Best acoustic guitars under $500 in 2024: get more for your money

How much should you pay for an acoustic guitar? It’s a really common question and the truth is you should pay as much as you can, because inevitably the more you spend the more you’ll get for your cash. Not all of us have two grand to drop on a new Taylor or Martin so if your budget is a little tighter, don’t worry, you can still get one of the best acoustic guitars under $500.

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Chris Bird

Chris has been the Editor of Total Guitar magazine since 2020. Prior to that, he was at the helm of Total Guitar's world-class tab and tuition section for 12 years. He's a former guitar teacher with 35 years playing experience and he holds a degree in Philosophy & Popular Music. Chris has interviewed Brian May three times, Jimmy Page once, and Mark Knopfler zero times – something he desperately hopes to rectify as soon as possible.

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