Oscar Schmidt and Washburn are really my favorites as of late when I think about a very affordable guitar. The Oscar Schmidt OC11CE comes for less than $200, which is an absolute steal. This is a beautiful and sturdy instrument that will surprise you with both the quality of the craftsmanship and the output. Let’s be honest, there are a lot of better classical models out there, but you will have to spend at least 4 times the price this Oscar Schmidt to get your hands on one. This is a great git for people on a budget that still want to receive something with good value for the money spent.
Body and Neck
The cutaway body style that grants easier access to all 19 frets features a select spruce top and sapele sides and back and a mahogany neck. The manufacturer believes that inexpensive tonewoods are still better than composite laminated alternatives, and they are probably right. The standard for every acoustic guitar rosewood fretboard and bridge are present here too. The quality and the design of the headstock caught my eye; the perloid button tuners and the gold finish of the hardware make this six string fiddle look great, especially compared to similar priced units.
This guitar is equally good when plugged or unplugged. If you are just visiting some place or a club, you just plug it in, play and leave, without the need of some fancy sound setup, microphones. or any other complicated sound related problems that the responsible staff at the place can’t handle properly. The sound is full and bright, and even the bass is ok, which is a rare thing in the entry level bracket. The Washburn electronics in this Oscar Schmidt are great for blues, jazz, rock, country, and anything related to them, the built in pre-amp will let you use your favorite settings on any place you visit without relying on anyone else.
The versatile OC11CE can satisfy a wide range of users; from small venues performers, seasoned home-couch players, or even beginners, this guitar will be ready to match your style as soon as you start playing. This is the cheapest acoustic electric that we will review, and if you are on a limited budget and you do not want to spend more than $200 on a beautiful-sounding practice fiddle, you can safely go with this one. Just like the electric guitars from Schmidt, this one offers amazing value per a dollar spent. Ready to spend more? Click here!