View Full Version : Best / Lowest prices Acoustic Guitar, USA made, Solid Wood

12-06-2012, 12:16 PM
Searched a bit for this post, and found a lot of fragmented data. Looking for the usual AGF spirited discussion, so..

What am I looking at here? What is the minimum price tag, and how does it sound?

12-06-2012, 12:31 PM
Check out the 15 and 16 series from Martin and the Taylor 300 series.

Most used Tacomas meet your requirements, too.

"the minimum price tag" is going to be a bit under $1000. "How does it sound"? You tell me! You should be able to find something you like a lot in this price range.

Diamond Dave
12-06-2012, 12:33 PM
That's about it. The Martin D-15M can be had for under a grand (new) if you ask nicely, around $700 used.

12-06-2012, 12:36 PM
If I were looking for the best American-made, solid wood acoustic, I would consider the custom small body 15-series guitars that Ted at LA Guitar Sales has available to the AGF. http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=252501

- Glenn

12-06-2012, 12:38 PM
Other than Martin, Taylor, Gibson and some Guilds, I'm not sure who in America makes a production acoustic guitar. Of those four, I'm guessing the Martin 15s might have the lowest price tags.


12-06-2012, 12:49 PM
Are you asking, "What is the lowest priced, solid wood guitar that is made in the USA?"

I guess I'd start with the usual suspects: Martin and Taylor. For Martin, it would be the "15" series, Taylor the "3" series. You might also look at Guild, although I believe that their lower priced models are made in China.

12-06-2012, 12:55 PM
Slim pickin's for USA made solid wood acoustics in that price range ... but if you're willing to look about 30 miles north of the Maine/NewHampshire border to the little village of La Patrie, Quebec you'll find some really great Godin family solid wood guitars for well under $1,000 bucks. :)

12-06-2012, 01:03 PM
I gotta go with the Martin 15 series of guitars. Double header, lowest price and the best!!

lone eskimo
12-06-2012, 01:03 PM
Keep on the lookout for a Larrivee 3 series (Made in Canada & USA)- can often find them under a grand.. Check out the classifieds on their forum.


12-06-2012, 01:03 PM
Sometimes used Guilds. I paid $700 for my used Guild CO2 that arrived in perfect condition and it's an amazing sounding guitar.

12-06-2012, 02:10 PM

Not sure if these are made in the USA or south of the border since I don't own one. Also don't know if MF's current promo discounts would apply....

12-06-2012, 03:19 PM
taylor dn-3 probably the lowest priced usa made guitar. It certainly is an awesome guitar for that price too.

12-06-2012, 03:37 PM
Dont know what is exactly the lowest USA made guitar, but I agree with others the Martin 15 series are outsanding value.

12-06-2012, 03:46 PM
Keep on the lookout for a Larrivee 3 series (Made in Canada & USA)- can often find them under a grand.. Check out the classifieds on their forum.


I would second this recommendation.

And I would include Canada (disclaimer - I am not Canadian) as an acceptable country of origin if I were you. Our hockey-loving friends to the north make some fine guitars. In other words, Godin-family too.

12-06-2012, 03:51 PM
Bedells and Breedloves are nice.

12-06-2012, 03:54 PM
Tacoma...... No longer being made but for sure lowest price. The Breedlove American series would be a distant runner up.

12-06-2012, 04:44 PM
Gibson WM-45 get them for under a grand.

12-06-2012, 04:55 PM
lower priced breedloves aren't made in the u.s., and i think only the bedell coffee house and 1964 lines (both well over a thou) are made in u.s. - as far as i know, a lot of the rest are made in asia.

Bedells and Breedloves are nice.

12-06-2012, 07:40 PM

12-06-2012, 08:59 PM
Used Tacoma. Great guitars.
Used Pre-Fender buyout Guild

Martin -15 series

Used Martin DSR.

Breedlove American series could be bought under $1000 last year, but with the recent price increase would probably have to be used to get in under the threshold.

Some of the -03 Larrivee guitars are made in the US. (most are made in Vancouver Canada, but sometimes they are also made in Oxnard)

12-06-2012, 09:04 PM
Used Larrivee....outstanding values if you look well. OM-01 to Om-04 series, same for the drednaughts and L.

12-06-2012, 10:13 PM
As the proud owner of a recently purchased 2002 Gibson L-130 I'm gonna say just that....used L-130 1999-2002! For $1000 this Gibson is awesome! J.D.