The choice among acoustic guitars is obviously quite vast and ultimately depends a lot on the specific preferences of a particular person. Whether someone prefers an acoustic guitar with more clear and brighter sound, or whether he leans more towards warmer and fuller sound. This ultimately depends on the particular tonewood of the guitar, as much as it depends on the overall quality. It is all down to a selection of certain specific features.
In order to make choosing a good quality acoustic guitar easier, this list here aims at bringing out some of the best acoustic guitars currently out there. The list includes guitars in the medium, as well as in the higher price range.
1. Larrivee OM-40
The Larrivee OM-40 comes with a sitka spruce top, along with rosewood back and sides. It also features a pretty nice single piece mahogany neck, and great ebony fingerboard and bridge. The Larrivee OM-40 also features good quality Grover 18:1 open back tuners, as well as a non-shrink tortoise pick guard, together with a double action truss rod.
This particular guitar is one of the more expensive guitars on this list, and as you would expect from its high cost, it does not tend to disappoint. It stays in tune really well, and produces both great warm, as well as bright sound, thus offering great overall tonal balance. All in all this is a great acoustic guitar for live shows and possibly the best sounding acoustic guitar on the list.
2. Epiphone Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar
Here is one of the more well-known acoustic guitars. The Epiphone Hummingbird Artist comes with a spruce top, and nice mahogany back and sides, while also featuring a great SlimTaper 25.5″ mahogany neck. It also features a good looking Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid Split Diamond inlays, as well as a rosewood bridge with a synthetic bone saddle.
All in all this acoustic guitar offers quite a bit for its relatively affordable price. The iconic Epiphone Hummingbird sound is of course thoroughly good, and it can surely rival with more expensive guitars on this list. Making it one of the best acoustic guitars when the value for money aspect comes into play.
3. LAG T100D Stage Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
The LAG T100D comes with a high gloss solid Red Cedar top, dark mahogany back and sides, and a neck with a French satin finish. It also has a really nice oil-finished solid Indonesian rosewood headstock along with an Indonesian rosewood fingerboard and bridge. The guitar also features 20 Silver-Nickel medium type frets and a 2-way truss rod system.
This acoustic guitar is more or less in the medium price range, which means it offers some great sound that is suitable for live performances, while still not costing a fortune. In a price to quality ratio this guitar might be one of the best on this list.
4. Martin Standard Series HD-28 Standard Dreadnought Acoustic
Here is the most expensive acoustic guitar on the list. It features a great Sitka spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides. It also has a mahogany neck with a pretty great ebony fingerboard. What makes this guitar stand out, is the fact that it is a re-creation of Martin’s well-known and renowned herringbone style 28 guitar. This essentially means that it features the well-known Scalloped X bracing, a Herringbone top trim and a Zigzag backstrip.
Due to these renowned features the guitar offers some truly great open tone, as well as great bright and warm tone. The only real drawback of this acoustic guitar is its astoundingly high price. This however also makes for a great live show guitar with almost no drawbacks. Making it perhaps the best acoustic guitar on the list for someone with a lot of money to spend.
5. Yamaha LL6
This great Yamaha acoustic guitar comes with a solid Engelmann spruce top and a multilayered mahogany/rosewood reinforced neck, with a dovetail neck join. The guitar also features a nice 20 fret Ebony fingerboard and bridge along with die-cast tuners. Overall the guitar offers good balanced tone response and a wide harmonic range, and great depth in its tone. As would of course be expected from a Yamaha acoustic guitar in the medium price range.
The Yamaha LL6 is another guitar that is a great value for money deal. It works well for any live gig setting, while it also can be used in the rehearsal setting.
6. Taylor 214 Deluxe Grand Auditorium
This Taylor guitar features a good quality Sitka spruce top together with layered Indian rosewood back and sides, as well as a full-gloss body. It also comes with a 20 fret standard sapele neck with a satin finish, while also featuring an Indian Rosewood headstock overlay and chrome tuning machines. Other features also include a Micarta Saddle/Nubone Nut.
All in all this guitar offers players the well-known renowned Taylor quality both in the sound, as well as in the durability of the guitar. This makes it a good gigging instrument that stays in tune well, and does not let you down.
7. Fender CD-60 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
Here is a more affordable acoustic guitar from Fender that pretty much does the same as most higher end instruments. The Fender CD-60 features a laminated mahogany top with scalloped x-bracing, as well as laminated mahogany back and sides. The guitar also comes with a good quality mahogany neck with a 20 fret Rosewood fingerboard, and a Rosewood bridge with compensated saddle.
The Fender CD-60 also features a dual-action truss rod and die-cast tuners. All in all this guitar offers some pretty good bright and warm tone, as well as a pretty wide harmonic range. It stays in tune well, and works well for a live show instrument, as well as in the rehearsal room. Rivaling with the best guitars out there, the Fender CD-60 also finishes this list of acoustic guitar reviews.