Best Acoustic Electric Guitar Under 500

This range of guitars usually incorporates a higher quality cover, as well as the support of the name of a prestigious brand. The tuning mechanisms will already be of quality and sound without plugging. We are already talking about a solid instrument, which will certainly meet expectations. This is the case of the Takamine that we bring as an example.

Takamine GN10, GN10CE, GN20CE и GD20CE

The  GN10, GN10CE, GN20CE and GD20CE with a choice of cedar and mahogany, NEX and Dreadnought, characterized by a particular attention to the essence by setting aside the aesthetic vehicles, the G Series offer good quality wood making at reasonable prices, suitable to make it attractive instruments for guitarists who want to add an acoustic voice to their palette.

  • The GN10 and GN10CE are based on the NEX shape designed by Takamine. In the CE version with missing shoulder, the guitar is equipped with a Takamine TP-E pre-amplifier with on-board tuner.
  • Both models have mahogany back and sides with a spruce soundboard completed by a black adhesive pickguard.
  • Essential in shape and finish, the two guitars rely solely on a black and white three-layer purfling and on a rosette in style to break the sober uniformity of the natural satin finish.

The mahogany is also repurposed for sides and back of the GN20CE and GD20CE, while the top is replaced by a solid cedar board. On the aesthetic side, the pickguard disappears and the purfling becomes cream-colored. Both guitars are equipped with the Takamine TP-4TD preamplifier, with integrated tuner and three-band equalizer.

Also for NEX and Dreadnought, both with missing shoulder, the chosen finish is a natural satin.

Epiphone EJ200

The Epiphone EJ200SCE is an acoustic guitar that reproduces, in a version accessible to all, the legendary Gibson SJ20, the iconic guitar used by Elvis Presley or Emmylou Harris. The Super Jumbo style body in maple, the solid spruce top, the “Mustache” style bridge, the “crown” style inlays enriches this guitar. The bridge interacts well with the rest of the guitar, best transmitting the vibrations. Assuming that the opinion on the sound changes from person to person, we can say that this guitar has a very warm, full-bodied and defined sound. The bass frequencies seem to dominate this guitar.

The eSonic preamp, equipped with a built-in tuner, is characterized by extremely high quality, studio-like dynamism, which is manifested in an extremely natural sound. Bass, treble, volume and switch phase controls.

The term NanoFlex refers to its small size and its flexibility that allows it to adhere to any type of surface. This ensures total pickup-bridge grip and maximum sound transmission. Unlike the other pickups the NanoFlex uses 7 different layers to not only capture the vibrations of the strings but also the resonance of the wood.

  • Body style: Super Jumbo
  • Top: solid spruce
  • Back and sides: maple
  • Neck: maple, glued
  • Fretboard: rosewood with “crown” inlays
  • Scale: 25-1 / 2 “
  • Width at the nut: 1.68 “
  • Electronics: eSonic with chromatic tuner
  • Pickup: NanoFlex
  • Hardware: golden

This guitar is available in 3 colors: Black (BK), Natural (NA) and Vintage Sunburst (VS).

What are best acoustic electric guitars under 500

We want to offer you the best electro-acoustic instruments on the market. Guitars under $ 500 are a decent sound and build quality. We can recommend models of Art & Luthere (all Art & Luthere acoustic guitars are handcrafted in Canada). The guitars is made of solid wood, spruce for the top and red cherry for the back and sides, maple for the neck and Indian rosewood for the fretboard as well as for the bridge, there is also to say that the Art & Lutherie follows a rigorous eco-friendly program that is based largely on trees fallen due to natural causes found in the forests of Canada. The convenient range is ideal for a range of genres, from folk to rock and roll. With a variety of body shapes and contemporary finishes, you can find the tone that’s right for you.

The signature Art & Lutherie collects the acoustic guitars of the Godin family, all handmade in Canada and with 95% autochthonous woods, inspired by the US tradition in terms of flat-top. The collection consists of the Americana, Legacy and Roadhouse series. Respectively, they follow the classic Dreadnought shape (with or without cutaway), Concert Hall (with or without cutaway) and Parlor, and they are all based on solid spruce tops with bands and back in wild cherry.

The necks are in Silver Leaf maple with a rosewood fingerboard, a material also used for the bridge on which sits a GrapTech Tusq jumper. Also the nut is in Tusq and, together, guarantees a good tuning stability and a transmission of the vibrations of the first order. On the headstock, six 18: 1 ratio mechanics finished in antiqued brass promise a vintage look and an accurate action. The fretboards are almost flat, to trace the classics of the American school, with a 16-inch radius. The tuning fork measures 24.84 inches instead to enjoy good projection and definition of the notes but, at the same time, make the soft strings under the fingers.

The Americana and The Legacy are equipped with Godin Q1T electronics with on-board equalization and an integrated tuner complete with an auto-shut-off system to preserve the battery. Each model has a pre-amplifier specially designed to better reflect the sounds of the guitar that will fit it. The Roadhouse instead prefers a Fishman Sonitone preamp system, more discreet in appearance and with only volume and tone controls accessible from the inside edge of the hole.

Other brands of mid-range acoustic guitars

  • Breedlove: US brand; medium-high range;
  • Eastman: US brand; medium-high range;
  • Maton: Australian brand; medium-high range;
  • Merida: US brand;
  • Rainsong: (in graphite, not wood) US brand;
  • Schecter: US brand;
  • Washburn: US brand; medium range.

Choose full-body, Venetian or Florentine cutaway

There is more than one reason to prefer a guitar with a missing shoulder or not, and there are different reasons for choosing a Venetian or Florentine cutaway. When buying an acoustic guitar, pay close attention to the shape of the case, to which the sound owes a good portion of its character. Regardless of whether you prefer the abundant lines of a dreadnought, the smaller ones of a parlor or an evergreen orchestra model, one aspect in particular is a question for many musicians: the presence or absence of a missing shoulder.

In its most conventional form with the two specular and rounded sides, a guitar is called “full-body”. For several reasons, however, one may wish for a variant with a box portion literally “cut away”. To be sacrificed is the lower “shoulder”, where the left hand (right for left-handed) clashes the body of the instrument in an attempt to reach the higher frets. The “missing shoulder” is also called “cutaway” and can be essentially of two types. If the cut describes a smooth and soft profile, it is called Venetian cutaway (Venetian), if instead it creates a pointed shoulder there is a Florentine cutaway (Florentine).

The preference for a cutaway model is not limited to aesthetic choices. The motivations that make striving for a missing shoulder guitar are essentially functional and quite obvious: a guitar without a part of material at the highest fret allows easier access to the most acute registers.

Not least, the economic factor should be considered: with its curvilinear design, a Venetian shoulder can be obtained by folding a single band similarly to what you would do with a full-body. The angle of the Venetian instead requires more work, consisting in the gluing of a piece of wood apart to describe the profile of the cutaway and in the reinforcement of the tip (which now also serves as a joint) with a strip.

A final aspect to orientate in the search for a guitar is that, more often than not, the cutaway configuration in acoustics is reserved or in any case combined with electrified models (usually marked in the catalogs by the CE suffix)

Guitar with a missing shoulder

Some believe that a guitar with a missing shoulder loses a small portion of the harmonic content due to the smaller size of the case and the shape that subtracts a few centimeters from an area where the frequencies could have rebounded and amplified. This would make the sound of a guitar with less articulate, drier cutaway. Someone compensates for this constructive choice with deeper speakers, someone else prefers it as more balanced overall.

Others argue that a missing shoulder does not subtract a sufficient dose of vibrations such as to have a minimal response in practical application. If you add to this that wood – as a living material – can make two guitars significantly different even with the same technical characteristics, it is really difficult to objectively measure which changes to the sound give a cutaway respect in the presence of both shoulders. In doubt, there are those who simply prefer full-body guitars if his style does not include excursions to the higher frets and who, vice versa, relies on the cutaway in anticipation of a use more focused on solo.

If, however, the choice fell on a guitar with a missing shoulder, it must be considered that almost all agree that the choice of a Florentine rather than Venetian shoulder does not lead to significant tonal variations.

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  1. Lisbeth
    I want to say that the Epiphone EJ200 is a great guitar, which is very easy to set up and the settings do not get off for a long time. Looks very nice and stylish and does not look like an electronic. Too subtle for me. Personally, I guitar the Epiphone EJ-200 like immediately. Very cool sounds, however, for a full sound, you need to have a strong amplifier, because the sound of electro-acoustic guitars is quite weak and therefore requires amplification. This model is very heavy, gives the impression that it is not made of wood and stone. Strings, of course, it is better to buy a better, as typesetting ordinary and not very comfortable, but, in general — it's a great guitar.

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