Best Acoustic Electric Guitar Under 400

Since the early 1910s producers have experimented with adding electronics to their acoustic guitars, improving them over time. These days, the range of electro-acoustic guitars is incredible.

#ModelRatingString Configuration:MaterialOur topCheck
1Epiphone Hummingbird Pro6 StringSpruce, Cherry, Mahogany3

2Takamine GD11MCE 6 StringMahogany2

3Fender FA-345CE Auditorium 6 StringMahogany1

Epiphone Hummingbird Pro
String Configuration:6 String
MaterialSpruce, Cherry, Mahogany
Our top3

Takamine GD11MCE
String Configuration:6 String
Our top2

Fender FA-345CE Auditorium
String Configuration:6 String
Our top1

Electro acoustic guitar characteristics

Difference between acoustic and electro acoustic guitar is obviously the electronics. An acoustic guitar without electronics projects the sound through its wooden body. The woods used for the construction of an acoustic guitar influence the sound. A quality acoustic guitar is usually constructed of solid fir, cedar or other woods that produce a clear and articulate sound.

Remember:Many economic guitars are made of laminate that guarantees a robust construction but is not the best in terms of sound. Solid woods produce a better tone.

The body size of the acoustic guitar also influences its tone. Larger instruments with dreadnought or jumbo shapes offer more volume with warmer, more rounded tones. The smaller guitars like the 000 concert models have a brighter sound and accentuate the mid and high frequencies at the expense of the bass.

The preamp is a circuit that preamplifiers the sound of the guitar and in many cases, it also has an equalizer and tuner. To use a preamp on a guitar, you must also install a microphone or a pickup. Electro-acoustic guitars include everything previously installed from the factory so that you only worry about playing. At the time of recording a “normal” acoustic guitar needs a microphone, a mixer, and some speakers; an electro-acoustic guitar only needs a cable, and an amplifier.

Epiphone Hummingbird Pro

Often the history of music is also a history of images, of particular icons and very often the icon par excellence is the guitar. Instruments related to particular periods or musicians we love. The fact that an instrument we like aesthetically will probably mean that our approach is better; in short it will lead us to play it better or with more taste.

The Hummingbird, born in Gibson’s house in 1960, is one of these instruments. From the particular charm, from Keith Richards to Sheryl Crow passing through many others, a right balance between elegance, tradition, eccentricity. Of course, not everyone has the opportunity to afford the original Gibson. But you can try the “budget” version of Epiphone.

  • Solid Spruce top
  • Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish
  • Classic Kalamazoo era design
  • The Hummingbird’s mahogany neck features a 24.75″ scale, a SlimTaper™ shape, and a rosewood fingerboard with split parallelogram markers.
  • The Hummingbird features a Solid Spruce top. Spruce is a rich and complex tonewood that begins to breath and improve with age the more its played.
Visually it looks great, the aesthetic characteristics of a Hummingbird are all there, from the typical and unmistakable pickguard to color, a beautiful Faded Cherry Burst that reveals the veins of the top in solid spruce (with five layers of black and white binding that will improve with the more you play and the more resonating wood breathes).

The back and sides are in mahogany laminate, the rosewood fingerboard (not dry and the color “strange” as often happens in guitars of this band), ditto the bridge.

The neck of medium size, far from the Ibanez acoustic to understand, is painted; you can see the veins of the mahogany. Jumper and nut are made of plastic material; they will have to be changed as soon as possible with something more worthy.


  • Frets: 20 average
  • Nut width: 1.68 “
  • Hardware: Nickel Machine head:
  • Grover & # 8482; 14: 1
  • Strings: D’addario Phosphor (12-53)
  • Pickup: Shadow & # 8482; NanoFlex & # 8482;
  • Preamplifier: Shadow & # 8482; ePerformer & # 8482;
  • Controls: master’s degree; Treble EQ; Bass EQ

The mechanics are Grover, of a more modern but well-functioning style. The pre-amplification system is the Shadow ePerformer, with pickups under the NanoFlex jumper, always produced by Shadow. The controls are more or less the usual: we have sharp, bass, volume, phase switch and a control called Dynamic, which more than being a compressor acts as a contour in which one extreme emphasizes the average, the other the bass and the acute, digging the sound.

The system gives us a quite natural sound, very usable in most live situations, far from the plastic sound of some old generation piezo, but also from the naturalness of the systems that include internal microphones. The balance of volume between the strings is there and this is one of the most important elements.

High standards with awesome specs and an affordable price
Slim-taper neck for comfort when playing
Big and bold Sounds
NanoFlex pickup system for no dead air or buzzing sounds during a performance
Some complaints of the guitar lacking in tone without a bottom end
Not the strongest neck and body

Takamine GD11MCE

For a price that is around $350 the GD11MCE is really a great instrument.  It is an instrument for everyone that seems ideal for those who start as well as for those who need a good “workhorse” to combine with something much more expensive.


  • Construction of body and neck of all-quality mahogany
  • Mahogany provides warmth and resonance with distinctly sweet mid-range
  • Dreadnought body shape for loud acoustic volume and full-frequency response with slight mid scoop
  • Unique split for advanced high fret access
  • Natural finish for smooth to the touch and better resonance
  • Takamine TP-4T pickup/preamp system for natural amplification for rehearsals and concerts
  • Useful built-in tuner and 3-band EQ for sculpting tonal when amplified
  • Tip:The dreadnought body shape is the most popular acoustic guitar style of the last half century and features all tips of musical genres, including country, bluegrass, folk, blues, rock, pop and many others.

    Its cavernous body naturally provides excellent acoustic volume and a full range tone that is perfect for both playing disconnected and through an amplifier. If you like to strum, digit puncture or flat-plectrum, the GD11MCE has the ability to cover every style at an affordable price.

    The GD11MCE is built entirely of quality solid mahogany and reinforced with an X-brace model, just like the most expensive tools. Mahogany is finished in a natural protection to show its unmistakable warm tone. The color of the wood is a good indication of how this guitar sounds and the GD11MCE offers a warm tone with a sweet mid-range sound in contrasting natural medium cut of the body shape.

    The natural finish provides a soft and tactile feel, helping you to slide up and down the neck; its light nature also assists with guitar resonance and sustain.

    The GD11M includes Takamine’s pickup system and TP-4T preamplifier so you can connect it to an amplifier or a mixing desk and perform live on stage (or make direct recordings). TP-4T is mounted on top of the guitar body. It has controls to modify the sound, including a complete 3-band Equalizer to sculpt your tone. A practical built-in Tuner also provides the ability to make quick adjustments between songs, with a clear LCD screen at the top of the guitar.

    Rich, bright sound with surround bass and bright sound of high strings
    Construction of body and neck of all-quality mahogany
    Includes Takamine’s pickup system and TP-4T preamplifier
    Good quality
    Not suitable for serious tasks
    Without preamp and pickup

    Fender FA-345CE Auditorium

    The Fender FA-345CE has a body of auditorium cutaway, which offers a comfortable playing experience due to its more compact size and split profile. In addition, the auditorium body offers the musicians an electro multipurpose acoustic guitar, its shape and size are able to accommodate numerous musical genres, from the lightest, heaviest folk inspiration finger-plettroing techniques, the more aggressive the strumming pattern.


    • Laminated tonewoods offer great sound and a less susceptible to deformation over time
    • Body of Auditorium cutaway offers versatility, making it ideal for numerous genres and musical genres
    • Fishman preamp offers test environments and basic tone shaping options for living
    • Natural glosses finish & flame maple laminate the best offers of great visual impact appearance
    • Inlays and fingerboard Tastitone FA offer elegant appearance

    This magnificent Fender FA-345CE Auditorium electro-acoustic guitar is an atypical model within the Fender range.

    Indeed, this model makes use of magnificent pieces of wood (lacewood for the back and sides, nato wood for the neck and flamed maple for the top), combined with an electronic Fishman, driven by three controls (low, treble, volume).

    In the end, this FA-345CE is a success both aesthetically and in terms of pure performance and will be appreciated in all contexts, at home or on stage.

    Is great for beginners as well as seasoned players
    Laminate flame maple top and lacewood back and sides produce great tone
    Fishman electronics provide solid amplified acoustic tone
    Not suitable for serious tasks
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    2 Responses

    1. Edie
      HI there! The difference between acoustic and electroacoustic guitars is really present. Before buying a guitar you need to determine from which material it should be made, what size, and how to sound. For me, an important factor is its appearance. So my choice fell on the TAKAMINE GD11MCE. It perfectly combines all the qualities that are important to me and are enjoyable in price. The size and sound is not inferior to other, more expensive models. TAKAMINE GD11MCE has a nice size, it is comfortable to carry with it, sound, regardless of whether the blues or rock is performed, attracts attention. With this guitar you can give concerts, both in pubs and for friends. Also The GD11M includes a Takamine's pickup system and a TP-4T preamplifier, which is a huge plus. You can use the 3-band equalizer to change the tone of the guitar to a more expressive one. In order to properly appreciate all the benefits, you need to take it into your hands.
    2. Lisbeth
      I played all the guitars presented in this review and I want to say that for their prices they have a pretty good sound. And besides these models have a pretty good design. I would recommend these guitars to all beginners who don't want to spend a lot of money on their first guitar.

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