Best Acoustic Guitars With Flame Maple Back in 2024

Here are the top acoustic guitars with Flame Maple back. This wood has beautiful patterns only found in specific types of maple.

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. Gibson J-185 Original

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Playability 78
Sound 88
Build quality 92
Value for money 71
Overall Score 86

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  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (3 votes)
  • Pickups power: Clean (3 votes)
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  • From Gibson's 2019 Original Acoustic series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Flame Maple back
  • Solid Flame Maple sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs VTC (Preamp/Active)
  • Traditional belly up bridge
  • Acoustic Slim Taper Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh Keystone tuners
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  • From Gibson's 2019 Original Acoustic series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Flame Maple back
  • Solid Flame Maple sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs VTC (Preamp/Active)
  • Traditional belly up bridge
  • Acoustic Slim Taper Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh Keystone tuners
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Gibson J-185 Original
  • Made in United States
  • 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
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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2. Cort Seven Stars Limited

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Playability 73
Sound 88
Build quality 90
Value for money 74
Overall Score 84
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  • From Cort's 2019 Limited series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.3"'' scale
  • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Adirondack Spruce(Master Grade) top
  • Solid Flamed Maple back
  • Solid Flamed Maple sides
  • Walnut Reinforced Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: L.R.Baggs Anthem (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic Cort Neck Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh SGL510Z Gold tuners
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  • From Cort's 2019 Limited series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.3"'' scale
  • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Adirondack Spruce(Master Grade) top
  • Solid Flamed Maple back
  • Solid Flamed Maple sides
  • Walnut Reinforced Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: L.R.Baggs Anthem (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic Cort Neck Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh SGL510Z Gold tuners
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Cort Seven Stars Limited
  • Made in Japan
  • 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
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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    3. Alvarez JYM80CE

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    Playability 73
    Sound 88
    Build quality 92
    Value for money 69
    Overall Score 84

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    • Neck profile shape: V (1 vote)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (1 vote)
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    • From Alvarez's 2022 Yairi series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 25.512"'' scale
    • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid AAA Sitka Spruce top
    • Solid Flamed Maple back
    • Solid Flamed Maple sides
    • One piece mahogany, 50/50 Semi gloss finish, Extended neck joint neck
    • Ebony / 12th Fret Inlay fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs VTC Element System (Preamp/Active)
    • Ebony Direct Coupled bridge
    • Acoustic Alvarez Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh 510's Gold with Ebony Buttons tuners
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    • From Alvarez's 2022 Yairi series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 25.512"'' scale
    • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid AAA Sitka Spruce top
    • Solid Flamed Maple back
    • Solid Flamed Maple sides
    • One piece mahogany, 50/50 Semi gloss finish, Extended neck joint neck
    • Ebony / 12th Fret Inlay fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs VTC Element System (Preamp/Active)
    • Ebony Direct Coupled bridge
    • Acoustic Alvarez Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh 510's Gold with Ebony Buttons tuners
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    Alvarez JYM80CE
    • Made in Japan
    • Expensive Wood
    • Ivory Tusq Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Electronics
    • Ivory Tusq Saddle
    • Solid Top Wood
    • Solid Side Wood
    • Solid Back Wood
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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      4. Takamine EF450C TT

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      Playability 77
      Sound 85
      Build quality 87
      Value for money 68
      Overall Score 83

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      • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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      • From Takamine's 2018 TT series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.4"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Thermal Spruce top
      • Solid Flame Maple back
      • Flame Maple sides
      • Maple neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: TLD-2 Line Driver (Preamp/Active)
      • Fixed bridge
      • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Takamine tuners
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      • From Takamine's 2018 TT series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.4"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Thermal Spruce top
      • Solid Flame Maple back
      • Flame Maple sides
      • Maple neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: TLD-2 Line Driver (Preamp/Active)
      • Fixed bridge
      • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Takamine tuners
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      Takamine EF450C TT
      • Made in Japan
      • Expensive Wood
      • Bone Nut
      • Top Brand Pickups
      • Electronics
      • Bone Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Solid Back Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Laminated Side Wood
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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      5. Guild F-55E Maple Antique Burst

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      Playability 73
      Sound 85
      Build quality 89
      Value for money 67
      Overall Score 82
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      • From Guild's 2020 Guild Usa series
      • Made in United States
      • 6 strings
      • 25.625"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Arched Flamed Maple back
      • Flamed Maple sides
      • Mahogany with Walnut Center Strip neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs Anthem with Volume, Mix, and Phase Controls (Preamp/Active)
      • Ebony bridge
      • Acoustic Guild Usa Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gotoh SE700 Open-Gear in Gold tuners
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      • From Guild's 2020 Guild Usa series
      • Made in United States
      • 6 strings
      • 25.625"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Arched Flamed Maple back
      • Flamed Maple sides
      • Mahogany with Walnut Center Strip neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs Anthem with Volume, Mix, and Phase Controls (Preamp/Active)
      • Ebony bridge
      • Acoustic Guild Usa Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gotoh SE700 Open-Gear in Gold tuners
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      Guild F-55E Maple Antique Burst
      • Made in United States
      • Expensive Wood
      • Bone Nut
      • Top Brand Pickups
      • Electronics
      • Bone Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Laminated Side Wood
      • Laminated Back Wood
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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      6. Gibson Custom Doves in Flight

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      Playability 77
      Sound 85
      Build quality 85
      Value for money 67
      Overall Score 82
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      • From Gibson Custom's 2017 Modern Collection series
      • Made in United States
      • 6 strings
      • 25.5"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Solid Flame Maple back
      • Solid Flame Maple sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Dove bridge
      • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Grover with engraved Keystone tuners
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      • From Gibson Custom's 2017 Modern Collection series
      • Made in United States
      • 6 strings
      • 25.5"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Solid Flame Maple back
      • Solid Flame Maple sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Dove bridge
      • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Grover with engraved Keystone tuners
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      Gibson Custom Doves in Flight
      • Made in United States
      • Expensive Wood
      • Bone Nut
      • Bone Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Solid Side Wood
      • Solid Back Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • No Electronics
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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      7. Washburn J40SCE

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      Playability 77
      Sound 85
      Build quality 79
      Value for money 85
      Overall Score 80
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      • From Washburn's 2019 Heritage series
      • Made in United States
      • 6 strings
      • 25.3"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Figured Flame Maple back
      • Figured Flame Maple sides
      • Satin Mahogany with 2 way Truss Rod neck
      • Ovangkol fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys+ 501T w/tuner (Preamp/Active)
      • Ovangkol bridge
      • Acoustic Washburn Heritage Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gold Diecast tuners
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      • From Washburn's 2019 Heritage series
      • Made in United States
      • 6 strings
      • 25.3"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Figured Flame Maple back
      • Figured Flame Maple sides
      • Satin Mahogany with 2 way Truss Rod neck
      • Ovangkol fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys+ 501T w/tuner (Preamp/Active)
      • Ovangkol bridge
      • Acoustic Washburn Heritage Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gold Diecast tuners
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      Washburn J40SCE
      • Made in United States
      • Expensive Wood
      • NuBone Nut
      • Top Brand Pickups
      • Electronics
      • NuBone Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Laminated Side Wood
      • Laminated Back Wood
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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      8. Taylor 214ce-BLK DLX

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      Playability 73
      Sound 85
      Build quality 74
      Value for money 77
      Overall Score 77

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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 2014 200 series
      • Made in Mexico
      • 6 strings
      • 25.5"'' scale
      • 15" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Layered Maple back
      • Layered 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
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Satin Black tuners
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      • From Taylor's 2014 200 series
      • Made in Mexico
      • 6 strings
      • 25.5"'' scale
      • 15" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Layered Maple back
      • Layered 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
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Satin Black tuners
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      Taylor 214ce-BLK DLX
      • Expensive Wood
      • NuBone Nut
      • Electronics
      • Synthetic Bone Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in Mexico
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • Laminated Side Wood
      • Laminated Back Wood
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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      9. Ibanez AEWC400

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      Playability 77
      Sound 79
      Build quality 70
      Value for money 80
      Overall Score 75
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      • From Ibanez's 2018 AEW series
      • Made in Indonesia
      • 6 strings
      • 25"'' scale
      • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
      • Flamed Maple top
      • Flamed Maple top
      • Flamed Maple back
      • Flamed Maple sides
      • Nyatoh neck
      • Walnut fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Fishman S-Core (Preamp/Active)
      • Walnut AEWC original top loading bridge
      • Acoustic AEWC Asymmetric comfort Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Ibanez tuners
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      • From Ibanez's 2018 AEW series
      • Made in Indonesia
      • 6 strings
      • 25"'' scale
      • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
      • Flamed Maple top
      • Flamed Maple top
      • Flamed Maple back
      • Flamed Maple sides
      • Nyatoh neck
      • Walnut fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Fishman S-Core (Preamp/Active)
      • Walnut AEWC original top loading bridge
      • Acoustic AEWC Asymmetric comfort Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Ibanez tuners
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      • Expensive Wood
      • Top Brand Pickups
      • Electronics
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in Indonesia
      • No High-Quality Nut
      • 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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      10. Yamaha NCX1FM

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      Playability 73
      Sound 81
      Build quality 67
      Value for money 79
      Overall Score 74

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      • Tuning stability: Holds tune well (1 vote)
      • Weight: Very lightweight (1 vote)
      • Neck profile shape: C (15 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (14 votes)
      • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
      • Pickups power: Clean (1 vote)
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      • From Yamaha's 2020 NX series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Flame Maple top
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Flame Maple back
      • Flame Maple sides
      • Nato neck
      • Walnut fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Undersaddle 3-Band EQ Preamp with Tuner (Preamp/Active)
      • Ebony + Walnut bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Chrome w/ Matte Black Shaft (RM1188NB-B06) tuners
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      • From Yamaha's 2020 NX series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Flame Maple top
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Flame Maple back
      • Flame Maple sides
      • Nato neck
      • Walnut fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Undersaddle 3-Band EQ Preamp with Tuner (Preamp/Active)
      • Ebony + Walnut bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Chrome w/ Matte Black Shaft (RM1188NB-B06) tuners
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      Yamaha NCX1FM
      • Expensive Wood
      • Electronics
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in China
      • No High-Quality Nut
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • 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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