The 10 Best Guitars For Beginners

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This wiki has been updated 22 times since it was first published in December of 2017. Even with all the digital capabilities available to musicians today, guitars will always be popular instruments. These electric and acoustic models for beginners range from complete packages designed to let you hit the ground running to less expensive options tailored toward those on tight budgets, or who might not know yet whether they will stick with it in the long run. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Yamaha Gigmaker Deluxe

2. Fender Squier Stratocaster Pack

3. Yamaha FS800

Editor's Notes

October 02, 2019:

Choosing a first guitar is very personal, but we've looked for models that should work for a wide range of tastes and needs. To this end, we've kept a variety of packages as well as accessory-free instruments. For the former, we still like the Best Choice Products Full 41-Inch Acoustic and the Yamaha Gigmaker Deluxe. The Yamaha option is the more durable, playable choice, but it's tough to beat the price of the Best Choice Products model, making it a good choice for those who may only be interested for a short time. There's also the Fender Acoustic Bundle, which comes with a handy tuner. As for options without bundled accessories, the Yamaha FS800 and Fender Squier Affinity Telecaster are both worthy of consideration. We also added a smaller option, the Luna Aurora Borealis 3/4-Size. This model is appropriate for children as well as adults who have petite hands, although the sparkly finish may be off-putting to some.

Special Honors

Seagull S6 Original It's often touted as one of the most playable choices for beginners, but the Seagull S6 Original will certainly stretch the budgets of many novices. Nevertheless, for those who are serious about taking up the instrument, the full sound and sturdy construction should make it a joy to own.

Ibanez IJRX20Z Jumpstart Package The Ibanez IJRX20Z Jumpstart Package claims to have everything you could need to start gigging, from a 10-watt amplifier to a cable and more. The maple neck and poplar body will last for the long haul, but some players may wish to replace the plastic nut.

4. Fender Acoustic Bundle

5. Fender Squier Affinity Telecaster

6. Cordoba C3M Classical

7. Luna Aurora Borealis 3/4-Size

8. Jameson Thinline Acoustic Electric

9. Best Choice Products Full 41-Inch Acoustic

10. Jasmine S35 Acoustic

Melissa Harr
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