This is the scenario: You’re staying up late, taking a work break, or spending a homework-less afternoon looking for the perfect acoustic guitar to add to your arsenal or begin your collection with. You’re checking out online forums, specialty sites, online shopping platforms, personal blogs, nearly everything the internet has to offer.

Then, you’re faced with this dilemma: Why, oh why is it so difficult to choose?

We get you. There are hundreds of guitar models out there clamoring for your attention and affection. We’re certain a great many of them will be right up your alley, from their tonal characteristics, build and looks, playability and price.

Well, one thing that guitarists do is base their selection on brand reputation. There are some products where the brand doesn’t really matter – wicker baskets and handkerchiefs, for example – but for guitars, the brand does make a difference. You’ll want to choose a guitar from a brand that’s known to produce quality instruments, a brand that other musicians trust with their careers, a brand that stands by the quality of its guitars.

We’ve narrowed down the list of guitar makers and selected the very best based on the overall quality and value for money of their acoustic guitars. We’ve considered expert reviews, musicians’ preferences, advice from instructors and our own personal experience to really pick out which acoustic guitar brands you will be glad to have in your collection.

Top Pick #1: Martin & Co.

When it comes to acoustic guitars, Martins often top the list of the best. The company has been building guitars for nearly 2 centuries! Martin guitars are known for their impeccable craftsmanship and genius-level attention to detail. Musicians across generations continue to sing praises to the deep, rich sound that Martin acoustics produce.

Oh, and Martin also came up with the dreadnought body shape. The company just keeps improving on the dreadnought acoustic technology, which is why we have guitars like the Martin DRS2 that’s on every ‘best acoustic’ list out there. Martin also has several beginners and budget-friendly acoustic guitars that don’t compromise quality, and that’s why it’s our top pick.

Top Pick #2: Taylor Guitars

Martin acoustics are known for their deep, rich, and mellow sound while Taylor acoustic guitars are known for their bright tones, so basically the two companies are catering to different kinds of players. Though the brand is much younger than Martin, it has also established itself as a force to be reckoned within the realm of guitar making.

Like Martin, Taylor produces guitars for every budget range and skill level. We’re loving the affordable-yet-quality 200 Series and 100 Series, in which you’ll find crowd favorites such as the Taylor 214ce and 110ce.

Top Pick #3: Seagull Guitars

The youngest of our top three acoustic guitar brands, Seagull is a company based in Canada, but its guitars are making it big across the world. Like Martin and Taylor, Seagull also makes awesome acoustic guitars for players of all skill levels and playing styles. The Seagull S6 Original is widely recommended as one of the best beginner guitars because it combines quality sound and craftsmanship in one affordable package.

Our favorites among the brand’s acoustic guitar lineup are the Seagull Maritime Solid Wood Series, which are offered in a variety of body styles. The dreadnought has a really impressive projection and a tone that can rival that of a higher-end Martin.

Those are our top three picks for the brands that make the best acoustic guitars. Here are the runners-up, in no particular order:

  • Fender
  • PRS Paul Reed Smith
  • Blueridge
  • Epiphone
  • Lakewood
  • Ibanez
  • Guild
  • Yamaha
  • Gretsch
  • Ovation
  • Takamine
  • Gibson
  • Washburn
  • Godin
  • Cort

We hope this list helps in steering you in the right direction when making your guitar purchase. What acoustic guitars do you have or are planning to get?