Best guitars for beginners

Seagull S6

Learning guitar can be a little daunting. Not only do you have to figure out the right way to learn — whether it be online or through books, or with an instructor (which we always recommend), but you also have to figure out what guitar is right for you. And if you’re a beginner, who may not know as much about guitars as the seasoned pros, choosing the best guitar for beginners can be a little difficult.

Of course, that’s why we’ve put together this guide — to help you figure out what guitar is right for you. Whether you’re looking for a great electric guitar, or a good acoustic guitar, here are a few guitars for you to consider.

Best electric guitar for beginners: Fender Player Stratocaster

Fender Player Stratocaster

The new Fender Player series is a great way to get a decent electric guitar at a reasonable price. While these guitars may not compare to Fender‘s American-made guitars, they still offer that classic Strat tone, making them perfect for beginners and experts alike. On top of that, the Fender Player Stratocaster comes at a very reasonable price — you can get it for around $600, which isn’t bad at all.

The Fender Player Stratocaster comes with an alder solid body along with a C profile neck and Fender’s classic single-coil pickups. It also features a modern fretboard with a 9.5-inch radius and 21 medium jumbo frets. All that to say, this is a great way to get a classic tone from a reasonably-priced guitar.

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Best acoustic guitar for beginners: Seagull S6

Seagull S6

Seagull is a Canadian brand that has made a huge impact on the global guitar market over the past few decades. The Seagull S6 has risen to prominence as easily one of the best acoustic guitars for beginners, but it’s also not limited to beginners — rest assured that even when you’re an experienced player, you’ll be able to get a lot from the Seagull S6 thanks to its quality build and unique tone.

The Seagull S6 itself is made in Canada, and features a beautiful cedar pressure-tested top, along with deep dark custom stain on wild cherry sides and back. It’s really a beautiful guitar — and one that beginners and experts alike should appreciate, especially considering the sub-$450 price tag.

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Best electric guitar under $500: Yamaha Revstar RS420

Yamaha Revstar RS420

Yamaha also makes some pretty great guitars for both experts and beginners alike. The Yamaha Revstar RS420 is well-designed and it sounds great — making it an excellent choice for players looking for a decent guitar on a budget.

The Revstar series in general has been hailed as a great way to get a pro-sounding tone at a low price. It has a pretty unique design thanks to its bulbous shape and its huge range of color choices. It also has some pretty nice features, including Yamaha’s propriety Dry Switch that filters out low frequencies to give some of the punch you would expect from a single-coil guitar.

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Best acoustic guitar under $400: Takamine G Series GD10

Takamine G Series GD10

The Takamine G Series often extends way past the $400 mark, but there are a few models that fall under that mark without sacrificing much on quality. One such model is the Takamine G Series GD10, which boasts a spruce top with mahogany back and sides. Along with that, you’ll get a slim satin-finish mahogany neck with a 12-inch radius.

Generally speaking, Takamine guitars don’t just look good — they also sound pretty good. You can expect a guitar like this to last for years to come — even despite its low price tag.

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Best guitar under $200: Squire by Fender Affinity Telecaster

squire-telecaster

Squire is Fender’s budget brand, but while Squire guitars certainly aren’t as high-quality as their Fender counterparts, they still have a lot to offer. In particular, we’re big fans of the Squire Telecaster, which offers the same classic design as the Fender Telecaster. Under the hood, you’ll find two single-coil Telecaster pickups that are aimed at offering a similar tone to Fender’s original Telecaster pickups.

While you may find yourself wanting to upgrade as time goes on, there’s no doubt that the Squire Telecaster is a very solid option for those looking for a great budget guitar.

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Christian de Looper was born in Canberra Australia, and since then has lived in Europe and now lives in sunny California. When he's not tinkering with the latest music gear, Christian is devouring news on new consumer technology.