Best Thinline Shape Guitars in 2024

Here you'll find the best Thinline 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. Takamine TSP158C-12

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Playability 80
Sound 84
Build quality 84
Value for money 73
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 2020 Thinline series
  • Made in Japan
  • 12 strings
  • 24.8"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Arched Maple back
  • Maple sides
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: CT-3N (Preamp/Active)
  • Fixed bridge
  • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Takamine tuners
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  • From Takamine's 2020 Thinline series
  • Made in Japan
  • 12 strings
  • 24.8"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Arched Maple back
  • Maple sides
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: CT-3N (Preamp/Active)
  • Fixed bridge
  • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Takamine tuners
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Takamine TSP158C-12
  • 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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2. ESP LTD TL-6

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Playability 77
Sound 86
Build quality 77
Value for money 85
Overall Score 80
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  • 3 Prices - New from $699 >
  • From ESP LTD's 2024 Thinline series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Quilted Maple top
  • Mahogany top
  • Mahogany back
  • Mahogany sides
  • 3Pc Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman S-Core Pickup, Fishman TL-3 Preamp w/ Onboard Tuner (Preamp/Active)
  • Jatoba w/ Graphtech XB bridge
  • Acoustic Thin U Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Grover tuners
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  • From ESP LTD's 2024 Thinline series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Quilted Maple top
  • Mahogany top
  • Mahogany back
  • Mahogany sides
  • 3Pc Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman S-Core Pickup, Fishman TL-3 Preamp w/ Onboard Tuner (Preamp/Active)
  • Jatoba w/ Graphtech XB bridge
  • Acoustic Thin U Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Grover tuners
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ESP LTD TL-6
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • NuBone Saddle
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 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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3. Harley Benton Hybrid Steel BK

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Playability 75
Sound 88
Build quality 70
Value for money 88
Overall Score 78
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  • 1 Prices - New from €398 >
  • From Harley Benton's 2022 Custom Line series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
  • Sitka Spruce massive top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • African Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Custom System with a combination of piezo, magnetic and preamp (Preamp/Active)
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Acoustic C Shape Bolt-On neck
  • 21 Medium frets
  • Deluxe Die-Cast Machine Heads tuners
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  • From Harley Benton's 2022 Custom Line series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
  • Sitka Spruce massive top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • African Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Custom System with a combination of piezo, magnetic and preamp (Preamp/Active)
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Acoustic C Shape Bolt-On neck
  • 21 Medium frets
  • Deluxe Die-Cast Machine Heads tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Harley Benton Hybrid Steel BK
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in China
  • Laminated Top Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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4. Washburn EA20S-Nuno Bettencourt

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Playability 73
Sound 86
Build quality 72
Value for money 82
Overall Score 77
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  • From Washburn's 2022 Festival series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Pau Ferro back
  • Pau Ferro sides
  • Satin Mahogany with 2 way Truss Rod neck
  • Ovangkol fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys II 301T (Preamp/Active)
  • Ovangkol bridge
  • Acoustic Washburn Festival Set neck
  • 21 Medium frets
  • Chrome Diecast tuners
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  • From Washburn's 2022 Festival series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Pau Ferro back
  • Pau Ferro sides
  • Satin Mahogany with 2 way Truss Rod neck
  • Ovangkol fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys II 301T (Preamp/Active)
  • Ovangkol bridge
  • Acoustic Washburn Festival Set neck
  • 21 Medium frets
  • Chrome Diecast tuners
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Washburn EA20S-Nuno Bettencourt
  • Expensive Wood
  • NuBone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • NuBone 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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5. Ibanez JSA20

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Playability 73
Sound 84
Build quality 74
Value for money 77
Overall Score 77
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  • From Ibanez's 2017 JSA series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Engelmann Spruce top
  • Solid Pau Ferro back
  • Solid Pau Ferro sides
  • Nyatoh neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Acoustic Matrix (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic JSA Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Ibanez tuners
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  • From Ibanez's 2017 JSA series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Engelmann Spruce top
  • Solid Pau Ferro back
  • Solid Pau Ferro sides
  • Nyatoh neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Acoustic Matrix (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic JSA Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Ibanez tuners
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  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in China
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • Low-Quality Material Saddle
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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    6. Yamaha APX1200II

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    Playability 73
    Sound 86
    Build quality 72
    Value for money 77
    Overall Score 77

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    • Neck profile shape: C (14 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (15 votes)
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    • From Yamaha's 2015 APX series
    • Made in China
    • 6 strings
    • 25.6"'' scale
    • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Spruce top
    • Solid Rosewood back
    • Solid Rosewood sides
    • African Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: SYSTEM63 (SRT System) + SRT Piezo Pickup (Preamp/Active)
    • Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic C Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Die-Cast Gold w/Black Buttons (TM29GB) tuners
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    • From Yamaha's 2015 APX series
    • Made in China
    • 6 strings
    • 25.6"'' scale
    • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Spruce top
    • Solid Rosewood back
    • Solid Rosewood sides
    • African Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: SYSTEM63 (SRT System) + SRT Piezo Pickup (Preamp/Active)
    • Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic C Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Die-Cast Gold w/Black Buttons (TM29GB) tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Yamaha APX1200II
    • Expensive Wood
    • Electronics
    • Solid Top Wood
    • Solid Side Wood
    • Solid Back Wood
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in China
    • No High-Quality Nut
    • No Top Brand Pickups
    • Low-Quality Material Saddle
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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      7. Cort AC160CFTL

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      Playability 70
      Sound 79
      Build quality 70
      Value for money 83
      Overall Score 73
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      • From Cort's 2020 Classic series
      • Made in Indonesia
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
      • Spruce top
      • Macassar Ebony back
      • Macassar Ebony sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Merbau fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys II (Preamp/Active)
      • Merbau bridge
      • Acoustic Cort Set neck
      • 19 Medium frets
      • Classical Machine heads 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
      • Macassar Ebony back
      • Macassar Ebony sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Merbau fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys II (Preamp/Active)
      • Merbau bridge
      • Acoustic Cort Set neck
      • 19 Medium frets
      • Classical Machine heads tuners
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      Cort AC160CFTL
      • Expensive Wood
      • Bone Nut
      • Top Brand Pickups
      • Electronics
      • Bone Saddle
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in Indonesia
      • 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. Epiphone PR-5E

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        Playability 77
        Sound 79
        Build quality 64
        Value for money 83
        Overall Score 73

        What our users think

        • Neck profile shape: C (1 vote)
        • Pickups noise: Noiseless (2 votes)
        • Pickups power: Clean (2 votes)
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        • From Epiphone's 2012 Modern Acoustic series
        • Made in China
        • 6 strings
        • 25.5"'' scale
        • 12" Fretboard Radius
        • Select Spruce top
        • Select Mahogany back
        • Select Mahogany sides
        • Mahogany neck
        • Rosewood fretboard
        • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonicore (Preamp/Active)
        • Pau Ferro bridge
        • Acoustic C Set neck
        • 20 Medium frets
        • Epiphone Premium Die cast tuners
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        • From Epiphone's 2012 Modern Acoustic series
        • Made in China
        • 6 strings
        • 25.5"'' scale
        • 12" Fretboard Radius
        • Select Spruce top
        • Select Mahogany back
        • Select Mahogany sides
        • Mahogany neck
        • Rosewood fretboard
        • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonicore (Preamp/Active)
        • Pau Ferro bridge
        • Acoustic C Set neck
        • 20 Medium frets
        • Epiphone Premium Die cast tuners
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        Strengths & Weaknesses
        Epiphone PR-5E
        • Expensive Wood
        • Top Brand Pickups
        • Electronics
        • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
        • No Locking Tuners
        • Made in China
        • 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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        9. Takamine TSP158C

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        Playability 80
        Sound 84
        Build quality 84
        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 Thinline series
        • Made in Japan
        • 6 strings
        • 24.8"'' scale
        • 12" Fretboard Radius
        • Solid Spruce top
        • Arched Maple back
        • Maple sides
        • Maple neck
        • Ebony fretboard
        • Bridge pickup: CT-3N (Preamp/Active)
        • Fixed bridge
        • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
        • 20 Medium frets
        • Takamine tuners
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        • 2 Prices - New from $2,399 >
        • From Takamine's 2020 Thinline series
        • Made in Japan
        • 6 strings
        • 24.8"'' scale
        • 12" Fretboard Radius
        • Solid Spruce top
        • Arched Maple back
        • Maple sides
        • Maple neck
        • Ebony fretboard
        • Bridge pickup: CT-3N (Preamp/Active)
        • Fixed bridge
        • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
        • 20 Medium frets
        • Takamine tuners
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        Takamine TSP158C
        • 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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        10. Takamine TSP178AC

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        Playability 80
        Sound 81
        Build quality 82
        Value for money 71
        Overall Score 81

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        • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
        • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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        • 3 Prices - New from $2,649 >
        • From Takamine's 2019 Thinline series
        • Made in Japan
        • 6 strings
        • 24.8"'' scale
        • 12" Fretboard Radius
        • Figured Maple top
        • Arched Maple top
        • Arched Maple back
        • Flame Maple sides
        • Mahogany neck
        • Ebony fretboard
        • Bridge pickup: CT-3N (Preamp/Active)
        • Fixed bridge
        • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
        • 20 Medium frets
        • Takamine tuners
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        • 3 Prices - New from $2,649 >
        • From Takamine's 2019 Thinline series
        • Made in Japan
        • 6 strings
        • 24.8"'' scale
        • 12" Fretboard Radius
        • Figured Maple top
        • Arched Maple top
        • Arched Maple back
        • Flame Maple sides
        • Mahogany neck
        • Ebony fretboard
        • Bridge pickup: CT-3N (Preamp/Active)
        • Fixed bridge
        • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
        • 20 Medium frets
        • Takamine tuners
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        Strengths & Weaknesses
        Takamine TSP178AC
        • Made in Japan
        • Expensive Wood
        • Bone Nut
        • Top Brand Pickups
        • Electronics
        • Bone Saddle
        • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
        • No Locking Tuners
        • 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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