Editor’s Note: I just found out that my previous top choice for best cheap acoustic guitar under $200, this Yamaha FG800 bundle is way over this price range. So I’m changing it up with the guitar only package. Now, I’m making this Fender FA-100 bundle the top choice as I think that this would be the best choice if you’re in this budget range. It already has a guitar that comes with a hard case, a set of picks, a tuner, a strap and a set of strings. Now, who doesn’t want that?
When it comes to passion, money should never be an issue—always go for it. Guitar playing is one of the most affordable instrument available in the market. Although the general rule is that the more expensive the better, it does not come without an exception.
There are actually a lot of good guitars out in the market that is priced competitively for those who have a tighter budget but still wants to pursue their passion for music.
If you are a beginner wanting to learn to play professionally or just someone testing the waters trying to see if guitar is for you, choosing a guitar that is not that expensive as a starting guitar is a rather smart move.
As a beginner in guitar playing and maintaining, I think that having a cheap guitar will help you focus on playing rather than making sure that your guitar does not get any scratches, or when you find out that guitar is not really for you, you will not have a hard time giving your guitar away as it is not that expensive.
That’s just my opinion though. Anyhow, let’s get to the list.
5 Best Budget Acoustic Guitars Under $200 in 2018
- Full-size dreadnought body for full and vibrant tone, suited for all styles of music
- Rosewood bridge with compensated synthetic bone saddle
- Laminated spruce top with X bracing
- 20-fret fingerboard with dot inlays
- Chrome hardware
This guitar offers great Fender sound quality at an affordable price, perfect for beginners or those who are trying not to break their banks.
This rich-sounding dreadnought acoustic guitar features a spruce top with X bracing that produces that full and resonant sound, body binding, exclusive Fender headstock shape, Fender pick guard, smooth-playing 20-fret hardwood fingerboard, rosewood bridge with compensated saddle, forward strap button with internal block reinforcement, and chrome hardware.
Being a well equipped guitar, this model is suitable for almost all styles of music making it a great purchase for its price.
- Full-dreadnought body
- Rich and vibrant tone
- Stays in tune for a long time
- Relatively poor playability
- Not that great sound quality
- Has a high action
- Solid Sitka Spruce Top
- Nato Back & Sides
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- Rosewood Bridge
- Diecast Tuners
The Yamaha FG800 is great for beginners and advanced players alike. Despite its cheaper price, Yamaha made sure not to compromise its rich tone and robust build to ensure a longer lasting play with this model.
It features a solid spruce top with scalloped bracing, Nato/Okume back and sides, chrome tuners, a rosewood fretboard, a tortoise shell pickguard and an adjustable truss rod which not only makes it look good, but also sound good at a very affordable price making it a good choice for beginners and those who are in a tight budget.
- Warm and boomy sound
- Robust structure
- Great value for money
- Very high action, needs adjustment
- Low to no pick-up
- Appearance-wise, nothing unique
- Mahogany body
- Select Spruce top
- 25.5 scale
- Hardware :Nickel
This very affordable pricedEpiphone DR-100 is a force to be reckoned with! Boasting a fingerboard made from rosewood, a select spruce top, a 14-degree headstock that gives you more pressure at the nut and finishes available in ebony, natural and vintage sunburst, this guitar is surely more than what you are paying for.
- Great projection and volume
- Great projection and volume
- Great playability
- Neck dries out easily in warm climates
- High probability of fret buzzing
- High action
This awesome guitar boasts a dreadnought design responsible for delivering that punchy, clear and strong sound. Because of its sturdy build, fret buzzing will not be an issue even with those powerful strums that this guitar will be receiving. The Ibanez IJV50 features a top that is made of spruce, neck made from rosewood, with a pickguard to protect the finish from any accidental scratches as well.
- Sturdy build
- Produces great sound
- Has a great neck stability
- Mediocre guitar
- Not so versatile sound
- The stock string is very bad
- Gloss Natural
- Dreadnought body style
- Laminate Spruce top
- Sapele back and sides
- Rosewood Fingerboard
This great-looking dreadnought guitar comes with a big, bold sound and excellent features that represent exceptional performance at a low price.
Perfect suited for any player seeking a well-built and easy-playing guitar, this model offers a select spruce top with Jasmine guitar’s signature Advanced “X” Bracing, while the back and sides are made of agathis, making it light but definitely sturdy.
The slim neck and full 25 1/2″ scale length body provides a comfortable feel with excellent playability, while the smooth satin finish maximizes resonance for optimal sound quality making it good to the feel and luxurious to the touch with a rather stellar sound with it.
To top it all of, this model also features a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, full body binding and chrome tuners making it look sleek while sounding great.
- Cheapest in this price range
- Balanced and rich tone
- Light and fun guitar
- May need frequent tuning
- Has an average build
- Action is high
To Wrap Things Up (And My Recommendation)
It is hard to choose what certain guitar to buy if you base it on brand as each brand offers different stuff on the table for different players.
The key is to really know what type of player you are and what type of guitar suits you in terms of orientation—is it left or right, size—should you go for a full length guitar or a ¾, place where you stay the most—is it warm or not, venue—where you will be playing for the volume, among other factors as well.
No guitar brand ha a monopoly of the best guitar out there and just because it is cheap does not necessarily mean that it is not a good guitar and just because it is an expensive guitar means it is also a good one.
Budget should be one of the main basis in trying to pick a guitar to buy. Do not bust your life’s savings in your piggy bank to buy something that you can get at a cheaper price.
Having said all of this, my overall choice for best acoustic guitar under $200 will be the Fender FA-100.
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