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15 Best Acoustic Guitars for Any Budget

Guitarists are always happiest about their next guitar. We’re constantly window-shopping or looking around online to see if we can score a deal. We need one of every kind, for every situation. If you’re looking to give the guitarist in your life something to strum, consider our list of the best acoustic guitars for any budget.

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Whether it's used for strumming around a campfire or for delicately layering in a rhythm track on your magnum opus, having at least one acoustic around is invaluable. And since it's a guitar, it's likely you'll have one at both ends of the spectrum.

When it comes to acoustic guitars, the price more or less follows that of their electric counterparts. Below $300 is starter territory (or your campfire guitar after a year or so); $300 to $700 is generally decent, but just getting into solid wood versus laminates; $1,000 or more buys a great instrument and should be of professional quality; $2,500 and above should buy you the best. Naturally, as with all things, there's no limit to what you can spend. You want to spend $20,000 on a guitar? I won't stop you.

For the intermediate player, you'll probably want to put the floor at $250. My first acoustic, a Takamine cost about that and did the job for a number of years before it was relegated to campfire status. Beginners can go for pretty much anything they like — comfort is the most important thing at this level.

For this list, we're sticking to steel-string acoustics. While they make excellent strumming guitars to have around, nylon-string classical guitars are a whole other animal. For the average player, they're not quite as well suited to the full range of guitar playing. They certainly have their place, but this list is for the more conventional guitar.

Due to their resonance, acoustic guitars do very well with clip-on tuners, so consider grabbing one of those for your guitarist. Another thing you might consider, especially with high-end acoustics, is a guitar humidifier, which slowly releases moisture to keep the wood from drying and cracking over time. This is especially good in areas of the country with high contrast in humidity levels between seasons.

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