Top 9 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $2000 – Money Can Buy Happiness!

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If you’ve been searching for your ultimate acoustic guitar, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve examined the current high-end market and selected ten of the best acoustic guitars that come in at $2000 or under.

This is serious money for any guitarist to spend, and therefore a serious guitar is required in return. We’ve listed some of the best on offer, including both steel and nylon stringed guitar, as well as electro-acoustics. So whether you’re a regular concert performer, a recording artist, or an experienced guitarist looking for a real treat, check out this list for some premium inspiration.

Best Acoustic Guitars Under $2000:

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+ - Takamine TSF48C Santa Fe NEX Takamine TSF48C Santa Fe NEX

Total of 4.88/5  

A beautiful electro-acoustic performer from Takamine with stunning details.

+ - Martin SWOMGT Martin SWOMGT

Total of 4.80/5  

Martin use responsibly-sourced woods to craft a superb acoustic guitar.

+ - Blueridge BG-2500 Blueridge BG-2500

Total of 4.78/5  

An Art Deco-inspired super jumbo from Blueridge with a powerful sound.

+ - Taylor 300 Series 314ce Taylor 300 Series 314ce

Total of 4.72/5  

An impressive all-American, all-solid wood electro-acoustic from Taylor.

+ - Martin Custom 000-MMV Martin Custom 000-MMV

Total of 4.72/5  

A compact version of Martin’s classic Custom MMV, with plenty of punch.

+ - RainSong Hybrid Series H-WS1000N2 RainSong Hybrid Series H-WS1000N2

Total of 4.70/5  

An impressive high-end electro-acoustic made entirely from carbon fiber.

Takamine TSF48C Santa Fe NEX

Takamine TSF48C Santa Fe NEX

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Takamine’s high-end acoustic output is impressive enough, but then something like the TSF48C Santa Fe comes along and makes everyone stop, thanks to its stunning design and innovative electronics. It features Takamine’s NEX body shape, with a glossy solid spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides. There’s a well-contoured mahogany neck, with a nut width of 1.675", and an ebony fretboard with 21 frets and beautiful laser-cut American eagle abalone inlays. Onto electronics and – as we highlight in our full review of the TSF48C Santa Fe – it comes loaded with a unique CTP-3 CoolTube preamp system, with versatile controls. The sound is fantastic – acoustically very loud, with a natural amplification thanks to the excellent preamp. Expensive, but worth the cash.

Martin SWOMGT

Martin SWOMGT

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On the face of it, this high-end Martin is relatively simple, but when you look under the hood you can really appreciate what’s on offer. Primarily the fact that the woods used on this model are responsibly sourced. For example, the back and sides of the SWOMGT – which features Martin’s familiar OM shape – are made of sustainably-grown cherry wood, while the top is crafted from Sitka spruce, saved from a factory which would blend them into diaper material! The cherry wood neck features a 20-fret Katalox fretboard, while the body sports the classic OM teardrop-shaped tortoise pickguard. It sounds excellent, as we detail in our full review of the SWOMGT, and sets a benchmark for other Martins in this price range – superb!

Blueridge BG-2500

Blueridge BG-2500

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Looking for something big and bold? This historic Art Deco-inspired beauty from Blueridge is likely to impress. Inspired by Gibson’s iconic J200, the BG-2500 features a big 21” body, with an overall 25.6” scale, and is crafted from top quality woods – a strong, but lightweight solid Sitka spruce top, AAAA-grade solid maple back and sides, and a flamed maple neck which is reinforced with an ebony strip – all with a vintage high-gloss finish. The 20-fret ebony fretboard features Art Deco-syle white pearl inlays, as does the ebony bridge, while there’s also a big, eye-catching tortoise-shell pickguard. It sounds superb – very powerful and rich in tone, although is beautiful when played gently. Check out our full review of the BG-2500 for more on this lovely guitar.

Taylor 300 Series 314ce

Taylor 300 Series 314ce

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The 314ce is the first genuine American-made Taylor on the market, although is by no means your typical ‘entry-level’ guitar – this is a quality electro-acoustic that really performs. It feature Taylor’s Grand Auditorium body shape with a 25.5” scale length, and sports a Venetian cutaway. The glossy top is crafted from solid Sitka spruce, with solid sapele back and sides, a satin-finished tropical mahogany neck, and a genuine African ebony fretboard, with 20 frets – a good selection of tonewoods on offer. As for hardware, the 314ce features Taylor’s Expression System 2, with their patented behind-the-saddle pickup. As we mention in our 314ce review, the controls are simple and the pickup delivers a natural sound, retaining the guitar’s acoustic characteristics.

Martin Custom 000-MMV

Martin Custom 000-MMV

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Martin’s Custom 000-MMV is a smaller version of their classic Custom MMV, but with just as much punch. The 000-MMV – reviewed in full here – features an auditorium body shape with a couple of adjustments to make it more compact, so is perfect for players with smaller hands. The woods are excellent – the top is crafted from Sitka spruce, with East Indian rosewood back and sides, all with a nitrocellulose lacquer. The neck is made from satin-finished tropical mahogany, with an ebony fretboard featuring 20 frets. It sounds fantastic – very toneful and resonant, but with less boom than the bigger MMV. Throw in a couple of gold-plated Gotoh tuners, and White Corian nut and saddles, and you have one fine acoustic guitar.

RainSong Hybrid Series H-WS1000N2

RainSong Hybrid Series H-WS1000N2

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Wherever you play your guitar – bedroom, beach, or rainforest – this premium carbon fiber electro-acoustic from RainSong is worth your time. The H-WS1000N2’s single-cutaway body is made of carbon and glass fiber, meaning warping and bowing due to humidity and temperature changes are a thing of the past. There’s a modified U-shaped neck, which is also made entirely from graphite with an adjustable truss rod, a composite fretboard, and 21 frets. It’s comfortable to hold and very lightweight, although can take a beating. As for the electronics, the guitar has a Fishman Prefix+T preamp system, with a good range of controls. While it may lack something compared to a similar priced Martin or Taylor, it still sounds superb – bright, and well-balanced. Check out our full review of the H-WS1000N2 here.

Best Classical Guitars Under $2000:

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+ - Kremona Solea Kremona Solea

Total of 4.85/5  

Hard to fault this exquisite classical guitar from the renown Kremona.

+ - Cordoba Solista CD/IN Cordoba Solista CD/IN

Total of 4.83/5  

A beautiful premium classical performer from the Spanish masters.

+ - Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Limited Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Limited

Total of 4.80/5  

A high-end flamenco guitar from Cordoba, as favored by the Gipsy Kings.

+ - Godin Multiac Grand Concert Duet Ambiance Godin Multiac Grand Concert Duet Ambiance

Total of 4.80/5  

Certainly non-traditional, but Godin impress with an attractive and versatile electro-acoustic.

Kremona Solea

Kremona Solea

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Here we have a true premium classical guitar from the excellent Bulgarian brand Kremona, who build their Solea using attractive and toneful exotic woods. With a traditional flat top shape, the top of the body is made from solid red cedar, while solid cocobolo is used for the back and sides, giving this guitar a unique and eye-catching appearance. There’s a nice Honduran cedar neck, with a generous nut width of 2.04”, which sports an Indian ebony fretboard and 19 frets. It’s very well made, and as such sounds wonderful – a full, rich tone with an abundance of warmth. It also comes with a deluxe wooden arch top hard shell case. Make sure to check out our full review of Kremona’s Solea here.

Cordoba Solista CD/IN

Cordoba Solista CD/IN

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Hand-crafted in Valencia, Spain, this delightful Cordoba Solista is a very popular choice for the professional classical guitarist – and it’s easy to see why. With an attractive traditional body shape, the guitar features a solid quarter-sawn Canadian cedar top with Spanish bracing, and solid Indian rosewood back and sides. There’s a highly-glossed Spanish cedar neck, with a smooth ebony fretboard and 19 frets. It looks great, and the craftsmanship is second-to-none. How does it sound? Excellent! As we mention in our full review of the Solista it produces a warm, melodic tone with plenty of projection. A superb choice for any classical guitarist, that comes with a HumiCase Protege hardshell case, featuring a built-in humidification system.

Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Limited

Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Limited

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This impressive high-end electro-acoustic classical guitar from Cordoba is favored by the iconic flamenco group the Gipsy Kings, and for good reason. It features a thin single-cutaway flamenco body with a top crafted from solid European spruce, with essential clear flamenco-style tap plate, while the back and sides are made from ziricote – a rare and striking wood that’s similar to rosewood. The neck is made from Spanish cedar with a high-gloss finish, an ebony fretboard and 19 frets, with a slightly smaller nut width of 1.96”. As we mention in our full review of the 55FCE, the electronics on offer are great – a Fishman Prefix ProBlend system with undersaddle piezo pickup and versatile controls. There’s a beautiful rich tone that remains well-balanced, especially through an amplifier.

Godin Multiac Grand Concert Duet Ambiance

Godin Multiac Grand Concert Duet Ambiance

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By no means a traditional classical guitar, but this excellent Multiac Grand Concert Duet Ambiance from Godin displays unrivaled amplified sound, with eye-catching looks. The guitar sports the classic Multiac shape, with no sound hole, and a generous cutaway. The body is made of chambered mahogany, with a solid cedar top, and features a soft C-shaped Honduran mahogany neck, an ebony fretboard and 19 frets. As for sound, it has a state-of-the-art custom Fishman electronics with undersaddle transducer and four individual virtual microphone models, allowing you to shape and blend the sound of the guitar as you like. It can provide wonderful tones and awesome playability, and would suit any serious performer who prefers to play plugged in. Check out our full review of the Duet Ambiance here.

When spending up to $2000 on an acoustic guitar you are all but guaranteed to end up with something fantastic. This is premium territory and names such as Martin, Taylor, and Takamine all excel. While our above list is in no way comprehensive, its a great starting point when looking for the best in this price range.

So what can you expect from guitars at the higher end of affordable? More often than not it will depend on the style of guitar and the manufacturer. However generally the woods on offer will be excellent quality, solid and special – you’ll still see rosewood, mahogany, cedar, and spruce, but exotic woods with attractive grains and super rich tones will pop up, such as cocobolo and ziricote.

The decoration and detailing will also be capable of turning a few heads – just look at Blueridge’s grand BG-2500 for some true Art Deco style. Craftsmanship will be intricate and flawless in most cases – you are paying a premium to receive a premium model, and most guitars in this high-end range will not leave the factory unless they are perfect.

Sound also comes into its own in the high-end market – full, rich and warm tones, with big resonance and articulation should come as standard, although the specific sound you receive will depend on the tonewoods used in construction.

For electro-acoustic models, pickups and preamps will be superior and innovative – look at the CTP-3 CoolTube onboard tube preamp on Takamine’s TSF48C Santa Fe NEX for example. Controls on all systems in this price range will be versatile and allow you to leave annoyances like feedback for the cheaper models.

Finally, the components – bridges, nuts, and tuners in particular – should be of the highest quality, and the guitar should almost certainly comes with a hardshell case as standard.

Conclusion

Believe us when we say that $2000 is only scratching the surface when it comes to high-end acoustic guitars. You can spend $8000 on Taylor’s Presentation Series PS56ce, and $80,000 on Martin’s OM-45 Deluxe. Or what about Martin’s Limited Edition D-200 Deluxe for an eye-watering $120,000!? (Seriously, check it out!)

So spending $2000 is not as flash as you may originally think. If you can afford it, you will likely end up with a model that will show impeccable construction, awesome tonewoods, and exquisite sound – and it should last you a lifetime.


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