I’ve recently reviewed a number of guitars that cost less than 300 dollars. This is my list of what I consider to be the best acoustic guitars under 300 based on those guitars.
This list will most likely change as I review more guitars in this price range and I will update it as I find guitars that can beat any of these.
However, I have also researched these guitars and others also agree that these are some of the best guitars that you can get for this price range.
O.k. let’s get straight into the top 5.
Under 300 Acoustic Guitar #5
Guitar: Fender MA-1
Standard Price: $139 (list price $139)
Top Wood: Laminate Agathis
Back & Sides: Laminate Sepele
Nut & Saddle: Synthetic Bone
Shape/Size: Parlor (3/4 size)
This guitar had to make this list just for the sheer low price of it. But it’s still a quality built guitar.
It’s not going to blow you away – but it does not feel like a cheap guitar. I haven’t found anything cheaper than this that still feels like a quality made guitar and doesn’t feel like it’s made of cardboard or that it’s going to fall apart in 3 days.
It’s a ¾ size guitar so it’s definitely small – so it’s most suitable to kids and smaller adults. Or it would be great as a cheap but still decent travel guitar.
- Get the action lowered. This will make the guitar nicer and easier to play.
Under 300 Acoustic Guitar #4
Guitar: Seagull Excursion SG
Standard Price: $299 (list price $475) – Acoustic-Electric version $349 (list price $550)
Top Wood: Laminated Canadian Wild Cherry
Back & Sides: Laminated Canadian Wild Cherry
Nut & Saddle: TUSQ
Shape/Size: Dreadnought and you can also get a Parlor size
If you’re looking for something a little bit different, but have a small budget then the Excursion might be on your horizon.
It has a mid and treble heavy sound, especially for a dreadnought and produces a bright tone. It’s balanced and even and stays in tune well.
You can get this guitar in a dreadnought or a Parlor size – and for either size you can choose to get it with or without built in electronics. But you’ll pay slightly more to get the version with electronics.
- Lower the action – as always!
Under 300 Acoustic Guitar #3
Guitar: Yamaha APX500III
Standard Price: $299 (list price $463)
Top Wood: Laminated Spruce
Back & Sides: Laminated Nato
Nut & Saddle: Plastic
Shape/Size: Grand Auditorium/Grand Concert-ish – with thin body
This is the first of 2 Yamaha guitars in this list (see #1). Which is no surprise. In my experience they are the kings of decent quality guitars at a low price.
The APX500ii is a unique guitar in that it has a narrow body and a unique shape. The shape/size I would say is something like a grand auditorium or grand concert but with a thinner body (the sides aren’t as deep).
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced guitar for playing live with, the APX500ii is a great option. It comes with built in electronics (which is awesome for this price) and the thin body makes it easy to play standing up.
The sound is also suited to live playing – so it’s a good bet if you need a live acoustic but don’t have a lot to spend on it.
Like the Fender T Bucket (see #2 below), the APX500ii has a number of color options (Red Metallic, Natural, Black, Sunburst, White, Blue Burst, Dark Red Burst).
- Lower the action
- Replace the plastic nut and saddle
Under 300 Acoustic Guitar #2
Guitar: Fender T Bucket 300ce
Standard Price: $299
Top Wood: Laminated Flame Maple, Laminated Quilt Maple or Laminated Quilt Ash
Back & Sides: Laminated Mahogany
Nut & Saddle: NuBone
If you like a guitar to have a number of color options then the T Bucket definitely accommodates with 6 different color options (black, blue, sunburst, amber, violet and dark brown).
But of course, the color options are not all that are going for the T Bucket.
It has an even, balanced tone and stays in tune well. It’s not spectacular but nor do you expect that in this price range.
It is an acoustic-electric – so you get built in electronics, which is great to have a guitar that is like it is and also get electronics and still it comes in under $300.
The other great thing about this guitar is that it’s already set up quite nicely in terms of the action (in my opinion) – it’s nice and easy to play without having to do anything to it.
- For the price there’s nothing I’d do
Under 300 Acoustic Guitar #1
Guitar: Yamaha FG800
Standard Price: $200 (list price $325)
Top Wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides: Laminate Nato
Nut & Saddle: Urea (plastic)
Yamaha are the masters of producing a great sounding guitar for a really low price, in my opinion.
And the FG800 is the perfect example of that.
It has a full, loud sound with a lot of oomph – far more than you’d expect from its tiny price-tag.
And what’s more – you get a solid wood top – that’s unheard of for only $200.
The downsides (and there will always be downsides to this kind of priced guitar – otherwise they’d cost a lot more) are that the action is way too high off the shelf (which is typical) so you’d definitely want to get that adjusted and, as with a lot of Yamaha guitars, you only get plastic nut and saddle. I would also change those.
But otherwise the quality of this instrument is pretty amazing for the price.
- Lower the action
- Replace the plastic nut and saddle
Over to You
Thanks for reading and I hope this list has helped you to find the best guitar for you.
Check out the links under each guitar above to learn more or check out my full detailed reviews of each guitar by clicking on the “full review” links.
To see all of my reviews for guitars costing less than $300 check out the link below.