Best Dreadnought Shape Guitars in 2024

Here you'll find the best Dreadnought shape 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. 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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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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    2. Gibson Hummingbird Original

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

    What our users think

    • 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 2020 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 bridge
    • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh Keystone tuners
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    • From Gibson's 2020 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 bridge
    • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gotoh Keystone tuners
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    Gibson Hummingbird 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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    3. 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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    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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    4. Martin HD12-28

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    Playability 80
    Sound 88
    Build quality 88
    Value for money 70
    Overall Score 85

    What our users think

    • Neck access to high frets: Easy (1 vote)
    • Fret edges: Smooth (1 vote)
    • Tuning stability: Holds tune well (1 vote)
    • Weight: Lightweight (1 vote)
    • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (3 votes)
    • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (2 votes)
    • Pickups power: Clean (2 votes)
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    • From Martin's 1931 Standard series
    • Made in United States
    • 12 strings
    • 24.9"'' scale
    • 16" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Spruce top
    • Solid East Indian Rosewood back
    • Solid East Indian Rosewood sides
    • Select Hardwood neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Fishman (Preamp/Active)
    • Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Performing Artist Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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    • From Martin's 1931 Standard series
    • Made in United States
    • 12 strings
    • 24.9"'' scale
    • 16" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Spruce top
    • Solid East Indian Rosewood back
    • Solid East Indian Rosewood sides
    • Select Hardwood neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Fishman (Preamp/Active)
    • Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Performing Artist Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Chrome Enclosed Gear tuners
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    Martin HD12-28
    • Made in United States
    • Expensive Wood
    • Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Electronics
    • Compensated 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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    5. Alvarez DYM70CESHB

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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 East Indian Rosewood back
    • Solid East Indian Rosewood 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 East Indian Rosewood back
    • Solid East Indian Rosewood 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 DYM70CESHB
    • 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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      6. 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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      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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      7. Takamine EF341DX

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      Playability 77
      Sound 85
      Build quality 87
      Value for money 73
      Overall Score 83

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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      • From Takamine's 2020 Legacy series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.4"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Cedar top
      • Maple back
      • Maple sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: CT4B II (Preamp/Active)
      • Fixed bridge
      • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gotoh tuners
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      • From Takamine's 2020 Legacy series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.4"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Cedar top
      • Maple back
      • Maple sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: CT4B II (Preamp/Active)
      • Fixed bridge
      • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gotoh tuners
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      Takamine EF341DX
      • Made in Japan
      • 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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      8. Yamaha A5M ARE

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      Playability 73
      Sound 90
      Build quality 87
      Value for money 78
      Overall Score 83

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      • Neck profile shape: C (14 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (15 votes)
      • Pickups noise: Noiseless (3 votes)
      • Pickups power: Clean (3 votes)
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      • From Yamaha's 2017 A series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce A.R.E. w/Scalloped Bracing top
      • Solid Mahogany back
      • Solid Mahogany sides
      • African Mahogany (3-ply) neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: SYSTEM71(SRT2 System) + SRT Piezo Pickup (Preamp/Active)
      • Ebony bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Open Gear Chrome (Gotoh) tuners
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      • From Yamaha's 2017 A series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce A.R.E. w/Scalloped Bracing top
      • Solid Mahogany back
      • Solid Mahogany sides
      • African Mahogany (3-ply) neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: SYSTEM71(SRT2 System) + SRT Piezo Pickup (Preamp/Active)
      • Ebony bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Open Gear Chrome (Gotoh) tuners
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      Yamaha A5M ARE
      • Made in Japan
      • Expensive Wood
      • Ivory Tusq Nut
      • Electronics
      • Ivory Tusq 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. Fender Highway Series Dreadnought

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      Playability 80
      Sound 88
      Build quality 82
      Value for money 88
      Overall Score 83

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      • Neck profile shape: D (2 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (2 votes)
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      • From Fender's 2023 Highway series
      • Made in Mexico
      • 6 strings
      • 25.5"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Chambered Mahogany back
      • Chambered Mahogany sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Acoustic Pickup (Preamp/Active)
      • Modern Viking bridge
      • Acoustic C Shape Neck-Through neck
      • 20 Narrow Tall frets
      • Fender ClassicGear tuners
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      • From Fender's 2023 Highway series
      • Made in Mexico
      • 6 strings
      • 25.5"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Chambered Mahogany back
      • Chambered Mahogany sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Acoustic Pickup (Preamp/Active)
      • Modern Viking bridge
      • Acoustic C Shape Neck-Through neck
      • 20 Narrow Tall frets
      • Fender ClassicGear tuners
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      Fender Highway Series Dreadnought
      • Expensive Wood
      • Ivory Tusq Nut
      • Top Brand Pickups
      • Electronics
      • Ivory Tusq Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in Mexico
      • Laminated Side Wood
      • Laminated Back Wood
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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      10. Ibanez AAD400CE

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      Playability 73
      Sound 88
      Build quality 85
      Value for money 72
      Overall Score 82
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      • From Ibanez's 2019 Advanced Acoustic series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.5"'' scale
      • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Solid African Mahogany back
      • Solid African Mahogany sides
      • Thermo Aged African Mahogany / Pau Ferro neck
      • Macassar Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Ibanez AP11 Magnetic & Contact (Preamp/Active)
      • Macassar Ebony scalloped bridge
      • Low Oval Grip with Rounded Fretboard Edge Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Ibanez tuners
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      • From Ibanez's 2019 Advanced Acoustic series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.5"'' scale
      • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Sitka Spruce top
      • Solid African Mahogany back
      • Solid African Mahogany sides
      • Thermo Aged African Mahogany / Pau Ferro neck
      • Macassar Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Ibanez AP11 Magnetic & Contact (Preamp/Active)
      • Macassar Ebony scalloped bridge
      • Low Oval Grip with Rounded Fretboard Edge Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Ibanez tuners
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      Ibanez AAD400CE
      • Made in Japan
      • Expensive Wood
      • Bone Nut
      • Electronics
      • 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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