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The 3 Best and Inexpensive Acoustic Guitars for Beginners

Updated on June 18, 2015

Best Acoustic Guitars for Beginners

Nice guitars don’t necessarily have to cost an arm and a leg, but you do have to spend a bit more than the typical cheap guitar that's available at Walmart. While you may be tempted to purchase the cheapest guitar possible, don’t do it! Most “bargain” guitars result if frustration and failure. They just aren’t playable, and often, they won’t even hold a tune. Spending just a few extra dollars can make a world of difference.

Stick to the brands you know. Even if you haven’t played a guitar before, you’ve likely heard of a few brands. There’s a reason for that. Fender, Gibson, Epiphone, and Yamaha have been around for years, because they make good guitars. Often, many of these brands make guitars for beginners, and they're reasonably priced. Why would you buy a cheap, made-in-China knockoff at Walmart when you can buy the real thing for just a few more dollars?

These three guitars are worth owning. They are tunable, playable, and reliable. In short, any guitarist, regardless of experience level, might enjoy playing these guitars. Personally, I own the Epiphone and the Fender, and I’ve been playing guitar for almost thirty years. I love both guitars, and so will you.

In Top 10 Great and Inexpensive Acoustic Guitars, I polled 276 guitarists to find out what their favorite inexpensive guitar is. The top three guitars earned almost 62 percent of all of the votes! The most popular guitars are listed below.

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Epiphone DR-100 (First Place)

The Epiphone DR-100 was the most popular guitar, earning 28 percent of all of the votes.

This guitar is more than worth the money. I own one, and I consider its tone deeper and richer than some of the other, and more expensive, acoustic guitars I've owned over the years. My Epiphone DR-100 has a deep, rich sound. I love the guitar's feel, but it did have a buzzing fret which required a small bit of work. That's not entirely abnormal for new guitars, but I had hoped for it to be perfect right out of the box. All in all, my Epiphone is one of my favorite guitars, and I've enjoyed playing it for years.

Epiphone has been a respected name in guitars for many years. Today, Epiphone is owned by Gibson. The DR-100 dreadnaught is Epiphone's best selling acoustic guitar, for a reason. This guitar sports a traditional-shape Mahogany back and sides, spruce top, and a rosewood fingerboard. The DR-100 is more than just an entry-level guitar, and best of all, it won't cost you an arm and a leg.

This guitar is probably the best guitar for the dollar, certainly an amazing value.

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Yamaha FG700S (Second Place)

The Yamaha FG700S was the second most popular guitar, earning 23 percent of all of the votes.

This guitar is a little more expensive than the Epiphone. I don't own one, but I have played one. I really liked its feel and tone. While I have limited time playing the Yamaha FG700S, I found it to be a fine guitar that held its tune. Personally, I felt that this Yamaha guitar was a bit easier to play than the Epiphone DR-100, but its tone wasn't as strong. That's largely what I think of the Fender guitar I listed below.

Yamaha is a respected name in guitars. Today, The FG700S dreadnaught is considered an entry-level guitar for Yamaha, but it's a fine guitar. This guitar sports a spruce top, a rosewood fingerboard, and a tortoise pickguard. To me, the Yamaha FG700S is more than just an entry-level guitar.

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Fender FA-100 (Third Place)

The Fender FA-100 was the third most popular guitar, earning 11 percent of all of the votes.

This guitar is not my most expensive acoustic, but it's the one I play the most. Doesn't that speak volumes? I consider its tone to be slightly weaker than the Epiphone DR-100, but I like how easy it is to play. That's not to say that the Fender FA-100 has a weak tone! My Fender does have a rich sound, but it doesn't seem to reach the level of quality my Epiphone reaches. That being said, I love the feel of the Fender FA-100, and it required no fine tuning. It was perfect out of the box. My Fender is one of my favorite guitars, and, like my Epiphone, I've enjoyed playing it for years.

Fender is a premier guitar manufacturer and has been for many years. This guitar sports a traditional-shape mahogany back and sides, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, and a rosewood bridge.

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