10 Best Steel-string Acoustic Guitars

List Updated October 2020

Bestselling Steel-string Acoustic Guitars in 2020


Martin M1400 Marquis Silk & Steel Folk Acoustic Strings, Light

Martin M1400 Marquis Silk & Steel Folk Acoustic Strings, Light
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Gauges: .0115 - .047

LAGRIMA Acoustic Guitar Beginners with Guitar Case, Strap, Tuner & Pick Steel Strings (Blue)

LAGRIMA Acoustic Guitar Beginners with Guitar Case, Strap, Tuner & Pick Steel Strings (Blue)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • SIZE-38" Blue acoustic guitars, Ideal acoustic guitar kit for beginners (kids, teenagers or adults)
  • MATERIAL-Made of an all wood construction & steel strings & glossy smooth finished
  • FEATURE-High Precision Knob & Metal and ABS material to ensure a solid tune,Surface coating design preventing fingers being hurt.
  • DIMENSION-Guitar Dimension: 38.6"L x15.4"Wx2.4"H; Small and lightweight guitar for easy learning.
  • SET&SERVICE INCLUDED-A nylon case is included for storage and easy transportation,Set Include:guitar, nylon bag , tuner , picks,strap, strings;If there is any questions please feel free to contact with us,our experienced customer service team will response in 24 hours.

D'Addario EJ38 12-String Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light, 10-47

D'Addario EJ38 12-String Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light, 10-47
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • D'Addario's most popular 12-string acoustic set with optimized gauges for balanced tone and comfortable playability
  • Preferred for its warm, bright, and well balanced acoustic tone
  • Corrosion resistant packaging for strings that are always fresh
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
  • String Gauges: Plain Steel .010/.10, .014/.014, Phosphor Bronze Wound .023/.008(p), .030/.012(p), .039/.018(p), .047/.027(w);

Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Sunburst

Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Sunburst
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • The fingerboard of the DR-100 is constructed from rosewood
  • It has a select spruce top
  • It features a 14-degree headstock that gives you more pressure at the nut
  • Finishes available in ebony, natural and vintage sunburst
  • Mahogany body
  • Select Spruce top
  • 25.5 Scale

D'Addario EJ40 Silk & Steel Folk Guitar Strings, 11-47

D'Addario EJ40 Silk & Steel Folk Guitar Strings, 11-47
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Designed and gauged for fingerstyle guitarists who prefer a warm, mellow tone
  • Silk interwindings for soft, easy feel on fingers
  • Corrosion resistant packaging for strings that are always fresh
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
  • String Gauges: Plain Steel .011, .014, Silk & Steel Wound .023, .028, .038, .047; Set of Six strings Musical Notes E,B,G,D,A,E

D'Addario EXP13 with NY Steel 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings,Coated, Custom Light, 11-52

D'Addario EXP13 with NY Steel 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings,Coated, Custom Light, 11-52
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Custom gauging for balance of projecting tone and lighter plain strings for comfortable bending
  • Extra-bright tone mixed with deep and projecting bottom end, EXP Coated for 4 times more life
  • Includes D'Addario's exclusive NY Steel, the same high carbon steel found in the NYXL series for unprecedented strength and pitch stability.
  • Environmentally friendly, corrosion resistant packaging for strings that are always fresh
  • String Gauges: Plain Steel .011, .015, Bronze Wound .022, .032, .042, .052

LAGRIMA 38" Acoustic Guitars, Cutaway Design Natural 6 Steel Strings Youth Kids Guitars with Nylon Bag,Tuner, Picks, Strap for Beginners, Adults Blue

LAGRIMA 38
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • SIZE-38" Black acoustic guitars, Ideal acoustic guitar kit for beginners (kids, teenagers or adults)
  • MATERIAL-Made of an all wood construction & steel strings & glossy smooth finished
  • FEATURE-High Precision Knob & Metal and ABS material to ensure a solid tune,Surface coating design preventing fingers being hurt
  • DIMENSION-Guitar Size: 38.6"L x15.4"Wx2.4"H; Small and lightweight guitar for easy learning
  • CASE INCLUDED-A nylon case is included for storage and easy transportation,Set Include:guitar, nylon bag , tuner , picks,strap, strings

D'Addario EXP15 with NY Steel Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Coated, Extra Light, 10-47

D'Addario EXP15 with NY Steel Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Coated, Extra Light, 10-47
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • D'Addario's lightest gauge acoustic guitar string set, known for its superb, long-lasting tone and playing ease
  • EXP Coated phosphor bronze for warm, bright, well balanced acoustic tone and 4 times more life
  • Includes D'Addario's exclusive NY Steel, the same high carbon steel found in the NYXL series for unprecedented strength and pitch stability.
  • Environmentally friendly, corrosion resistant packaging for strings that are always fresh
  • String Gauges: Plain Steel .010, .014, Phosphor Bronze Wound .023, .030, .039, .047

Lightahead Simulation Wood Color Guitar 23 Inch Junior Steel String Guitar Ukulele (Great Gift)

Lightahead Simulation Wood Color Guitar 23 Inch Junior Steel String Guitar Ukulele (Great Gift)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Ernie Ball Earthwood Light 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Set, .011 - .052

Ernie Ball Earthwood Light 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Set, .011 - .052
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Wound Strings are 80% copper, 20% zinc wire wrapped around hex shaped tin plated steel core wire
  • Plain strings are made of specially tempered tin plated high carbon steel
  • The most popular acoustic guitar string alloy provides well balanced projection with crisp pleasing highs
  • Element Shield Packaging Prolongs string life and keeps strings as fresh as the day they were made
  • Made in California, U.S.A. Featuring the finest and freshest materials.

Buying Your First Electric Guitar

There's a lot of options when it comes down to finding your first electric. Here's an easy guide to help you identify some of the factors to look for in a guitar.

1) Do A Little Research

Purchasing a guitar can be seen as a rather large investment in terms of both cost and time. If you've already been playing, then it's just a matter of experimenting with the palette of sounds you can coax out of an electric. If you're a first-timer however, an electric guitar isn't something you want to buy on impulse. Take a look at reviews, see exactly where certain people stand on their stances with a particular guitar. Just because the price is cheap doesn't necessarily mean you're getting a good value for your money and if you're just wanting to start out you really want to make sure you have something you can grow with. One of the things I cannot stress enough is to take a guitar playing friend with you so you don't have to heed the constant pestering from guitar store clerks. Some local shops are filled with fantastic and helpful people, but larger chains operate on a more cost driven outcome.

2) You Have to Spend a Little To Be Happy

Sure, you can plunk down the $200 for an Epiphone starter pack and you'll get all the dressings that come with an electric guitar. Be fully aware that $200 doesn't buy you a whole lot of guitar however, and you'll definitely be seeing the decline in quality control with the larger brands like Squier and Epiphone. More often than not, these budget guitars rely on their parent brand's name to sell units, especially in the lower end guitars. That's not to say that these aren't serviceable instruments, but to get a working instrument you really should be looking at ways to save money rather than making sizable investments worth far more than the guitar itself. One great manufacturer in the budget range would have to be Ibanez, the venerated Japanese company makes quality guitars for as little $300 and you get something that can chug along with whatever you can throw at it. As far as amps go, the Roland Cubes offer a lot of versatility for their price point. A Cube can dirty up, does great cleans and can crank out gain just as ably as any other solid state amp.

3) Other Places To Look

Forget for a moment the standard outlets of places like Guitar Center and Musician's Friends, largely these are all owned by the same conglomerate and may have such naggling issues like set-up problems that may require the professional assistance of a luthier to rectify. Places like Craigslist and Rondomusic allow you to snag a great guitar for not a whole lot of cash, especially Craigslist. More often than not you can find some great guitars for not a lot of money. Craigslist is very much just a large classified ad, and you can definitely snag some great deals if you're vigilant. Rondomusic is a great resource as well, getting their guitars straight from the factory rather than suffering through the mark-ups that other guitar builders impose on their import built guitars. Reviews have been wonderful, and the few examples I've played around on easily place within the same range as upper end import guitars for a fraction of the price.

4) Other Things To Consider

An electric guitar is always going to a be a confusing market to pick a product from, but with a little know-how and research you can find yourself with the perfect starter axe for yourself. You really need to look at comfort, versatility, and the quality of the build. With some guitars this can be rather deceiving given that plywood does indeed weigh quite a bit. However, if you're paying sixty dollars for a guitar you really do get what you paid for.

Best of luck on your instrument searches, and happy shredding!

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