Do you want a brand-name guitar within your budget?
What about a guitar that will stay with you for decades?
This is what the $1000 price range offers!
Of course, value is always something you want to look for, especially when you’re dropping a grand. But, like always, we’ve got the lineup that does justice to every dollar spent!
The Best Acoustic Electric Guitars for Under $1000
Realistically speaking, you’re not going to be spending this kind of cash unless you’ve been playing for quite some time. While these guitars are certainly not the most expensive instruments out there, they’re still worth hanging on the wall.
But, beyond the appeal they add to a guitar collection, they’re best-suited for both stage and studio playing – something an intermediate and pro player might know a little more about than a beginner player.
However, there might be a gem or two in this lineup that even a rich newbie might be willing to cash in on!
|Yamaha A3R A-Series||Body: Rosewood/Spruce|
|System63 SRT||Check Price|
|Taylor 214ce Deluxe|
|Expression System 2||Check Price|
|Taylor GS Mini-e Koa||Body: Koa |
|Expression System 2||Check Price|
|Martin Road Series DRS1||Body: Sapele|
|Fishman Sonitone||Check Price|
|Yamaha SLG200S |
|Body: Rosewood/ Maple|
Our 5 Top Electric Acoustic Guitars Less Than $1000
Yamaha A3R A-Series
How does a Yamaha take the first spot when there’s a Martin and a Taylor in this lineup? We’ll tell you how. Fully solid wood body. American-made. Superb electronics.
Trust Yamaha to offer an affordable, well-made guitar in the under 1000 price range with a complete and solid wood body. This particular one is made out of solid Rosewood with a solid Spruce top and Mahogany neck.
Interesting fact: the Yamaha A-Series is the first American-made series for the brand. Even its SRT technology that’s found only on the A3 and the AC3 acoustic electric guitars is the result of an extensive collaboration of experts from both the American and Japanese Yamaha teams.
With meticulous attention to detail, not just on the construction, but on the electronics too, your acoustic electric guitar will sound like an acoustic when plugged in. It’s a give-in that under-saddle piezo pickups tend to lose the natural sound of the combination of acoustics and tone woods. However, the SRT system integrates an internal microphone blender to balance the gain from the electronics while enhancing the natural tones of an acoustic. Oh, there’s so much more on this fantastic dreadnought guitar. You’ll have to check out the full review for more!
Taylor 214ce Deluxe Grand Auditorium
We bent the rules a little bit with this one because it technically doesn’t fall under $1000. It’s a little over the budget, but it’s well suited for this category, otherwise, it would fall in among the throngs of other well-made guitars in the under $2000 budget. We couldn’t let that happen, so here it is!
As you would expect, this Taylor is in every way worth its brand name, and it’s a jewel to add to your guitar collection. With a 3-layered laminate veneer and a solid Sitka top, you’ve got your compromises for an entry-level Taylor.
It’s not as large as a jumbo dreadnought, but thanks to the rosewood and spruce tone woods, you’ve got resonance and sound projection that speaks louder than you think it would.
With the Taylor Expression System 2 electronics, an included hard shell case, and gorgeous diamond inlays, this Taylor is finally within your budget and your grasp!
Taylor GS Mini-e Koa
Ka-ching! Another Taylor in this lineup for acoustic electric guitars under 1000! The GS Mini-e Koa is a stunning piece of art with its downright beautiful Hawaiian wood. The best thing about this beauty is it has excellent sound projection jam-packed into a compact size. That’s the idea behind the GS Mini Series, and it’s been done well.
Despite it’s smaller dimensions, it’s deep body makes it feel like you’re wielding a full-size guitar that also sounds like one too. Despite it’s 3-layered, laminate Koa back and sides, you’ve still got the solid Koa top, Sapele neck, and Ebony fretboard that exudes quality.
While it’s an excellent choice of instrument for living-room pickers and campfire strummers, it can also keep up with the demands of solos or even playing unplugged over yards of outdoor space for an enthusiastic crowd. The GS Mini is more than just a go-anywhere guitar, it’s a crowd-pleaser!
Martin Road Series DRS1
Do you work on the road, travel a lot, and you have a modest budget for the fine things in life? The Martin Road Series DRS1 guitar was made just for you. Martin enters the entry-level game field with their high-quality, compact git that offers durability and sound that would please any guitar player – on the road or not.
Refreshingly, you’re getting a solid-made guitar in this price range – Sapele. There’s no room for laminate in this guitar. With a mahogany neck to boot, the combination of pitch-perfect intonation, warmth, and richness makes it a winner in every guitarist’s books.
Fans consistently praise the workmanship on this fine guitar – it’s a Martin all the way. The sound projection has the extra reach with the Fishman electronics, and its well-made construction means you’re going to be a Martin owner for a long time to come.
Yamaha SLG200S Steel String Silent Guitar
This Silent Guitar is an interesting kind of guitar. You’ll notice its bodiless design gives the instrument a unique kind of appeal. Perhaps the kind of appeal that players would want to avoid waking others in the middle of the night, or disrupting the hush while on a bus?
However, just because it’s quiet when you want it to be, it doesn’t mean it can’t be a loud performer. With Yamaha’s exclusive SRT electronic technology, the sound impact when plugged in is going to be pure and unlike any other acoustic electric guitar you’ve heard before.
In fact, Yamaha’s SRT technology is what helped the Yamaha A3R A-Series take the number one spot in this lineup – even over a Taylor and a Martin! Now, that’s got to be saying something, and as the cheapest guitar in this lineup, it has a lot of value going for it!
What to Expect in This Price Range
Spending $1000 on a guitar should buy you a ton more quality over a $500 guitar. That’s why you want to look for the best in either the laminate construction, or even better, find a solid wood guitar – they can be found in this budget. At least if you find a laminate/solid wood combo, you’re getting a brand name guitar with a reputation. You’ll also want to look at how the electronics are going to perform with your choice of guitar too. With several features to scrutinize over, let’s help you out with a few tips!
- Tone woods: Solid tops are expected in this higher end of the budget. You’ll also start seeing solid body guitars too.
- Quality: There should be no complaints about quality in this price range. However, there might always be some evidence of a quality control complaint, but if it’s not the trend, you’re good to go.
- Sound: Size will have a lot to do with sound projection. Ensure the guitar size you’re purchasing suits your needs when unplugged sound projection is an important factor.
- Electronics: You should notice a difference in quality in the preamps and pickups in this price range versus cheaper guitars. Better sound systems typically comes from better brands.
- Accessories: Additional accessories and equipment are practically non-existent in this price range. However, hard shell cases are often included in the purchase in this budget.
- Brand: More well-known and respected brands are going to start their entry-level guitars in this price range. Ensure warranties are in order to protect your investment.
- Value: Ensure the features, such as electronics, choice of tone woods, finishes, and size all match the price the guitar. Without acceptable features, the guitar will lack value – even if it’s a $1000 brand-name guitar.
You’ve Earned the Right to be Picky!
In this price range, you’re going to see brands compete against each other with decently-sized margins. You can be enticed by a world-class brand, but then you could have everything you want from a slightly inferior brand.
To avoid buyer’s remorse, ensure you’re specific about the features you want. Whether it be size, sonic projection, or the electronics, you’ve earned the right to be picky – you’re going to spend a grand!