April 4, 2019

Electrify Your Sound Notes with the Best Affordable Acoustic-Electric Guitar!

What is an Acoustic-Electric Guitar? Simple, it is an acoustic guitar coupled with a magnetic pickup, a microphone or even a piezoelectric pickup. Piezoelectric pickups and microphones are more commonly used since magnetic pickups can't pick up the vibrations of non-magnetic materials.

Are you looking for an Acoustic Electric guitar that will fit your music sense AND your pocket? You are in for a tough task. But worry not, we have done the hard work for you. With our musical hat on, we present to you a list from which you can choose the best affordable acoustic-electric guitar that suits your requirement.

The best affordable acoustic-electric guitar is on our list is the Thin-line guitar from the Jameson manufacturers. This product will have your eyes popping out of their sockets since it is not even half the standard cost of any guitar. Look-wise, the finishing is in subtle blue color which fades to light black at the edges. The binding is sleek and white. Tone-wise, you get the best value for your money. The preamp and pickup do their work in perfect tandem to give some heavenly music! The slim body of the guitar makes it easy to transport and easy to carry. It is a perfect fit in your arms and once you pair it with the right guitar stool, there is nothing that can stop you. If all this is not enough, maybe the pros and cons mentioned below might help you decide. 

             Pros

  • Extraordinary price
  • Good color combination
  • Slim, Sleek body

              Cons

  • The wood used is not of the highest quality
  • Jameson is still not a well-known brand in the market

The Epiphone product features second on our list. The full-size dreadnought body streaked with an orange violin burst and sleek finish gives it a different class. Its neck joint (dove-tail) is the icing on the cake and enhances the classy look of this guitar in every way. Because of its sleek fit and finish, it doesn’t need much of an extra setup from the factory. The resonance is far superior to its counterparts available in the market. It is also facilitated by the dove-tail neck coupled with on-time pickup/preamp which ensures that sound is loud and clear. This is easily the best affordable acoustic-electric guitar in the market.

                 Pros

  • Amazing looks and excellent quality
  • Extraordinary price and full/complete value for money.
  • Fantastic resonance and awesome sustain

               Cons

  • Let us know if you find any!

Next up, in our list is the premium, top end Yamaha offering, FSX830C. The guitar is Beautiful with its small body, 25-inch short scale, and an oval neck. The best choice for you if you have small hands! However, you don't need to feel put off, if you are looking for a full-size guitar. This guitar with its cranked up small body and oval neck is the best guitar for you any time.

                Pros

  • Superlative sound quality
  • User-Friendly and easy to operate
  • Comes as a complete package with additional System 66 preamp adjustable to 3 EQ and piezo saddle pickup.

                Cons

  • While experienced guitarists will love the quality, they will want to go for a full-size guitar as they progress.

Epiphone strikes again! The HummingBird Pro is the second Epiphone guitar to make its way into the list of best acoustic-electric guitars. Epiphone has done a good job with this take on the entry-level HummingBird which has been the soul of many acoustic guitarists for generations.

It is an amazing guitar complete with a fabulous violin-burst spruce top and explicit hummingbird design on the pickguard.

                  Pros

  • Slim and Tapered D-Neck for extra smooth playing
  • Intricate detailing
  • Hardware quality at its highest
  • Shadow pickups

                  Cons

  • Does not give clear sound; it may sound a little too much on the top.

5. Fender T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway

This is one of the most attractive guitars in our list of best acoustic-electric guitars. It comes with a quilted top made of maple and has laminated mahogany on back and sides. The laminated mahogany gives a crisp, rich tone to the guitar because of which you just can’t keep your hands off your instrument. This is a full-size dreadnought cutaway, well under the $500 budget but designed for big sound and impact.

It comes with Fishman Pickup/preamp combination coupled with in-built tuner and a 3-band EQ for enhanced adjustment.

                 Pros

  • Attractive and beautiful product detailing
  • Very good specification
  • Superb tone quality

                 Cons

  • Sound quality might not be 100% clear, especially at higher tones.

Next in the list once again, is a Jameson product. This guitar should belong to you especially if you are a left-handed person. It is designed for the left-handed guitarists since they have limited choices because of their Hand preferences. While it is cheap in price, do not ever feel that the quality is compromised.

The guitar features in our list of best acoustic electric guitars only because of its superior quality and special consideration towards left-handed guitarists.

                Pros

  • Exclusive for Left-handers
  • Slim and Sleek body with a glossy finish; facilitates smooth playing

                  Cons

  • Some may argue that it is not made from premium quality wood but just polished to look premium.

The seventh on the list of best acoustic electric guitars is Ovation Applause Elite AE44II. Just one look on this guitar suffices to establish you are not looking at an average wooden guitar. It has quite a prominent and distinct back which is made from Lyrachord. Lyrachord is used in airplane blades. This makes the guitar lightweight yet not fragile.

Add icing to the cake is, this guitar comes with a preamp and piezo system is under saddle and coupled with 3-band EQ with an in-built tune.

                  Pros

  • Super Solid setup and build
  • Excellent functionality
  • Reliable and lasts long with proper maintenance

                  Cons

  • Bass response may sound a little bit lacking.

Next in our list is the Donner DAG-1CE. It comes in the standard dreadnought shape but is more affordable and is coupled with a few free add-ons. Wooden configuration is basic and standard; spruce wood for the top and mahogany wood at the back and sides. One noteworthy and an eye-catching feature is the sleek and slim C-shape neck. It also comes with in-built active preamp and EQ controls which help to adjust the treble, mid and bass.

We mentioned free add-ons, didn’t we? Well, there you go; the guitar comes in a full package complete with a guitar strap, a pickguard, a capo, a bundle of guitar picks and an extra set of guitar strings.

                Pros

  • Excellent for beginners
  • Amplified and Acoustic sound quality
  • Superior and sturdy build

               Cons

  • Few reports state string height inconsistencies in this product.

This is a concert size guitar which has a narrower "waist". The waist makes it easier to be held in one's lap and gives a subtle warm sound. Wooden configuration is standard; spruce for top and catalpa for the sides and back. It has an in-built active MET-10 preamp coupled with an in-built tuner. It has an all-laminated body with a sleek finish. Plugged in sound can be adjusted with an in-built EQ. Overall, Oscar Schmidt OG10CE is a beautiful and affordable acoustic-electric guitar which can be recommended for concert players.

                   Pros

  • Good aesthetics; no one can argue on this guitar’s good looks
  • Sturdy build
  • Acoustic sound quality

                 Cons

  • Few reports of fret buzz and inconsistency in minor action
  • The plugged-in sound may sound a little low at the bottom.

The 10th in the list of best acoustic electric guitars is the Fender CD-60SCE Dreadnought. This is one of the most popular guitar product from Fenders, available in the market. The cutaway is like Venetian and you can easily go to the upper frets. This is a no-nonsense instrument and rumbles along without even plugging in. It gives people the choice to play acoustically/electrically since it has scalloped x-ray braces attached to the body of this guitar. The body is, made of mahogany wood. The pickguard is black and the dotted inlays seem standard on the fretboard. Plugged in sound can be adjusted with an in-built EQ. 

                Pros

  • Typical Old School appearance and body
  • Big and loud, clear tone
  • Sleek neck for easy play

                   Cons

  • Not everyone will like the simple old school looks with a complete mahogany body

Conclusion

If you want to select the best acoustic electric guitar in the market, you have a tough task at hand. It's not only because of the options available but also because of your need to use an acoustic-electric guitar that can fit into all concert performances. It is, almost always, easier said than done. The trick of the trade is to analyze and understand your music style.

Your concert is your personality and your guitar is your signature. Keep this in mind while selecting your piece and you will almost never go wrong. Once, you have understood your tone, pitch and sound style well enough, our list will serve as the best guide to pick your acoustic electric guitar. Hope this list aids in creating the world’s future guitar kings and queens!

Mario

Mario@rockoutzone.com