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All-Star Gear: Acoustic Guitars

Your Top-Rated Acoustic & Acoustic-Electric Guitars

The acoustic guitar is one of the most intimate musical instruments in existence. With so few elements coloring your sound, a simple strum on an unplugged acoustic is a representation of the woods used to create it and the shapes they were formed into. Is it any wonder guitarists are so particular when it comes to their acoustic instruments?

Whether you prefer a rustic dreadnought, or a more modern-shaped guitar with the latest electronics, your taste in acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars says a lot about you. We've put together a list of our top-rated acoustic guitars with quotes from their proud owners. Check it out below and see if any resonate with you!

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Martin 000-15M Acoustic Guitar

"The deep and rich lows give your sound that beefy bottom end that an acoustic needs and the sharp and snappy mids/highs round out that signature sound for a balanced but definitely deep sound."
- Neil in San Antonio, TX

"Every joint, seam and square inch of the finish is absolutely perfect. When you first play it you will fall in love with this guitar, what a sound it has from heavy strumming to light picking and fingerstyle!"
- Paul in Cincinnati, OH

"The day it arrived I played it for 3 hours uninterrupted and had to force myself to put it down and go to sleep. The minimalist design and appointments are perfect for me. Martin lets the sound do the talking on this one."
- Michael in Cleveland Heights, OH
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Gibson Dove Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

"The workmanship and craftsmanship is excellent, and the Dove inlays make this a very appealing instrument in my opinion."

"What a great guitar. The finish and everything is absolutely top-notch."
- Duane in La Puente, OH

"The guitar came with everything it needed to make a beautiful tone, the only thing I changed was the strings to my favorite ones. When I was looking at other Gibson models this one stuck out not only by the famous Dove, but I loved the sound more than the others."
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Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar

"This guitar feels great to hold and play, especially for a short person like me who also has small hands. Even if you're a larger person, don't let the size scare you away. And what can I say about the sound? It's truly amazing. Mellow, warm and sweet with awesome projection and sustain."
- Rachel in Peshtigo, WI

"This little guitar is awesome! Well-made, sounds amazing, is reasonably priced and comes with a fantastic gig bag!"
- Todd in Palmetto, FL

"The ebony feels smooth and is extremely easy to play. I'm mostly an electric player and this neck makes it very easy on my hands. The tone is quite even and has a touch of the darker hog tone you want in a mahogany guitar."
- Chris
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Ovation 1778TX Elite T Series Mid-Depth Bowl Acoustic-Electric Guitar

"The first time I heard the crisp, clean highs, the full-bodied lows, I knew it wouldn't be going anywhere. The action is exceptional for an acoustic."
- Rhett in College Station, TX

"This guitar is extremely comfortable to play and has a very well-rounded sound. It's a mid-bass focused sound with a unique resonance about it."
- Mac in The Beach, CA

"Was blown away with the quality and finish work on this guitar...A+ Looks like it would cost a lot more; should last me for a long, long time."
- Kevin in Lodi, CA
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Ibanez AW54 Artwood Acoustic Guitar

"This guitar is amazing and the action and sound quality are almost unbelievable. This can be an everyday guitar and I would record with it."
- Michael in Strongsville, OH

"The sound is amazingly clear, crisp, with some punch to it and it has a long sustain. Great tones all around. Super fun to play. A very pleasing voice from this all wood acoustic."
- Sheridan in Mobile, AL

"It's got tons of warm mids and bass and the treble has a sweet tone. I really did say out loud, how did Ibanez do this for $199?"
- Robert in Millville, NJ
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Fender PM-1 Standard Dreadnought

"I had never owned an all solid wood mahogany acoustic, and decided to give it a shot. This is now my all time favorite. It has the look, the features and that incredible projection and bass that a good dread puts out. Yet the tone is very balanced."
- Bill in Utica, NY

"If you are looking for an all mahogany guitar buy this one! The action, sound, fit and finish are excellent, it's the best fretting guitar I have owned, using a thin celluloid pick gives it an almost spruce sound...using a nylon medium pick really adds a warm darker tone to it. "

"This guitar has been played daily since I got it, it has a beautiful, full, warm tone."
- Chad in Huntingtown, MD
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Epiphone EJ-200SCE Jumbo Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

"This thing has two outputs and two pickups you can blend to create stereo imaging. It sounds wonderful plugged in! I got the black one and it looks like something Johnny Cash would play."
- Paul in San Diego, CA

"I took it to the club and the band, as well as the audience, was blown away by the guitar. The non-musician audience members LOVED the look of the guitar, and the more music-minded loved the sound, the projection and the articulation of the jumbo!"
- Steve in North Hollywood, CA

"The WOW Factor for me is in the studio performance of the nanomag and nanoflex pickups."
- Timothy in Glen, MS
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Alvarez AP66 Parlor Acoustic Guitar

"The volume, like the tone, is up to you. If you dig in, it will rattle the fillings out of your mouth. If you play gently, the sweetness of the sound will give you cavities."
- Dru C

"WOW! This guitar sounds good. Very bright and an expanded midrange that makes for wonderful sound. I was also very surprised at the projection from such a small body guitar."
- Thomas in Warner Robins, GA

"The mahogany top gives this guitar a sound closer to the old ladder braced guitars of the '30s, which is great for fingerpicking blues and folk music. It's a 'clearer' sound but there are still nice, very well balanced harmonics, making it even better than the old ones."
- Terry in Caro, MI
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Seagull Coastline S12 Cedar 12-String Acoustic Guitar

"It sounds like a piano, with deep sonorous lows and crisp, jangly highs...with a midrange punch perfect for flatpicking."
- Cutch in Staunton, VA

"I can't put the thing down. First thing I played was the opening to 'Mama I'm Coming Home' and just had aural orgasm."
- Tom in Danbury, CT

"It has a perfect feel and sensitive touch with absolutely no buzz or damping. Somehow it manages to keep perfectly tuned as well, which is unheard of in a 12 string."
- Paul in Ottawa, ON
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Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Parlor Flat Top Acoustic Guitar

"What I love most is the spot on intonation and its ability to stay in tune. Especially after a day's worth of lessons and constant in and out of the car all day. This thing stays in tune better than any other guitar I own...and I've got quite a few."
- Christopher in Rockville Center, NY

"Not one fret buzzed right out of the box and the intonation was spot on! It comes with an allen key to adjust the truss rod but I have not yet bothered with a set up because it plays so smoothly the way it is!"
- Adam in Antioch, CA

"The sound is bright but at the same time has a little more bass than expected. It's light and comfortable to sit on the couch and play, well worth the price."
- Waylon in Hazel Green, AL
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