Best Acoustic Electric Guitars Under 2000: Overview

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1Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4 Solid-wood4,6 pounds1

2Taylor 414-CE Sitka spruce + tropical mahogany25 pounds
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3Taylor T5z Classic Left-handed Spruce4.41 pounds
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4Gibson J-15 2018 Mahogany4.4 pounds
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5Gibson J-35 2018 Mahogany19.05 pounds
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6D’Angelico Guitars Excel Style B Spruce + 3-piece neck maple/rosewood/maple13 pounds
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7G&L USA S-500 Swamp Ash + greenburst15 pounds
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Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4
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BodySolid-wood
Weight
4,6 pounds
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Taylor 414-CE
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BodySitka spruce + tropical mahogany
Weight
25 pounds
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Taylor T5z Classic Left-handed
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BodySpruce
Weight
4.41 pounds
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Gibson J-15 2018
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BodyMahogany
Weight
4.4 pounds
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Gibson J-35 2018
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BodyMahogany
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19.05 pounds
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D’Angelico Guitars Excel Style B
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BodySpruce + 3-piece neck maple/rosewood/maple
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13 pounds
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G&L USA S-500
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BodySwamp Ash + greenburst
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15 pounds
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Among the guitar brands that produce acoustic guitars in an industrial way, the American Martin is definitely the most prestigious brand name, especially in the country-bluegrass, which boasts a long history of excellent instruments that have accompanied the most roaring years of rock music, country, folk, and blues.

Main brand “competitor” is the Gibson brand, chosen predominantly especially in accompaniment by many folk-solo artists such as Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen. Other very expensive brands, of great prestige, are among others Taylor Guitars, Lakewood Guitars, Maton, Larrivèe, and Bourgeois.

What are the best acoustic electric guitar under 2000 dollars

In the construction of an acoustic instrument, the quality of the wood that is chosen plays a fundamental role. Different types of wood are used for the body, the neck and the fretboard. Each has its own physical characteristics, timbres, aesthetics, and the costs can naturally vary a lot depending on the quality of each piece.

Tip: A fundamental factor is the maturing: a freshly cut wood will not only have unsatisfactory tonal characteristics, but will tend to deform itself during the natural maturation process.

It is good to clarify that, having to deal with characteristics such as the type of veining (wide, fine, regular, irregular), the seasoning, the guitar bracing, the type of wood will have a reduced weight or non-preponderant in the economy overall sound of the acoustic instrument.

Tip:In other words it is not possible to assert how a guitar will sound only based on the type of wood used, but it will be possible to give only a general indication. For convenience, we divide the woods according to their use, depending on whether they are used for the construction of the soundboard (top) or for that of the back and sides.

Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA4

In collaboration with Fishman, Martin Performing Artist GPCPA4 combines high-quality craftsmanship with modern amplification priced around $1500. This is one of the most convenient guitars of the Performing Artist series where instead of mahogany the African sapele was used for the back and sides of the guitar.

The Fishman F1 electronics is a simplified version of the PA3. One of the best features of the Performing Artist models is the brand new thin neck. Interestingly, the pitch spacing has been changed to 55.6 mm; the difference with the D-18 and MAC-28 models is slight but noticeable. The battery life of the analogical F1 is 200 hours. A key feature of the design of the GPCPA4 is its depth, which increases the capacity of the sound chamber by offering greater volume and projection.

The wood standard used is impressive; the GPCPA4 is a robust guitar. This guitar is hoarse with a fairly warm tone, when it is amplified it becomes spectacular with a full and vigorous sound. In terms of playability, quality and affordability, Martin has still produced an excellent electronics worthy of inclusion in the PA series.
Pros
Build quality
Beefy output
Cons
Plugged-in performance
Maybe: tad cumbersome

Taylor 414-CE

The Taylor 414-CE GA Acoustic-Electric Guitar is part of the Taylor 400 series. This solid-wood acoustic/electric line encompasses a rich range of woods and tones, offering something to inspire every type of player. Featuring a cutaway and Taylor’s exceptional Expression System pickup, you’ll always sound your best, whether unplugged or amplified.

Providing access to the upper registers of the fingerboard, the soft Venetian cutaway is both practical and attractive, while the Taylor Expression System allows you to share your music with the world. The Taylor 414-CE is a grand auditorium sized guitar with a solid Sitka Spruce top and Ovangkol back and sides. The timbre of Ovangkol, which many find reminiscent of rosewood, combines well with the punch of a Sitka spruce top to create a rich tonal tapestry.

  • Type/Shape: 6-String Grand Auditorium Back & Sides: Ovangkol Top: Sitka Spruce Soundhole Rosette: Plastic Neck: Tropical American Mahogany Fretboard: Ebony Fretboard Inlay: Large Pearl Dots Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood Binding: White BridgeEbony: Nut & SaddleTusq Tuning Machines: Chrome-plated Taylor Tuners Strings: Elixir Light Gauge Strings with NANOWEB Coating Scale Length: 25 1/2 Inches Truss Rod: Adjustable Neck Width at Nut: 1 3
  • The Taylor 414-CE GA Acoustic-Electric Guitar is part of the Taylor 400 series
  • This solid-wood acoustic/electric line encompasses a rich range of woods and tones, offering something to inspire every type of player
  • Featuring a cutaway and Taylor’s exceptional Expression System pickup, you’ll always sound your best, whether unplugged or amplified
Pros
Expression system
Build quality
Cons
Maybe: no strap button on the front end
Sound quality

Taylor T5z Classic Left-handed

Taylor’s T5z Classic takes the successful T5 formula and supercharges it with even more features that’ll make you feel right at home if you’re migrating from a solidbody electric. Taylor has thinned out the body even more, and gave the scrumptious ebony fingerboard a 12″ radius and jumbo frets to make string bending easier than ever.

But how does it sound? With its concealed neck humbucker, visible bridge humbucker, and acoustic body sensor and versatile five-way switching, it’s worlds beyond what you’d expect from either an acoustic or electric guitar. With the T5z Classic, you get the best of both worlds.

  • Guitar Type – Acoustic/Electric
  • Dexterity – left-Handed
  • Body Material – Sapele
  • Number of Strings – 6 String
Pros
A genuine hybrid
Tonal range
Cons
Maybe: price-quality ratio
Build quality

Gibson J-15 2018

Le J, true trademark of the acoustic sound Gibson, receives a substantial update and opens the dances with the J15.

The Gibson J-15 is characterized by the traditional Gibson round-shoulder shape, the same as the famous J-45, introduced in the Gibson catalog back in 1942. The woods used for this instrument are solid Sitka spruce for the top and solid walnut from the North America for the back and the sides.

The American walnut generates a timbre that is placed halfway between the warm and enveloping sound of the rosewood, and the precise and open sound of the mahogany. Electronics is the reliable and simple L.R. Baggs Element with volume control inside the hole. All these features make the J-15 an exceptional guitar for experienced and non-experienced musicians, at an extremely competitive price.
  • Sitka Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides
  • Grover Rotomatic tuners
  • LR Bags Element VTC pickup system
  • Mother-of-Pearl Dot inlay
Pros
Overtone balance
High headroom
Cons
Maybe: upper mids can be brashly bright
Maybe: flat sound

Gibson J-35 2018


The J35 follows based on a 1930s inspired chain for an impressive projection and vintage sound. The top in spruce, the mahogany back and sides and the rosewood fingerboard and bridge are guaranteed. The mechanics are in vintage style, and complete the aesthetics of the past with an elegant zebra-coated pickguard. Electrification is given by an LR Baggs Element VTC active with volume control positioned inside the hole.

The Gibson J-35 was introduced in the Gibson catalog in 1937 as an economic version of the Jumbo Flattop model, which was launched in 1934, and is historically the best-selling Gibson pre-war acoustic guitar. For the first time ever since it was put out of production, the Gibson J-35 returns to production. It is an essential guitar, characterized by a relatively low price but with a high quality. The stamp is clear, defined. The sonority is high.
  • The new J-35 has the 2016 engraved truss rod cover and the fingerboard edge is softened to comfortably fit the contour of the player’s hand
  • Also has a comprehensive Plek assisted setup for perfect action and superior performance. Along with new penetrating and finishing oil that lasts longer and maximizes woods natural vibrancy.
  • Upgraded with LR Baggs Element VTC pickup system with Volume, Tone and Compression
Pros
Comfortable body shape and neck
Quality of tone
Cons
Maybe: no strap button on the neck heel
Build quality

D’Angelico Guitars Excel Style B

Originally drafted in John D’Angelico’s notebook in 1936, the Style B is a standout in our archtop collection. A signature “Style B” logo on the pickguard and beautifully detailed headstock design create its classic look, impossible to mistake for another. With a slightly smaller body and neck profile, the Style B is an exceptionally light, well-balanced archtop.

It has the scrape and slap of an acoustic but the power and tone variety of an electric hollow-body, largely due to its floating pickup design. Grover Imperial Super-Rotomatic Tuners Grover Imperial Super-Rotomatic tuners boast an exceptionally smooth turning radius, allowing for supreme tuning accuracy and keeping you in tune longer.

Slim C-Shape Neck No matter the player, no matter the hands, a slim C-shape neck makes for supreme playability free of wrist-ache. Stairstep Tailpiece Our reinforced signature Stairstep tailpiece makes for sturdiness, maximum resonance, comfortable string tension and is part of D’Angelico’s legendary Art-Deco aesthetic.

  • D’Angelico Guitars Excel Style B 16″ Non-Cutaway Hollowbody 6-String Electric Guitar – Deluxe Hardshell Case – D’Angelico Guitars Lifetime Warranty
  • Logo: Front: Mother of Pearl Floral Deco Back: W180001-Gold Screen
  • Machine Head: Grover Super Rotomatic
  • String: D’Angelico Electrozinc jazz 12’s (12-52)
Pros
Easy playability
Quality of tone
Cons
Maybe: top laminated rather than solid
Quality of pickups

G&L USA S-500


The G&L USA S-500 electric guitar features a Swamp Ash body with a Greenburst finish, a quartersawn Maple neck with Ebony fingerboard, a set of G&L MFD S-500 single-coils, reverse-wound in the middle, and a DF vibrato bridge.

  • BODY WOOD – Swamp Ash
  • BODY FINISH – Greenburst
  • BRIDGE – DF Vibrato
  • KNOBS – S-type Black
  • TRIM PARTS – Chrome Pickguard Screws
  • PICKGUARD – 3-ply Black/White/Black
Pros
Versatile with the added neck/bridge mini-switch
Quality of bass and treble cuts
Cons
Maybe: noisy on high gain inputs
Build quality

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