The Budget Intermediate Guitar Player $400-$750: In this range there is as much variance as in any other lower-budget to moderately priced range guitars. There are acutally some guitars on the market in this price range that do not hold up to some of the standards we mentioned in the $175 - $400 range, and we will steer you away from those disappointing models, yet one would expect to find most guitars in this Budget Intermediate Guitar Range to be better in quality and playability than those in less expensive price brackets. Some of the differences that distinguish guitars in this range from guitars in the "under $400" range include different features like:
- cutaway options
- rosewood sides and back
- more ornate inlays (decoration)
- more options with the lacquer finish
- potentially higher quality tuners and keys
- other tone wood options
In this beginner- intermediate range, we will divide them into two groups for more clarity: Acoustic and Acoustic Electric. Acoustic electric guitars come equipped with some kind of electrontic pick-up (various manufacturers) that allow the acoustic guitar to be played alone or plugged into an amp. Essentially, almost any acoustic guitar can later be fitted with on-board electronics to plug into an amp. Choosing the right kind of pick-up system for the truly picky guitar ear is another set of reviews in itself as differnt picku sytstems have different pros and cons. We will review pickus in a different section as most of these acoustic electric guitars come with a pickup that is fairly decent for a beginner or intermediate player. The more advanced player perhaps would be more specific when shopping around for different pickup systems as he or she would have a definite sense of the sound profile and versatility he or she would want from the pickup. For these following reviews, the pickup systems will be recommended as high quality for this price range of guitar.
The top 4 Acoustic-Electric Budget Intermediate guitars $400-$750 reviewed are:
The top 3 Acoustic Budget Intermediat guitars $400-$750 reviewed are:Taylor Guitars 110, Dreadnought, Solid Sitka Spruce, Sapele Back/Sides
The Budget Professional Guitar Player $750-$1100:
Above the budget intermediate guitar range are the more bottom line high quality professional grade guitars. This is the range of guitars where my newbie friend almost blew $1100 dollard on an inferior model because of the great brand name. Fortunately, I was able to redirect him to a much finer instrument and he is happier today for having asked me before making the investment.
Although there is no clear cut line as to the exact cutoff for grading a guitar based on price in it's ability to support more advance players, these guitars will be similar to some in the previous price range, yet they may have more options, and perhaps different quality of tonewoods, more body styles and more "bells and whistles". While a player may be equally satisfied with perhaps a Taylor guitar in the previous price range, he or she may find the different sizes, options, electronics and the cutaway to be more suitable to advanced techniques, especially when playing scales further up the neck. Additionally in this next price ranger are some very high quality Left-Handed guitars for the much neglected southpaw. Every guitar suggested here will be comparable in quality. The differences will be based on body styles and more particular slections of the tonewoods used for the back and sides, as well as onboard electronics differences. You may want to review some of these guitars and compare them side by side to see the subtle differences.
The top acoustic guitars reviewed in the $750-$1100 range are:
Taylor Guitars 214e, Grand Auditorium, Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Rosewood Back/Sides, ES-T, Left (left handed)
Taylor Guitars 214, Grand Auditorium, Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Rosewood Back/Sides, Left (left handed)
Breedlove Atlas Stage C25/SR Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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