For those who want to have a mix of quality and price for a guitar, this $500 price-range is perfect for you.
It may be more expensive as most standard guitars, but the high-quality sound and solid construction of guitars in this range won’t make you regret buying one.
Our Most Recommended Acoustic Guitars Under $500:
- Seagull S6 Original
- Fender CD-100CE
- Luna Fauna Phoenix Acoustic Guitar
- Yamaha FG850
- Fender CD-140SCE
- Epiphone HUMMINGBIRD PRO
- Yamaha FG730S
The Best Acoustic Guitar Under $500
From its wood materials, high-quality craftsmanship, and defined sound, the Seagull S6 is probably the best acoustic guitar under $500. Its has a solid cedar top, wild cherry back and sides, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, double action truss rod, tusq nut, and compensated saddle.
- Cedar Top
- Wild Cherry Back and Sides
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- Silver Maple Neck
- One of the best value-for-money acoustic guitars
- Made in Canada
- Unique in terms of wood materials (most standard guitars are made from spruce and mahogany)
- The neck size may be too wide especially for those who have smaller hands
- A bit heavy
Ask any guitar player about their guitar recommendations and many would say that you should get the Seagull S6. Why? It sounds almost like you’ve purchased an expensive guitar.
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From its wood materials, build, and superb sound quality, it is one of the best-for-money guitars in the market today.
- Top- Laminated Spruce Top
- Back and Sides – Laminated Mahogany
- Scalloped X-Bracing
- Pre-amp – Fishman® Isys III System
- The finish is really nice and the construction is of very high quality
- Sound is sweet and crisp
- For this entry-level guitar, the tone is really outstanding
- Best value for money
- The strings that came with the guitar seem excessively bright and metallic
For a guitar this cheap, you can really can’t ask for more. The Fender CD-100CE‘s sound it so good that it can be compared to other high-end guitars with more expensive price tag. One Fender’s best guitar, this doesn’t disappoint at all.
- With Abalone Phoenix design
- Top- Select spruce
- Back & Sides- Mahogany
- Need I say more? The abalone phoenix embedded on the guitar’s black finish is badass
- The in-built tuner is awesome
- Has a thin neck and low action which makes playing it really comfortable
- I have a bit of an issue on the EQ and pickup as it produces a slight twangy sound
- Sound is not that “full,” which is really obvious given that it’s a thin guitar
The Luna Fauna Phoenix Acoustic Guitar doesn’t really offer much in terms of the sound given its expensive price and I would suggest considering other guitar brands in this price range. There are a lot of much cheaper alternatives as well. But if you prefer more of the design than the sound, then this is just one of those guitars I highly recommend.
- Top- Solid Mahogany
- Back & Sides- Mahogany
- Fingerboard- Rosewood
- Bridge- Rosewood
- The new scalloped bracing which makes the top board more durable and at the same time keeping the tone intact
- Sound is crisp and warm
- Built-in tuner is perfectly nice and simple
- Electronics are great and seems to work very well
- The classy finish on the guitar
- Value on money with guitar of this quality
- Wood chips can easily come off
- Made in China, would have been better if it was not
Yamaha never fails to disappoint with their guitars and the FG series is one of their best line of guitars. The Yamaha FG850 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar is a guitar that I would highly vouch as its overall quality exceeds its price tag. With guitar this cheap, it’s already a bargain.
- Top- Solid spruce with scalloped “X”-bracing
- Back and Sides- laminated mahogany
- Fishman Presys pickup system with active on board preamp, tuner, volume and tone controls
- Body – Dreadnought cutaway
- Bridge – Rosewood bridge with compensated Graph Tech Nubone saddle
- The laminate finish looks durable and the grain is awesome it makes the guitar look beautiful
- Sound is sweet and with the right balance of warmness and crisp
- Playability is outstanding
- One of the best guitars in its price range
- The action so low, it produces a bit of a buzz
- Made in China, so there’s some sort of a quality issue
With the Fender CD-140SCE’s price, you shouldn’t expect to get a high-end sounding guitar but when compared to other guitars in this price range, I think that this is one of the best guitars to buy.
- Shadow performer preamp and Shadow Nano Flex pickup system.
- Top- solid spruce
- Back and Sides- mahogany
- Fingerboard – Rosewood with Pearled Parallelogram inlays
- The adjustable neck feature which gives you freedom in choosing the most suitable action for you
- Construction is solid and the finishing is beautiful
- Has a pretty decent tone
- The Pearled Parallelogram inlays makes it stand against other guitars
- May sound a little flat compared to other guitars in this price range
- Quite heavy
- A bit too bright sounding and lacks the bass sound
If you love the Gibson hummingbird and you’re looking for a much cheaper version of it, consider the Epiphone HUMMINGBIRD PRO. The overall build is perfectly solid and for the price, I think it’s a really a good investment.
- Top- Solid Sitka Spruce
- Back/Sides- Rosewood
- Nato Neck
- Fingerboard/Bridge- Rosewood
- Natural, Vintage Cherry and Tobacco Sunburst Finish
- Really outstanding beauty and is a real looker
- Sounds fantastic
- Action is fine and perfect
- The bass strings are deep and warm while the Treble strings are bright and crisp without a tinny metallic sound
- Needs a little bit of setup for it to sound more expensive
The Yamaha FG730S is one of the most overlooked versions of the FG series by Yamaha. With a little bit of tweaking, it can sound more expensive and can withstand among other guitars in higher price ranges.
To Wrap Things Up…
Buying a guitar in the 500-dollar range can be expensive but it is a worthy investment for any beginner or intermediate player who wants to step up their guitar playing.
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