Find The Best Acoustic Guitar Under 1500$
These days, opening your wallet to the tune of $1500 can get you a lot of guitar! But it’s tricky to actually define this price range… High-end? Mid-range? Affordable? It depends on your definitions of those labels, but to us it is a mix of all three. Not quite premium high-end, but way better than your average guitar, and still affordable for many people.
Whatever you class this price range as, we’ve searched the current $1000-$1500 acoustic market and have reviewed some of the best performers – those guitars that make you go ‘wow’. There’s a good mix on offer – different designs, different woods, and different sounds. Some regular acoustics, some with electronics. In this article we’ve focused mainly on steel-string models, although have also highlighted a couple of our favorite nylon-stringed classical models worth checking out.
The EF341SC dreadnought is handcrafted in our pro series facility that has been building precision quality instruments over five decades.
This guitar has been the choice of pro musicians of all genres. The versatility of this guitar begins with its solid cedar top that can play sweet mellow passages or power chords with equal ability. The maple back and sides are a perfect reflector for the tone generated by the soundboard and the gloss black finish looks great under the stage lights. The mahogany neck is joined to the body with a traditional, ultra strong dovetail joint.
Includes Takamine’s CT4B II preamp system paired with the unique Palathetic™ under-saddle pickup for peerless amplified response. The highly acclaimed CT4B II preamp system with three-band EQ, volume control and built-in tuner.
D’Angelico EX-63 Archtop
The EX-63 is a throwback capable of rousing an awful lot of attention.
A non-cutaway, round-hole archtop modeled after the last guitar that John D’Angelico ever built, the 63 boasts a wispy, crisp tone and remarkable playability, featuring an ebony fingerboard and C-shape neck.
Elegance and function come together in its floating ebony piezo bridge and signature trapeze-style Stairstep tailpiece.
No knobs needed. Complete with Grover Super Rotomatic tuners and Scalini pickguard.
Martin 15 Series D-15M
The Martin 15 Series D-15M acoustic guitar looks like it came right out of the history books, and delivers a sound for the ages. In its 175-year history, Martin has set more guitar design trends than can be counted. The company still embraces design techniques introduced many years ago to create their guitars’ timeless tone.
Built on a dreadnought platform, the Martin 15 Series D-15M guitar boasts 14 open frets for a unique design and great range of tone. The top, back, and sides are genuine solid mahogany, offering strong guitar tone, with crisp, clear subtleties in each note’s definition. One of mahogany’s finest qualities is its density. Although it’s not the hardest tonewood, it is free of air pockets and other deformities.
Taylor 200 Series Deluxe 224ce-K
Fans of Hawaiian koa will love the look, feel and sound of this all-koa Grand Auditorium.
A shaded edgeburst elevates the vintage appeal of the solid koa top, which is paired with layered koa back and sides, while a gloss finish wraps the body in a rich sheen. The Grand Auditorium’s musical versatility makes this a great all-purpose guitar for both strumming and fingerpicking, and the hardwood koa top will even out a lively attack to produce a focused, linear voice.
Player-friendly modern features include a cutaway and Taylor’s ES2 acoustic electronics. Among the distinctive appointments are a single-ring faux pearl rosette in an interlocking “fishbone” pattern, black binding, Italian acrylic small diamond inlays, and chrome tuners. The guitar ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.
Blueridge Historic Series BR-180
The BR-180 is a tone powerhouse with a beauty that is second to none. No expense was spared on this guitar as is evidenced by the authentic pre-war D-45 style specifications. Each guitar is crafted to be light and resonant. Meticulous attention to detail and quality craftsmanship is evident in the traditional, forward-position, hand-carved parabolic X-bracing that allows the solid spruce top to ring loud and true. Blueridge guitars feature a traditional dovetail neck joint, slim mahogany neck, adjustable truss rod, and butterbean-button, Kluson-style tuning machines with an updated mechanism for modern precision and feel.
Blueridge is an offshoot of the South San Francisco-based Saga Musical Instrument Company. Blueridge specializes in “traditional” guitars that offer today’s player vintage styling with modern performance at a level of quality and price that compares favorably to historic guitars. Each instrument is the result of detailed research and is carefully crafted at the Blueridge factory. Consistency is evident throughout, from the fretwork to the intricate inlays that adorn each Blueridge headstock.
The Loar LH-700 Archtop
The Loar’s hand-carved, nitrocellulose-finished LH-700 archtop acoustic guitar is a product of extensive historic research. The all-solid body is finished with nitrocellulose lacquer to reflect the classic jazz sounds of Golden Age instruments. With the use of traditional building techniques like classic parallel bracing, the hand-carved Loar LH-700 is a singular achievement. Its excellent projection and quick decay make it the professional choice for jazz soloing or accompaniment.
The Loar LH-700 archtop guitar is assembled with an AAA solid hand-carved spruce top and AAA flamed maple back, sides, and neck. The bone nut and compensated adjustable ebony bridge let the sound of the select tonewoods resonate clearly, and the bound ebony fretboard is both beautiful and durable. The archtop is finished with a meticulously inlaid flowerpot headstock design and a hand-buffed nitrocellulose lacquer tobacco sunburst finish to stay true to classic design and style.
Ovation Melissa Etheridge Signature
Acoustic rock legend, Melissa Etheridge, collaborated with the Ovation team to design this extraordinary, 6-string, signature instrument.
Representing exceptional value, the 2078ME-6P Melissa Etheridge Signature acoustic electric guitar features an AA, solid spruce soundboard with quarter sawn, scalloped X bracing and a very comfortable, deep contour, cutaway Lyrachord, composite body.
Other features include bass side sound ports with a mother of pearl overlay, abalone binding and a custom “ME” logo inlay at the 12th fret. The Melissa Etheridge Signature comes with Ovation’s original high output pickup, and its OP-Pro preamp offers unparalleled sound that connects to virtually any sound system, stage amp, or recording console. Includes hardshell case.