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  • What are the best acoustic guitars for under $100?

    I just want a start-up acoustic guitar for now. Once I get better i'll probably try to buy a better quality guitar but for now what are the best acoustic guitars for under $100( preferably $60-$80). The walmart guitar is $60 but I feel there is a better guitar out there for a similar amount.
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    • #3
      walmart guitars are usually terrible =P I'm no expert, but for that price i'd probably get any Ibanez, Jasmine, Yamaha, etc I could find. Anything will probably work so long as it's not First Act or some something like that. In the end though, if you find one locally that plays good enough for you, that should be your main choice.

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        • #5
          Stay away from any guitars sold in department stores.

          I recommend that you save up another $50 and buy a $149 Yamaha F335.

          Why? It will stay in tune better than anything in the under $100 range (very important - it's impossible to learn to play on a guitar that won't stay in tune longer than 5 minutes like the typical $100 guitar) and more importantly they sound like a real guitar: It's not a toy.

          Seriously. It will be money well spent and you could always sell it on Ebay for $100 when you get ready to upgrade.

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          • #6
            If you ask 100 people you are likely to get 100 different answers regarding the purchase of acoustic guitars. However I think it needs to be said that you can't really get a whole lot for $100, at least for a new guitar. I did a search of acoustic guitars on Musician's Friend and changed the search to show lowest to highest price. You'll see that there are some sub $100 guitars there, but I didn't see any that I could really recommend. Keep in mind, in that price range you probably will not find a guitar with a solid top. Actually a solid top is not a necessity in that range anyway. I would suggest that you look for a decent used guitar. Try to stick to a well known brand and maybe take someone with you who is knowledgeable. Guitar Centers and a lot of local shops carry used guitars and I think you could probably find something that way. Good luck!

            Edit. I just read Hud's post above and I would agree with that if you want to stick with a new guitar. Yamahas have a great reputation.
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            • #7
              I just want a start-up acoustic guitar for now. Once I get better i'll probably try to buy a better quality guitar but for now what are the best acoustic guitars for under $100( preferably $60-$80). The walmart guitar is $60 but I feel there is a better guitar out there for a similar amount.


              Good advice from everyone so far. Whatever you do, stay away from Walmart's First Act guitar. (They should rename it "Last Act").

              For $100 I think I'd go to GC and buy the MD100 Mitchell. And, like Hudman said....another $50 gets you into a decent Yamaha......you could also get a decent guitar for $100 on Craig's List if you know what to look for. Get a guitar buddy to help you find one there.

              If you intend to learn to play one, you first need to get one that's playable.
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              • #8
                Excluding closeouts/blowouts, there's nothing at the $100 price point that I could really get behind recommending. As others have noted $150 gets you into an entry level Yamaha and that's about the best you can do on a limited budget. Below that, the Seagull is probably your best bet.

                Forget about solid wood vs. laminate, etc. At $100 it isn't about great sound, it's about finding a guitar that's easily playable, stays in tune, and is properly intonated.

                Again, the Yamaha should meet those criteria, but it's more like $150 than $100. But you can sell it later for $80 to $100, while the cheapos are worth maybe $10 used if you can find a sucker.

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                • #9
                  Go and find yourself a good used guitar. If you are patient, you will likely find something that's at least decent for that price.
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                  • #10
                    What F3 said...take a knowledgeable friend with you and hit the pawn shops!

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                    • #11
                      Used is your best bet.
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                      • #12
                        Add the Epi AJ-1 and DR-100 to guitars under $100 worth checking out. $79 and $99 respectively.
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                        • #13
                          Used is your best bet.


                          Mostly. At that price range, new is hit or miss with mostly miss. That being said, GC had a Silvertone acoustic for $49 recently which actually played and sounded quite good.
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                          • #14
                            Add the Epi AJ-1 and DR-100 to guitars under $100 worth checking out. $79 and $99 respectively.


                            Yep. Jay Turser has a couple guitars in that price range as well. There ARE guitar out there in that price range, you just have to look for them a bit, and stay away from department store stuff.
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                            • #15
                              Go and find yourself a good used guitar. If you are patient, you will likely find something that's at least decent for that price.


                              Yeah, $100 goes quite a it further if you'll consider "used", dahagaku...I see mid-level Yammies going around $100 quite often, and something like that will have a decent neck and solid top...take along a guitar-savvy buddy (to cull through the problem instruments), and $100 could get you a very nicer "learner instrument"!
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