April 2024

Acoustic Guitars: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of acoustic guitars rankings posted by key online experts, as of April 2024.

Summary

On 9 Apr 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 96 acoustic guitar endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

70 acoustic guitars were endorsed in total, only 12 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 9 Apr 2024, Yamaha FG800 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed acoustic guitar with 6 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 6 recommended it as the '#1 acoustic guitar' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking acoustic guitars start at $59.99 (Best Choice Products SKY119) and go up to $4399 (Martin 000-28 Modern Deluxe). Median acoustic guitar costs $599 (Taylor GS Mini-E Mahogany).
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At a glance - April Ranking

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Rank Change Price Acoustic Guitar
reviewed.usatoday.com
Music Critic
The Strategist
Music Radar
GuitarPlayer
Six String Acoustic
Guitar World
Guitar Chalk
10stunninghomes.com
American Songwriter
1
- $230
Yamaha FG800
The Yamaha FG800 is a highly regarded full-sized dreadnought acoustic guitar known for its powerful sound projection, comfortable playability, exceptional sound quality, and solid construction.
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5
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6
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2
- $599
Taylor GS Mini
The Taylor GS Mini is a highly versatile and durable guitar that offers excellent sound quality in a compact and portable design, making it a popular choice for travelers and musicians of all skill levels.
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8
3
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Fender CD 60S
The Fender CD 60S acoustic guitar is highly praised for its comfortable playability, impressive sound quality, and durable construction, making it a reliable and budget-friendly option for musicians of all levels.
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4
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Seagull S6 Original
The Seagull S6 Original is a highly praised dreadnought-size acoustic guitar known for its exceptional comfort, playability, sound quality, and durability, making it suitable for guitarists of all levels and musical needs.
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4
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5
- $499
Martin LX1E Little Martin
The Martin LX1E Little Martin is a highly portable and comfortable acoustic guitar with impressive sound quality and durability, making it a great choice for travelers and musicians of all levels.
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3
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9
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6
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Gretsch Jim Dandy G9500
The Gretsch Jim Dandy G9500 is a compact and comfortable parlor-sized guitar with impressive sound quality and durability, making it a great option for musicians of all skill levels.
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2
6
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2
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15
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7
- $2629
Martin D-28
The Martin D-28 is a versatile and high-quality dreadnought acoustic guitar known for its powerful sound projection, exceptional sound quality, and comfortable playability.
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14
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8
- $849
Taylor Academy 10e
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5
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12
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Gibson SJ-200 Studio
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11
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13
- $169
Epiphone DR-100
The Epiphone DR-100 is a highly recommended acoustic guitar known for its well-balanced sound, comfortable playability, and portability, making it suitable for various musical styles and ideal for beginners and experienced players alike.
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6
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14
- $949
Martin D-10E Road Series
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15
- $449
Martin LXK2
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#13 $169 Epiphone DR-100
#6 $176.71 Gretsch Jim Dandy G9500
#1 $229.99 Yamaha FG800
#15 $449 Martin LXK2
#5 $499 Martin LX1E Little Martin
#2 $599 Taylor GS Mini
#8 $849 Taylor Academy 10e
#14 $949 Martin D-10E Road Series
#7 $2629 Martin D-28

We ranked Yamaha FG800 #1 in April 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best acoustic guitars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Yamaha FG800 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Music Critic

Our Recommendation

Comfortable to play
Sound offers clarity and punch
Made from materials found in higher-end products
Great price

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Music Radar

A brilliant acoustic guitar with a solid top for a bargain price

Exceptional value for money
Solid Spruce top
Rugged build quality

Aimed at beginners

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GuitarPlayer

Yamaha’s budget acoustic delivers tone beyond its call of duty

Solid spruce top a real treat at this price
Blends well with vocals
Deep, rich tone

Lacks any added extras

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Six String Acoustic

Best Acoustic Guitar

Solid Spruce Top
Nato/Okume Back and Sides for a rich, warm sound
Newly developed scalloped bracing for stronger sound!
Traditional Western Dreadnought Body
Exclusive black fini

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Guitar World

A best-seller beginners acoustic that delivers on reliability

Great sound for the money
Good build quality
Low price

No electronics

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Guitar Chalk

BEST FOR: Beginners and budgets.

Fantastic price point
Solid Spruce top
Maple fretboard
Guitar looks and plays like a mid-range acoustic

Strings will need changed
Tone can sound a bit thin depending on the type of music you're into

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We ranked Taylor GS Mini #2 in April 2024 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best acoustic guitars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Taylor GS Mini as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Music Radar

The best acoustic guitar for travelling

+Amazing playability
+Incredible build quality
+Full sounding despite the size

Cedar-topped and nylon-stringed versions would be nice

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GuitarPlayer

Probably one of the best non-full size acoustic guitars out there

Bold, punchy tone
Good pickup system
Perfect for travelling

Shorter scale might take some getting used to

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Six String Acoustic

Best Acoustic Guitar

Ebony Fingerboard - Natural with Black Pickguard
6-string Acoustic Guitar with Spruce Top
Layered Sapele Back Sides
Mahogany N

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Guitar World

A beginner acoustic with a large tone and a smaller body

High quality tone
Extremely versatile sounds
Wonderful build quality

Doesn’t have the volume of a full size

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Guitar Chalk

BEST FOR: Pretty much everything, but especially for melodic, fingerpicking styles, gigging, and couch acoustic playing.

Tonewood combinations look great (especially Koa)
Tone is both bright and warm at the same time
Sounds great for melodic, fingerpicking styles
Price point is awesome for a solid top Taylor acoustic
ES-B pickup/preamp system is a nice addition

None

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend acoustic guitars.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of acoustic guitars, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for April 2024 ranking

We ranked Fender CD 60S #3 in April 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best acoustic guitars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Fender CD 60S as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Music Radar

One of the best acoustic guitars under $200 right now

Superb value for money
Nice low action out the box
Excellent tonal balance

Glossy finish may put some players off

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Guitar World

The best acoustic guitar for beginners seeking a big brand name

Balanced sound
Stays in tune
Entry-level price

Individual looks may put some off

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10stunninghomes.com

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We ranked Seagull S6 Original #4 in April 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best acoustic guitars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Music Critic

Reliable for live performances.
Easy and comfortable to use, especially for beginners.

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Music Radar

The ultimate value for money acoustic guitar

Amazing value for money
Balanced tonal voice
Rugged build quality

Neck will be too wide for some

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Guitar World

Premium quality in a beginner-friendly guitar that’s built to last

Optimum build quality
Sweet and versatile sound
Good for fingerpicking

No electronics onboard

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Guitar Chalk

BEST FOR: Budgets and strumming styles.

Solid Cedar top
Wild Cherry for the back and sides makes for a unique tone
Maple fretboard
Great price point
Pickup & preamp version available

None for the price

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We ranked Martin LX1E Little Martin #5 in April 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best acoustic guitars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Martin LX1E Little Martin as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Music Critic

Best Value

Easy to carry around.
Rich tone and resonance for a great performance.
Big gig bag that allows protection.

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The Strategist

Best overall acoustic guitar for beginners

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Guitar World

Easily the best beginner acoustic guitar for travel

Excellent build quality
Great volume for the size
Electro tonal variety

May be too small for adult beginners
Higher end of beginner price range

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We ranked Gretsch Jim Dandy G9500 #6 in April 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best acoustic guitars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best less-expensive small-body acoustic guitar for beginners

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Music Radar

A brilliant, low-cost guitar for sofa strumming

Superb value for money
Comfortable playability
Great for beginners

Fretboard can feel cramped
Not the loudest

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Guitar World

Best beginner acoustic with retro charm

Excellent sound and projection
It holds its tune
The short 24" scale makes it great for kids and beginners

Some might find the fretboard a little cramped

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10stunninghomes.com

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We ranked Martin D-28 #7 in April 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best acoustic guitars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Martin D-28 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
reviewed.usatoday.com

Smooth sound
Comfortable neck
Vintage design

Expensive

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GuitarPlayer

Grab your very own ‘golden era’ Martin without needing a second mortgage

One of the most iconic acoustics of all time
Adirondack spruce is highly sought after
Still cheaper than a genuine ‘30s D-28

Price is still pretty eye-watering
The vintage sound isn't for everyone

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American Songwriter

Best Overall

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We ranked Taylor Academy 10e #8 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best acoustic guitars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Taylor Academy 10e as #1.
Critic endorsements:
reviewed.usatoday.com

Full, warm sound
Maple neck

None that we could find

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10stunninghomes.com

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We ranked Gibson SJ-200 Studio #9 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best acoustic guitars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
GuitarPlayer

A slimmed down jumbo that won’t break the bank

Slimmer than the standard SJ-200
Walnut body adds something different to the mix
Slightly more affordable than most SJ-200’s

Not quite a full-fat 200

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American Songwriter

Premium Choice

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We ranked Epiphone DR-100 #10 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best acoustic guitars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Music Critic

Dot markers that make playing more convenient.
Consistent performance.
Durable and convenient to carry around.

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Guitar World

On a tight budget? Well this beginner acoustic is for you

Good build quality
Easy player
Can’t go wrong for just over $100

Not the most exciting beginner guitar

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We ranked Martin D-10E Road Series #11 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best acoustic guitars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Guitar Chalk

BEST FOR: Rhythm, performing, strumming, and recording.

Solid top, back and sides
Spruce bracing
Fishman Sonitone preamp/pickup system
Warm tone, ideal for strumming
Includes a hardshell case

Laminate Sapele isn't particularly exciting

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10stunninghomes.com

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We ranked Martin LXK2 #12 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best acoustic guitars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Guitar Chalk

BEST FOR: Beginners, performing and small hands.

Includes a gig bag
Spruce bracing
Great for beginners, kids and travel
Great price point

No preamp or onboard electronics
No solid wood

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10stunninghomes.com

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