Best Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $200: We Review the Top Budget Options for 2017

List of Electric-Acoustic Guitars Below 200The best of both the acoustic and electric worlds can be found for under 200 bucks.

Really, you’ll be quite pleased with yourself with a guitar that has value.

If you’re a beginner or you want something you can wear out over few years, you’ll find it right here in our lineup of acoustic electric guitars priced below $200!

 

The Best Acoustic Electric Guitars for Under $200

One of the most important things you want to remember when buying a guitar on the affordable end is how well it holds up with the masses. What they say can be a huge influence on whether or not you want to put your money on this or that guitar.

Good thing for you, we’ve grilled each and every guitar in our lineup for how well it will meet your needs. Beginners won’t need to worry about not getting value. Intermediates will also find something they wear out until they’re ready for their big, bad buy.

Ready or not, here’s how we ranked our top 5!

 

 Brand/ModelMaterialPickup 
Ibanez PF Series PF15ECE GuitarIbanez PF Series PF15ECEBody: Mahogany/Spruce
Neck: Mahogany
Fretboard: Rosewood
Fishman SonicoreCheck Price
Blue Full Size Thinline Acoustic Electric GuitarJameson Guitars
Full Size Thinline
Body: Rosewood/Nato
Neck: Spruce
Fretboard: Rosewood
Stock pickupCheck Price
Yamaha APXT2 3 quarter Size Acoustic-ElectricYamaha APXT2 3/4-SizeBody: Meranti/Spruce
Neck: Nato
Fretboard: Rosewood
System 68 pickupCheck Price
Glen Burton Acoustic Electric CutawayGlen Burton GA204BCO-BKBody: Basswood/Maple
Neck: Catalpa
Fretboard: Rosewood
4 Band 7545 EQCheck Price
Kona K2TBL Acoustic Electric DreadnoughtKona K2TBLBody: Mahogany/Spruce
Neck: Maple
Fretboard: Rosewood
Piezo Pick-upCheck Price

 

Our 5 Top Electric-Acoustic Guitars Less Than $200

1

Ibanez PF Series PF15ECE

Ibanez PF Series PF15ECE GuitarIbanez certainly created an affordable masterpiece with the PF Series PF15ECE acoustic electric guitar. Because it’s a simple, stunning, and solid guitar, it’s rated very high with the masses. Admittedly, it’s the reason why it’s ranked as the number one guitar below $200. With not a single complaint against this beauty of an instrument, it’s hard to contend with.

With a Fishman Sonicore pickup, a Japanese reputation to uphold, and an on-board tuner, you know the guitar is going to hold up. It can amplify your talent, and it might just help you sound better than you actually are with the EQ system – maybe that’s why it’s so popular!

While everything about is traditional, from the dreadnought shape, laminate woods, and even die-cast tuners, there’s a special feature that sets it apart from other guitars. We can’t spill all the secrets here, so you’ll have to check out the full review for the big reveal!

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2

Jameson Guitars Blue Full Size Thinline Acoustic Electric Guitar

Blue Full Size Thinline Acoustic Electric GuitarThis guitar shouldn’t surprise anyone as taking the second spot in our ranking system. It’s by far the most popular guitar in our lineup with several hundred buyers strumming a rave about it. Not only did it earn its spot with the raves, but it also sports a price that you might not be able to believe unless you see it.

Yes, there were compromises in its build to cater to a cheap price tag, but it still looks awesome and it works. It works in the fact that it has several audio settings with the built-in EQ, die-casters that hold, and the extra freebies that are thrown in despite its already low cost.

Jameson Guitars did well to dress up the laminate woods too. Its aesthetic appeal is downright sexy with its high-gloss finish. As a full-size, thinline guitar, it earned its ranking. What do you say?

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3

Yamaha APXT2 3/4-Size Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Yamaha APXT2 3 quarter Size Acoustic-ElectricThis guitar might seem to you to be quite expensive for a 3/4 size guitar, especially when we have full-size guitars yet in the rankings. However, we can’t ignore the demand for a functioning guitar by adults with smaller hands or for kids who want to grow with an instrument that will allow them to learn on a “real” guitar. The Yamaha APXT2 provides just the solution.

Not only is it for “smaller” people, it’s also a great traveling or practice guitar for an intermediate or pro who need to jam on something wherever they may be. For what’s life without a few tunes?

With an ART-based preamp and System 68 pickup, the sound is just as expected from a 3/4 size guitar. It’s practically ready to play out of the box, and you might find yourself attached to it. Don’t be surprised if you’re spotted lugging the lightweight guitar with you when you’re on the road – it’s what it was made for!

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4

Glen Burton GA204BCO-BK

Glen Burton Acoustic Electric CutawayAnother best seller guitar makes it into our lineup. As you can tell, we’re impartial to title and status. The guitar actually has to be better than good to earn a spot in our top rankings, and the Glen Burton GA204BCO-BK acoustic electric guitar made the par.

Other than its very attractive, chic, and vintage aesthetics, it has the right price to boot. The value is also trumped up with the fact that the guitar comes with a full accessories package. With everything that will be arriving at your door, can you really expect more? Yeah, you can.

A strong and solid neck is important for any guitar buy, no matter the cost. In this price range, you’ll definitely appreciate the American-sourced wood for the hardy and straight neck. Wondering what that is? You’ll have to click on to find out!

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5

Kona K2TBL

Kona K2TBL Acoustic Electric DreadnoughtThe Kona is a favorite of ours and a favorite of the masses. With a great price and recognized laminate woods for the build, it’s a solid winner in its field.

With just one glance at the Kona, you might finally understand love at first sight. It’s a master seducer with its high gloss finish that screams mystery on every angle. Besides, what’s a little mystery in a relationship? It’s the guarantee that you’ll want to know more, and the Kona has more, trust us.

You might be tantalized at the thought that this babe feels especially nice to hold. It’s all in the hybrid design of a full-size dreadnought guitar with a low-profile design to accentuate its electric capabilities. We see the chemistry is already flying, so don’t hold back. Find out all you can about it if you dare let yourself be tempted!

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What to Expect in This Price Range

Being realistic about your expectations in a guitar in this price range is key to finding the perfect instrument for you. You’ll always have to compromise somewhere to achieve the low-cost benefits of a guitar priced below 200 bucks. But, we can help you filter out the duds from the golden nuggets. Here’s what to look for.

  • Tone woods: Laminate is typically your choice of wood in this price range. Don’t expect solid woods here.
  • Quality: There might always be complaint about quality, especially the build, in this price range. Ensure that vital components, like the neck, aren’t the source of poor quality control. Cosmetic blemishes are acceptable unless you have a vain streak in you.
  • Electronics: The preamps and pickups are going to be acceptable in this price range. There’s not much you can do, because upgrading can cost you more than what your guitar is worth.
  • Accessories: Many higher-end guitars aren’t going to offer extra accessories. They justify this with quality in the guitar. Most accessories in this price range are going to be mediocre, so you may want to invest in higher-quality accessories if you plan on purchasing better instruments in the future.

 

Sound Above All!

Even though you’ve only got $200 to spend, you don’t have to compromise on sound. Being diligent throughout the buying process will enable you to strum up a decent guitar with better-than-average tonality. Whether it’s acoustic richness or amplified options you’re after, this budget range has it, and it offers the best of both worlds!

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