Best Values in Round-hole Steel Strung & Classical Nylon String Acoustic Guitars

The most popular brands among round-hole steel strung guitars include Fender, Epiphone, Martin, Seagull, Ovation, Washburn, Oscar Schmidt, and Yamaha. The guitar can be purchased as stand-alone or packaged as a beginner kit. For beginners, the gear is considered a bargain as it usually includes extra strings, pick guard, picks, and a gig bag – occasionally there might be an electronic tuner.

Prices are all over the map with some going into the $10K price range while low-end branded models can be had for as little as $40. Good beginner guitars and kits start in the $100 range. Most have limited lifetime warranty with 2-years for Parts and Labor. Below are our best value picks among round-hole steel strung guitars:


ProductThumbnailBest PriceDescription
Jasmine by Takamine S35 Acoustic Guitar$80Matte Finish, Spruce Top, Rosewood Fretboard. Case, Strap, etc not included. High Action is a downside.
Fender Starcaster Acoustic Natural Guitar Kit$120Comes with a gig bag and an electronic tuner. Combination of mahogany (backs, sides, neck), spruce (front), and Indian rosewood (fingerboard) coupled with Fender’s excellent build quality make this a great choice.
Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar$199Best Overall Value for beginners! Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Rosewood Fingerboard, Die-cast Tuners, Tortoise Pickguard, High-gloss Natural Finish. There is a bundle version with hard case, strap, stand, polish, tuner, strings, picks, stringwinder, and DVD which is an even better value.
Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar$399Best Overall Value for beginner-to-intermediate. Solid Cedar Top, Wild Cherry Back and Sides, Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge, Tusq Nut and Compensated Saddle, Semi-gloss, Lacquer Finish.
Taylor Guitars GS Mini Reduced Scale Grand Symphony Acoustic Guitar$499Scaled down portable version of Taylor’s award-winning GS body shape. Back and Sides in Sapele Laminate, Top Solid Sitka Spruce, Satin Finish, Rosette 3-Ring, Neck Sapele, Ebony Fretboard, 20 Frets – 5mm Inlay Dots. Comes with GS Mini Hard Bag.
Alvarez FD60AMB Thin Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar$700Thin Cutaway Dreadnought Body Style, Maple Back and Sides, Quilted Maple Top, Rosewood Fingerboard, System 600T MK II Electronics.
Taylor Guitars 114ce Acoustic Guitar$899Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Sapele Back and Sides, Grand Auditorium, Includes Gig Bag. Cutaway and ES-T pickup enhance Taylor’s signature Grand Auditorium body shape. Premium guitar for serious entry-level players.

The most popular brands among classical nylon string acoustic guitars include Yamaha, Valencia, Takamine, Giannini, La Patrie, Antonio Hermosa, Ramirez, and Cordoba. Here again, choice exists between procuring a guitar alone or assembled as a kit. The kits provide value as they include a gig bag and in some cases instructional material such as a DVD.

Prices vary and can reach into the $10K territory for high-end models from brands such as Henner Hagenlocher and Christoph Sembdner. Sensible beginner classical guitars start in the $90 range. Below are our best value picks among classical nylong string acoustic guitars:


ProductThumbnailBest PriceDescription
Yamaha C40 Classical Guitar Package$149.99Include tuner, padded gig bag, instruction book, and DVD. Lifetime warranty. Combination of Indonesian mahogany (backs, sides), spruce (top), and Javanese rosewood fingerboard with Yamaha’s excellent build quality and warranty makes this a great choice.
Cordoba C5 Classical Guitar$299Solid Cedar Top, Mahogany back and sides, Rosewood Bridge and Fingerboard, all wood inlaid rosette, and Includes Cordoba Gig Bag. Best Overall Value for beginners. Great Playability.
Takamine C132S Classical Nylon String Acoustic Guitar$899Marquettery Rosette, Solid Cedar Top, Solid Rosewood Back, Rosewood Sides, and includes Takamine hardshell case of excellent quality. Great choice for serious entry-level players.

Related Posts:
  1. Guitars - An introduction to different types.
  2. Best Values in Round-hole Steel-strung and Classical Nylon-string Acoustic Guitars (this post).
  3. Best Values in Electric and Acoustic-Electric Guitars.
Last Updated: 04/2017.

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