Buying a Guitar

The Best Deals on Acoustic Guitars: Solid-Top Guitars Under $200!

In my previous post I talked about the reasons why buying the cheapest acoustic guitar you can find is a bad idea.

Today I want to talk about how to get the best deals on acoustic guitars for the least amount of money. Not only are these guitars a great choice for beginners, but they are also great for the intermediate to advanced player on a tight budget!

What makes these guitars so great?

  • The tops of these guitars are made of solid wood, giving them excellent sound quality that will actually improve with age.
  • They are professionally set up before shipping, giving them great action and playability.
  • They have excellent craftsmanship and will last for many years with proper care.
  • They are all priced at just under $200 (not including sales tax) with free shipping, which is an incredible deal for guitars of this quality!

These are the kind of guitars I recommended to my students when I was teaching.

Sometimes I would send my students guitar shopping, and the salesperson would try to convince them that a solid top was not necessary, steering them toward a cheaper guitar. They might have saved $50-$100 on the price of the guitar, but guess what?

They got what they paid for: A low-quality guitar.

If $200 sounds out of reach for you, I get it. I’ve been on a tight budget myself.

If you can’t afford a new guitar in this price range, you might find a great deal on a used solid-top guitar that has been professionally set up, properly cared for, and comes with a thickly padded gig bag or hard case.

If you do please let me know, because I have yet to find one!

Orangewood Guitars Overland Collection

Orangewood Guitars Overland Collection acoustic guitars
Orangewood Guitars Overland Collection

To be completely honest, I had never heard of Orangewood Guitars before I started researching the best deals on acoustic guitars. I didn’t know what I was missing!

After comparing these Orangewood guitars to other brands in a similar price range, Orangewood was my top choice for the best quality guitar for the lowest price.

Orangewood Guitars is a direct-to-consumer online company. Without having the overhead costs of operating a brick-and-mortar store or selling their guitars through other music retailers, Orangewood is able to provide high-quality guitars to consumers at a reduced cost.

Orangewood Guitars are designed in Los Angeles, California, manufactured overseas, then returned to California where professional technicians carefully set up each guitar to provide the best possible playing experience right out of the box.

Orangewood Acoustic Guitar Gig Bag
Orangewood Acoustic Guitar Gig Bag

Each Orangewood guitar comes with a well-padded gig bag case to protect it from damage when it is not in use.

Shipping is free, and low monthly payments are available to qualified customers.

For an additional $20 you can get an accessory kit that includes an extra set of strings, tuner, guitar strap, capo, picks, cleaning cloth, string winder, and chord chart.

If you think you might eventually want to play in a band, for under $300 Orangewood offers acoustic-electric versions of each guitar listed below.

Guitars from the Overland Collection come in 3 different sizes:

Oliver Jr. Mini Grand Concert

Oliver Jr. Mahogany Acoustic Guitar
Oliver Jr. Mini Grand Concert

The Oliver Jr. is a mini grand concert size acoustic guitar. The size is perfect for a younger beginner, for someone who is more comfortable holding a smaller guitar, or as a “travel guitar” that is easily portable.

Don’t let it’s size fool you. This is a well-constructed, great-sounding guitar for its size. It is not a toy. Orangewood provides a video demonstration to showcase the Oliver Jr.’s sound quality. I would encourage you to listen with headphones for the best experience!

Oliver Grand Concert

The Oliver Grand Concert is a mid-sized guitar with a full, rich sound. It comes with a solid top in either mahogany for a warmer, darker sound, or spruce for a brighter sound.

Orangewood provides video demonstrations to show the difference in sound quality between the two. There is no right or wrong choice here; it’s simply a matter of personal preference.

Austen Dreadnought

Orangewood Austen Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
Orangewood Austen Dreadnought

The Austen Dreadnought is a full-size guitar that has a full and bright sound due to its body size and solid spruce top. The dreadnought is a great choice for an older teen or adult beginner.

Orangewood gives a side-by-side comparison of the differences between the Grand Concert and Dreadnought here.


Other Comparable Guitars

If you have listened to the video demonstrations of the Orangewood guitars and are still not impressed, there are a few other guitars that are comparable in quality, with a base price of around $200. These do not come with a padded case, but Amazon has some excellent acoustic guitar gig bags starting at around $20.

The guitars that stood out to me were:

Yamaha FG800

Yamaha FG800 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
Yamaha FG800 Dreadnought

The Yamaha FG800 is a dreadnought guitar with what Yamaha describes as a “warm and punchy” sound. As I listened to sound demonstrations of the Yamaha FG800 and the Orangewood Austen, it seemed to have the warmth and depth of the Austen with a slightly brighter sound.

Fender CC-60S

Fender CC-60 Concert Acoustic Guitar
Fender CC-60 Concert (Mahogany)

The Fender CC-60S is a concert-size acoustic with a solid mahogany top that comes in a natural wood, or a solid spruce top with a natural wood, black, or sunburst finish.

I was only able to find a sound demonstration of the natural spruce model, and in my opinion it didn’t have the depth or warmth of the Orangewood or Yamaha guitars.

However, if your particular model comes in Fender’s Acoustic Guitar Pack, it does include a thin gig bag that is not padded, picks, a strap and an extra pack of strings. You also get a free 3-month subscription of online lessons via Fender Play. (Disclaimer: Please check the information provided at the above links before purchase to see if your guitar includes the Acoustic Guitar Pack).

Fender CD-60S

Fender CD-60S Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
Fender CD-60S Dreadnought (Black Spruce)

Fender’s CD-60S is the dreadnought version of the CC-60S, available in natural mahogany, natural spruce, or black spruce.


Making a Choice

Any of these guitars would be a great choice for beginner guitarists who are looking for the best deals on acoustic guitars that will last through the intermediate and advanced years as well. For a final side-by-side comparison of the Orangewood, Yamaha, and Fender dreadnought guitars featured, check out this video.

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Happy guitar shopping!

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