Best Low Action Acoustic Guitars that are Easy To Play

Best Low Action Acoustic Guitars that are Easy To Play

Low-action guitars are guitars that are easy to play. You can pluck or strum the strings of the guitar without having to put too much pressure on the strings in order to hold them down or prevent fret buzz. This way you can have a long playing time with the instrument without much pain. These types of guitars are best for beginners.

Nowadays, we have plenty of good options and when we try to judge these guitars based on their construction and technique you would find almost each one of them to be very appealing.

Now, that becomes confusing. In fact, you can accommodate most of the Acoustic guitars for a low-action guitar, and all of them are going to fit the purpose superficially.

The problem arises when I try to look for the best quality product by spending the least amount of money and ensuring that the options are realistic for people to buy.

I was fortunate enough to find some real options for the list. You can quickly take a glance and decide your purchase.

If you are out purchasing low-action acoustic guitars, the key is to go for guitars that feel good in your hands. But, if you are a geek and want numbers. A typically well playing low action guitar will have a string height/action of around 3/32″ on the low E string, 1/16″ on the high E string.

Top 6 Easy To Play Low Action Acoustic Guitars

Fender CD-60SCE: Best Low Action Acoustic Guitar

Fender CD-60SCE

I have remained a fan of Fender guitars ever since I gathered some knowledge about their heritage and history in the development of guitars as we know them today.

The features do not come for a big-budget price, trust me these are very genuinely priced guitars with unique shapes and sizes by Fender. You must thank the hardshell case that you get along with the guitar for free, to secure the same into it.

I would like to mention the cutaway design and the rounded edges of the guitar, which make it very easy for the player to have comfortable access to the upper frets. Coming to the manufacturing material, they are equally fantastic.

You get a Spruce top, and let me tell you, most of the Fender guitars have ensured that they construct their top with Spruce wood just to attain the solid tonewood effect. The back, neck, and sides of the guitar are constructed with Mahogany, and the fingerboard is made of Walnut.

To be honest, I’m not really happy with the plastic knobs. In fact, I am confused. Some reviews say that plastic does not feel cheap, while others are against the idea of plastic material. 

In any case, replacing those plastic nuts would not cost you much. If you plan on replacing it, you should go for chrome die-cast tuning machines.

As far as the tone is concerned, you will have no complaints either. Firstly, because of the spruce top, solid tonewood construction which simply provides more strength to the volume.

Apart from the loud acoustic sound of this guitar, players can also connect this guitar to an amplifier. That in turn, brings out good playability and versatility in the overall usage of the instrument.

A player can effortlessly try his or her hands with low action. Other features definitely show an upgrade with its Fishman pickup and access controls of the electronics and tuners.

Overall, after all this research, I can comfortably say that is the Best low-action acoustic guitar available currently.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Very solid construction and shape
  • Top is constructed using Spruce
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Easy access to the frets
  • Chrome die-cast tuners
  • Smart and smooth contouring with rolled edges
Cons
  • Plastic nuts

Yamaha FG800

 YAMAHA FG800

YAMAHA FG800

This dreadnought guitar has all my appreciation and admiration because it’s so well-designed. The sound is deep and resonant. This guitar is better than the usual acoustic guitars, the size definitely being an advantage for the fuller and better tone.

To explain the sound further, I would say it has a very smooth and warm voice. Players can comfortably play the lower to mid-range of the guitar to achieve the best low action result. It comes with die-cast tuners and truss rod adjustment.

Coming to the construction, it has a solid tonewood Spruce top; the nato neck, the bridge, and the fingerboard are all constructed using Rosewood, and some really unique craftworks are done with the tortoiseshell pickguard. The huge dreadnought shape of the guitar provides ample space for vibrations and adds power to the sound.

I am not even surprised by the wonderful construction. Yamaha is an age-old friend of guitarists all across so many countries, so there is no question of it providing any undervalue product. 

You get a whole lot of accessories tummy as well. It has all the proper sets of tuners and strings.

Overall, a good deal for a genuine price by Yamaha, and no doubt this could be the world’s most sought option for fresh learners.

Pros
  • A spacious dreadnought shape
  • Chrome die-cast tuners
  • Adjustable Truss rod
  • Solid tone true stop
  • Tortoiseshell pickguard
  • Feels very luxurious even for a genuine price
  • A deep warm and powerful tone
  • Comes with all required accessories
Cons
  • I am not sure if it is fine to expect a pickup from the affordable model, but yes that is what it lacks.

Taylor 210CE

Taylor 210ce
Taylor 210ce

This upper-mid-tier guitar is one of the best options that you can purchase if you are not limited in terms of budget. It is truly a top-shelf guitar, with an inside lining of Sapele.

The model looks very classy and traditional with a mesmerizing tone.

I agree the price cannot be everyone’s cup of tea especially when we are talking about students and fresh practitioners but the quality is simply irresistible. The Venetian cutaway of the guitar gives this guitar a countryside look.

The top is constructed using Spruce, and the neck of the guitar is made of Mahogany; the back and sides are constructed using Rosewood, whereas the fretboard is made from Ebony.

The selection of such woods from various parts of the world is not just wise and exotic but is equally durable.

Coming to the tone, the inner Sapele lining of the guitar gives it a very deep, smooth, sustainable, and warm tone. The richness is hard to explain in words; all thanks to the Spruce top and Sapele lining, you can enjoy the long-lasting effect of the powerful tone.

Pros
  • Very beautiful Venetian cutaway countryside look
  • Truly mesmerizing tone
  • Sapele Inner lining
  • Spruce Top
  • A wise selection of woods
  • Durable construction
  • Smooth contouring of the neck
Cons
  • None, but the price.

Ibanez AW54CEOPN

Here we have our genius model from Ibanez. This is the Artwood line model from the brand, and it forms the benchmark for features and cost balance in the eyes of many reviewers.

Coming to the unique construction of the guitar, the body has been made using a Rosewood fretboard, Ovangkol bridge, and Okoume back.

It has a decent Open Pore finish, and the guitar is a low-action guitar with easy access to higher frets. The smaller size of the body is another reason why you could feel comfortable while playing the guitar. 

Moving onto the tone, it is rich of course. The clarity and solid quality of the tone have a prominent effect on the listener’s ears. The small size and slim neck of the guitar make it a typical low-action guitar from the brand as usual.

And this is the reason why you get such a clear and rich tone in spite of the effortless action. The techniques infused are chrome diecast tuners, Fishman electronics, Ibanez’s T-bar under-saddle pickup, and an AEQ-TP2 Preamp.

Pros
  • Perfect cost and features balance
  • Rich and earful tone
  • Small and compact body
  • Easy to play configuration
  • Wise selection of woods
  • Unique Art line model
Cons
  • Lacks a proper set of volume and tone controls

Martin DJr-10E Low Action Acoustic Guitar

Martin DJr-10E Low Action Acoustic Guitar
Martin DJr-10E Low Action Acoustic Guitar

This is a junior dreadnought guitar, which was made with the agenda to construct a dreadnought shape in a smaller size to produce a balanced tone altogether.

If comfort is all that you seek, here you have a choice. Manufacturers have made use of Sitka Spruce to construct the top of the guitar; the back and sides are made of Sapele.

It features a Sitka spruce top, Sapele back and sides, select hardwood neck, richlite bridge, and fingerboard.

It has a hardwood tapered neck which enhances the low action comfort of the guitar by providing further ease and access. A unique feature is the Plek setup for the fretboard.

It is a computerized technique where the frets are measured for quality and accuracy. That gives professional fret job experience. Other components involved are Fishman Sonitone electronics. The controls can be reached inside the soundhole.

The tone is all balanced. Sitka Spruce, Sapele, and junior dreadnought size give it a prompt, vibrant tone.

The overall construction can no doubt make you feel like playing an electric guitar for long hours with kingly comfort.

Pros
  • Junior dreadnought size
  • Comfortable construction
  • Smoothed edges
  • Vibrant tone
  • Plek setup
  • Spruce and Sapele wood
Cons
  • None, if you like the basic style and idea.
  • But you cannot add a pickup

Washburn Woodline WLO10SCE

Washburn Woodline 10 (WLO10SCE-O)
Washburn Woodline WLO10SCE

This comes from the woodline series of Washburn. It is a mid-tier guitar. The manufacturers actually term it in a very attractive manner by saying this instrument is “a mix of elegance, musicality, and affordability”. Technique-wise, you get a lot of comfort for the price you pay.

It has GraphTech NuBone nut and saddle, a Fishman Presys II 301T tuner/preamp, and walnut binding. The body parts are not just exotic but they are rather useful and reliable.

It has a solid spruce top, the side and back are constructed using mahogany, and the neck of the guitar has been also made of mahogany, but the quality is that to be Satin. For the fingerboard, they have used Rosewood.

The edges are so rounded and rolled up that you simply cannot stop appreciating its smoothness.

A single-cutaway design combines with a neck belt for low action next guitar, a prominent fix for your requirement with its 2-way truss rod design. Regarding the tone, I would say it is deep and balanced at the same time.

Pros
  • A deep and balanced tone
  • A single-cutaway design
  • Useful body parts
  • Solid wood
  • 2 way Truss rod design of the neck
  • Comfortable for low action
Cons
  • Amplification could not be possible for live shows

Ovation CE44

Elite Plus range of Ovation is known for its wood selection and onboard electronics. The model has a Lyrachord cutaway body. It comes with a Satin Nato Neck and abalone inlays as its chief inclusions. The bridge and fingerboard are made of Rosewood.

Gold die-cast tuners do not fail their audience. I see the list stating Slimline pickup, OP-4BT preamp system with three-band EQ, volume/gain control, onboard tuner, and low-battery light.

Coming to the tone, I am eager to give respectful credit to the smart configurations. The low-action guitar packs a fuller, clear and sharp voice. The mini-soundhole not just keeps the guitar lightweight and portable, it keeps the sound clear as well.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Justified price
  • Clear tone
  • Comfortable playability
  • Lyrachord cutaway body
  • Abalone inlays
Cons
  • Nothing if you are happy with the overall beginner idea

Alvarez Artist Series AD60: Best Budget Low Action Acoustic Guitar

Alvarez Artist Series AD60
Alvarez Artist Series AD60

I am happy with the price range of these guitars. Somehow I managed to keep the price under control. For my list, this is another affordable and quality guitar for budding guitarists.

I’m sure the only thing that keeps the last few guitars on the list at an underrated price is the lack of pickup of their own, which could be a problem for live shows and concerts. 

You get a solid Sitka Spruce top with a Mahogany neck, back, and sides. The fingerboard is made of Rosewood. These are all solid tonewoods that are ultimately going to accentuate the beautiful tone of the guitar. This is truly a low-action guitar for beginners.

You get very comfortable access to the strings; strumming and plucking the strings is so smooth and effortless it will elevate your experience of playing the instrument.

Pros
  • Nice selection of woods
  • Easy playability
  • No Harsh edges
  • Affordable Low action Guitar
Cons
  • Professionals could have better expectations

Purchasing Guide

What to do if I have purchased a high-action guitar?

I can sympathize with your concern about wanting to execute low-action playability on a high-action guitar. You can make this mistake as a beginner where you buy a higher action guitar and then play it seems like a dream that is never going to come true.

First of all, everything has a fix, and technique is the key. All fresh learners should make sure that they purchase a low-action guitar where the access to the fretboard is very effortless, due to the closer distance between the fretboard and the strings.

After you have gathered enough experience and technique, you are set for evolution and you could go for higher action guitars. 

You can definitely lower the action of a normal guitar by making some medium to complex settings with the Truss rod and Nut of the guitar. Let me tell you these settings are a professional’s cup of tea, and do not try it yourself if you are not certain about it.

The goal of the setting would be to keep the frets closer to the strings. You can simply go to a proper store where some experts can make the necessary changes.

But, you need to be very careful with this because adjusting a higher action guitar into a low action guitar manually could bring in some challenges. For example, the collision of Strings (due to lesser available space) with one another and the frets could lead to a buzzing tone.

As a result, the sound that you obtain would not have a powerful, clear, and high impact on a listener. Don’t worry whoever is going to make the adjustment would not leave you with an extremely buzzing sound. A little disturbance, however, cannot be excluded altogether.

Features for a low action guitar

  • Position of the strings: The position and height of the strings should be such that the player does not have to put a lot of force to get access to the frets. This reduces the pressure that you need to exert on the frets, thereby reducing the effort of the action as a whole. It is then that you call it a low-action guitar.

If you are trying to learn from YouTube and lower the action of your own guitar, a good guideline for typical string action is 5/64” (2.0mm) for the high (thin) E string and 7/64” (2.8mm) for the low (thick) E.

  • The thickness of string: If the strings are thicker, they would require more space to vibrate. In that process, they might hit the other frets and produce a buzzing sound. On the other hand, thin strings can ease the process but only their quality can tell whether they are reliable for the sound or not.
    My recommendation would be to try to stay away from Steel-string as far as possible, until and unless the brand is truly reliable. Steel strings, if not crafted properly, make you invest in high action playability by exerting more pressure.
  • Dreadnought shape: Of course, it is a very good idea to purchase a guitar with a dreadnought shape. With that, at least we can ensure that the sound of the guitar is going to be flawless for low action. Dreadnought shapes give the guitar a huge space to vibrate, the strength of the sound is better even with lesser effort. 
  • Truss Rod Adjustment: This is a little important when you want to adjust the height and position of the strings. 
  • Rolled-up edges: With strings being closely packed, you obviously want the out-of-the-box setup to provide you comfort with smooth and rounded edges. Better contouring is the least that we can expect from a decent low-action acoustic guitar.

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