We are in search for almost anything cheap, right?
And cheap doesn’t always mean “cheap,” when it comes to guitar.
With the proper setup, you’ll be surprise how some of these guitars can sound better than more expensive guitars.
Our Most Recommended Cheap Acoustic Guitars Under $200:
- Yamaha FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar
- Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar, Natural
- Oscar Schmidt OG2SM Acoustic Guitar
- Jasmine S34C Nex Acoustic Guitar
- Gibson Maestro 38″ Parlor Size Acoustic Guitar
- Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar
- Fender Acoustic Guitar Bundle
Our Best Pick
- Solid Spruce Top
- Rosewood Fingerboard and bridges
- Nato Back and Sides
- Newly upgraded internal X bracing
- Improved sound compared to the FG700s
- Great value for money
- Durability issues due to the internal bracing upgrade
- Wood chips off easily
The Yamaha FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar is a guitar that sounds so good, you wouldn’t expect it to be included in this under $200 guitars list. A direct upgrade to the best-selling guitar of all time, the Yamaha FG700s, this guitar is set to prove that it deserves to be in this list. With great sound yet cheap price, this guitar is worth every penny.
- Top- Spruce
- Back & sides- laminated nato
- Satin Finish
- Tuning machine heads- chrome
- Fretboard- rosewood
- Incredibly cheap price and can sound like a $400 guitar when setup properly
- Made by Takamine which means you get a guitar from a trusted brand for a bargain price
- Has amazingly warm tone decent volume and sustain, which you would not expect to come from a guitar this cheap
- Caveat: may come with a low-quality strings, so you need to replace it with high quality ones
- Saddle and nut is a bit too high making the action high an uncomfortable to play
- Needs more care as the parts can get damaged easily
Beginner acoustic guitar players who are in a budget. Don’t expect this guitar to be a good guitar right out of the box. However, the Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar is already a good guitar, but if you want to take it to the next level you need to have it setup a little.
- Dreadnought body style
- Top- spalted maple
- Sides & back- catalpa
- High-gloss finish
- Fingerboard & bridge- rosewood
- The guitar Features a spalted maple top design which makes this outstanding in the design alone compared to other guitars
- Always stays in tune and you don’t have to adjust from time to time
- Great value for money
- Strong volume on mid and high range frequencies
- A little bit low bass volume though can be adjust by replacing the right strings
- Durability can be quite an issue
- Action can be a bit high making the playability uncomfortable
Buyers who are looking for that great maple design in a guitar. Other guitars in this price range might have a little advantage on sound, but the Oscar Schmidt OG2SM Acoustic Guitar‘s spalted maple design is one of the things that will make me buy one.
- Natural gloss finish
- Dreadnought-cutaway body style
- Laminated spruce top
- Sapele sides and back
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Advanced “X” bracing system
- The cutaway design which sets it apart from the Jasmine S35
- Its new bracing system which makes the guitar to produce a livelier, open sound
- Almost no setup needed, one of the legit out of the box guitars
- Intonation on the 12th fret is perfect
- Incredibly outstanding guitar for an incredibly cheap price
- The wood and satin finish are really awesome
- Buzzing sound on the first three frets which you can notice right from the start
- Action is too high and can make it uncomfortable to play
- It sometimes gets out of tune so make sure to check the tuning from time to time
Buyers looking for a cheaper version of Takamine’s beginner acoustic guitar. The Jasmine S34C Acoustic Guitar is insanely cheap yet provides a great beginner guitar experience. Almost all new guitars need a little bit of setup, so thus this one.
- 7/8 Size Acoustic Guitar
- Spruce Top
- Kauri wood back and sides
- Maple Neck
- High quality die-cast, chrome plated tuners
- Chrome Hardware
- Rosewood bridge
- The compact 23.5″ scale length which makes it easy for people with small hands to play
- Incredibly sounds good at a price which you wouldn’t expect to be this cheap
- Great as a practice guitar
- Tuning can be a bit of work as the strings often tune down after hours of playing
- No buzz as compared to other cheap guitars out there
Beginner acoustic players and intermediate players who are looking for another practice guitar. If you’re wondering if this is made in the US, it is not. This one’s a Chinese Gibson. Overall, the Gibson Maestro 38″ Parlor Size Acoustic Guitar is still a decent guitar for an insanely cheap price.
- Dreadnought style
- Mahogany neck and body
- Bridge- carved rosewood
- 25.5 Scale
- Comes in black, natural and vintage sunburst design
- Has a full, and rich sound coming from one of the best guitar brands
- Tuning are always intact, you would have problems keeping this bad boy in tune
- Finish is great
- Awesome build and doesn’t look cheap given its price
- The sound is amazing that you would not expect it coming from a guitar with this price
- Action is low which makes really comfortable to play
- The action seems to be too low that it caused a buzz when playing
- 13th fret can have a bit of problem sometimes
- Durability issues overtime
Buyers who don’t mind buying a guitar that will last for just a couple of months. Don’t get me wrong, the Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar is a great acoustic guitar for beginners and if you are in a budget and is looking for a straightforward acoustic guitar, then I recommend this one.
- Dreadnought body
- Suits all styles of music
- 20-fret rosewood fingerboard
- Rosewood bridge
- Compensated synthetic bone saddle
- Laminate spruce top
- May come in FA-100, Fender Starcaster or Squier
- The complete all-in-one pack that is really perfect for a beginner
- Great price for a beginner’s acoustic guitar
- With all the included accessories, it is almost a bargain
- Straightforward acoustic guitar that is perfect for practicing
- May have some durability issues so an extra care for this guitar is a must
- Can’t hold the tuning for long, so a bit of adjustment in tune is required
Starters who are looking for a legit beginner acoustic guitar package. A caveat though: make sure to invest on a hard case when buying this one.
The Fender Acoustic Guitar Bundle comes with other accessories that are perfect for beginner players out there to stop dreaming and start playing! With its price, nothing could ever beat this package.
To Wrap Things Up
You don’t always need to shell out a lot of bucks to get a decent quality guitar. For those who want a cheaper alternative go-to guitar, the above listed will more than suffice.
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