My friend Gary Hudson is an entertainer and guitar repair expert who does custom guitar work for other entertainers. This is what he has to say:
"What is the best acoustic guitar for the money? When I say "for the money," I am taking into consideration good quality budget guitars, too, which usually start at around $400. So, if one were looking to spend as little as possible for a guitar and still have something that rivaled $1000+ guitars for tone and quality, what would it be?
"Examined one of these carefully and have concluded that the best quality guitar for the money is probably the Taylor 110 Dreadnought. Quality, workmanship, tone, and feel is outstanding and for the money you just won't beat it. Guitar Center has them for $599 but they can go for $539 on the Internet --
"Acoustically, the big body is VERY rich in tone. Well worth the money, and if I was starting all over again it would be exactly what I would get. With a guitar made this well at this price, I just cannot see why I would ever need to spend over a thousand dollars again for a truly pro guitar."