Top 5 Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under £1000


With a huge range of brands and styles, it can be difficult to choose the perfect electro-acoustic. So we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to the 5 best acoustic-electric guitars you can buy for under £1000.

Martin 000X1AE (£650)

This superb Martin has been a must-have for beginning guitarists who have been looking to splash the cash on a really good guitar for years. With a price range from around £650, this martin is an absolute bargain for what you get. The 000X1AE is part of Martin’s entry-level X-series, which sits in the middle of the series’ price range.

I personally owned this guitar for a few years, use it for every gig I do and every recording session. It’s reliable, sounds amazing both acoustically and plugged in, and is generally solid and usable in all areas. I couldn’t recommend a guitar more than this. The sound resonates perfectly in every setting and the guitar itself is easy to play and very comfortable.

Features of this guitar include;

  • Built-in Fishman microphone
  • Solid sitka spruce top
  • Small body design
  • Modified low oval neck shape

Taylor 114ce Grand Auditorium (£800)

This guitar is a great example of what money can buy with a surprisingly good sound and beautiful styling and looks. The 114ce comes in at a price of around £800 and is a top seller in the electro-acoustic market. This guitar is the cut edition of the popular Taylor 100 series and with a very reasonable price you’d be crazy not to consider it a big contender.

Bryn, a Routenote colleague and proud owner of the Taylor 114ce, said, “The action and playability is every bit as good as the hype you hear about the Taylor’s. It is a very comfortable and addictive guitar to play. As someone who likes the sound of an acoustic, I usually pick up the sound of acoustics like fingernails scratching a blackboard to me, but Taylor’s mic sounds really good.

Features of this guitar include;

  • Solid spruce top
  • Walnut back and sides
  • Tropical mahogany neck
  • Taylor Expression System 2 Pickups

PRS SE 2018 Angelus A50E Coupe (£800)

Now PRS isn’t the name you think of when it comes to acoustic guitars, they’re well known for their punchy electrics and rock star status, but they fulfilled my wildest dreams with this brand new acoustic . The clean, crisp tone of this guitar, mixed with the full body resonance, creates a sound worthy of any collection of folk artists guitars.

Having had the chance to try this guitar within the first week of its release, I can honestly say that it is in the same league as any Martin or Taylor and with a price tag of just under £800, highly recommend to anyone. consider entering the folk or country scene.

Features of this guitar include;

  • Maple body and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Spruce top
  • Fishman GTI pickup

Martin 000RS1 Road Series (£830)

Another Martin makes its way into my Top 5 with the Road Series 000RS1, what amazes me most about this guitar is how well built and designed it is. Every inch of this guitar has been perfectly engineered for the best sound quality Martin can get for under £1000. This guitar costs around £830 which is amazing for what you get with it.

These solid sapele guitars are so pleasing to the eye and that’s what makes this guitar so appealing in the entry to mid-range market. Having played one of these a few years ago, I remember the neck shape and fret placement being perfect for fast folk/country style picking with a really smooth and easy feel.

Features of this guitar include;

  • Solid sapele back and sides
  • Solid spruce top
  • Fishman Sonitone Pickup
  • Satin

Takamine EF261S-AN (£920)

This beautiful deep cutaway Takamine has made it to my list with a dashing look and an incredible sound. Despite being the most expensive of the 5 guitars, priced at £920, this guitar is definitely worth every penny with a dark cedar top and antique satin finish. The EF261S-AN is very affordable among the prestigious Takamine brand and although it is under £1000 it lives up to everything you hear about Takamine.

I was lucky enough to borrow one this year for a recording session with a few other folk guitarists and everyone wanted one, it’s definitely a guitar to be proud of, a collection of guitars that never isn’t complete without a Takamine and this is the one for mine.

Features of this guitar include;

  • Solid cedar table
  • Mahogany neck
  • Micro Takamine CTB4-II
  • Deep cut design


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