Best Acoustic Guitars Under £500!

Are you in the market for a new acoustic guitar? Perhaps it's your first, or maybe you're looking to upgrade - don't fret, we've got you covered!

For this handy guide, our resident acoustic experts kindly picked out their favourite guitars under £500 - read on for the full lowdown!

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Sam Beattie

Introduction

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 £500. Let's see what they picked...

1. Sire R3 DS Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Onboard Preamp

Sire are new boys on the acoustic scene, but don't discount them from your choice. The cheapest on the list, the Sire R3 produces a beautiful full range of tones created from luxurious woods you couldn't find anywhere else at this price point. The stunning built-in preamp is makes the Sire so versatile and high value. You get 3 main features: EQ searcher, mic & pickup blend and master volume.

Best for: unrivalled value. Highly versatile preamp, leading the way for acoustic innovation. 

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2. Alvarez AD70WCE Artist 70 Series Dreadnought Electro-Acoustic

Alvarez produce top of the line guitars at a fraction of the price of the big names. Another all-rounder, this time with slightly more focus on the fingerpicking and speed playability. The cutaway and onboard preamp and EQ makes the Artist 70 series extremely versatile for live use and acoustic leads. The FST2 X bracing means the brace is closer to the soundhole and therefore has great projection.

Best for: crystal clear sound quality. Studio work, live, or just practice. This guitar is perfect for the player that loves doing a bit of everything.  

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3. Faith Naked Series Venus Electro Acoustic

As the name might suggest, the Faith Naked series strips away the 'unnecessary aesthetics' to deliver a no-nonsense high-quality instrument. Faith guitars are designed in the UK and built in Indonesia with 100% solid tonewoods that are locally sourced, so you can expect this guitar's tone and playability far beyond its price point. Top features include a built-in tuner, pickup and preamp, Rosewood fretboard and a full satin finish! 

Best for: any musical style, both live and studio use. A brilliant all-rounder with understated prettiness.

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4. Taylor Academy Series 10 Dreadnought

Taylor are known for making some of the finest acoustic guitars on the market. Their instruments often boast premium features with price tags to match - but their Academy Series encapsulates their world-class approach with the budget-conscious guitarist in mind. Compact build, ergonomic curves and a Sapele/Sitka/Micarta combo delivers great playability and tone in equal measure.

Best for: the long-term investment. Top-notch build quality means this one will stand the test of time!

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5. Ibanez AVD9CE-NT Artwood Vintage Electro Acoustic

The Ibanez Artwood Series features a number of models with thermo-aged tonewoods. This baking and drying process provides greater resonance, longevity and an alluring vintage appearance. The combination of Mahogany, Spruce and Ovangkol offers a well-rounded sound, with the built-in preamp offering EQ and volume controls for extra tonal tweaking.

Best for: the live performer. This guitars construction and electronics make it the perfect gigging workhorse.

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6. PRS SE 2018 Tonare TX20E Electro Acoustic

The PRS TX20E is the latest in traditional designed acoustics from the premium electric guitar brand. Featuring Mahogany back and sides with a Sitka Spruce top, this non-cutaway acoustic has a traditional backbone with a modern PRS touch on top. Add a Fishman GTI pickup to the mix, and you've got a typically world-class offering worthy of the PRS name!

Best for: the upgrade. If you've owned an entry-level acoustic and you want to step it up a notch, you'll be amazed at the leap in performance with the Tonare.

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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! 

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?

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