It feels like 2014 has been a landmark year for acoustic guitars. Standards seem to be at record highs from the big boys like Martin and Yamaha, while smaller firms like Alvarez, Sigma and Aria are churning out some astonishing guitars at attainable prices. Here are five favourites from 2014, as voted for by you...
A few years ago the idea an all-solid wood acoustic of this quality, at this price (less than £500) would have been almost laughable.
The Aria 511 sacrifices some setup refinements and has a few minor build issues, but has absolutely got it where it counts, in terms of tones and playability.
The Alvarez MG75SCE is one of those instruments that just gets it right - both when plugged-in and played acoustically.
It's a neatly built instrument that doesn't skimp on the quality of materials, either, offering a very impressive spec for it's price.
Yamaha LJ6 ARE
This is a guitar that, tonally, punches way above its price point and looks stunning to boot.
We could scarcely believe our ears when it rolled through the office earlier this year, raving that it was "almost unbelievable value for money for such a capable, quality electro-acoustic, especially in Sunburst!"
Martin LX1E Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran's road-worn relationship with the little Martin that could is well-documented by now, so it's now surprise that his signature LX1E has proven to be such a hit.
It offers great value for money, given the name on the headstock, and even comes complete with a gigbag and an onboard tuner.
Taylor is a name usually associated with premium instruments, so it came as some surprise when the firm announced a 12-string with a street price of less than £600 was on the way.
What's more, the Taylor 150e is one serious instrument - with a near faultless build, superb intonation and excellent playability.