Best Acoustics For Under £250
Unplugged bang for your buck
Acoustic guitars are wonderful things. As great as it is to plug in an electric through an amp and let rip, there’s still something magical about picking up an oversized piece of wood and letting its natural tones ring out. Their beauty lies in their simplicity; acoustic guitar design has changed very little (if at all) over the years and players still flock towards them as a songwriting or performance tool. Here’s a look at a few of the best acoustics for under £250.
Epiphone Hummingbird Pro
The original Hummingbird guitar was released in the 1960s, and attracted praise (and use) from players like Keith Richards, Noel Gallagher and Sheryl Crow, who loved its unique visual styling and rich, warm tone. The newer Epiphone Hummingbird retains those classic looks but incorporates a modern, and fully featured, electronics system so you can plug it in and fill a room with those glorious sounds.
Farida D-10K OP
Farida is making big waves in the guitar world, on account of the super-high quality of its products. You simply won’t find better pound-for-pound guitars at the same prices. So their entry-level dreadnought, the Farida D-10K OP has a lot to live up to. Thankfully, it delivers in spades. If you’re searching for your first acoustic, or are an electric player looking for options, then this one is worthy of further investigation. It manages to pack in all the good bits of a budget acoustic, without the dreaded cheese-wire playing action too so your fingers will thank you for checking it out.
While it won’t win any prizes for having a memorable name, you certainly won’t forget the way Ibanez TCM50e looks. Perhaps drawing on Ibanez’ traditional heritage as makers of high quality rock and metal orientated guitars, this unique looking electro will make you stand out in a crowd.
This Marina MR-06, part of the Farida brand, is a slightly larger auditorium style guitar. The bigger body shape enables it to project its sound further, making it perfect for solo artists or those who need to stand out in a mix. While Marina and Farida guitars may go under the radar slightly, compared to the more established brands, their build quality and tonal excellence means they are gaining fans quickly.
Fender Sonoran Mini Acoustic Guitar
One from left-field here, as Fender incorporates elements of both acoustic and electric guitar design into one attractive package. The Fender Sonoran Mini features a familiar looking Strat-style headstock, as well as some interesting visual elements such as a Viking bridge and checkerboard rosette to make a great choice for anyone used to playing an electric who fancies dipping their toe into the world of unplugged music. The range also comes with a handy gig bag to keep it safe whilst you’re traveling the globe with this thing at your side.
What list of acoustics would be complete without a 12 string variant? 12-ers provide a much richer, more resonant sound which is perfect for a number of different musical styles. This Epiphone DR 212 is well made, has the classic dreadnought look and will provide plenty of inspiration for your playing.
The final entry on the list is this attractive little number from Tanglewood. Taking its inspiration from rootsy Americana, the Tanglewood Crossroads is crying out for some maudling blues to be played out on its slender parlour-style body. It has a few neat tricks though, notably that it’s another electro-acoustic so makes for a perfect gigging guitar.