Whether you’re a new player looking for your first guitar or a seasoned shredmaster looking for that fun in-betweener, new guitar makers are putting out some amazing products under that $500 mark. Take a look at some of the best offerings from the biggest brands for you or someone on your list this year.
The iconic butterscotch blonde blackguard priced for everyone. Brass saddles, alnico 5 pickups and a modern 9.5" radius fingerboard combine the best of old and new guitar design. >SHOP
You can't beat a sunburst Strat. The vintage modified 3-tone burst Stratocaster features Seymour Duncan designed pickups, a rosewood fretboard and the large 70s-style headstock. >SHOP
A killer new offering in the Jazzmaster family sporting a candy apple red finish with an anodized gold guard loaded with the classic lead/rhythm circuit switching. The Adjust-O-Matic bridge keeps you buzz free. >SHOP
Fender has brought back the Duo-Sonic and Mustang as a high quality, mid-price "student" guitar. Simple design, short scale, great electronics and some of the coolest colors out there such as Capri Orange and Canary Diamond. >SHOP
That Great Gretsch Sound for under $500?! The new streamliner series has been a hit since it's release. Block inlays, bound rosewood fingerboard, new BroadTron pickups and a centerblock. That's a lot of guitar. >SHOP
Gretsch has a reputation for being bold in design and color. This Pro Jet is no exception! Dressed like a ballroom chandelier in silver sparkle over an arched maple top with a Bigsby to boot! >SHOP
Shred on a budget with the new JS32 King V from Jackson. Compound radius, high-output ceramic magnet pickups and the classic sharkfin inlays for an unbelievable price. >SHOP
Yamaha has one of the most respected names in the world of musical instruments. The value they bring to the table with their acoustic guitars is largely unrivaled. Whether is the best selling 800 series Folk and Dreadnoughts or the thin body APX series, there is a Yamaha for every style and budget. >SHOP
The Baby Taylor is the perfect beginner acoustic or the ultimate couch strummer depending on how you look at it. Designed and engineered to live up to the Taylor name, this is no toy, even though the price might say otherwise. >SHOP
The GS Mini is a professional acoustic guitar in a small package. You won't believe the projection and tone you get from such a small package. A weapon of choice for many of our bar-gigging customers who need to tuck into a corner without losing tone. >SHOP
The #1 electric guitar brand in the world also makes a great acoustic guitar. Solid tops, cool colors and comfy necks make these excellent choices for beginners and more seasoned players alike. >SHOP
Vintage inspired acoustic designs from the Gretsch Roots Collection. All of these guitars have a solid spruce top, quartersawn x-bracing, laminated mahogany back and sides with a rosewood fingerboard.
In between the Single-0 and Triple-0, the G9531 gives you the best of both worlds. A close range fingerpicker with a wider tonal range and extended bass response. >SHOP
This little "parlor" size Single-0 is an excellent finger style piece. The smaller the guitar, the less energy required to get the top to vibrate at maximum velocity. So that means a light touch gets you a ton of tone! >SHOP
Awesome vintage aesthetic on what could be a strummer or a fingerpicker. The slotted peghead creates a stiffer break angle behind the nut which changes string tension and tonality. >SHOP