Reviewed: The Best Rated Acoustic, Classical And Acoustic Electric Guitars For Less Than $1000

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Seagull Maritime SWS Rosewood SG

Seagull Maritime SWS Rosewood SG

AudioRumble rating 89/100

Yamaha LL16RDHC

Yamaha LL16RDHC

AudioRumble rating 91/100

Fender Paramount PM-2 Deluxe

Fender Paramount PM-2 Deluxe

AudioRumble rating 88/100

La Patrie Collection

La Patrie Collection

AudioRumble rating 87/100

Kremona Sofia S63CW

Kremona Sofia S63CW

AudioRumble rating 86/100

When I went to buy my main acoustic guitar I had a short list of what I wanted. The list had no brand names or models that I was interested in. I knew what I was not willing to live without. I took a day and drove to all the music stores in my area. I pulled down guitar after guitar listening to their sound and looking at their features. My list was simple: cutaway, electronics, and a pinless bridge. The guitar also had to have mojo. It had to have a sound and feel that stirred something inside me.

Below we’ll give you a comparison table with different models that will look at their ratings. To find out more about any of those models will be links to extended reviews that will allow you to find out more about each guitar. At the end we have some tips and tricks to help you navigate the whole shopping process to find the right instrument for you.

Top 10 Acoustic And Acoustic Electric Guitars For Under $1000

Seagull Maritime SWS Rosewood SG

4.45 Stars
  • Seagull Maritime SWS Rosewood SG Review – Setting Sail for Tonal Bliss
  • Seagull Maritime SWS Rosewood SG Review – Setting Sail for Tonal Bliss
  • Seagull Maritime SWS Rosewood SG Review – Setting Sail for Tonal Bliss

AudioRumble rating 89/100

The Seagull Maritime SWS Rosewood SG is a dreadnought sized acoustic.  It has a pressure tested solid sitka spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides.  The mahogany neck is topped with a rosewood fingerboard that has a 16” radius. The guitar has a very good dynamic range with an open and crisp voice that is very balanced.

  • Large dynamic range.

  • Innovative design features- compound curve top and tapered headstock.

  • Even and open sound.

  • No case included in the price of the guitar.

Yamaha LL16RDHC

4.55 Stars
  • Yamaha LL16RDHC Review – A Feast for the Eyes and Ears
  • Yamaha LL16RDHC Review – A Feast for the Eyes and Ears
  • Yamaha LL16RDHC Review – A Feast for the Eyes and Ears

AudioRumble rating 91/100

Yamaha’s LL16RDHC is an all solid wood jumbo acoustic guitar.  The top is Engelmann spruce with rosewood back and sides. It has a passive SRT zero impact piezo pickup.  The sound is a bright and sweet with plenty of string definition that sounds just as good acoustically as it does plugged in.

  • Well balanced sound acoustically that translate well to the pickup.

  • Lightweight with no neck dive.

  • Elegant use of abalone appointments.

  • Solid and sleek neck.

  • No onboard preamp or tuner may be off putting to some.

Fender Paramount PM-2 Deluxe

4.4 Stars
  • Fender Paramount PM-2 Deluxe Review – 60s Style Parlor
  • Fender Paramount PM-2 Deluxe Review – 60s Style Parlor
  • Fender Paramount PM-2 Deluxe Review – 60s Style Parlor

AudioRumble rating 88/100

Fender’s PM-2 is the parlor sized guitar in their Paramount Series.  It has a solid Sitka spruce top with quartersawn scalloped X-bracing.  The sides and back are solid East Indian rosewood.  The C-shaped neck is mahogany with a 19 fret ebony fingerboard. The tone is bright with an even balance across the register with plenty of dynamics.

  • Great built-in tuners that is very accurate and easy to read.

  • Very good even balanced sound with excellent dynamics.

  • Throwback design features that give the guitar a lot of visual mojo.

  • Includes a Fender guitar case.

  • May feel too small for larger sized players.

Breedlove Pursuit Concert Ebony

4.55 Stars
  • Breedlove Pursuit Concert Ebony Review – Stunning Looks with a Sweet Voice
  • Breedlove Pursuit Concert Ebony Review – Stunning Looks with a Sweet Voice
  • Breedlove Pursuit Concert Ebony Review – Stunning Looks with a Sweet Voice

AudioRumble rating 91/100

The Breedlove Pursuit Concert Ebony is an acoustic/electric with a soft-cutaway.  The top is made of solid Engelmann spruce with laminate Java ebony back and sides.  The electronics are Fishman’s Isys + USB with Sonicore pickup.  The neck is wide with a slim profile and smooth finish.  The tone is warm and clear that has a sweet character with a wide dynamic range.

  • Very balanced warm voice with a sweet character.

  • Pin-less bridge is both innovative and convenient.

  • Very playable neck with good action.

  • Electronics translate the natural voice very well.

  • Some of the innovations will ruffle the feathers of traditionalists.

Seagull Artist Mosaic CW Folk Element

4.5 Stars
  • Seagull Artist Mosaic CW Folk Element Review – An Uncommon Folk
  • Seagull Artist Mosaic CW Folk Element Review – An Uncommon Folk
  • Seagull Artist Mosaic CW Folk Element Review – An Uncommon Folk

AudioRumble rating 90/100

The Seagull Artist Mosaic CW Folk Element is part of the top of the line guitars by the manufacturer.  It is all solid wood with a cedar top and mahogany back and sides.  The integrated set neck is mahogany with a rosewood fingerboard. It uses the hybrid Godin EPM Quantum II electronics. The sound is warm with plenty of articulation and wide dynamics.

  • Warm articulate sound with plenty of dynamics.

  • Transparent electronics that have plenty of tone shaping capabilities.

  • Classic elegant styling.

  • Wide neck that will take some getting used to for electric guitar players.

Recording King ROS-616

3.95 Stars
  • Recording King ROS-616 Review – Rooted in the Past
  • Recording King ROS-616 Review – Rooted in the Past
  • Recording King ROS-616 Review – Rooted in the Past

AudioRumble rating 79/100

The Recording King ROS-616 has a 12th fret OOO body style.  The AA grade solid mahogany top is paired with solid mahogany back and sides.  The “V” shaped neck is also mahogany with a rosewood fingerboard. Volume is loud given the body size.  It has a balanced sounding tone that sounds best when finger picked.

  • Very good projection.

  • Finger style players will love the setup of the guitar.

  • Vintage styling.

  • Nitrocellulose finish is easily marred.

  • No case included with the guitar.

Yamaha GC12C

4 Stars
  • Yamaha GC12C Review – Classical Warm Up
  • Yamaha GC12C Review – Classical Warm Up
  • Yamaha GC12C Review – Classical Warm Up

AudioRumble rating 80/100

Yamaha’s GC12C is a nylon string traditional classical guitar.  It has a solid American cedar top with solid mahogany back and sides.  The African mahogany neck is topped with a flat ebony fingerboard. The sound is round and warm with plenty of snap, but it does favor the lower register.

  • Warm and round sound with plenty of snap.

  • Very nice inlays for the rosette and on the bridge.

  • Smooth playable neck.

  • The cedar and mahogany combination favors the lower register.

Blueridge BR-160

4.05 Stars
  • Blueridge BR-160 Review – Modern Vintage
  • Blueridge BR-160 Review – Modern Vintage
  • Blueridge BR-160 Review – Modern Vintage

AudioRumble rating 81/100

The Blueridge BR-160 is a prewar inspired dreadnought acoustic.  It has a solid sitka spruce top with solid Indian rosewood back and sides.  The slim mahogany is topped with a rosewood fingerboard. There is enough brightness to give the guitar a sprightly bounce, while the lows are strong enough to hold down the bass.

  • Full and balanced tone.

  • Built with all solid woods.

  • Captures prewar look and sound.

  • Over the top nostalgia choices.

  • No case included with the guitar.

Blueridge BR-341

4.05 Stars
  • Blueridge BR-341 Review – Prewar Style Parlor
  • Blueridge BR-341 Review – Prewar Style Parlor
  • Blueridge BR-341 Review – Prewar Style Parlor

AudioRumble rating 81/100

The BR-341 by Blueridge is a prewar style parlor steel-string strictly acoustic guitar.  It has a solid Sitka spruce top with forward shifted X-bracing.  The back and sides are solid mahogany. The neck and body have a natural high gloss finish.  It has a smooth warm parlor sound with plenty of projection.

  • Fingerstyle player’s neck size.

  • Great tone whether played with or without a pick.

  • Accurate and stable tuners.

  • Traditional styling and design will appeal to players looking for that kind of vibe.

  • A tad underdressed for the price tag.

  • No case included in the price of the guitar.

Guild OM-140CE

4.25 Stars
  • Guild OM-140CE Review – A Solid Throwback
  • Guild OM-140CE Review – A Solid Throwback
  • Guild OM-140CE Review – A Solid Throwback

AudioRumble rating 85/100

Guild’s OM-140CE is an all solid wood acoustic/electric.  Sitka spruce is used for the top with African mahogany on the sides and back.  Fishman’s Sonitone preamp and Sonicore pickup provide the electronics.  The voice is charming and bright with warm undertones that get lost in the mediocre electronics.

  • Charming voice that is bright with warm undertones.

  • Very good setup with a very playable neck.

  • Great vintage vibe.

  • Throwback vibe uses less than stellar parts to maintain the illusion.

  • The charm of the acoustic sound is lost when it is plugged in.

Top 6 Classical Guitars For Under $1000

La Patrie Collection

4.35 Stars
  • La Patrie Collection Review – Affordable Looks
  • La Patrie Collection Review – Affordable Looks
  • La Patrie Collection Review – Affordable Looks

AudioRumble rating 87/100

La Patrie’s Collection is a nylon string classical handcrafted in Canada.  It is all solid wood with a cedar top and rosewood back and sides. It has a bright percussive attack with nice warm undertones.  The individual character of each string can be heard giving it a nice balanced sound.

  • Beautiful aesthetics.

  • Thinner neck with slight radius is comfortable and very playable.

  • Bright percussive attack with warm undertones.

  • Does not include a case.

  • Non-traditional neck with slight radius and truss rod.

Kremona Sofia S63CW

4.3 Stars
  • Kremona Sofia S63CW Review – The Steel Stringer’s Classical
  • Kremona Sofia S63CW Review – The Steel Stringer’s Classical
  • Kremona Sofia S63CW Review – The Steel Stringer’s Classical

AudioRumble rating 86/100

Kremona’s Sofia SC63W is a hybrid classical nylon string guitar made for steel string players.  It has a solid America red cedar top with sapele back and sides.  The guitar is loaded with the Fishman Presys Blend System electronics with built-in tuner, 3-band EQ, volume, and phase switch. There is plenty of chime and resonance in the balanced voice.

  • A neck that steel string players will find very comfortable and familiar.

  • Shorter scale will appeal to smaller framed players.

  • Very nice hardshell case included in the price.

  • Forest friendly sapele used in the construction.

  • Built with the steel string player in mind, and not the classical player.

  • Scaled down electronics.

Hofner HZ27

3.95 Stars
  • Hofner HZ27 Review – German Engineering of Beautiful Tones
  • Hofner HZ27 Review – German Engineering of Beautiful Tones
  • Hofner HZ27 Review – German Engineering of Beautiful Tones

AudioRumble rating 79/100

Hofner’s HZ27 is a nylon string classical guitar.  It has a solid cedar top with rosewood back and sides.  Rosewood is also used for the bridge and fingerboard.  The neck is mahogany, and attaches to the body with a dovetail joint at the 12th fret. The sound is clear and focused that has warmth to round out the notes.

  • Excellent combination of tonewoods to get a great voice and look.

  • Innovations that will be felt and heard, but don’t get in the way of playability.

  • Simple and elegant styling.

  • No case included in the price of the guitar.

Yamaha GC12C

4 Stars
  • Yamaha GC12C Review – Classical Warm Up
  • Yamaha GC12C Review – Classical Warm Up
  • Yamaha GC12C Review – Classical Warm Up

AudioRumble rating 80/100

Yamaha’s GC12C is a nylon string traditional classical guitar.  It has a solid American cedar top with solid mahogany back and sides.  The African mahogany neck is topped with a flat ebony fingerboard. The sound is round and warm with plenty of snap, but it does favor the lower register.

  • Warm and round sound with plenty of snap.

  • Very nice inlays for the rosette and on the bridge.

  • Smooth playable neck.

  • The cedar and mahogany combination favors the lower register.

Cordoba C9 CD/MH

4.1 Stars
  • Cordoba C9 CD/MH Review – Elegance Ready for the Stage
  • Cordoba C9 CD/MH Review – Elegance Ready for the Stage
  • Cordoba C9 CD/MH Review – Elegance Ready for the Stage

AudioRumble rating 82/100

Cordoba’s C9 CD/MH is a nylon string classical guitar.  It is all solid wood with a cedar top and mahogany back and sides.  Rosewood is used for the bridge, binding, and headstock overlay. The neck has a truss rod and side dot mother of pearl inlays at the 5th, 7th, and 9th frets. It has a round and warm sound that has punch.

  • Round and warm sound that has punch.

  • Elegant styling.

  • Very good tuning stability.

  • Includes polyfoam case.

  • Thin neck that will take a classical player a little bit to get used to.

  • Non-traditional truss rod will put off the purists.

Taylor 214CE-N

4.15 Stars
  • Taylor 214CE-N Review – Non-Traditional Transitional Classical
  • Taylor 214CE-N Review – Non-Traditional Transitional Classical
  • Taylor 214CE-N Review – Non-Traditional Transitional Classical

AudioRumble rating 83/100

Taylor’s 214CE-N is a nylon string acoustic/electric that combines elements of both the classical and the steel string instruments.  It has a solid Sitka spruce top with laminate rosewood back and side. It has a bright tone that is articulate with plenty of percussive snap.  If you dial back your attack it can become sweet sounding.

  • A good instrument for steel string players to transition to classical style instruments.

  • Bright tone with plenty of articulation and percussive snap.

  • The electronics translate the voice of the guitar very well.

  • Not a true classical guitar in the traditional sense.

  • No built in tuner to go with the electronics.

The Guitars of this Range

This is a broad range of guitars going from the upper end of the workhorses to the start of the solid wood tone machines. If there are electronics onboard, they are good with plenty of tone sculpting capabilities. The eye candy at this price range is quite amazing, but don’t let a pretty face make you blind to the soulless monstrosity of a toneless guitar.

These are guitars for serious musicians, or at least those that want to look serious. These are guitars that will have the total package. Don’t get too caught up in wanting it all. You still need to focus on what your needs are, then buy the guitar that best matches them. This is a major investment, and should not be taken lightly.

There are still laminates, but they look fantastic and are made from the best tonewoods. These are the crème de la crème of the workhorses. If they sacrifice to have the laminate, then the electronics are better. And do not underestimate their durability.

The Extras

A hard-shell case is a must, if you are going to invest so much money, then keep it safe. Most of these guitars come with at least a gig bag, but you’ll want to upgrade.

You might want to pick up a travel, beater guitar or at least an acoustic guitar for less than $500. This would be the guitar that you’d take on trips or to the campfire. Leave your expensive baby at home where it is safe, and take your travel/beater guitar to the locations that are not amenable to the health of a guitar.

Make sure you have all that you need to amplify your electric-acoustic. If plugging into a PA you’ll need an instrument cable, DI box, and XLR cable. If you are playing smaller venues either as a solo artist or duo, then have an acoustic amplifier that can play to the room.

Personally I don’t own an acoustic amp, but I’m not trying to gig out as a solo artist (believe me, no one wants to hear me sing). There is plenty of projection from an acoustic instrument to hear yourself while practicing at home. If you plan on having a complex live show with loops, sequencing, and/or using delays as part of the musical passages, then an amp is very important. You need to get used to triggering all this gear so that it becomes second nature, so you won’t be struggling with the technology in front of an audience.

Know What You Want

The guitar that you buy in this price range will be with you for a long time especially if you match your needs. If what you want is a complex tone with a fit and finish that is second to none, then the more you spend the better you will get. This will be a guitar that if given enough room to sing will give a tone that is spectacular.

The price point below is home to the workhorses. Guitars that sacrifice tonal complexity for durability. If you are looking for an instrument to drag along to gigs, then this might be a very good option. You might even get lucky, and find a used guitar that will give you more bang for your buck. Buying used might keep you on your toes, guitars of this caliber or better do not show up very often. Be ready to jump on a good deal if one shows up.

Food for Thought

One thing that concerns me at this level are the guitars that try to sell you on the headstock. There are some very fine manufacturers that phone it in on some models. Don’t ignore the limitations of an instrument because of the name on it. Joe Schmoe at the end of the bar could care less who made the guitar, he just wants to hear “Free Bird” played right now.

If there is another guitarist in your group who already has an acoustic, then try to get an instrument that is voiced differently. If they have a steel string then take a look at nylon string guitars, these two instruments blend well while allowing each instrument to be heard. At least, if their guitar is bright and lively, then find a warm and mellow sounding instrument to offset their sound and widen the tonal character of the band.

Resale Value

Guitars at this value will get you a decent amount if you decide to sell or trade them in. If this is something that is important to you, then keep to the more well-known brand names. Personally, guitars that I have spent this kind of money on are staying with me for life. My kids can decide if they want to sell them after I’m gone.

To Conclude!

If you are not ready for this level of commitment, then you might want to check out some of our other comparison articles on less expensive guitars or even the starter acoustic guitars page. Subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss anything new or exciting. Check back regularly, these lists are not cast in stone. We might spot your next guitar before you do. Until next time may your suspended chords carry for miles and your leads tell a story.

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