There is something about the sound of an acoustic guitar that just really soothes all your troubles away. Unlike many instruments, a guitar has an extremely versatile sound and can really be used for a wide variety of genres. You might be in the mood for some pop music one day, and roll and roll the other. Or maybe you want to play something soft and mellow. No matter what type of music you like to listen or sing along to, an acoustic guitar is the perfect companion for you. And now, as more and more music instrument brands are upping their game and fighting for a space in the industry, it’s more affordable than ever to start learning how to play guitar or even to purchase another one to add to your collection.
Of course, there are a lot of considerations that you’ll need to think through if you’re really considering buying a guitar, even if you are a professional. The material, design, and look are all important components to consider, and we haven’t even talked about the price! Even though you can definitely buy a quality guitar for cheap now, it really is worthwhile to invest a little more into an instrument that will be with you your whole life. With a higher budget, you’ll be able to buy a guitar that will challenge you to become a better player while also not limiting you to the technical specs of the guitar. With that said, we’ve put together our pick of guitars for someone who has a budget of $1000 to work with. Take a look below at our 2020 recommendations for the best acoustic guitar at that price point!
Our Favorite Acoustic Guitars Under $1000 In 2020
Blueridge might be a relatively smaller player within the guitar world, but it is a great manufacturer and this guitar is no exception. They’re known for making instruments that are relatively well-priced while still offering all the features that professional players might be looking for. This BR-42 is the perfect combination of tone and style within a sleek package. The 12-fret neck paired with a standard 000 body creates a sound that’s unique to this model. The top is solid, close-grained spruce and is braced with the forward-X bracing pattern so that you can get an extremely impressive tone and volume for this price. The back and sides are made from mahogany, as well as the neck, which has a nice glossy finish. The fingerboard is crafted from Santos Rosewood and the nut width is 1 and ¾ inches. If you’re looking for a bigger guitar then the 000 size might not be for you, but otherwise this is an awesome guitar for the price. One reviewer commented that they were “incredibly happy with this guitar. It has great sound projection with clear distinct string tone. The sound is bright with the high tones coming through over the bass which I wanted in a guitar.”
Simon & Patrick guitars are uniquely North American, from forest to stage, as the Canadian guitar manufacturer describes themselves. Like the Blueridge, this Woodland Pro acoustic guitar features a solid mahogany back and sides with a solid spruce top. The fret is rosewood and features a hardtail bridge in a standard dreadnought size. What you get when you get a Simon & Patrick is exceptional craftsmanship. The necks and bodies are made in their original location in Quebec and assembled in their Quebec and New Hampshire factories. The handiwork that goes into one of these guitars, from fretting to sanding, is really unparalleled and you can trust that you’re getting a guitar that both sounds good and looks amazing. As a testament to the sound quality, one reviewer raved that “good heavens is this a sweet sounding guitar! I have played instruments that cost well over $1000 that don’t hold up to the sound this guy puts out. The tone is so clear and bright while also being delightfully full and strong. I believe these come equipped with d’addario mediums, which I used for a while after buying the guitar and loved it.”
Near the top our list is another Blueridge guitar, this time the BR-70 in the standard dreadnaught size. This similarly features a beautiful, solid Sitka spruce top with scalloped braces, which will give you clean articulation and a crisp tone no matter what genre of music you’re playing. The fingerboard, back, and sides are all made from Santos Rosewood and the slim mahogany will allow your fingers to move with dexterity. As an added bonus, this comes with a padded Blueridge logo bag so you have something to carry your guitar around in without needing to worry about buying something else extra. If you have any concerns about the brand, look no further than this review: “This guitar is absolutely amazing. I’ve been playing for about 13-14 years, and in this price range, it beats EVERYTHING.”
Closing off our list is a classic Fender, a brand you’re sure to be well acquainted with. When you buy a Fender, you know that it’s all about the look. This features a Fender-exclusive Newporter body shape and a deluxe gig bag that you can tote your new guitar around in. The guitar itself is constructed from a painted solid Sitka spruce top, with painted solid mahogany back and sides. The California series is really about channeling the vibes of electric guitars into acoustic ones, so this is really a unique instrument. The pickup and preamp system are Fender- and Fishman-designed so you know you’re getting the best of the best. As one reviewer noted, they “Love this acoustic guitar! Have played it almost everyday since arrival on my doorstep. It has a cool style with Stratocaster headstock and matte black finish; has an easy to play neck and mid-size body… Makes it sound very resonant with excellent mid-range tone.”
- Fender-exclusive Newporter body shape
- Painted solid Sitka spruce top; painted solid mahogany back and sides
- Fender- and Fishman-designed pickup/preamp system
- Matching painted 6-in-line headstock
- Mahogany neck with slim-taper "C"-shaped profile, pau ferro fingerboard and bridge