Best Acoustic Cutaway Guitars

Best Acoustic Cutaway Guitars

Looking for the Best Acoustic Cutaway Guitar might be a little trickier than it actually seems. I am quite picky and selective when it comes to acoustic guitars.

By “selective” I mean, I try to achieve the best instrument by investing the least amount possible. I’ll never ask you to save money and skip on important features, but I just don’t recommend running after high-end acoustic guitars blindly, if you are on a budget.

It is not just students who wait for affordable instruments to arrive in the market, which can fulfill their priorities. Even as an adult I have seen experts struggling with their budget in search of a proper instrument.

So, I truly think the companies need to pay attention to each and all types of players and keep launching budget-friendly and affordable products in their market.

However, if budget is not a barrier, go on, enjoy the best high-end guitars! But, if you are on a budget, read along to learn how you can buy the best acoustic cutaway guitar without busting your bank.

Well, with that, let’s begin the search. 

Best Acoustic Cutaway Guitars

1. Jasmine S34C NEX Acoustic Guitar

Jasmine S34C NEX Acoustic Guitar
Jasmine S34C NEX Acoustic Guitar

Product info 

  • Gloss Natural
  • Dreadnought body style
  • Laminate Spruce top
  • Sapele back and sides
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Synthetic bone nut and saddle

What makes it a top acoustic guitar?

Anyone who knows me can be straight up to the opinion that I just can’t let go of budget-friendly products that do not compromise on features.

Be it the position of strings, the resonant tune, the choice of tones, beginner-friendly setup, and a considerably solid build quality, everything about the guitar makes me proud.

This is one of those entry-level guitars that have set a high benchmark for the entry-level instruments, to be honest. This guitar is good for fingerstyle playing, and you play it easily for long durations thanks to the single cutaway Dreadnought design.

What’s the build technology behind this guitar?

With a comparatively low string placement, the guitar is quite easier to play when compared to other guitars. This cutaway acoustic guitar has a Split Saddle design that has distinguished placement of B and E strings for easier playability and clear intonation.

Thanks to the X bracing and the superfine finishing and lamination the result is a fine resonant guitar. I like the idea of detachable pickguards too.

How’s the tone?

The tone of this guitar is strong and clear with a clear distinction between the highs and lows both of which carry a resonant tone. What is unique about Jasmine is the vibrance in its tone.

There is something about the tone that makes you notice it the moment you listen to it. You absolutely don’t have to worry about buzzing, thanks to the good build quality.

Is the construction proper?

This is where you get the point why the company calls this guitar a suitable fit for fresh learners who are beginning with their classes and all. This is such a lightweight option for a guitar.

I would say the weight is “feathery” after reviewing the guitars weighing double than this one. Regarding the manufacturing materials, the top is constructed from Spruce and has a Maple back and sides.

I also like the special shape of the neck of the guitar. It is so convenient for the players to fit their palms around it and have a smooth and comfortable playing experience.

What is bothering me?

I would not call it a solid lamination though and that is what exactly maintains the weight of the guitar. But it just doesn’t feel bad to me, because carrying it to classes and picnics are going to be fun.

What I really need to talk about are the Steel strings. I was myself a person who did not pay much attention to the material of the string until I came across some really good ones.

I think strings made of steel are a little too harsh for the fingers and there are probably more chances of knicks and cuts if you are not careful.

Unfortunately, that is the most common option. But to each their own, if somebody feels comfortable with steel strings then go ahead.

Pros
  • A very fine resonant tone
  • Split Saddles
  • Shallow placement of Strings
  • Not conventional shape of the neck
  • Lightweight and beginner-friendly
  • Affordable without compromising the sound quality
Cons
  • Yes, I would appreciate it if they could upgrade the strings and introduce some other material that could be a little softer for tender fingers. However, most of the guitars that we are going to talk about are budget products and they use Steel strings only.

2. Fender CC-140SCE Concert Acoustic 

Fender CC-140SCE Concert Acoustic 
Fender CC-140SCE 

Product info

  • Single-cutaway concert body style
  • Fishman Presys pickup/preamp
  • Solid spruce top with scalloped “X”-bracing
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • Easy-to-play neck with rolled fingerboard edges

What makes it a top acoustic guitar?

Firstly, we cannot ignore the brand name: Fender’s electric-acoustic guitar has to be a trusted one.

Though you won’t call it a perfect dreadnought when you look at the size of the guitar, but when you are exposed to the vibrations and the strength of the sound, it feels sufficient for taking a Rock concert to a dramatic impact.

With all middling features, what makes it one of the top most guitars on the list is its sound which is powerful and immersive.

What’s the technique behind?

It is a very convenient option for those who are looking forward to switching easily between acoustic and electric with a simple Fishman pickup. However, the technique is nothing completely out of the world and new.

The Fender guitar is a basic Electric-Acoustic guitar that comes with Scalloped X-bracing which helps in lifting the tone of the guitar. What you hear is a vibrant sound.

Other than that, it is a standard single-cutaway guitar with a Spruce top that produces better strength to the voice.

It’s pure fun to look into the kit’s tummy. There you have a hard shell, road case, strap, lead,  extra steel strings, tuners, and Austin Bazar instructional DVD for reference. This is pretty much all that a fresh learner might require.

How’s the tone?

The compact instrument comes with a tapered wide neck in a single cutaway design which does not complicate the playability.

Again a very good point for beginners who want to look for the easiest option in the market because everything about the guitar is very feasible and easy to control.

The sound that comes out is a very expected solid and earful sound. Again that varies when you switch from acoustic to electric and even if you choose a different tonewood between Spruce and Mahogany.

Is the construction proper?

Speaking about its construction, first, let us consider the price. I think it perfectly fits the quality of the instrument and you do not pay anything extra or less than required.

The manufacturing material consists of solid tonewoods that construct the top of the guitar, where again you have choices.

You may either choose solid Spruce or you may choose Mahogany. However, do not make the mistake of considering both of them to be similar as a novice. 

Spruce and Mahogany are two distinct kinds of wood, both of them are solid tonewoods.

While the Spruce top could help you achieve a lasting resonant tone and a solid pitch; Mahogany would keep you on a versatile side. I really appreciate the tapered neck of the guitar and the rounded fingerboard edges. 

So select wisely before you move ahead with the rest of the things, the back and sides of the instrument are made of Rosewood. X bracing contributes to the lightweight quality of the guitar. 

What is bothering me?

To be honest, as I said this is a fairly decent model with average features and usually expected sound. It is definitely not going to give you any negative or incomplete impact any day, anywhere.

Pros
  • The design is a compact one
  • It makes use of good quality tonewood such as crews and mahogany
  • X bracing produces a vibrant sound
  • It is a lightweight and easy to carry guitar
Cons
  • Not as such, just an overall decent quality for the Price

3. Glen Burton GA204BCO-BK

Glen Burton GA204BCO-BK
Glen Burton GA204BCO-BK

Product info

  • Flame top; Basswood back and sides
  • Catalpa Neck and Bridge; Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Steel String; Sealed Gear Tuners. Number of Strings: 6
  • EQ: Active 4 Band 7545
  • Includes: Strings, Picks, Gig Bag, Strap, Digital Clip-On Tuner, Truss Rod, & 10 Watt Amplifier

What makes it a top acoustic guitar?

This is a vintage-style guitar that has included both amplification and accessories for beginners.

I would clearly not call it the best because this is a budget product and it would not be fair to expect all the genius estimates.

Rather, I would say this is a decent retailer instrument consisting of normal Steel strings. 

What’s the technique behind?

The manufacturers have made a very basic use of acoustic and electric features that make this guitar a dazzling Acoustic-Electric instrument.

It has an onboard active 4 band 7545 EQ system that not just increases its affordability but cleverly makes it easy for you to perform with the onboard pickup.

All you require for the pickup is a 9-volt battery you can even choose to turn on the amplifier.

Again I find it very exciting to look into the tummy of the accessory kit and you get everything starting from extra Steel strings to the 9-volt battery.

How’s the tone?

The huge body of the guitar produces a long and lasting sound. You might connect to the amp for added strength but you won’t regret this sound even without amplification.

Moving ahead it has a very clear tone with resonant qualities, folk music is going to be so well played with this gem.

Of course, the solid laminate top has a good role to play in the strength of the tone where it does not allow the sound to fade away easily with varying conditions.

Is the construction proper?

Alright, so I don’t want to speak much on the size of the guitar because it is completely a personal choice but coming to the manufacturing material the guitar makes use of Linden laminate top as mentioned in the info, it also uses Basswood and together these are very durable.

The fingerboard is made of Rosewood and you get a Catalpa Neck and Bridge. Strumming the strings can get really easy and fast with practice.

What is bothering me?

It is very clear from the above description that the guitar is a higher action guitar and it might get difficult for the beginners to adjust the action.

However, I like the fact that you do not need to re-tune the guitar frequently because of the solid tonewood used in the manufacturing. 

Pros
  • It has a very nice strength
  • It comes with added accessory kit
  • It is an affordable guitar
  • The size and shape of the guitar look very flattering
Cons
  • More on the higher action side.

4. Martin GPCX2AE Macassar Grand

Martin X Series GPCX2AE
Martin X Series GPCX2AE

Product info

  • Grand Auditorium Cutaway
  • Macassar HPL Bracing pattern
  • Scale length: 25.4″
  • Nut width: 1.75″ (44.45mm)
  • Solid Sapele top paired with Macassar patterned high-pressure laminate back and sides

What makes it a top acoustic guitar?

What makes me instantly happy about a product is its description and information provided by the manufacturers that literally gives you an insight of the product and there is no reason to blame the company even if you end up trying a hit-miss product.

The American company has left no gap in explaining the features and specs of the guitar and talking about its quality, those who know the experience of Martin in manufacturing versatile guitars for more than a century now, would definitely not doubt the instrument.

It is a complete value for money acoustic for the price (might not be the most affordable though). 

What’s the technique behind?

Mainly due to the wise selection of manufacturing material you get a good vibration from the guitar, the electronics are superbly designed to produce a sharp and powerful sound so that the buzzing is as negligible as possible.

The pre-installed guitar kit comes with a Fishman pickup. All the beginners are going to love this feature and the shape and structure of the guitar allow the user to position comfortably.

Other technical advantages are a decent scale of 25.4″, unique HPL bracing, and a 1.75″ nut width about which we will speak further.

How’s the tone?

Speaking about the tone of the guitar you simply cannot take your attention off its rich and earful sound. One cannot call it straight away a resonant sound though, but once you are exposed to the sound it is all very warm, thick, and delightful.

Earlier, I was clueless about the difference between solid woods and the special Macassan ebony but later on, after reading some informative resources I understood the reason the manufacturers have used Macassan ebony.

It is a special type of wood that provides this particular richness to the tone of the guitar. Go ahead and enjoy the pitch that the Guitar retains especially suited for folk and rock music.

Is the construction proper?

Martin acoustic guitars use the unique HPL dressing which is a signature bracing for the brand. HPL stands for High-Pressure Laminate because the bracing is made by compressing wood particles under pressure and high temperatures with the special quality of resin.

You must be curious by now;  why did the manufacturers take that much pain?  

Because what comes out is a guitar that has a scratch-resistant surface that is as sturdy as it can get, not to forget the top portion of the guitar is constructed using Sapele wood.

We already observed the Nut width falls under a broad neck category and it is well suited for fat fingers. Regarding the shape of the guitar, it really grabs my attention. 

It is a special dreadnought shape with shining ornamentation here and there and a single cutaway design.

So, overall the design is absolutely amazing and a shining example of excellent craftsmanship and technology.

What is bothering me?

Only the price. I totally agree this genius is worth the price it costs, but just a little decrement could do a lot for the students at least.

Pros
  • A very compact design that is portable
  • the lightweight construction does not compromise on a solid construction of the guitar
  • the surface of the guitar is scratch resistance and it can resist minor bangs as well
  • The tone has a good pitch and richness
Cons
  • Yes, this guitar is a value for money product yet it might get difficult for the students to go for it.

5. Epiphone AJ-100CE Acoustic Cutaway Guitar

Epiphone AJ-100CE
Epiphone AJ-100CE

Product Info

  • Select Spruce top
  • 25.5 scale
  • Country of Origin: China

What makes it a top acoustic guitar?

The first thing that I would like to mention is that this guitar has a scale of 25.5″ which is the usual length available for comfortable acoustic playing.

What makes it a good acoustic guitar is the use of Spruce top wood to construct the body. Here you can truly see the quality of this instrument alongside its affordability.

This brand literally understands that the magic does not lie in using an exotic or stylish quality, rather you must go for a durable and solid tonewood. 

What’s the technique behind?

This guitar has definitely been influenced by the area of its origin; maximum people from China have smaller palms and hence the guitar has a narrow tapered neck.

All the amateurs with smaller palms and round fingers are going to have a good time with this guitar. Many reviews have admitted that access to the frets is very easy and better than a lot of other options in the market.

How’s the tone?

The tone is very bright, sharp, and crispy that hits the ears and it has got a prominent thrust in the sound.

The clarity of the tone is one of the strongest features of the guitar. It maintains a decent depth in its sound as well. This in turn helps the instrument achieve a good tone in the mid and high range.

With the lower notes, however, you might feel like switching to the electric mode; but other than that there is absolutely no buzzing and fading of the tunes. Amplification is not mandatory but you always have a choice of the same.

Is the construction proper?

Epiphone makes use of Spruce top which is a solid tonewood along with mahogany back and sides. I have explained enough about the significance of both of these woods in the purchasing guide and throughout the article as well.

You get a Rosewood fingerboard and mahogany neck; the ‘E’ Epiphone logo keeps you reminded of the brand on the signature pickguard.

Again people with smaller palms have agreed that the grip of the guitar is very comfortable and access to upper friends becomes very easy. Nothing to complain about the shape and size either. 

What is bothering me?

Ultimately every comparison comes down to the prices of the product and this guitar covers a very promising market section. It is hard to pick out flaws.

The brand has been manufacturing guitars for more than 50 to 60 years which is a great achievement in itself. In fact, I love the fact that the guitar keeps the shape of the body really simple and spacious.

Pros
  • Very soft and smooth contouring of the edges
  • A prominent resonant sound
  • Deep and clear tone
  • Spruce and mahogany as chief tone Woods
  • Spacious body
Cons
  • May need professional set up if you don’t know-how

6. Yamaha FSX830C Small Body Solid Top

Yamaha FSX830C
Yamaha FSX830C

Product info:

  • Solid Sitka Spruce Top
  • Rosewood Back & Sides
  • Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge
  • Diecast Tuners

System 66 features an under-saddle piezo pickup with a 3-band EQ, an adjustable mid-range frequency control, and a precision chromatic tuner for optimum sound tailoring.

What makes it a top acoustic guitar?

First of all, hey you Yamaha guys, if you are reading this: Congratulations on completing 50 years of History. I remember reviewing the same guitar for the best Acoustic-Electric guitar under $500.

This small body and solid top work very reliably and one can fully trust the construction.

Yamaha has a unique AR bracing and I am personally a big fan of it. The new scalloped bracing has already earned its name in the market.

Besides being lightweight the guitar has a banging vibration. You also get a feasible truss rod, Rosewood fingerboard, and a rich tuning. Another feature that makes it a genius Acoustic guitar is that you can use it even without amplification.

What’s the technique behind?

Manufacturers make use of Diecast tuners, and hence I won’t say the tone is very high-pitched or powerful.

But yes, it’s suitably good to work with even without amplification. System 66 features an under-saddle piezo pickup with a 3-band EQ.

You get a lot of adjustment and setting personalizations such as mid-range frequency control, a precision chromatic tuner, and an adjustable truss rod.

I also admire the newly used scalloped bracing that produces more of a natural tone and is durable too.

How’s the tone?

The compact model has a rich overtone, owing to the solid top construction. One would love to play this guitar with finger-picking styles.

A natural resonant tone is heard due to the Scalloped bracing. But, the resonance is not too strong. You can simply rock this piece with folks and countryside tones.

Is the construction proper?

If you see the price of the guitar for the quality, it seems affordable. I would not call it supremely affordable but for the brand value, the grand quality, and the smart manufacturing it’s completely justified.

The Solid Sitka Spruce Top helps to produce a rich tone. Rosewood backs and sides also contribute to the same. What really magnetizes my attention is the weight ‘5 lbs’ and the small, compact size.

What’s bothering me? 

I really do not mind anything about the guitar. Even if there is a concern, it might be less resonant. And, that might be due to the smaller size of the box. That’s pretty much it. 

Pros
  • A very lightweight and compact option for students
  • Another advantage is that it is extremely affordable
  • Amplification is not a must
  • Reliable and Durable
Cons
  • Nothing solid, I would love to see an improvement in the high strength of the sound, but I guess that’s not possible because of the size. So, no cons from my side.

Generally, when we are talking about the features of the guitar we speak about both electric and acoustic features but today it is going to be pure acoustic and I simply love talking about it. 

Why Do We Opt For A Tapered Or Wider Neck?

The basic idea to reach out for a tapered or wider Nut Width is just to accommodate your palm around the neck comfortably while you are strumming the strings.

It is also advised to look for the C shape of the neck and never go for sharp or irregular edges. All this contributes to effortless playing for longer durations without causing your fingers or palms any fatigue. 

What happens if we select a scale that is more than 25 inches?

If you select a scale length that is more than 25 inches it is going to require you to exert more pressure while plucking the strings, especially fingerstyle playing can become a little challenging. Hence it is advised to keep the length less than 25 inches if possible even if you do not get that go for a scale as close to 25 inches as possible.

What radius is perfect for a fingerboard?

The fingerboard radius should never be less than 7.5 to 8 inches. If you purchase a lesser radius you are going to ruin the idea of comfort and spacious playability. 

What wood material makes the best acoustic?

Whenever you are going to purchase guitars and you are certain that you are going to play acoustic tones, go for Laminate solid and durable tonewoods. What matters, even more, is the intelligent use of these woods in the correct places. 

For example, the entire body of the guitar will not be constructed using the same high-quality wood; the top must vary from the back and sides; the fingerboard is usually constructed using Rosewood. These woods have a better density to produce a resonant sound that has a lasting effect on the listeners. 

For example, you may go for a Spruce or Mahogany top. Maple tops are also good for the purpose because they accentuate the vibrations and improve the sound quality. The back and sides of the guitar might be constructed using Basswood or Mahogany. 

What enhances the fingerstyle playability?

A very basic concept is to purchase a guitar with Strings in a comfortable position and reach of your fingers.

The rest lies in you. I mean the rest of the outcome depends on your techniques and talent of hovering and anchoring your fingers, the position of your hand, and so on.

If you want you may watch a tutorial video in detail if you have yet not joined a guitar class.

What should be the size and shape of the guitar?

You obviously do not need a double cutaway design for an acoustic guitar but what you can instead check is that the guitar has a single cut design and a dreadnought shape if possible.

The bigger the body of the guitar the easier it would be for you to play louder without using amplification. All the compact and smaller size guitars can be used at the beginning stage but as you grow into an expert you should look for bigger guitars.

However, that does not mean that you cannot strum a compact guitar for an acoustic purpose; but all I mean is the bigger the inner body of the guitar the better will be the depth and thickness of the sound.

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