- Best Acoustic Guitars Under £200!
Choosing the best affordable guitar
Choosing a new guitar can be a lengthy process - we've all been there. Hours of research, so many options to choose from, the investment to consider; the list goes on.
Here at Andertons Music Co, we want to instead make this process an easy & enjoyable one! We caught up with Ben & the team in the acoustic guitars department to get their top 5 recommendations for acoustics under £200. Let's see what they picked...
EastCoast Electro Acoustic Guitars
Eastcoast acoustics are, in our opinion, are one of the best and most accessible options for someone looking to pick up their first guitar. Not only are they super affordable, but they play surprisingly well for their price. Not all that long ago, a beginner acoustic guitar would feel plastic and cheap, constantly go out of tune, and not look all that great either. Eastcoast have addressed all these issues and more.
Here's what pro teacher JustinGuitar says about Eastcoast: "Having played a lot of budget instruments in recent months, I can confidently say that the EastCoast guitars are by far the best bang for buck I've tried. They all had a 'low action' (which means the strings are easier to press down) which is perfect for beginners and means less finger pain and a lot more fun!"
Alvarez Electro Acoustic Guitars
As you can see by the price tags above, Alvarez aren't just built to suit beginners. But they do make ukuleles starting at only £189, which is pretty darn good. These are high quality acoustics made of solid exotic woods featuring advanced construction techniques.
They design a number of shapes suited to all playing styles and genres, incorporating delicate fingerpicking, big loud strums and everything in between. Dreadnought shapes are best for bold, warm tones capable of filling a room, while smaller bodysizes are produce a more delicate, direct sound.
Fender Alternative Series Acoustics
Fender are one of the biggest and best guitar manufacturers in the world today. Leo Fender first popularised the electric guitar – but their acoustics are equally impressive. Fender's entry under £200 is the Alternative series, an interesting line-up of dreadnought and mid-sized concert shapes. They have a unique bridge, which is comfortable for the resting hand and an instantly recognisable aesthetic. Cool looks, great fun to play.
Epiphone Acoustic Guitars
Epiphone are an offshoot company of the famous Gibson guitar builders. They are tasked with building guitars suited to beginners, stretching up into the mid-price range. Their acoustics follow this formula and you'll find some incredible builds among them.
For those picking up a guitar for the first time, the DR-100 is the obvious choice hovering around the £100 mark. These acoustics have been stripped back to basics, offering gorgeous musicality thanks to the rosewood fingerboard and spruce wooden top to the body. Premium machine heads will keep you firmly in tune.
Fender Educational Series Acoustics
Fender's educational series is best suited to younger players with smaller hands. They accommodate for these budding guitarists with a shorter scale length – meaning the jump between frets is a lot more manageable. They don't require the more advanced levels of finger flexibility. Unlike the rest of the line-up here, the Educational acoustic is a classical guitar. This has nylon strings instead of steel and produces a softer sound. It's also much easier on un-callused fingers.
Want to know more?
If you'd like to know more about this article or the guitars that we chose, please don't hesitate to get in touch - we've got a full-time team of friendly, knowledgeable gear nerds who can answer any query you may have!
If you've come across this page, there's a chance you're looking for a guitar that's suitable for beginners. We've curated a selection of the best guitars for beginners to save you a little bit of time! Check out beginners acoustic guitars here and beginners electric guitars here.
In the mean time, if you'd like to do a bit more research on acoustic guitars before you take the plunge, why not check out our Ultimate Guide to Acoustic Guitars?