Expect to see some world-known brands in this price category. While $1000 can land you a name brand instrument, you don’t have to spend that much.
$300 will do, and it will do very nicely!
With a little more quality, and little more pizzazz, you’ll be rocking an affordable guitar with a solid reputation.
We’ve found the jazziest lineup in this price category!
The Best Acoustic Electric Guitars for Under $300
Any one of the guitars in this lineup would be an excellent first-time guitar. We even have some options that are probably more inline with what you’re wanting to spend. Beginners will love the options we’ve laid out.
You’ll get a quick taste of what a little extra bucks can do for quality and sound. Intermediates will be happy here to rock a little more and jam a little harder as they carve out their own signature grooves. Even pros might find themselves attached to a jammin’ guitar in this price range to bear the burdens that they wouldn’t dare demand of their much more expensive guitars.
We did say $300 is all you need. It caters to all levels of guitarists, and we’re here to prove it!
|Yamaha FGX800C||Body: Nato/Spruce|
|Under Saddle Piezo Pickup|
& System 66 Preamp
|Yamaha APX500III||Body: Nato/Spruce|
|Under Saddle Piezo Pickup|
& System 66 Preamp
|Fender T-Bucket 300CE||Body: Maple|
|Fishman Isys III System||Check Price|
|Fender CD-60CE||Body: Mahogany/Spruce|
|Fishman Isys III System||Check Price|
|Ovation AB24-RR||Body: Nato|
Neck: Mora (Nato)
|OP-4BT w/ Tuner||Check Price|
|Epiphone PR-4E||Body: Mahogany/Spruce|
|Passive piezo pickup||Check Price|
Our 6 Top Electric-Acoustic Guitars Less Than $300
It was tough competition between this one and its vying competitor, the Yamaha Thinline acoustic electric guitar. But, don’t be disappointed since you’ll see it here yet.
The one downside is that this guitar with the Nato body and Natural finish is the only guitar in this series that lands it in the under $300 range. Any other finish and you’re looking at a jump up in cost. But, that’s pedantry if you’re not overly concerned with aesthetics.
The FGX800C sports a new scalloped x bracing design that completely redefines sound for the FGX line. With an ability to richen and reach natural tonality across the lows and mids while still maintaining durability to the solid top, you’ve got yourself a versatile guitar where no style of playing is off limits.
This new guitar kept everything that was so popular on the FGX700 series, but its new and improved features have earned it a spot in this lineup. Worth 300 bucks? Oh yeah!
What’s in? Thin is in – when it comes to guitars that is. We did promise that this Yamaha guitar would make an appearance. It came in second to the Yamaha FGX800C because it’s a little pricey when you compare value between the two.
However, the two guitars couldn’t differ more in design, size, and finish options, yet their electronics remained identical. The APX500III offers more finish options for the same price across the board. It’s slightly smaller than a dreadnought, so beginners may be attracted to the user-friendly shape and size. The obvious advantage of comfortable handling is also due to the thinline body – bonus points!
Whether it’s finger-picking or full-on strumming, this guitar can cater to you. Its non-scalloped X bracing design caters to a rich and deep presence of the full tonal range. Just because it’s thin, it doesn’t mean it lacks depth! It’s all in the rich sound.
Fender T-Bucket 300CE
Fender makes the lineup with this gorgeous and quilted maple-top T-Bucket 300CE acoustic electric guitar. It’s stunning, sound is sharp, and Fender tied up all their loose ends with quality hardware.
The electronics are the exact same as what’s on the CD60CE (coming up), so you know sound performance isn’t going to be an issue. In fact, there’s not a complaint within miles to be heard about the rich tonality of the T-Bucket.
If you’re going to have a wood laminated guitar, this is the one you want. Looking at it, you’d never know it wasn’t solid wood, unless you have x-ray vision, but we know you’re no Superman. To let you in on a little secret, we’re a little partial to the Moonlight Burst finish in this model. It’s hella chic and sexy! Shh, check it out now!
We’ll tell you that this guitar is an excellent instrument right off the bat. It might not have the solid top the Yamaha FGX800C has, but it’s still a great guitar in and of itself. It’s why it’s landed in our lineup.
If you loved the acoustic CD-60 guitar, then you’re going to love the amplified versatility of this acoustic electric version. It maintains the graceful simplicity that makes the CD-60 such a popular option, but its amplification offers so much more for live and loud performances with the Fishman Isys III System.
It might not be a bells and whistles kind of guitar, but who needs distractions when the convincing quality is in its sound performance? Against its contenders in this price range, it’s got one heck of a punch!
More inline with an affordable price for beginners, the Ovation AB24-RR acoustic electric guitar is a win-win when it comes to cost, performance, and playability. With a round back lyrachord shape with a cutaway, you know you’re getting yourself a guitar from the AB24 series – a decent buy.
With some genuine TLC, the Ovation guitar can be yours for a long time to come. Beginners will get a lot of practice time, and they’ll quickly learn the tricks of the trade, thanks to the on-board tuner.
Even better, the guitar still remains well under 300 bucks when you buy it as a kit. In fact, we strongly encourage you to buy it as a kit – the savings can’t be compared. Granted, there’s no included case or bag of any kind, but you will get some much-needed accessories. Check out the full review if you think it deserves your applause or your money!
Value is extremely important to consider when you’ve got less than three hundre dollars to spend. To be completely honest, you don’t even need a full 300 bucks to land this guitar or all the extra equipment you’ll get in the buy. This guitar and all it comes with screams value for the penny pincher!
However, with the quality compromises to achieve the low price tag with all the extra freebies, only beginners might want to dabble with this Epiphone. Its sound is dynamic when it comes to the trebles and mids, but basses might prove a little tough to come out of their shell.
If you know how to crank your amp to makeup for it, then you’ll be set to go. Ultimately though, if you’re a beginner, this guitar package has significant savings and value than any other guitar in our lineup. It’s worth it to strum by it!
What to Expect in This Price Range
In this price range, quality isn’t cranked up too much when comparing it to the $200 price range. However, there are a few things worth noting that your extra hundred bucks can get you. Keep a lookout for these features if you’re determined to make the most of your dollar.
- Tone woods: Laminate is typically your choice of wood in this price range. However, solid tops can be found on the higher end of this budget.
- 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.
- Sound: Being more aware of how a guitar in this price range will sound is key to getting the best buy. Ensure you are alert to its tonal abilities and/or the lack of.
- 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: 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. However, if you’re getting a package for a steal, take it and improvise.
- Brand: For $300, you might want to be a little more brand-specific. Ensure warranties are in order, and ensure the guitar has the appropriate value for the features it sports.
Premium Sound in Beginner Turf!
This price range is on the heavy end for a beginner player looking for a first-time purchase. However, the guitars here are happily accepted by a variety of players with differing skill levels. Know how and where you want to use your guitar, and you might just be surprised that you can achieve premium sound with a really nice, souped-up entry-level guitar!