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          Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500 in 2023

          Here you'll find the best acoustic guitars under $500. Here you'll find the best acoustic guitars under $500.

          We've found exactly 96 guitars like this in production this year. You can see them all by clicking on 'Load More' at the end of this list. You can use our filters to the left to see only the exact types of guitar you want. You can also click on "Compare" to get a deep spec comparison between two guitars of your choice. This list is updated daily automatically as we add new guitars to our database. We'll show you first the best ones according to our automated scoring system, which takes into account dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money and more.

          1. Epiphone Dove Studio

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          Epiphone Dove Studio
          Playability 85
          Sound 86
          Build quality 75
          Value for money 92
          Overall Score 82
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          • From Epiphone's 2012 Epiphone Inspired by Gibson series
          • Made in China
          • 6 strings
          • 25.5"'' scale
          • 12" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Spruce top
          • Select Maple back
          • Select Maple sides
          • Mahogany neck
          • Indian Laurel fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonicore (Preamp/Active)
          • Indian Laurel bridge
          • Acoustic SlimTaper D Set neck
          • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
          • Grover Rotomatic 14:1 tuners
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          Epiphone Dove Studio
          • Expensive Wood
          • NuBone Nut
          • Top Brand Pickups
          • Electronics
          • Plastic 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

          2. Fender CD-140SCE

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          Fender CD-140SCE
          Playability 85
          Sound 84
          Build quality 75
          Value for money 91
          Overall Score 81
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          • From Fender's 2016 Classic Design series
          • Made in Indonesia
          • 6 strings
          • 25.3"'' scale
          • 12" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Spruce top
          • Laminated Ovangkol back
          • Laminated Ovangkol sides
          • Mahogany neck
          • Walnut fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Fishman CD-1 Preamp (Preamp/Passive)
          • Walnut bridge
          • Acoustic Fender 'Easy-to-Play' shape with rolled fretboard edges Set neck
          • 20 Vintage frets
          • Chrome Die-Cast tuners
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          Fender CD-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

          3. Fender CD-140SCE All-Mahogany

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          Fender CD-140SCE All-Mahogany
          Playability 85
          Sound 84
          Build quality 75
          Value for money 91
          Overall Score 81
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          • From Fender's 2017 Classic Design series
          • Made in Indonesia
          • 6 strings
          • 25.3"'' scale
          • 12" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Mahogany top
          • Mahogany back
          • Mahogany sides
          • Mahogany neck
          • Walnut fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Fishman CD-1 Preamp (Preamp/Passive)
          • Walnut bridge
          • Acoustic Fender 'Easy-to-Play' shape with rolled fretboard edges Set neck
          • 20 Vintage frets
          • Chrome Die-Cast tuners
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          Fender CD-140SCE All-Mahogany
          • 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

          4. Martin DJr-10

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          Martin DJr-10
          Playability 83
          Sound 86
          Build quality 74
          Value for money 91
          Overall Score 81
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          • From Martin's 2021 Junior series
          • Made in Mexico
          • 6 strings
          • 24"'' scale
          • 16" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Spruce or Sapele top
          • Solid Sapele back
          • Solid Sapele sides
          • Select Hardwood neck
          • FSC Certified Richlite fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Fishman (Preamp/Active)
          • FSC Certified Richlite bridge
          • Acoustic Dreadnought Junior Set neck
          • 20 Medium frets
          • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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          Martin DJr-10
          • Top Brand Pickups
          • Electronics
          • Solid Top Wood
          • Solid Side Wood
          • Solid Back Wood
          • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
          • No Locking Tuners
          • Made in Mexico
          • No Expensive Woods
          • No High-Quality Nut
          • Low-Quality Material Saddle
          • No Compound Radius Fretboard
          • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
          • No Strap Lock

          5. Epiphone Hummingbird Studio

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          Epiphone Hummingbird Studio
          Playability 87
          Sound 84
          Build quality 72
          Value for money 91
          Overall Score 81
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          • From Epiphone's 2013 Hummingbird series
          • Made in China
          • 6 strings
          • 24.72"'' scale
          • 12" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Spruce top
          • Mahogany back
          • Mahogany sides
          • Mahogany neck
          • Pau Ferro fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonicore (Preamp/Active)
          • Pau Ferro (Reverse Belly) bridge
          • Acoustic SlimTaper D Set neck
          • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
          • Grover Rotomatic 18:1 tuners
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          Epiphone Hummingbird Studio
          • Expensive Wood
          • Top Brand Pickups
          • Electronics
          • Solid Top Wood
          • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
          • No Locking Tuners
          • Made in China
          • No High-Quality Nut
          • Low-Quality Material Saddle
          • Laminated Side Wood
          • Laminated Back Wood
          • No Compound Radius Fretboard
          • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
          • No Strap Lock

          6. Epiphone J-45 EC Studio

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          Epiphone J-45 EC Studio
          Playability 85
          Sound 86
          Build quality 72
          Value for money 91
          Overall Score 81
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          • From Epiphone's 2021 Modern series
          • Made in China
          • 6 strings
          • 24.75"'' scale
          • 12" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Sitka Spruce top
          • Layered Mahogany back
          • Layered Mahogany sides
          • Mahogany neck
          • Pau Ferro fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonicore (Preamp/Active)
          • Reverse Belly Pau Ferro bridge
          • Acoustic Rounded C Set neck
          • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
          • Epiphone Premium Die Cast with Kidney Bean Metal Buttons tuners
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          Epiphone J-45 EC Studio
          • Expensive Wood
          • Synthetic Bone Nut
          • Top Brand Pickups
          • Electronics
          • Compensated 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

          7. Fender Joe Strummer Campfire Acoustic

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          Fender Joe Strummer Campfire Acoustic
          Playability 87
          Sound 85
          Build quality 75
          Value for money 92
          Overall Score 82
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          • From Fender's 2021 Artist series
          • Joe Strummer Signature
          • Made in Indonesia
          • 6 strings
          • 24.1"'' scale
          • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Sitka Spruce top
          • Mahogany back
          • Mahogany sides
          • Mahogany neck
          • Walnut fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Fishman-designed preamp system (Preamp/Active)
          • Modern Viking bridge
          • Acoustic Slim C Set neck
          • 20 Medium frets
          • Sealed Nickel tuners
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          Fender Joe Strummer Campfire Acoustic
          • 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

          8. Fender CD-140SCE 12-String

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          Fender CD-140SCE 12-String
          Playability 82
          Sound 84
          Build quality 75
          Value for money 90
          Overall Score 80
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          • From Fender's 2017 Classic Design series
          • Made in Indonesia
          • 12 strings
          • 25.3"'' scale
          • 12" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Spruce top
          • Laminated Ovangkol back
          • Laminated Ovangkol sides
          • Mahogany neck
          • Walnut fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Fishman CD-1 Preamp (Preamp/Passive)
          • Walnut bridge
          • Acoustic Fender 'Easy-to-Play' shape with rolled fretboard edges Set neck
          • 20 Vintage frets
          • Chrome Die-Cast tuners
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          Strengths & Weaknesses
          Fender CD-140SCE 12-String
          • 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

          9. Epiphone J-200 EC Studio

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          Epiphone J-200 EC Studio
          Playability 85
          Sound 84
          Build quality 72
          Value for money 90
          Overall Score 80
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          • From Epiphone's 2013 Modern Acoustic series
          • Made in China
          • 6 strings
          • 25.5"'' scale
          • 12" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Spruce top
          • Select Maple back
          • Select Maple sides
          • Mahogany neck
          • Pau Ferro fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonicore (Preamp/Active)
          • Pau Ferro; Classic Moustache shape bridge
          • Acoustic 1960's SlimTaper D-shape Set neck
          • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
          • Grover Rotomatic; 18:1 ratio tuners
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          Strengths & Weaknesses
          Epiphone J-200 EC Studio
          • Expensive Wood
          • Top Brand Pickups
          • Electronics
          • Solid Top Wood
          • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
          • No Locking Tuners
          • Made in China
          • No High-Quality Nut
          • Low-Quality Material Saddle
          • Laminated Side Wood
          • Laminated Back Wood
          • No Compound Radius Fretboard
          • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
          • No Strap Lock

          10. Martin LX1R Little Martin

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          Martin LX1R Little Martin
          Playability 87
          Sound 84
          Build quality 70
          Value for money 90
          Overall Score 80
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          • From Martin's 2014 Little Martin series
          • Made in Mexico
          • 6 strings
          • 23"'' scale
          • 16" Fretboard Radius
          • Solid Spruce top
          • HPL back
          • HPL sides
          • Rust Birch Laminate neck
          • FSC Certified Richlite fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonitone (Preamp/Active)
          • FSC Certified Richlite bridge
          • Acoustic Modified Low Oval Set neck
          • 20 Medium frets
          • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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          Martin LX1R Little Martin
          • Top Brand Pickups
          • Electronics
          • Solid Top Wood
          • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
          • No Locking Tuners
          • Made in Mexico
          • No Expensive Woods
          • No High-Quality Nut
          • Low-Quality Material Saddle
          • Laminated Side Wood
          • Laminated Back Wood
          • No Compound Radius Fretboard
          • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
          • No Strap Lock