Great Acoustic Guitars for Under $500

Typically, the word “great” wouldn’t necessarily be associated with an acoustic guitar under $500. However, new techniques in manufacturing and wood aging are allowing some builders to offer quality guitars at a very reasonable price.

Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation has put together a list of the top affordable acoustic guitars. We’ve included the list below but you can find additional information like manufacturer links and prices for each guitar here.  Also be sure to check out our article What Everyone Should Know Before Buying Their Next Acoustic Guitar.

Martin LX1E

Breedlove Pursuit Concert Mahogany

The Taylor GS Mini Guitar

Cordoba C5-CEBK

Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat

Ibanez Artwood Series Tenor Guitar

The Loar Brownstone LH-204

Recording King Torrefied RP1-16C

Ovation Celebrity Standard Plus CS24P-NBM

Epiphone “Inspired by 1964” Texan

Washburn WG26SCE

Yamaha LL6M


25 Guitar Tips You Should Know

25_Things25 Things Every Guitarist Should Know: Askold Buk has come up with the 25 things every guitarist should know. We have a portion of the list below, but check out Guitar World  to see the expanded list.

  • Having a great feel is your most important musical asset
  • Play for the song, not for yourself
  • As soon as you learn something cool, apply it immediately to a real-life musical situation
  • Learn as many tunes as possible, from start to finish

Where Does Volume Come From? Peter Vogl has a quick tip that will help you create more volume with your strumming technique. This is a great way to add dynamics to your playing.

New Pickups vs. New Guitar: Are you struggling with the choice of upgrading  your pickups or getting a whole new guitar? Or did you even consider just changing your pickups? Seymour Duncan has a guide to making this decision based on what you’re hoping to achieve with the upgrade.

Optimize Your Guitar for Under $100! On a similar note, Tony Nagy over at Premier Guitar has written an article on 10 Ways to Optimize Your Guitar! Some may seem like common sense, but it never hurts to make sure your guitar is at its best.

Better Barre Chords for Classical Guitar: The size of the neck and strings can pose additional issues when trying to play barre chords on classical. Scott Morris has a lesson that will show you some different tips and ways to use partial and full barres.

Your Chance to Win Strat, Tele, and Les Paul Guitars


Fender Squire Telecaster Giveaway: Guitar World is offering you the chance to win a Fender Squire Telecaster guitar, autographed by Paul Rodgers of Bad Company. Contest Ends May 11, 2015. Enter now


Sweetwater Guitars & Gear Giveaway: Sweetwater and Premier Guitar are offering a massive gear giveaway in which you be one of fourteen winners of gear featured in Sweetwater’s Guitars and Gear Showcase 2015. The giveaway package includes a Fender American Standard Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker. Contest Ends June 8, 2015. Click here to enter


American Musical Supply Contest: April’s guitar giveaway features a Gibson Les Paul Less Plus with an Orange TH30 amp and other goodies. Total value over $5,000


Modal Theory, Choosing Tonewoods, and a Warm Up Drill

joe-satrianiModal Theory: Modes and Music Theory—two terms that can make the uneducated cringe, while those in-the-know smirk with their powerful knowledge.

It’s not really that mystifying, especially once you understand how it all works. A “mode” is just a name for a scale. However many notes are in a given scale—that’s how many modes there are. For example, if you take the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B, (C), you have seven notes that make up this scale. If you start in a different place, and follow the pattern D, E, F, G, A, B, C, (D), then you’re still playing the same notes but a different “mode.”

Head over to Guitar World to learn from the modal master, Joe Satriani, and expand your chops!

TonewoodChoosing Tonewoods: When selecting or building an acoustic guitar, our first focus for wood may be the top, as it’s the soundboard, but the back and sides need not be neglected. There’s several points to consider when selecting tonewoods:

  • Cosmetics
  • Structure
  • Durability

These are three key factors that play a huge role in the craftsmanship of a guitar. You check out the specifics over at Premier Guitar.

Warm Up Drill: We have two new practice sessions that will get you comfortable using different positions of the Am Pentatonic Scale. Lesson 1 will teach you the exercise and Peter will play along with you at two different speeds. In Lesson 2 we’ll try using a triplet rhythm and speeding things up a bit.

Win Steve Vai’s Autographed Axe-FX and More!


Win Steve Vai’s Fractal Audio Axe-FX II: To celebrate the release of his new Stillness in Motion LIVE Double DVD, Fractal Audio has teamed up with Steve Vai and are offering a giveaway in which you can win Steve’s very own Axe-FX II, autographed by the master, himself. Head over to Fractal Audio on Facebook for details. Contest ends April 8, 2015 Enter Now

Lâg Guitars Tramontane Snake Wood Guitar Giveaway: Guitar World is offering a giveaway in which you can win a Lâg Guitars Tramontane Snake Wood Guitar. This guitar features:
· Solid AA Sitka Spruce top
· Mexican Snake Wood back & sides
· Mahogany neck; Mozambica Ebony fingerboard & bridge
· High gloss finish; Includes custom fitted hardshell case
· Dreadnought and Auditorium Cutaway models feature the Fishman INK Body preamp system with Sonicore pickup
This contest ends April 30, 2015. Click here to enter.


$14,000 PA System Giveaway: Sweetwater’s April gear giveaway features a complete PA system with everything you’ll need for a gig! The package includes:

Contest ends April 30, 2015.