Best 18 Fret Acoustic Guitars in 2024

Here you'll find the best 18 fret acoustic guitars.

After comparing the 2000+ guitars in our database, these are the best scoring ones with these characteristics. You can use our filters to the left to narrow down these results, or click on "Compare" to get a deep comparison between them. Our automated scoring system takes into account the ratings from ours users who own the guitar, and dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money, and more.

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1. Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce WHB

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Playability 73
Sound 84
Build quality 89
Value for money 67
Overall Score 82

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  • Neck profile shape: D (8 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (8 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (7 votes)
  • Pickups power: Clean (6 votes)
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  • From Taylor's 2020 600 series
  • Made in United States
  • 12 strings
  • 24.9"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Maple back
  • Solid Maple sides
  • Hard Rock Maple neck
  • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
  • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
  • 18 Medium frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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  • From Taylor's 2020 600 series
  • Made in United States
  • 12 strings
  • 24.9"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Maple back
  • Solid Maple sides
  • Hard Rock Maple neck
  • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
  • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
  • 18 Medium frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce WHB
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Electronics
  • Synthetic Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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2. Alvarez MPA66ESHB

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Playability 78
Sound 84
Build quality 75
Value for money 84
Overall Score 79
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  • From Alvarez's 2022 Masterworks series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 24.016"'' scale
  • 14.96" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid African Mahogany top
  • Solid African Mahogany back
  • Solid African Mahogany sides
  • One piece mahogany, 50/50 Semi gloss finish neck
  • Indian Laurel/Rosewood w/12th Fret Inlay fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pick Up (Preamp/Active)
  • Bi-Level Indian Laurel/Rosewood bridge
  • Acoustic Alvarez Set neck
  • 18 Medium frets
  • Premium Die Cast Gold w/Ebony Buttons tuners
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  • From Alvarez's 2022 Masterworks series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 24.016"'' scale
  • 14.96" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid African Mahogany top
  • Solid African Mahogany back
  • Solid African Mahogany sides
  • One piece mahogany, 50/50 Semi gloss finish neck
  • Indian Laurel/Rosewood w/12th Fret Inlay fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pick Up (Preamp/Active)
  • Bi-Level Indian Laurel/Rosewood bridge
  • Acoustic Alvarez Set neck
  • 18 Medium frets
  • Premium Die Cast Gold w/Ebony Buttons tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Alvarez MPA66ESHB
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in China
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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    3. Harley Benton CLP-15E Flame Koa Exotic

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    Harley Benton CLP-15E Flame Koa Exotic
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    Playability 75
    Sound 81
    Build quality 70
    Value for money 85
    Overall Score 75
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    • From Harley Benton's 2021 Custom Line series
    • Made in China
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid selected AA-grade Hawaiian bar Koa top
    • Mahogany back
    • Mahogany sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Pao Ferro fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Sonicore with Fishman Presys II preamp (Preamp/Active)
    • Pau Ferro bridge
    • Acoustic C Shape Set neck
    • 18 Medium frets
    • Black Die Cast Machine Heads with Mushroom buttons tuners
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    • From Harley Benton's 2021 Custom Line series
    • Made in China
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid selected AA-grade Hawaiian bar Koa top
    • Mahogany back
    • Mahogany sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Pao Ferro fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Sonicore with Fishman Presys II preamp (Preamp/Active)
    • Pau Ferro bridge
    • Acoustic C Shape Set neck
    • 18 Medium frets
    • Black Die Cast Machine Heads with Mushroom buttons tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Harley Benton CLP-15E Flame Koa Exotic
    • Expensive Wood
    • Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Electronics
    • Other Saddle
    • Solid Top Wood
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in China
    • Laminated Side Wood
    • Laminated Back Wood
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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      4. Fender CN-140SCE

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      Playability 70
      Sound 79
      Build quality 74
      Value for money 84
      Overall Score 74

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: C (4 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Slightly chunky (3 votes)
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      • From Fender's 2017 Classic Design series
      • Made in Indonesia
      • 6 strings
      • 25.3"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Cedar top
      • Laminated Ovangkol back
      • Laminated Ovangkol sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Walnut fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Fishman CD Preamp (Preamp/Passive)
      • Walnut bridge
      • Acoustic Fender 'Easy-to-Play' shape with rolled fretboard edges Set neck
      • 18 Vintage frets
      • 3-In-Line with Amber Pearloid Buttons tuners
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      • From Fender's 2017 Classic Design series
      • Made in Indonesia
      • 6 strings
      • 25.3"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Cedar top
      • Laminated Ovangkol back
      • Laminated Ovangkol sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Walnut fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Fishman CD Preamp (Preamp/Passive)
      • Walnut bridge
      • Acoustic Fender 'Easy-to-Play' shape with rolled fretboard edges Set neck
      • 18 Vintage frets
      • 3-In-Line with Amber Pearloid Buttons tuners
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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      Fender CN-140SCE
      • Expensive Wood
      • NuBone Nut
      • Top Brand Pickups
      • Electronics
      • NuBone Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in Indonesia
      • Laminated Side Wood
      • Laminated Back Wood
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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      5. Washburn 10SK

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      Washburn 10SK
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      Playability 82
      Sound 76
      Build quality 60
      Value for money 88
      Overall Score 73
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      • From Washburn's 2019 Rover series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 23.75"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Spruce top
      • Mahogany back
      • Mahogany sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Engineered Wood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Engineered Wood bridge
      • Acoustic Washburn Rover Set neck
      • 18 Medium frets
      • Chrome Diecast tuners
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      • From Washburn's 2019 Rover series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 23.75"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Spruce top
      • Mahogany back
      • Mahogany sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Engineered Wood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Engineered Wood bridge
      • Acoustic Washburn Rover Set neck
      • 18 Medium frets
      • Chrome Diecast tuners
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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      Washburn 10SK
      • Expensive Wood
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in China
      • No High-Quality Nut
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • No Electronics
      • Low-Quality Material Saddle
      • Laminated Side Wood
      • Laminated Back Wood
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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        6. Cort AC120CE

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        Playability 70
        Sound 79
        Build quality 67
        Value for money 82
        Overall Score 72
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        • From Cort's 2020 Classic series
        • Made in Indonesia
        • 6 strings
        • 25.6"'' scale
        • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
        • Spruce top
        • Mahogany back
        • Mahogany sides
        • Mahogany neck
        • Merbau fretboard
        • Bridge pickup: Cort CE304T (Preamp/Active)
        • Merbau bridge
        • Acoustic Cort Set neck
        • 18 Medium frets
        • Classical Style tuners
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        • From Cort's 2020 Classic series
        • Made in Indonesia
        • 6 strings
        • 25.6"'' scale
        • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
        • Spruce top
        • Mahogany back
        • Mahogany sides
        • Mahogany neck
        • Merbau fretboard
        • Bridge pickup: Cort CE304T (Preamp/Active)
        • Merbau bridge
        • Acoustic Cort Set neck
        • 18 Medium frets
        • Classical Style tuners
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        Strengths & Weaknesses
        Cort AC120CE
        • Expensive Wood
        • Bone Nut
        • Electronics
        • Bone Saddle
        • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
        • No Locking Tuners
        • Made in Indonesia
        • No Top Brand Pickups
        • Laminated Top Wood
        • Laminated Side Wood
        • Laminated Back Wood
        • No Compound Radius Fretboard
        • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
        • No Strap Lock

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          7. Ibanez PN12E

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          Playability 78
          Sound 76
          Build quality 60
          Value for money 86
          Overall Score 71
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          • From Ibanez's 2020 PF series
          • Made in China
          • 6 strings
          • 24.4"'' scale
          • 9.843" Fretboard Radius
          • Sapele top
          • Nyatoh back
          • Nyatoh sides
          • Nyatoh neck
          • Nandu Wood fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Ibanez Undersaddle (Preamp/Active)
          • Nandu Wood bridge
          • Acoustic PN Set neck
          • 18 Medium frets
          • Ibanez tuners
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          • 2 Prices - New from $199.99 >
          • From Ibanez's 2020 PF series
          • Made in China
          • 6 strings
          • 24.4"'' scale
          • 9.843" Fretboard Radius
          • Sapele top
          • Nyatoh back
          • Nyatoh sides
          • Nyatoh neck
          • Nandu Wood fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Ibanez Undersaddle (Preamp/Active)
          • Nandu Wood bridge
          • Acoustic PN Set neck
          • 18 Medium frets
          • Ibanez tuners
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          Ibanez PN12E
          • Electronics
          • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
          • No Locking Tuners
          • Made in China
          • No Expensive Woods
          • No High-Quality Nut
          • No Top Brand Pickups
          • Low-Quality Material Saddle
          • Laminated Top Wood
          • Laminated Side Wood
          • Laminated Back Wood
          • No Compound Radius Fretboard
          • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
          • No Strap Lock

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          8. Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce

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          Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce
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          Playability 73
          Sound 84
          Build quality 89
          Value for money 67
          Overall Score 82

          What our users think

          • Neck profile shape: D (8 votes)
          • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (8 votes)
          • Pickups noise: Noiseless (7 votes)
          • Pickups power: Clean (6 votes)
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          • From Taylor's 2020 600 series
          • Made in United States
          • 12 strings
          • 24.9"'' scale
          • 15" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Sitka Spruce top
          • Solid Maple back
          • Solid Maple sides
          • Hard Rock Maple neck
          • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
          • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
          • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
          • 18 Medium frets
          • Gotoh tuners
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          • 2 Prices - New from $4,199 >
          • From Taylor's 2020 600 series
          • Made in United States
          • 12 strings
          • 24.9"'' scale
          • 15" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Sitka Spruce top
          • Solid Maple back
          • Solid Maple sides
          • Hard Rock Maple neck
          • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
          • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
          • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
          • 18 Medium frets
          • Gotoh tuners
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          Strengths & Weaknesses
          Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce
          • Made in United States
          • Expensive Wood
          • Ivory Tusq Nut
          • Electronics
          • Synthetic Bone Saddle
          • Solid Top Wood
          • Solid Side Wood
          • Solid Back Wood
          • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
          • No Locking Tuners
          • No Top Brand Pickups
          • No Compound Radius Fretboard
          • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
          • No Strap Lock

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          9. Taylor PS12ce 12-Fret Honduran Rosewood

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          Playability 73
          Sound 84
          Build quality 85
          Value for money 66
          Overall Score 81

          What our users think

          • Neck profile shape: D (8 votes)
          • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (8 votes)
          • Pickups noise: Noiseless (7 votes)
          • Pickups power: Clean (6 votes)
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          • From Taylor's 2019 Presentation series
          • Made in United States
          • 6 strings
          • 24.9"'' scale
          • 15" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Sinker Redwood top
          • Solid Honduran Rosewood back
          • Solid Honduran Rosewood sides
          • Tropical Mahogany neck
          • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
          • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
          • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
          • 18 Medium frets
          • Taylor Slot Head tuners
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          • From Taylor's 2019 Presentation series
          • Made in United States
          • 6 strings
          • 24.9"'' scale
          • 15" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Sinker Redwood top
          • Solid Honduran Rosewood back
          • Solid Honduran Rosewood sides
          • Tropical Mahogany neck
          • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
          • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
          • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
          • 18 Medium frets
          • Taylor Slot Head tuners
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          Strengths & Weaknesses
          Taylor PS12ce 12-Fret Honduran Rosewood
          • Made in United States
          • Expensive Wood
          • Black Tusq XL Nut
          • Electronics
          • Synthetic Bone Saddle
          • Solid Top Wood
          • Solid Side Wood
          • Solid Back Wood
          • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
          • No Locking Tuners
          • No Top Brand Pickups
          • No Compound Radius Fretboard
          • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
          • No Strap Lock

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            10. Taylor 912ce 12-Fret

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            Playability 73
            Sound 84
            Build quality 85
            Value for money 66
            Overall Score 81

            What our users think

            • Neck profile shape: D (8 votes)
            • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (8 votes)
            • Pickups noise: Noiseless (7 votes)
            • Pickups power: Clean (6 votes)
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            • From Taylor's 2016 900 series
            • Made in United States
            • 6 strings
            • 24.9"'' scale
            • 15" Fretboard Radius
            • Solid Sitka Spruce top
            • Solid Indian Rosewood back
            • Solid Indian Rosewood sides
            • Tropical Mahogany neck
            • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
            • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
            • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
            • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
            • 18 Medium frets
            • Taylor Slot Head tuners
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            • 4 Prices - New from $5,799 >
            • From Taylor's 2016 900 series
            • Made in United States
            • 6 strings
            • 24.9"'' scale
            • 15" Fretboard Radius
            • Solid Sitka Spruce top
            • Solid Indian Rosewood back
            • Solid Indian Rosewood sides
            • Tropical Mahogany neck
            • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
            • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
            • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
            • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
            • 18 Medium frets
            • Taylor Slot Head tuners
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            Strengths & Weaknesses
            Taylor 912ce 12-Fret
            • Made in United States
            • Expensive Wood
            • Black Tusq XL Nut
            • Electronics
            • Synthetic Bone Saddle
            • Solid Top Wood
            • Solid Side Wood
            • Solid Back Wood
            • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
            • No Locking Tuners
            • No Top Brand Pickups
            • No Compound Radius Fretboard
            • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
            • No Strap Lock

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