The Most Popular Acoustic Guitars in the World

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The most sought-after acoustic guitars in the world are held in high regard because of their sound quality, craftsmanship, playability and reasonable price. Many of the best acoustic guitar models even transcend the test of time, with musicians of all generations reaching for them again and again.

Choosing acoustic guitars all boils down to personal preference. For instance, one guitarist may be more inclined to pick a guitar with a deep, bassy sound, while another may prefer a brighter sound. Or you may choose one that excels with aggressive strumming, while your friend prefers one that articulates notes clearly for fingerstyle playing.

These individual tastes aside, there are guitars that tick most of the boxes in what musicians look for in an acoustic guitar. This is what makes them so popular. If you’re looking for a great acoustic guitar, the ones on our list are certainly worthy of consideration. These instruments have received nods across the board and are the most often recommended by instructors and loved by professional musicians.

You won’t go wrong with choosing any of these:

Gibson J-200

Fun fact: Elvis Presley had a 1956 Gibson J-200.

Gibson usually caters to musicians and collectors who really have serious cash, which is part of the reason why the brand’s guitars are popular, particularly the J-200, initially called the SJ-200 (for Super Jumbo). This is a very old model that continues to make waves in the vast sea of acoustic guitars and has even received the moniker “King of the Flat-tops” because of its visual appeal (mustache bridge!) and big sound (well, it is a super jumbo).

The J-200 has undergone many changes over the years since its introduction in 1937. Now, musicians can choose from one of the model’s many variations, such as the J-200 Studio, J-200 Standard and J-200 Custom.

Martin DRS2

The Martin DRS2 has received praises for its versatility and quality Martin tone. Part of the brand’s Road Series of guitars, the DRS2 electro-acoustic is truly a reliable road warrior that can easily see you go from studio to stage.

The DRS2 by Martin sounds awesome whether you use it with an amp or leave it unplugged. It’s also one of Martin’s least expensive solid wood dreadnoughts, which is why it’s become popular among the guitar-playing crowd. It’s considered a great alternative to the more expensive iconic Martin D-28.

Epiphone Hummingbird PRO

Epiphone’s Hummingbird is popular because it’s the more affordable alternative to the higher-end and obviously more expensive Gibson Hummingbird. Ever since Epiphone became a Gibson subsidiary, it’s been producing more reasonably priced versions of Gibson guitars, for which we are thankful.

The Hummingbird is a timeless classic and one of the most recognizable guitars in the world because of its design, particularly the parallelogram inlays on the fretboard and the hummingbird-and-flowers artwork on the pickguard.

Aside from those top three acoustic guitars, the following models are also considered to be some of the world’s most popular:

  • Seagull S6 Original
  • Fender CD-60
  • Yamaha FG800
  • Gibson J-45
  • Guild D-55
  • Taylor Big Baby
  • Blueridge BR-160 Historic Series
  • Epiphone Dove PRO
  • Taylor 214ce
  • PRS (Paul Reed Smith) SE A50E Angelus

Every musician has his or her own preferences when it comes to how they want their acoustic guitar to look, feel and sound, as well as the features it should have, but this list should give you an idea of what most guitarists are drawn to. All of the guitars here are awesome and have their own unique tonal characteristics. They are all priced differently too, so you’re sure to find the best that your money can buy.

Which of these have you tried, and which ones are you planning to have in the future? Let us know!


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