Cheap Acoustic Guitars – Considerations

By Steve Murray

One of the reasons for the cost of an instrument being high is due to the material used for making them. Certainly the better quality ones will often have been made using wood. But although there are guitars made out of other materials such as graphite or plastic wood is also used to make cheap acoustic guitars, which will still have the sound you are looking for.

Those people who choose to buy a guitar which is not made from wood often find themselves becoming frustrated because it does not produce the right kind of sound. It is these people who will often give up learning to play the guitar. So rather than spending money on a cheap one instead invest a little more in an acoustic guitar that has been made from wood. Although you will not be saving yourself money you will enjoy playing it much more.

When you begin your search for a cheap acoustic guitar it is best to look for those which come with a solid wooden top rather than being made from plywood. The reason for this being that those made using solid wood provide a much richer and fuller tone to the sound that they produce. Also when buying an acoustic guitar purchase one that has both a solid wood back and sides.

As you will soon discover there are lots of different acoustic guitars to choose from but one that you should seriously consider thinking about buying, is the Seagull S6. Which although expensive is really value for money. The top is made from cedar whilst the back and sides have been made using mahogany and it is these woods that help it produce such a wonderful sound. Because of the quality of the build many professional musicians will still have this guitar and will like to play it, even though they could well have much more expensive ones in their collection.

On average you can expect to spend between $400 and $500 on the Seagull S6. But if you are someone who is really serious about being able to play the guitar well then investing your money in one of these should be high on your list. However, there are some places online where you may find that you can get this guitar for a little less.

Along with the Seagull S6 there are other types of acoustic guitars which produce a good sound but are slightly cheaper. One of these is the Yamaha F310 which costs less because of the materials used to make it. Instead of the top being made from cedar it is made from spruce, but just like the Seagull S6 the sides and back of the Yamaha F310 are constructed from mahogany. On average you can expect to spend about $150 to $200 on this guitar and is the one that those first starting to learn how to play the guitar will choose to buy.

But as well as the Yamaha F310 there is also the Epiphone DR-100 which is slightly less in price than the Yamaha. On average you can expect to spend between $120 and $150 on this guitar. Just like the Yamaha this guitar is made using spruce and mahogany woods and is the ideal instrument for those first starting to learn how to play the guitar. However at some point in the future you will need to upgrade this one for something a little better, especially once you become a more accomplished guitarist.

Although there are lots of different guitars available which can be purchased for less than $100 these are not the type that you should be buying when learning to play the guitar. The reason being is that you will find that the sound they produce is terrible because of the materials they have been made from. Which as many others have found results in them finding it difficult to play and so decide to give up learning how to play them altogether.

So if you are really serious about getting a cheap acoustic guitar either for your self or your child to play then avoid those in the $100 or less range. Rather if your budget is somewhat restricted go to your local music or guitar store and see if they have any second hand ones for sale. Often you can pick up a really good but cheap acoustic guitars that you can then try out before making a purchase.

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