A few years ago, my mom went shopping in Costco and was having trouble with her engagement ring feeling loose on her hand (probably because Costco is always freezing cold!). She remembers adjusting her ring a lot and when she got home, she realized it wasn’t on her finger anymore (the nightmare amiright?!). She called Costco, searched everywhere, and finally came to the heart-wrenching conclusion that her tiny marquee style was lost forever. It was absolutely devastating! This ring had been through been through 30 years of marriage and was smaller and simpler that a lot of rings people are getting now. There were all these specific stories and memories that ring had been alongside her in and it carried this special timeless look that represented her and my dad’s relationship. It took her two years to find a "new" antique ring that seemed to have character and stories of it’s own, and the process of finding something that fit her perfectly took a long time. Though she now loves her new ring, her first ring showed her journey of years in a relationship and though it was really simple, the first ring she ever got would always be the most special.
I think the process of guitar shopping is very similar to finding a special ring like this (minus the whole marrying someone forever thing) . They are all unique and once you find one and pour your heart into playing it, the guitar almost takes on this whole other type of object like a journal holding all these special and personal things about you.
With all that being said, I feel like I’m about to guide you into Ollivanders wand shop and help you become acoustic guitar wizards! Here we go!
In this blog, I wanted to give you three of the best acoustic guitars under $500 that still give me this feeling like I’m playing something unique and beautiful and feel like a freshly bought journal waiting to be written in. And all of them are affordable enough that if you are a newer player, they won't break the bank!
*I decided not to do any super high end/ pricier acoustic guitars in the blog since that's a whole different subject! I also didn't include the exact prices because they will vary based on the model you choose!
**I have a lot of experience working with these guitars because 1) I have an Orangewood and 2) I have guitar students who have a Breedlove and a Recording King!
So here's my favorite acoustic guitars under $500:
Talk about a gorgeous guitar and a cool innovative brand to match! Orangewood is a really new company that was literally JUST launched! They are a digital first/ community-driven guitar brand whose vision is to make quality guitars for more affordable prices so more people can learn guitar. I think they are going to blow up though because after playing one of these, I couldn't believe how inexpensive they are. They also have a cool way to give back when you buy a guitar called the "Giving Guitar" you can check out here.
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I think Breedlove makes amazing and high quality products and some of my guitar students use them. The Pursuit or Discovery series of theirs isn't too expensive for beginners and I know there are a lot of artists (a lot in country music especially) who use them. They started in 1992 and have been dedicated to high quality and innovative products since!
I've heard from a lot of people at music stores that Recording King acoustics are made very simple but high quality. You can read a bit about there story here, but what really sold me on them was when I heard my student's that she brought. It sounds way nicer than you could normally get at that price range!
I have a Taylor and they make absolutely beautiful guitars. You can’t go wrong with this classic gorgeous baby!
Both my hubby and mom have a Takamine and they are great! Simple and easy with a nice warm sound!
If you have been looking for an acoustic guitar, I hope that this blog helps you get closer to finding one that is perfect for you. Check out Reverb.com’s blog as well for more awesome beginner acoustic guitars. My mom still has a special love for that first engagement ring and even though she can’t wear it anymore, it’s cool thinking about this object you choose is helping something impersonal start gaining a bit of it’s own story and history.
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