Best Acoustic Guitars With Gold Hardware in 2024

Here are the top acoustic guitars with Gold hardware.

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 Custom J-45 Deluxe Rosewood

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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 Custom's 2021 Modern Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Rosewood back
  • Solid Rosewood sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs VTC (Preamp/Active)
  • Traditional belly up bridge
  • Acoustic Slim Taper Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Grover Rotomatic w/ kidney buttons tuners
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2021 Modern Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Rosewood back
  • Solid Rosewood sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs VTC (Preamp/Active)
  • Traditional belly up bridge
  • Acoustic Slim Taper Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Grover Rotomatic w/ kidney buttons tuners
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Gibson Custom J-45 Deluxe Rosewood
  • 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. Gibson Hummingbird Faded

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

    What our users think

    • Neck access to high frets: Normal (1 vote)
    • Fret edges: Smooth (1 vote)
    • Tuning stability: Holds tune well (1 vote)
    • Weight: Very lightweight (1 vote)
    • Neck profile shape: C (2 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Slightly chunky (1 vote)
    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (3 votes)
    • Pickups power: Clean (3 votes)
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    • From Gibson's 2022 Original Acoustic series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Sitka Spruce top
    • Solid Mahogany back
    • Solid Mahogany sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs VTC (Preamp/Active)
    • Traditional Belly Up, Rosewood bridge
    • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gold Gotoh with Green Keystone Buttons tuners
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    • From Gibson's 2022 Original Acoustic series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Sitka Spruce top
    • Solid Mahogany back
    • Solid Mahogany sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs VTC (Preamp/Active)
    • Traditional Belly Up, Rosewood bridge
    • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gold Gotoh with Green Keystone Buttons tuners
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    Gibson Hummingbird Faded
    • 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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    3. Guild F-55E in Natural

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    Playability 77
    Sound 88
    Build quality 92
    Value for money 71
    Overall Score 86
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    • From Guild's 2021 Guild Usa series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 25.625"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Sitka Spruce top
    • Solid Indian Rosewood back
    • Solid Indian Rosewood 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 C Shape Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh SE700 Open-Gear in Gold tuners
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    • From Guild's 2021 Guild Usa series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 25.625"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Sitka Spruce top
    • Solid Indian Rosewood back
    • Solid Indian Rosewood 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 C Shape Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh SE700 Open-Gear in Gold tuners
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    Guild F-55E in Natural
    • 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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    4. Taylor GT K21e

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    Playability 82
    Sound 86
    Build quality 89
    Value for money 71
    Overall Score 86

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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 2021 Koa series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 24.125"'' scale
    • 15" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa top
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa back
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa 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
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh tuners
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    • From Taylor's 2021 Koa series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 24.125"'' scale
    • 15" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa top
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa back
    • Solid Hawaiian Koa 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
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh tuners
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    Taylor GT K21e
    • 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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    5. Epiphone Frontier USA Collection

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

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    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (3 votes)
    • Pickups power: Clean (3 votes)
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    • From Epiphone's 2021 Made in USA series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 25.5"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Sitka Spruce top
    • Solid Figured Maple back
    • Solid Figured Maple sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs VTC (Preamp/Active)
    • Indian Rosewood; Belly Up bridge
    • Acoustic Rounded C Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh Keystone tuners
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    • From Epiphone's 2021 Made in USA series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 25.5"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Sitka Spruce top
    • Solid Figured Maple back
    • Solid Figured Maple sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs VTC (Preamp/Active)
    • Indian Rosewood; Belly Up bridge
    • Acoustic Rounded C Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh Keystone tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Epiphone Frontier USA Collection
    • 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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    6. Martin D-42 Modern Deluxe

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    Playability 77
    Sound 88
    Build quality 89
    Value for money 70
    Overall Score 85

    What our users think

    • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (2 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
    • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (2 votes)
    • Pickups power: Clean (2 votes)
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    • From Martin's 2022 Modern Deluxe series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 24.9"'' scale
    • 16" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Spruce with VTS top
    • Solid East Indian Rosewood back
    • Solid East Indian Rosewood sides
    • Genuine Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Fishman (Preamp/Active)
    • Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Vintage Deluxe Set neck
    • 20 Medium Gold frets
    • Gold Open Gear tuners
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    • From Martin's 2022 Modern Deluxe series
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 24.9"'' scale
    • 16" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Spruce with VTS top
    • Solid East Indian Rosewood back
    • Solid East Indian Rosewood sides
    • Genuine Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Fishman (Preamp/Active)
    • Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Vintage Deluxe Set neck
    • 20 Medium Gold frets
    • Gold Open Gear tuners
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    Martin D-42 Modern Deluxe
    • Gold Frets
    • Made in United States
    • Expensive Wood
    • Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Electronics
    • Compensated Saddle
    • Solid Top Wood
    • Solid Side Wood
    • Solid Back Wood
    • No Locking Tuners
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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    7. 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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      8. Gibson Custom Hummingbird Deluxe

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

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      • Tuning stability: Won't get out of tune (1 vote)
      • Pickups noise: Noiseless (3 votes)
      • Pickups power: Clean (3 votes)
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      • From Gibson Custom's 2020 Modern Collection series
      • Made in United States
      • 6 strings
      • 24.75"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Solid Rosewood back
      • Solid Rosewood sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs VTC (Preamp/Active)
      • Traditional belly up bridge
      • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Grover Rotomatic w/ kidney buttons tuners
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      • From Gibson Custom's 2020 Modern Collection series
      • Made in United States
      • 6 strings
      • 24.75"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Solid Rosewood back
      • Solid Rosewood sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs VTC (Preamp/Active)
      • Traditional belly up bridge
      • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Grover Rotomatic w/ kidney buttons tuners
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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      Gibson Custom Hummingbird Deluxe
      • 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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        9. Guild D-55E Dreadnought Acoustic

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        Playability 77
        Sound 88
        Build quality 92
        Value for money 71
        Overall Score 86
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        • From Guild's 2019 Guild Usa series
        • Made in United States
        • 6 strings
        • 25.625"'' scale
        • 12" Fretboard Radius
        • Solid Sitka Spruce top
        • Solid Indian Rosewood back
        • Solid Indian Rosewood 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 C Shape Set neck
        • 20 Medium frets
        • Gotoh SE700 Open-Gear in Gold tuners
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        • From Guild's 2019 Guild Usa series
        • Made in United States
        • 6 strings
        • 25.625"'' scale
        • 12" Fretboard Radius
        • Solid Sitka Spruce top
        • Solid Indian Rosewood back
        • Solid Indian Rosewood 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 C Shape Set neck
        • 20 Medium frets
        • Gotoh SE700 Open-Gear in Gold tuners
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        Strengths & Weaknesses
        Guild D-55E Dreadnought Acoustic
        • 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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        10. Guild F-512E Natural

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        Playability 73
        Sound 88
        Build quality 92
        Value for money 69
        Overall Score 84
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        • From Guild's 2019 Guild Usa series
        • Made in United States
        • 12 strings
        • 25.625"'' scale
        • 12" Fretboard Radius
        • Solid Sitka Spruce top
        • Solid Indian Rosewood back
        • Solid Indian Rosewood sides
        • Mahogany with Walnut Center Strip neck
        • Ebony fretboard
        • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs Anthem with Volume, Mix, and Phase Controls (Preamp/Active)
        • Indian Rosewood bridge
        • Acoustic C Shape Set neck
        • 20 Medium frets
        • Gotoh SE701 Open Gear in Gold tuners
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        • 2 Prices - New from $4,399 >
        • From Guild's 2019 Guild Usa series
        • Made in United States
        • 12 strings
        • 25.625"'' scale
        • 12" Fretboard Radius
        • Solid Sitka Spruce top
        • Solid Indian Rosewood back
        • Solid Indian Rosewood sides
        • Mahogany with Walnut Center Strip neck
        • Ebony fretboard
        • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs Anthem with Volume, Mix, and Phase Controls (Preamp/Active)
        • Indian Rosewood bridge
        • Acoustic C Shape Set neck
        • 20 Medium frets
        • Gotoh SE701 Open Gear in Gold tuners
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        Strengths & Weaknesses
        Guild F-512E Natural
        • 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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