There are hundreds of new guitars being made each year, so where do you even begin? How do you find the best acoustic guitar for beginners with zero experience?
In this article, we'll take a look at the most popular choices and help you pick the right one for your needs.
Best Acoustic Guitar For Beginners
If you recently decided to start learning guitar, any of the options above will be fine. Let's take a closer look at each guitar to see which one will fit your needs.
It's the most premium guitar for beginners on this list. If you don't mind spending a little extra, as long as you get the best deal, this is the one.
The Taylor Academy 12e is not your typical beginners' guitar, and that's mostly due to its price.
It features the Grand Concert body with solid Sitka spruce top and laminate back & sides. And, since beginners spend a lot of time practicing, it has a mahogany arm rest for maximum comfort.
If you're here looking for a good guitar at a reasonable price, the FG830 might be the one! This model remains to be one of the best-selling guitars for beginners, even in 2019!
The Yamaha FG830 sounds really decent and has a solid projection with rich tone. Its dynamic range is impressive and this guitar does well with a variety of styles.
Another budget-friendly guitar, this time with electronics. The rolled rosewood fingerboard makes long playing sessions a piece of cake, and feels very comfortable.
This guitar sounds really good, considering how affordable it is. Clear trebles combined with well-balanced bass are good for gigging players and beginners that need a versatile guitar.
The last note-worthy guitar on this list. With a well-built mahogany back and neck, and a spruce top, the BD-16 feels robust and packs a good sound.
Its rosewood fretboard is smooth and makes playing this guitar easy and fun.
In my opinion, this is the best guitar for every beginner with less than $200 to spend.
In the days when I bought my first guitar, the internet wasn't popular yet. You had to visit different music stores, ask people for advice and try dozens of guitars to find the right one.
Now you can just do a quick search and find all information you need on the internet. Within 10 minutes, you have a good idea of what guitar to buy and where you can get the lowest price.
There are a few things beginners ask when it comes to buying a guitar. Let's take a look at some of their questions below.
Which is better, Solid or Laminate top?
As a beginner, you don't have to worry about this. Solid woods provide more depth and resonance, a better overall tone.
High-end guitars feature better woods and manufacturers worry more about quality than price.
Cheaper guitars, on the other hand, mostly have laminated tops, which help bring the price down and make it affordable for beginners.
Steel or Nylon Strings?
Like explained here, it all comes down to personal preference. Nylon strings are softer and more suitable for beginners and better for specific genres (e.g. classical or flamenco).
The main thing to consider when deciding between the two is what genres you like. Songs you hear on radio sound wonderful on steel strings, and not so much on nylon.
How much to spend on your first guitar as a beginner?
Learning on a premium guitar beats learning on a $50 one, but can you really afford to start on a high-end model?
A lot of beginners quit soon after they've learned the basics, and lose motivation. It isn't wise to spend $2000 on a guitar if you use it for 10 minutes a day, either.
You need to decide what's best for you, get your priorities straight, and spend accordingly.
If you're not willing to dedicate your life to music, it might be best to start with a level-entry guitar (up to $400).
As a beginner, do you need electronics on your guitar?
Electronics are nice to have, but aren't necessarily. Not for most beginners at least.
Electro-acoustic guitars are great for stage performances, but as a beginner you won't get many opportunities to play on stage.
It all comes down to personal preferences and it is your decision to make.