The Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500

It goes without saying that there are many really good guitars to choose from. That said, when I was purchasing my first guitars it would have been of significant help if I’d had a few recommended guitars to look through.

This list is far from exhaustive, but it does include guitars made by companies with whom I have personally dealt. So, check out the list and let me know what you think of it if you get one!


I personally own a Breedlove Passport Mahogany Dreadnought (if that’s a bunch of jargon to you, don’t worry:) it is an excellent guitar that I play almost every day!


Luna Guitars are typically well-styled inexpensive guitars. They look and play great! I personally really like their travel or kid sized 3/4 size guitars.


Classical guitars are different from the acoustic guitars listed above in several ways. First the the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd strings on classical guitars are made from nylon. This provides a specifically “classical“ guitar tone. Some people prefer to get started on these because the nylon strings are easier on your fingers.

However, classical guitars also have a wider and shorter guitar neck which can make it difficult to play with small hands. Ultimately, I’d go to a music store and see if you like them and then order it online.

  • Yamaha C40II Classical Guitar I also own one of these. It does not have a pickup to plug into an amp but it is a solid and a good sounding guitar.

These are a few guitars to take a look at. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article there are many guitars that will certainly fit your needs. However, drawing from my experience I can tell you that the guitars on this list are certain to offer excellent bang-for-your-buck.

Happy playing!

Written by Donnie Emmack

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