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Five Gig-Ready Acoustic Guitars Under $1000
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Perfect Gig-Ready Acoustics for Under $1000

Whether you are a seasoned player or just new to the "gig" scene, finding a great guitar that sounds good, can handle the rigors of gigging and, for most of us, doesn't hurt too bad when it gets dinged or knocked over has become an easier task thanks to multiple guitars being produced by companies we all know and love such as Taylor, Gibson, Martin, and Eastman. 

With "gig-ready" criteria in mind, including a built-in pickup system, let's take a look at five of our favorite gig-ready acoustics guitars all under $1000!

1. Taylor 114CE Acoustic Guitar 

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One of our most popular guitars in the store, the Taylor 114ce easily hits the mark for a gig-ready guitar under $1000. The Sapele 114 incorporates layered back and sides, which offer extra resilience to fluctuating climate conditions, and a slightly narrower 1 11/16-inch neck make it a breeze to play. It’s one of the best full-size guitars you’ll find for the money, especially with the included Expression System 2 pickup. 

2. Guild D-260CE Deluxe Acoustic Guitar

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This dreadnought guitar features a solid spruce top with a stunning arched striped ebony back and striped ebony sides. This unique tonewood gives the D-260CE a clear, powerful voice with a pronounced bass response while a gloss finish highlights its unique striping pattern. Premium appointments include a mother-of-pearl rosette, Guild Peak headstock logo and pau ferro fingerboard and bridge. A soft cutaway provides easy access to upper frets, and a Fishman Sonitone pickup with volume and tone controls makes plugging in and playing a breeze. If you have not played a Guild, or it has been a while, you need to check this guitar out, oh and at the time of this writing, it is only $599!

3. Gibson G-45 Studio Acoustic Guitar

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Gibson has been making some seriously competitive moves lately and the sub $1000 American made G-45 Studio is one example of their effort to win the hearts of guitar players. The G-45 Studio is designed to provide the perfect mix of tone, performance, and traditional Gibson style for all players and every stage. It is hand-built in their Bozeman, Montana factory using time-tested Gibson build techniques like hide-glued dovetail neck joints and domed top braces along with modern features like slimmer body depths and Advanced Response neck profiles. A solid Sitka spruce top and solid walnut back and sides deliver crisp sounds with plenty of wonderful overtones while a Fishman Sonitone pickup captures every nuance for easy plug-and-play at home, in the studio or on stage. It represents a new point of entry into Gibson acoustics and a new precedent for sound and quality.

4. Martin D-10E Acoustic Guitar

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Every major name has entered the sub $1000 "gig-ready" acoustic and Martin is coming to the party with the D-10e. With a Sitka spruce top and Sapele back and sides, this solid wood Dreadnought model is a great sounding guitar at an affordable price. New to this model is a stunning mother-of-pearl pattern fingerboard and rosette inlays with a multi-stripe rosette border. It has an FSC Certified Richlite fingerboard and bridge, satin finish body, and a hand-rubbed neck finish. Also new to this model is the Fishman MX-T electronics package with a built-in soundhole tuner that auto mutes the audio output so you can tune up any time without using a pedal. This guitar comes with a Premium Soft Shell Case so it is Road-ready to join you on all of your adventures!

5. Eastman AC222CE Acoustic Guitar

Click here to see the Eastman AC222CE on our site

If Eastman is not a name you recognize, then get ready to be amazed. We love the guitars Eastman is producing and the AC222CE is no exception. At only $619 at the time of this writing, this guitar gives you a ton of bang-for-to buck mojo. This gig-ready acoustic is crafted with all solid woods! A Sitka Spruce top fit to an Ovangkol back and sides give this acoustic big tone. The super comfortable "AC" body size makes it easy to play all night long and the Fishman Sonitone pickup will make sure you sound great when you plug-in.

The Bottom Line


It was not all that long ago that $1000 could not get you much guitar, but with more efficient manufacturing techniques and scale, $1000 can now get you a seriously good guitar and even an American made one. Regardless of which guitar you choose on this list, you will be gig-ready regardless of the situation. 


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