The Taylors, Gibsons, and Martins might not always be within easy reach for the starting guitarist. And sometimes, even the professionals might need a less expensive axe for casual practice. So, if you fall into any of these categories, you’d be excited to find that there are acoustic guitars under $200.
And today, we bring you the best 7 of them.
They might not give you the same performance as your average $1000 guitar. And we’re pretty sure you don’t even expect that.
But get ready to mind-blown anyway because though these things are practically being sold at a giveaway, their performance will surprise.
Meet our 7 best acoustic guitars under $200.
- Top 7 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $200 In 2021 Reviews
- 1 Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar – Decently Balanced Sound
- 2 Yamaha FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar – Powerfully Resonant Sound With Great Setup
- 3 Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar – Comes With A Gig Bag Included
- 4 Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar – Versatile, Vintage Style Guitar
- 5 Fender CD-140SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar –Highly Responsive, Versatile Acoustic-Electric Guitar
- 6 Ibanez – IJV50 – Acoustic Guitar Jampack – Super Affordabel, Quality Beginner Kit!
- 7 Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar – Cheapest Budget Guitar With A Decent Performance
Top 7 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $200 In 2021 Reviews
Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar
Solid Stika Spruce
Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar
1 Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar – Decently Balanced Sound
Okay, beginning this review today is a guitar from the Jasmine brand. The Jasmine S35 is easily one of the best guitars out there for cheap.
This model is a dreadnought size and the body seems to be well made and durable. It’s a laminate spruce top with laminate nato at the back and sides too. Plus, the fretboard is also pretty smooth being made of rosewood.
Again, there’s an X-bracing to ensure that this guitar remains stable.
As for the looks department, Jasmine kept things pretty simple and straightforward. So, don’t expect fireworks. It’s just a simple, down-to-earth natural finish and nothing more.
Alright to the hardware…
The tuners are standard and fairly easy to use. Nonetheless, just ensure that the guitar is correctly positioned and you’ll be good.
The intonation of this guitar isn’t bad but it isn’t super either. Plus, the guitar won’t come setup at all. We will advise you to take this to your local guitar shop immediately you purchase. A good professional should be able to fix that in no time.
However, all things considered, this guitar produces a fairly balanced sound…
The treble is actually great but the lower ends could be better. They tend to give this itsy bitsy sloppy response that can’t really be fixed.
So, altogether, it might not be a stage-worthy guitar. But for the price, it’s pretty fantastic.
2 Yamaha FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar – Powerfully Resonant Sound With Great Setup
The Yamaha FG800 is the fantastic budget guitar in Yamaha’s FG guitar series. It’s a pretty great guitar for the price and we are excited to tell you all about it…
The FG800 looks good even though it doesn’t come with so many aesthetic embellishments like an abalone rosette and the rest.
It comes with a 25inch scale length installed in a dreadnought sized guitar. The top is spruce and the back and sides come with laminated nato. By the way, nato serves as a fantastic alternative to mahogany.
So, altogether, this is a guitar that was built for comfort. It feels very comfortable to hold which makes playing a lot easier.
The setup here is also pretty good for a cheap guitar. Lots of manufacturers fail on that score in a bid to save cost. But for the price, we’ve got to say that the setup is pretty great.
And there’s more… the tuners on this guitar are pretty good. They are die-cast and chrome-plated little machines that do a fine job of keeping your guitar in tune.
And then to other parts of the hardware… the bridge is standard rosewood and the nut and saddle are -100% urea. Not much to gush about there since everything is pretty standard.
Now, the sound coming from this dude is explosive for a guitar so cheap. The sound is resonant and pretty loud. And you’ve got the scalloped bracing as well as the full-fledged dreadnought sized body to thank for that.
Lastly, the tone is warm, sweet, bright, and perfectly balanced.
3 Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar – Comes With A Gig Bag Included
We are all familiar with the Fender brand, right? But we are also familiar with the fact that their guitars are premium guitars with a premium cost. However, their line of cheap acoustic guitars is no joke. This review won’t be complete without one of them.
The Fender FA-100 is very simple in design and not showy at all. Your regular soundhole rosette, black pickguard with regular dreadnought body… So, you can see that it’s simple, clean, and uncomplicated.
We love how the neck feels pretty comfortable to the player. And beginners especially would feel really comfy holding this guitar to play.
Furthermore, this guitar comes with an adjustable truss rod. This makes simple neck adjustments easy and super convenient.
Now we talk about the tuners… pretty decent machines, chrome sealed of course. And for their price, they do a good job tuning the guitar. Plus, they also hold the tune pretty good too.
Next, we discuss the rosewood bridge which is pretty basic too. And then there’s the saddle which is made from synthetic bone. These two features help the guitar to produce a consistent tone, more consistent than many other budget guitars you might find.
And yay! There’s a gig bag included too! A pretty rare feature for a cheap guitar under $200…
The sound projects pretty okay given the materials. And you have the X-bracing to thank for that. But as for the tone, it’s pretty crisp and quite pleasant.
No, don’t consider this your gig partner but for practice or small audiences, you got it!
4 Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar – Versatile, Vintage Style Guitar
The DR-100 is a fine example of Epiphone’s finest guitars and that’s why it’s on our reviews today.
Now, let’s get to all the reasons the DR-100 is great.
This comes with a spruce top with back and sides made from mahogany. Now this is a very popular wood combination for guitars even among more high end brands.
And yeah, we love the neck! It’s slimmer than the average neck you find on guitars. This is a super important feature particularly because it enhances playability. A slim neck makes for a great guitar for people with small hands as well as beginners.
We have to say that for a cheap guitar to come with such an enhanced feature ranks really impressive with us. Color us impressed!
Now to the hardware department…
Epiphone probably spoke a little too hyperbolically by calling the parts premium. They are good but they are more run off the mill than premium.
Anyway, what do you have there? Rosewood bridge, synthetic saddle, and die-cast tuner, nothing too crazy…
This guitar comes fairly setup but we will still advise you to take it to a professional. Once this guitar is professionally setup, it will deliver a mean performance tonewise.
Still, we have to give it to the DR-100, at least in the sound department. It’s actually pretty good for its price.
Although we would have expected a bit more from the low-end of this guitar considering that it’s a dreadnought. But then, the mid and upper ranges are pretty good, so we guess that compensates.
5 Fender CD-140SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar –Highly Responsive, Versatile Acoustic-Electric Guitar
This is a beautiful guitar with a bright, beautiful responsive tone. The top is solid spruce so this guitar projects super well.
And like we already mentioned, it’s a really versatile guitar. So, it’s always ready to get up and go with you whatever style you choose to play. If you choose to go flatpicking , fingerpicking, or even aggressive strumming, this axe is down for it.
And to what do we owe this amazing benefit? Of course, we owe it to the amazing neck and fingerboard which makes this guitar oh so easy to play.
This is an acoustic-electric guitar, so, of course we can’t go on without taking a trip down to the electronics department.
And color us impressed! This guitar comes with a Fishman Presys preamp for an exceptional tone. This comes with a 3-band EQ and a fantastic built-in tuner that works.
Now, here’s something else that totally knocks our socks off with this guitar – The Graph Tech nut and saddle. But what does this mean to you?
Well, it means that you’d have a most pleasurable time tuning your strings. But beyond tuning your strings the first time, this feature also ensures that your strings stay in tune for long periods.
The Graphic Tech nut might not be bone as you’re used to but it’s totally awesome nonetheless. It does an excellent job of transmitting your string vibrations to the large guitar body. This ensures that your guitar delivers on tonal consistency and a prolonged sustain.
6 Ibanez – IJV50 – Acoustic Guitar Jampack – Super Affordabel, Quality Beginner Kit!
You cannot believe what we have here. Or would you have believed it if we told you that you can get a quality starter kit for under $200? Exactly.
Now, beyond the fact that it is an Ibanez guitar, it sports so many features that have earned it its rightful position on our review today.
This guitar comes in a dreadnought shape with 6 strings installed. It hardly gets better than this combo. This guitar gives a full, bright tone that attracts and holds the attention of everyone.
Also, in the looks department, this dude doesn’t do badly either. With a spruce top, and black pick guard, finished with a natural gloss, this guitar looks good. And, of course, how can we forget the traditional Ibanez logo on the headstock? Classic mark of quality!
Alright, let’s move on to the hardware on this thing.
It’s pretty standard with the rosewood bridge and ivorex saddle. The classy headstock stamped with the Ibanez logo is also fitted with great tuners. And these tuners are chrome plated and very functional as well.
Furthermore, talking about the sound department, we love it! The guitar delivers exceptional sound with a vibrant resonance. Plus, you won’t find a lot of fret buzz here. And the guitar will find playability in almost any music genre from pop to country music.
Finally, in this kit, you’ll find an electronic tuner, accessory pouch as well as a guitar strap. It’s everything you need to begin on the guitar!
7 Rogue RA-090 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar – Cheapest Budget Guitar With A Decent Performance
Even for a cheap guitar, this is a really cheap guitar and yet it does really well. The aesthetics aspect of this guitar isn’t doing too badly. It looks pretty decent for something so affordable.
Now, taking a look at the build quality of this guitar, you actually get what you pay for. You’d see that the manufacturers didn’t go a ways to ensure that the guitar looks high end at all.
It’s made of laminated whitewood with a black pickguard and a glossy finish. So, like we said, there isn’t anything high end about the looks of this guitar.
Besides the obvious though, this guitar still feels like the makers made an effort to create a fairly durable guitar. But of course, you’d have to give this a professional setup and replace the stock strings if you want something that’s very playable with a great tone.
This version does come in an acoustic-electric model, however, our review today focuses on the acoustic model.
That said, let’s move over to the hardware of this guitar…
Well, there isn’t much to talk about over here. Tuners are a little less than standard. Although they work fine, they still tend to feel a bit stiff. Plus, these are nickel tuners as opposed to the standard chrome tuners.
Besides that, the bridge is maple, while the nut and saddle are plastic. If you were paying more, you’d be right to complain but for something this affordable, you gotta hand it to Rogue.
Finally, sound is, of course, just there. It is clear and loud and somewhat balanced too but keep this for practice or street corner performances.
We have seen 7 outstanding acoustic guitars under $200 and now it’s time to say which is our favorite and why.
Our best acoustic guitar under $200 is the Yamaha FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar. For something so competitively priced, Yamaha sure put its foot into making this axe.
The overall build quality is great and the sound is full and resonant, thanks to its dreadnought body. And to come with a pretty good setup right out of the box too? kudos to Yamaha! Easily our best guitar under $200 today.