Generally, when it comes to buying a guitar there are three key factors to consider: how does it sound, how does it look and, perhaps most importantly, how much does it cost?
But even if you've considered all three of those options, visited a hundred guitar shops and read a thousand reviews, there are still a vast amount of guitars out there to choose from.
Undoubtedly one of the most congested areas of the market is for budget acoustic guitars, where there are literally thousands of models and manufacturers to choose from.
That baffling array of choice is why we ran this poll - to give you, the poor acoustic guitarist to be, a chance to see the instruments your peers believe to be the best out there.
Well, we've pored over the results, and we can tell you they've got pretty good taste. This gallery contains the top 25 guitars, the cream of the acoustic crop, and among them there are some truly spectacular guitars on offer, acoustics that punch way above their weight and prove that affordable needn't mean cheap and nasty.
Not only do they all sound great, most - if not all - are easy on the eye, and best of all, they all retail at under £500 / $750. Some of these guitars will make great first instruments, and some will prove to be trusted partners for life - we'd suggest trying as many as possible if you're in the market for an acoustic at the moment.
But these 25 aren't the full story. There were a shedloads of guitars nominated and voted for in this poll, with the top spots hotly contested. Of those that didn't make the cut, the likes of the Tanglewood T15, Seagull Excursion Natural SG and Takamine G220-NS all performed particularly well.
The Simon & Patrick Songsmith, alongside the Freshman FA1DM and the Farida D21CN scored more than a few votes, and the likes of the Norman B12, the Vintage V300 and the Fender CD-100 all gave an excellent account of themselves.
But enough of those that just missed out. Without further ado, here are the best 25 budget acoustic guitars of 2013, as voted for by you. Happy strumming...