We're going to judge each guitar by their features, sound, affordability, pros and cons.
Look no further, in this guide you'll find everything you need to know.
Let's start with a comparison between some of our top picks.
The guitars above are the ones we'll be talking about in this article. Below, you will also find reviews for each model and the general buying guide, which includes things to look for when buying a new guitar.
When you first look at this model, you definitely notice how good looking it is!
But you know how they say; It's not the outside, it's the inside that counts.
However, this guitar does well in both areas. It sounds great and also looks pretty solid.
It's one of the best selling guitars, now let's find out why that is.
I've always loved the sound of Yamaha guitars. Even their cheapest models sound very decent. Now, this guitar is in the mid-range and is most suitable for musicians just starting out, but also serves its purpose to more advanced players.
It's also great for people who want a guitar they can jam on in every situation.
This model comes in many colors, so you're bound to find one variation that's best for your taste.
Most of us will judge the guitar by its price right away. That's probably because we're used to playing some cheap guitars that doesn't sound great at all. We just assume cheap guitar probably sounds cheap.
That's not the case here.
Sound of this guitar is very warm, that's because of it's dreadnought shape. You don't have to worry about its lower and high frequencies sounding harsh and too bright.
The sound on Yamaha FG800 is very well-balanced and smooth at the same time.
In my opinion, its price makes this model a perfect choice for newbies who are in the learning phase, therefore don't want to spend a fortune on their first or second guitar.
This guitar will make your learning process much more enjoyable! Like mentioned above, it's also a great option for people who play guitar very well and want one that universal, they can carry around and jam on in every situation and practice on without any problems.
- Great value for money
- Fun to practice and play on
- Has a good feel to it
- Well-balanced sound
- Requires less tuning
- A bit harder to access lower fret board
- High action (can be fixed with adjustment)
Taylor Big Baby
The next guitar on our list comes from the famous Taylor Guitars. This brand is one of the most recognized and trusted brands, which results in most of their guitars being expensive.
They've tried to end that circle by releasing the Big Baby model. It's created specifically for beginners so they can more easily afford their first guitar, but that doesn't mean it can't compete against their other high-end models.
This model was created shortly after its ancestor Baby Taylor became a real hit in the guitar world. It is more of a travel guitar because if its size. However, the market still responded like it was a normal sized guitar. They all loved it!
It's a great option for beginners who don't plan to abandon their first guitar after they get good at playing it. That is just what happens in most cases. A musician just starting out buys a guitar, uses it for 4 months, until they get good at it, then they abandon it and invest in a better option, or more expensive one at least.
With this guitar, you don't have to follow their path. Considering which brand made it, it sounds just as expected. Amazing!
Since it's pretty affordable for most people, it's not only a great choice for musicians who really care about the sound quality, but also for beginners who plan on purchasing the best possible guitar to learn on.
- Amazing sound quality because of its solid Sitka spruce top
- Very comfortable and compact because of its smaller size
- Excellent production standars, made by one of the most trusted guitar brands ever
- Comfortable ebony fretboard
- Stays tuned for a long time
- Usable for on stage performances
- Grainy back feel (it doesn't affect the sound though)
- No one-piece neck
- Tiny reduction in bass and volume
Another Taylor guitar on our list. You just have to love their guitars, they always deliver great sounding ones, but I even started loving Taylor more once they started to release more inexpensive versions.
When buying one of their guitars, you can be sure that you're not getting what you paid for. You're actually getting much more!
The »ce« prefix stands for »cutaway« and »electronics« and indicates the Venetian that opens up the body and a pickup system, which is inspired by their Pure Expression system.
We also wanted to post some facts about Taylor 114e , but since there's not much of a difference, we decided to just briefly mention it here. The main difference here is the looks, but also the fret – Taylor 114ce features 20 frets, while 114e just 14 frets. If you're a beginner, I recommend going for 114e, but that's totally your choice of course. There is also no cutaway on the 114e model.
Ofcourse, you can find more info about Taylor 114e here.
Do I even have to talk about sound here? Come on, it's Taylor! I've played many of their guitars and they all sound absolutely amazing. On the other hand, I also played other brands models, which are actually more expensive than this one, and they don't sound nearly as good.
You get warm and clear sound when you push through an open chord. When you play a single note, you will be astonished just how round it sounds!
Strings feel very gentle, which makes this guitar perfect for beginners too – It's very easy and comfortable to play it with your fingers.
While this model definitely is one of the most affordable Taylors guitars, it's not the cheapest guitar money can buy on the market. One might argue you can get one with the same features and similar sound for much less. But you're not only paying for the sound here.
It's a lot that goes into the whole building process and at Taylor Guitars, they have most certainly perfected that aspect, art if you will!
There is this sense of care and personal touch you get with this guitar, which other brands hardly focus on, or at least don't prioritize.
- Amazing sound
- Easy to play
- Smooth neck
- Solid build
- No integrated tuner
- A bit heavier
- Getting out of tune sometimes (because of its material sensitive to temperature change)
This acoustic guitar is amongst the greatest choices for beginners. It's a perfect out-of-the-box guitar but also popular option even for the professional players.
With almost a century in guitar manufacturing, you can be sure that Fender won't dissapoint you, no matter which model you decide to buy.
The surface is coated in glossy and clean paint. Because of that, the guitar looks more premium and is a good choice for people, who care about design a lot.
Because the strings and freatboard are very close to each other, the low action is created and the playability is increased. Fretting is going to be almost effortless as the low action also eases the process of pressing the strings down for a superb sound.
You can't expect an entry level guitar to sound as good as the professional one. However, the sound also depends on the player itself and his/her skills. Good players can make any guitar sound good. But beginners can hardly notice the difference between entry level guitars and professional ones.
If you're looking for a guitar that'll blow your mind, unfortunatelly that's not the one. That doesn't mean it sucks though. Its sound is exactly what you can expect from a beginners guitar, nothing more, nothing less.
With that in mind, as you get good at playing it, you will start to notice it lacks some character and only then, once you play on something more expensive, you'll hear the difference.
Still, for this price it is an absolute steal!
Like I mentioned above, it is a very affordable guitar, perfect for beginners.
- Good value for money
- Great design
- Perfect size
- Not the best sound quality
- High action
- Tuning requires some adjustment
- Visible glue spots
This guitar, which was made in Canada, is well built so you don't have to doubt its quality. Its carefully selected materials actually affect the sound as well. You can hear the real difference between good materials vs some cheap plastic from China.
With its cedar top, you are able to obtain different tonal qualities which aids the guitars tone open up with age.
There aren't many guitars in this price range that can play as well as the Seagul S6. Beginners will be able to get used to it pretty quickly. If you have a thing for electric guitars, you should know that there is also an electro acoustic version of this model which is equipped with a Quantum 1.
Because of the materials this guitar was made of, it sounds really good and even a total newbie can achieve a great sound out of it.
Its sound is very bright and vibrant and you almost won't believe that anything in this price range can achieve this type of colorfulnes. It even beats some higher priced guitars.
Seagul S6 will literally rock your world!
Considering what a great sound this model produces, it's hard to believe how affordable it is. Now, if you've never heard it in real life, it might be hard to belive it. That's why you can find the demo on our full review page.
- Premium materials used & very well-made guitar
- Handmade in Canada
- Great feel & easy to master it
- Bright and vibrant sound
- Great for even advanced guitarists
- Ability to play on stage or use it in studio sessions
- One might argue that it sounds too bright
- The electronic version is a bit pricier
We usually associate guitars with money. The more you spend on one, the better it should sound, right? That's right in most cases.
However, there are some exceptions, where you actually get more than what you pay for, and a perfect example of that phenomena is this guitar!
This model not only looks great, but its sound is just unbelievable. While reading this guide, you might think that I'm exaggerating and overrating the guitars, but the whole point of this website is to present to you only the best options your money can buy.
Dsr2 features a 14-fret dreadnought body and comes with a solid Sitka spruce top, which is proven to help the guitar get more balanced and sophisticated sound. It is one of the most affordable Martin guitars out there and sure won't dissapoint you, no matter how good of a guitarist you are.
It also features Plug and Play, which enables you to simply plug in the guitar and start using it on stage or in studio sessions.
Despite its low price (again, it's one of the cheapest guitars Martin has to offer), the sound is not compromised. Having a Sitka spruce top, this model is just bound to project an amazing sound in every genre you can imagine playing.
If you're looking for that pristine, deep Martin sound, while hesistating to spend thousands of dollars on their high-end models, then their Dsr2 model sure is the right choice for you.
- Great sound
- Solid wood materials
- Doesn't require tuning all the time
- Easy to play
- It can compete very well against the other expensive guitars
- Comfortable to play
- Need to remove strings before changing the battery
- Wood material makes it vulnerable to humidity
Washburn is best known for their mandolin manufacturing, although they make some decent guitars as well. Check out some of their models below.