream guitar for kids or adults for a lifetime. So while the Yamaha APXT2 may not be the best guitar for your purpose, in this price range you WILL NOT find the perfect guitar, period. At least Yamaha gave us a foundation off which to build (which you can't say for other brands) and with a little modification here and there, you will have the perfect little guitar. I bought this for my child and I find myself picking it up and playing it more than my more expensive full size guitars. It's just a pleasure having it around the house, but not so much so before I modified it. There's nothing worse than having a guitar that's just about not a toy as compared to a professional guitar. You want to make your guitar easy to tune and enjoyable to play so spend the extra bucks to make it perfect and you will have no regrets.



Ashthorpe Full-Size Cutaway Thinline Acoustic-Electric Guitar Package - Premium Tonewoods - Brown Review:


Received as advertised and well packaged which was a concern as a first time online buyer of musical instruments. Have bought several accessories online for my other guitars, but this was my first guitar ordered online. As for the guitar, sound and quality are so far pretty impressive for the price. I like the feel of the fret board and the thin-line body was something i was looking to add to my acoustic collection. 4 out 5 five stars for just a couple of minor details that i was able fix quickly. One, have an extra high E string ready, which this guitar package comes with an extra set of strings, for after i tuned the guitar to standard tuning and played for just a couple of minutes to let the strings stretch out, i sat it down and went to take care of some other house chore and came back to see the high E string had broken up by the tuning stem. Replaced string and has been fine since, which is now a week ago when i first received my order. Two, went to plug in chord to check the electric side and found the plug to be very loose, so had to tighten the loose nut that holds the plug-in base in place. So, overall satisfied with purchase except for those minor details and looking forward to enjoying playing this guitar for many years to come.



Jameson Guitars Full Size Thinline Acoustic Electric Guitar with Free Gig Bag Case & Picks Blue Right Handed Review:


I was about to give this guitar four stars. However, RELATIVE to the PRICE, this is absolutely a five star purchase, all the way. For under one hundred dollars, I received a pretty Jameson acoustic/electric guitar that also sounds fantastic. Steel adjustable keys, no bow in the neck, lovely all the way around, sounds like a $400+ guitar for LESS than a bill. Even experienced left hand players, order this, even if you have what you need, you wont regret it to have an extra acoustic electric around. It plays like a dream plugged in or acoustically.
It is fairly shallow, but surprisingly that doesn't compromise the sound... It sounds full bodied and the slim nature of the body adds to its character.
I am actually a right handed player but I am somewhat ambidextrous and I can play the first position chords as a lefty. the action further down seems just fine as well. Why did I buy this? It is good to have around, you never know if your going to have a lefty over, plus, I want my brain exercise! DONT PASS THIS DEAL UP.



Traveler Guitar 6 String Pro-Series (Antique Brown), Right, (PS ABNS) Review:


This is just a great, well constructed, and exceedingly well designed travel guitar. Highlights below.

+ Full length, wood fretboard.
+ Real strings (this one comes with D'Addario strings pre-installed).
+ Solid, wood body.
+ Decent volume without plugging it in or using the stethoscope.
+ Stethoscope is just a really clever idea and works quite well when playing acoustic.
+ 1/4" jack that does fit a Vox AC30 portable headphone amp for playing electric.
+ Guitar strap attachment so you can play standing up.
+ Wooden attachment so you can put it on your leg to play sitting down, which is comfortable and sturdy.
+ Wooden lap attachment can be stowed in a more compact position for travel.
+ Easy to tune (and I think all six strings tighten by turning the knobs clockwise).
+ Nice travel case with padding, a pouch to store the stethoscope and anything else you need, carry handles and a shoulder strap.
+ Overall, just a nice, clean, stylish, well thought out design.
+ Very solid and nice construction and fit/finish.

- The 1/4" jack is a little tight due to the location and the cable that comes out close to it.
- When I plugged the Vox AC30 in, it wouldn't go in quite all the way until it securely clicks so sometimes it was slowly come out while playing. Same thing happened with a 1/4" cable that I used to attach it to my amp. Minus 1 star for this annoyance.
- Relatively heavy since it's wood which isn't ideal for traveling, but it should make it sturdier too.
- Relatively expensive.

This travel guitar is not cheap but it is so well designed, constructed, functional, and so easy to take with you when you travel that it is easily worth the rather steep cost (more expensive than my Yamaha A1R acoustic/electric). This is especially useful for novice guitarists who need to practice and keep their fingers agile and callouses hard when traveling. In short, this is an incredible device based on a great idea with great execution. Only issue is the slightly "sorry/shallowl 1/4" jack.

Still, highly recommended!



Best Choice Products 41in Full Size Acoustic Electric Cutaway Guitar Set w/ 10-Watt Amplifier, Capo, E-Tuner, Gig Bag, Strap, Picks (Black) Review:


I purchased this guitar package for my daughter who is 37 and the mother of 4 and a beginner. I had no idea what to expect for the very low price I paid but I was amazed at the quality of this instrument and how beautiful it is. The frets were not sharp at all, the action is perfect and the amplifier is a lot bigger and better than I expected. The gig bag is actually a nice padded bag. What's not to love. The guitar was strung with decent strings (pretty light) and produced throaty tones it's truly awesome. It has a multi ply binding front, back as well as along the fretboard.



Acoustic Electric Guitar, Top Traveler Guitar Play with effects without plugging in a heavy amplifier By LAVA ME 2 (Freeboost-Black) Review:


Ordering a guitar online got me concerned about the packaging protection, boy was I worried for nothing. The guitar was inside a hard guitar case, which was wrapped with multiple layers of bubble wraps and boxes. The guitar arrived intact and in perfect condition.

The case protects very well and seems to be designed specifically for Lava Me 2, the guitar literally fits inside perfectly. It also comes with 3 different classy picks with a clear displayable pick container.

Love how exotically unique and stylish the guitar looks, different from the conventional guitars we usually see. The carbon fiber has a unique and satisfying timbre that surpasses most regular wooden guitars, it's relatively more clear and resonant. The guitar's action is considerably low allowing amazing comfort, excellent for beginners.

I had great fun exploring the pickup, it features different effect options and easy to use. It produces nice clean tone articulation, medium output.

Overall it's an impressive guitar, ideal for traveling. It has a ”built in amp” and a "built in effects processor". Both the case and the guitar are surprisingly light. This is the best pick if you like carrying your guitar around.



Ashthorpe Full-Size Cutaway Thinline Acoustic-Electric Guitar Package - Premium Tonewoods - Black Review:


Received as advertised and well packaged which was a concern as a first time online buyer of musical instruments. Have bought several accessories online for my other guitars, but this was my first guitar ordered online. As for the guitar, sound and quality are so far pretty impressive for the price. I like the feel of the fret board and the thin-line body was something i was looking to add to my acoustic collection. 4 out 5 five stars for just a couple of minor details that i was able fix quickly. One, have an extra high E string ready, which this guitar package comes with an extra set of strings, for after i tuned the guitar to standard tuning and played for just a couple of minutes to let the strings stretch out, i sat it down and went to take care of some other house chore and came back to see the high E string had broken up by the tuning stem. Replaced string and has been fine since, which is now a week ago when i first received my order. Two, went to plug in chord to check the electric side and found the plug to be very loose, so had to tighten the loose nut that holds the plug-in base in place. So, overall satisfied with purchase except for those minor details and looking forward to enjoying playing this guitar for many years to come.



Ashthorpe Full-Size Cutaway Thinline Acoustic-Electric Guitar Package - Premium Tonewoods - Natural Review:


Received as advertised and well packaged which was a concern as a first time online buyer of musical instruments. Have bought several accessories online for my other guitars, but this was my first guitar ordered online. As for the guitar, sound and quality are so far pretty impressive for the price. I like the feel of the fret board and the thin-line body was something i was looking to add to my acoustic collection. 4 out 5 five stars for just a couple of minor details that i was able fix quickly. One, have an extra high E string ready, which this guitar package comes with an extra set of strings, for after i tuned the guitar to standard tuning and played for just a couple of minutes to let the strings stretch out, i sat it down and went to take care of some other house chore and came back to see the high E string had broken up by the tuning stem. Replaced string and has been fine since, which is now a week ago when i first received my order. Two, went to plug in chord to check the electric side and found the plug to be very loose, so had to tighten the loose nut that holds the plug-in base in place. So, overall satisfied with purchase except for those minor details and looking forward to enjoying playing this guitar for many years to come.