The best guitars under $1000 in 2023: acoustics and electrics for players on a budget

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Best guitars under $1000
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It’s long-established that you don’t need to drop multiple thousands on a guitar to get a great instrument. If you’ve got a budget of $1,000, you’ve come to the right place: let’s explore some of the many great affordable acoustics and electrics you can buy right now.

The best guitars under $1000 in 2023, at a glance:



Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster

Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster

J Mascis’ signature Jazzmaster is a modern classic of Squier’s line, and for good reason. The tune-o-matic bridge paired with the offset vibrato also provides a little bit more stability, especially if you pick like the guitar owes you money. Doing this on a Jazzmaster with a rocking bridge can occasionally jiggle it out of alignment and ruin your intonation.

And the pickups, rather than the understated traditionally-spec’d ones you might find in a Classic Vibe, are closer to P90s, with screw pole pieces providing a thicker and more confident sound.

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Fender Player Telecaster

Fender Player Telecaster

Fender’s Made-in-Mexico Player series offers a great, affordable entry point into the brand’s main line of guitars. The clue’s in the name as to the design philosophy – the neck and fretboard have a comfortable profile and radius respectively, and there’s an easily-intonatable six-saddle bridge to make sure the guitar plays its best at every show.

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Epiphone Les Paul Standard 60s

Epiphone Les Paul 60s

The Epiphone ‘inspired by gibson’ Les Paul Standard offers a great way to get your hands on an authentic Les Paul, without having to miss a month’s rent. With a bang-on recreation of the Les Paul body shape, vintage-voiced humbuckers, high-quality potentiometers and a AAA flamed maple top, the guitar both sounds and looks the part.

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PRS SE Standard 24 08


PRS’ SE line lets you get a taste of the brand’s character at an approachable price. Here, you’ve got the brand’s take on the vintage-styled vibrato bridge, as well as two PRS TCI “S” pickups for a unique, characterful tone. It’s a versatile instrument, too, thanks to the full 24-fret neck and the mini-toggles that allow each pickup to be split for some single-coil tones.

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Guild Surfliner Deluxe

Guild Surfliner Deluxe

Guild’s Surfliner Deluxe is an updated version of it’s new – and very cool – offset that’s sure to please the alt-rockers and indie players. Guild’s take on the offset vibrato can do everything from all-out wobble to subtle bends to Shieldsy glide guitar, while the HSS pickup layout will handle everything from Sonic Youth to the Beach Boys.

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Gretsch Guitars G9520

Gretsch Guitars G9520

This modern reimagining of the parlor guitars of the 1950s thankfully didn’t abandon the approachable price of those instruments. Its small, non-cutaway agathis body produces a warm, rounded sound with a lively playing response, in part thanks to the combination with the shorter scale length. Its diminutive proportions does make it great for beginners, but it’s by no means a beginners-only guitar!

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Guild F-240E

Guild F-240E

Here we have an affordable example of Guild’s unique construction approach to flat-topped acoustics. A solid top is combined with laminated sides and arched backs also made from laminated wood. These arched backs are much stronger and stiffer than centre-joined solid-wood plates, meaning centre strips or back braces aren’t needed. This leads to a unique, characterful sound. Plus, the jumbo size and pickup system both mean there’s no risk of you getting lost in the mix!

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Taylor Baby Taylor Koa

Taylor Baby Taylor

With a shorter scale length and small body, it’s definitely a comfortable player for those just starting out – but don’t mistake this for a beginner’s guitar! Plenty of seasoned professionals swear by smaller-short scale instruments for their bright sound and responsive feel.

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Martin D-X1E

Martin D-X1E

Martin’s X-series line allows for a taste of the world’s oldest – and still running – guitar maker at an affordable price. The D-X1E is made from high-pressure laminated Koa for a gorgeous aesthetic and confident sound, and features a ‘performing artist’ neck profile for comfortable playing. There’s also a Fishman pickup and preamp for superb plugged-in sounds.

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Fender Paramount PD-220E

Fender Paramount acoustic

This vintage-inspired instrument bears a solid Sitka spruce or solid mahogany top depending on your choice of finish, paired with solid mahogany back and sides. The scalloped, offset X-bracing offers great protection, while the Sonitone Plus pickup gives you great full-sounding plugged-in sounds thanks to a unique sensing system. Signals from both a body-sensing pickup and an undersaddle pickup are blended, to offer both clarity and air.

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