Recently, a student of mine was looking for a decent acoustic guitar. She has played some and is a decent beginner with a real interest in the guitar. I talked to her father and he stated that he would like to get her a nice instrument but that it did not need to be “anything pricy”. I am about as cheap as they come, however his description was a bit to vague, even for me. So I replied with this list of possibilities of instruments available so that he could be a little more defined in what he would like to spend. Does this look like what you all think of when you are pricing an acoustic guitar?
**Under $200 - These are considered “cheap” guitars. There is very little in the way of a decent usable instrument in this price range. Possibilities at about $200 are the Recording King “Dirty Thirty” series of acoustic guitars. A guitar case would cost extra.
$200 to $500 - These are considered inexpensive guitars. There are some good options here. Again, Recording King has some decent acoustic guitar models in this price range, as does Seagull and Yamaha guitars. Guitar cases are an extra cost.
$500 to $1000 - These are considered low-mid priced guitars. There are some very nice instruments to be had in this price range, some of which could be considered guitar that a person would own for life. Well known brands in this range include Blueridge, Yamaha, Seagull, Martin, Recording King, and Epiphone. Some of these instruments may come with a guitar case as part of the purchase.
$1000 to $1750 - These are considered midrange priced guitars. Many of these guitars would be considered the working musician’s instrument. These are instruments made of some better quality woods and workmanship. At this point you are looking at some of the less expensive standard series Martins and the 16 series Martin guitars. There are also some very nice foreign made instruments in this price range. Many of these guitars will come with a hard shell case.
$1750 to $2500 - These are considered mid-high priced guitars. Guitarists looking for a lifetime instrument that sounds “just right” will find a lot to look at in this price range. Many of the Martin standard series guitars can be purchased in this price range as can some of the Gibson acoustic guitars. Extraordinary used acoustic guitars can be found in this price range. Practically all guitars sold in this range will come with a nice hard shell case.
$2500 to well over $10,000 - These are the high priced acoustic guitars. These will be made of the finest woods available. Although many of these guitar will be made in factories, they will be made by very skilled luthiers in those factories. This range will include higher end Martin guitars along with Gibsons, Santa Cruz, Collings, Gallagher and all manner of highly prized luthier instruments like Ryan, Manzer and Olson.**
He chose the $200 to $500 range.
Does this look accurate to you?