Cheap guitars can be quality guitars. Starting at only $259, the Luna Art Vintage line is going to give you a lot of bang for your buck. I've been recommending these guitars to my students and budget-minded shoppers with confidence for almost 2 years now.
So far, none of the guitars in this line that I have sold have been returned or in for repair, so they have proven to be durable as well. If you're looking for a quality pricepoint acoustic guitar, this is it.
The guitar looks beautiful. It would make for nice decoration even if you're not a player. From the distressed brown burst finish to the brushed open nickel tuners, it is just a cool looking instrument. Other appointments would be the cream multiply binding and the signature pearl moon phase inlays on the fretboard.
Dual Action Truss Rod
This is a great feature. I've had guitars on my repair bench that lacked this, and they could not be adjusted correctly. It's much easier to fix a guitar neck that has bowed towards the strings with a dual-action truss rod.
A little tip, if you keep your guitar consistently humidified at around 50% relative humidity, you should not have to deal with adjusting your guitar neck often. Guitars don't like to get dry or over humidified. It can permanently damage them.
No cheap plastic nut
The Art Vintage comes with a Graph Tech Nubone nut. This helps the guitar sustain longer, produce more volume, and stay in tune better.
C Shaped Neck.
The C shaped profile is one of the most popular guitar neck profiles because of its comfort and playability for most styles of music. Most hand sizes tend to do well with this profile. So if you're buying one of these guitars online, chances are the neck will feel fine to your hands. The nut width is 1 11/16" (43mm) and the fretboard is made of Pau Ferro and the neck itself is made of Mahogany.
The fretwork on these guitars is nice too. Luna has been consistent in keeping quality control with this line. I have not experienced any issues with sharp fret edges or fret buzz with these guitars. Now it should be noted, if any guitar is exposed to dry conditions, the neck can shrink and cause sharp fret edges to overhang the fingerboard. Dry conditions can also cause the guitar neck to bow and the soundboard to sink thus creating fret buzz. So keep your acoustic guitar humidified for the best performance and to prevent damage.
Solid Spruce Top
The back and sides of the guitar are 3 ply mahogany and the soundboard is made of solid spruce. This is an important feature when it comes to the value of these guitars. Many acoustics in the $250 to $350 price range will have a plywood top. They tend to sound boxy and have less volume. That's fine if you only need something to practice on, but a solid top is a must if you want the guitar to sound good. You'll have a better volume and side by side comparisons, a solid top guitar absolutely crushes a plywood top guitar when it comes to the quality of tone. To top things off Luna put D'Addario EXP16 Phospher Bronze strings on the Art Vintage guitars. These strings have been treated with a thin coating to extend their life.
The Luna Art Vintage comes in 4 different full-size models. The Vintage Folk Solid Top Distressed which is smaller-bodied and very comfortable to play. It's not going to have as much low-end tone as a dreadnought but it still delivers good sound at $259.
The Luna Distressed Vintage Dreadnought acoustic-electric cutaway is priced at $359.00. Equipped with a Fishman Presys II preamp, this guitar will sound well unplugged and even better plugged in.
And finally, Luna built a 12-string version for this line. It sounds as sweet as it looks. It has a built-in Fishman Presys II electronics and a cutaway for easy access to the upper frets. It handles well and at $399 it's a steal.
So there you have it. This is not exactly an unbiased review, I do sell these guitars in my shop. But I was impressed enough with their performance and price point that wanted to share with folks what good value they are. Feel free to ask questions or comment below. Thanks for reading my blog!