The acoustic guitar is the more popular choice for most, especially for beginners. Though electric guitars are more versatile, many are attracted to the simplicity and charm that an acoustic guitar provides. In this post, we take a look at the best acoustic guitar brands in India. Also read:
The technology going into the manufacturing of guitars, especially electric guitars has changed a lot and is ever changing. However, the traditional acoustic guitar has stood the test of time and will always be around.
Acoustic guitars are more natural in sound and no amp can replicate the authenticity that an acoustic guitar provides. There is little doubt that the acoustic guitar is the one that better connects the instrument with the player.
Best Acoustic Guitar Brands In India
Just in case you want to jump on to the juicy stuff, here are the best acoustic guitars that are available in the Indian market.
The guitar is not a typical Indian instrument and has not been very much associated with traditional Indian music. Manufacturing and development of the guitar have also not been very significant in the country. That is why the best acoustic guitar brands in India are mostly of international origin.
The most popular and reliable guitar brand is Yamaha. They have a wide range of acoustic guitars starting from those for beginners to intermediate level players. One thing is for sure that you just cannot go wrong with a Yamaha thanks to the reliability of the company.
Yamaha guitars are solidly built and the sound quality ranges from good to excellent depending upon the price range. The fretboards are made of rosewood and other material used are of very high quality.
Though Yamaha guitars do not match the sound quality of premium brands of guitars, the amazing value that they provide as well as their customer support in India makes it the top acoustic guitar
Martin is one of the oldest and most reputed brand for acoustic guitars. In terms of sound quality, it is the best brand for acoustic guitars.
Guitars from Martin are expertly handcrafted by the best in the field. Their guitars are considered amongst the most elite in the world. They are known to be the first to create the dreadnought design which became a rage and soon other companies followed suit.
Martin guitars are not cheap. Even the dreadnought junior version is above Rs 50,000/-. However, the sound quality from a Martin is unbeatable and their guitars are ideally suited for advanced players who have a critical ear for music.
Only behind the Martin in terms of sound quality, Taylor is one of the best acoustic guitar brands in India.
Formed in 1974, Taylor has graduated with making acoustic guitars suiting modern trends mixed with impeccable craftsmanship. Taylor also has a range of affordable guitars that produce crystal clear and rich sounds, the 200 series being most popular.
Epiphone is a subsidiary of Gibson and produce great value for money guitars. They provide for a large portion of the amazing sound quality coming from Gibson guitars at an affordable price.
Epiphone guitars are known to have good midranges. They are not as great sounding as Martin or Taylor guitars but are definitely worth the cost.
The nylon string Les Paul Ukulele has been one of the most popular models for several years. Its great looks and mid tones have captured many hearts for decades.
Acoustic guitars from Fender are not as popular as their electric guitars. However, the ones that they do produce have notably good mid tones.
The Fender CD-60 acoustic guitar is one of the best guitars you can find below 15000 rupees. As compared to the Yamaha 310, users claim that it has good mid range tones and is good value for money.
Ibanez is a Japanese company famous for seven and eight string types of guitars. It has a wide range of acoustic and electric guitars.
The classical guitars such as GA5TCE and GA6TCE are the most popular whereas the PF, AWL and EWP series are amongst the steel string acoustic guitars.
If this was a list of electric guitars, the Gibson would feature at the top. Moreover, they are overtly expensive. Nonetheless, it is one of the best acoustic guitar brands in India.
The Gibson Melody Maker is the cheapest of the lot we have noticed in India which is around 50k. The others such as the hummingbird and J series are above one lakh.
Cort has some good acoustic guitars in its line-up. A South Korean company, Cort acoustic guitar collection includes MR, SFX, classic and Luce series. The Cort AD810-OP is an affordable guitar available around 10k. Cort has established itself as one of the best acoustic guitar brands in India with guitars from Rs 10000 to Rs 40000.
Ovation produces some of the finest guitars in the world and is most popular amongst studio musicians. Being a semi-premium brand, it starts from around 40k in India. If you are a beginner, then you may like to avoid this.
Kadence is an Indian brand which is upcoming and making decent quality guitars. Though they are far from world leaders, they are the only Indian company which provides quality at an affordable price. Moreover, their Frontier series are the only guitars below the Rs 5000 range which are worth considering.
Take a look at the video below to see the Kadence guitar in action.
The above ranking for the best acoustic guitars in India is not totally based on sound quality, in which case Martin, Taylor and Gibson would be at the top. These are international brands which do not have that big a dealership network and customer support. Moreover, their cost in India lowers the value further.
The Yamaha has made it to the top of the list as it produces all round guitars which are a mix of sound quality, durability, value for money, etc. If you have the budget, go for a Martin. But, if you don’t, consider the Yamaha.