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Acoustic Guitars For Beginners

Updated on December 2, 2014

Want to play Acoustic Guitar? What are the best value acoustic guitars for beginners?

This page is about finding the best buy acoustic guitars for beginners. What is the best acoustic guitar to play? Martin? Fender? Something more basic? In my time as a music teacher, I had many electric guitar pupils wanting to make the transition to acoustic guitar and classical guitar players who wanted that tinkly, jangly sound for singing to. An acoustic is perfect for that! Or perhaps you want an acoustic guitar for a beginner ?

Chuck Berry image, from a photo by Roland Godefroy taken in 1987, is Creative Commons, from Wikimedia

Which acoustic guitar?

If the choice of guitar is baffling and you just want to buy a steel strung acoustic guitar, I have put this selection of basic instruments together hopefully to give you some ideas. Whether you need a pink beginner guitar for a girl or a cheap starter guitar for an adult, a cool guitar for a boy or a classical guitar, this page will hopefully get you started.

Best Value Guitars for Beginners - 1 - Beginner Acoustic Guitar for Girls

Pretty and feminine, or colorful, these guitars are chosen to be visually pleasing as well as playable.

Luna Aurora Guitar with Dragon

Blue is not just for boys. Girls love blue as well and this Luna Aurora guitar in pale blue illustrated with a delightful Dragon will delight any little girl.

Not all girls are pink Princesses and this purple guitar makes a nice alternative! This guitar is lightweight, has a narrower neck for smaller hands and comes with some great accessories.

Daisy Rock Popsicle Purple Guitar

Daisy Rock Debutante Jr. Miss Acoustic Short Scale Pack, Popsicle Purple
Daisy Rock Debutante Jr. Miss Acoustic Short Scale Pack, Popsicle Purple

A short scale guitar for little girls who love purple!

 

Things to know when buying an acoustic guitar

What you need to remember when buying a guitar

While it is true that a better guitar will have a higher trade in price, there are other things to consider. Things you need to remember when buying a guitar include the age of the player, whether they can cope with steel strings or whether nylon would be more appropriate and what sort of music they want to play. For playing chords and songs, a steel strung acoustic is usually good, but the strings will be too difficult for younger children. Click here for guitars suitable for very young children


Some guitars for kids come with safety features

Patented covers protect little fingers from sharp surprises and show the open string names.

Disney Princess Acoustic Guitar by First Act - DP705
Disney Princess Acoustic Guitar by First Act - DP705

A guitar toy for your little Princess! The design is very suitable for little girls and it has a few safety features on board which cn be helpful.

 
Stagg C530 3/4 Size Pony Classical Guitar
Stagg C530 3/4 Size Pony Classical Guitar

A 3/4 guitar pretty as a picture and with a pony to make it that bit more girly!

 

Best Buy Beginner Guitars 2 - Beginner Acoustic Guitar For Boys and Older Teens

Some of these guitars are equally suitable for boys or girls, perhaps for older girls past the pony or fairy stage, but I have chosen those I thought might appeal. There is a range of colors, designs and prices. The cutaway feature may satisfy older boys wanting to play up the neck like rock guitar heroes. I included a high gloss neon pink guitar for boys (and older girls) who like pink but want something a bit more brash!

Acoustic Guitars for Teens

Teenagers will be looking for larger guitars and often enjoy the dreadnought style. It looks grown up, is ideal to strum favourite songs and can come in some exciting and bold finishes these days.

Main Street Guitars MAFL Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar in High Gloss Black with Flames
Main Street Guitars MAFL Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar in High Gloss Black with Flames

Full size dreadnought style acoustic which would be more suitable for older boys and teenagers. Great flame finish! Spruce top for sparkly sound.

 

Fuchsia pink guitars?

Yes, you can buy guitars in bright neon colours and some boys like pink too so this guitar would be suitable for any teenager who wants to make a bold colour statement in his or her favourite neon shade of pink.

Best Buy Guitar Picks - Best plectrum deals for the guitar player

You would be amazed how cheaply you can buy guitar picks in bulk. I have done this for years as it enables me to give them away to new pupils or lend them out freely in the knowledge that damage or loss won't mater. Bulk buying is a great idea where several family menbers play guitar, or they get easily lost!

Best Buy Beginner Acoustic Guitars 3 - Best Acoustic Guitar for teens and adults

Older teens and adults might appreciate the better quality acoustic guitars, some coloured, others plain. Just because a guitar is plain does not make it less playable, many plain guitars use better wood in their construction and sound better! Some are more expensive, but all represent excellent value for money or, if you like, better bang for your buck.

Daisy Rock Debutante Serenade Parlor Acoustic Guitar, Glorious Green
Daisy Rock Debutante Serenade Parlor Acoustic Guitar, Glorious Green

Daisy Rock's has a "Slim & Narrow" neck design which makes it easier smaller hands to play the guitar. This is an attractive lightweight guitar with a slightly shorter scale length.

 
Yamaha Gigmaker Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Package with Gig Bag, Tuner, Instructional DVD, Strap, Strings, and Picks - Natural
Yamaha Gigmaker Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Package with Gig Bag, Tuner, Instructional DVD, Strap, Strings, and Picks - Natural

Comes with everything a beginner needs, and includes guitar, gig bag, tuner, strap, strings, picks, and instructional DVD. This is a quality acoustic guitar suitable for intermediate players as well as beginners.

 

When full size isn't full enough...

A full size acoustic steel strung guitar generally has a narrower fretboard than a classical guitar, so a man with larger hands might be better starting with a classical guitar. A classical guitar is more suitable for fingerpicking and guitar solos in Spanish, classical or jazz styles in the early stages and has more variety of tone. Better quality guitars are not normally "branded" or given a color finish, but these more colorful designs are often what teens and tweens like because image matters. Anyway my hope is that you will enjoy browsing this selection, for greater product detail or reviews, or to buy a guitar, just click on the blue link text.

Dean Tradition Acoustic Guitar, Trans Red with Hardshell Case
Dean Tradition Acoustic Guitar, Trans Red with Hardshell Case

The Dean AK48 is a quality dreadnought guitar with mahogany and spruce construction and rosewood fretboard. Impressive name and a great guitar for beginners.

 

Guitars on sale - What are the best classical guitars?

Classical guitars are just another sort of acoustic guitar. They are better suited to solo playing than as accompanying instruments for singers, and the variety of tone they produce is great. They are usually easier on young fingers too! To be honest, classical guitars warrant a page of their own. You will hear more from me later on a personalised choice of good classical guitars for adult beginners, but for now I hope you will enjoy comparing these instruments.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Sky Breeze: Thank you, that is very kind of you!

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      Thank you for the nice lens. I have added your lens link to my lens on acoustic guitars for small hands.

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      Fran Tollett 5 years ago

      I got my little man a Baby Martin to play. He's a beginning guitarist. He's been asking for lessons since he was 5. Hope he sticks with it ;-D

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      Fran Tollett 5 years ago

      I got my little man a Baby Martin to play. He's a beginning guitarist. He's been asking for lessons since he was 5. Hope he sticks with it ;-D

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      Calvin111 5 years ago

      My wife wants an acoustic guitar for Xmas. I guess it's time that i take the plunge. She wants a martin. martin acoustic guitar reviews

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      tstandiford 6 years ago

      I lost my acoustic in a flood. Good god I miss it. I have my electric, but it's just not the same as the feel of a good ol' acoustic.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      There certainly is a wide range of Acoustic Guitars to choose from. Your suggestions and explanations here will certainly help the 'novice' or parent selecting a 'first' guitar for a child.

      My hubby played guitar for years (even had his own 'group' in college) and my son plays very well. Now son's boys (at 12 and 14) are trying it out. The guitar has always been my favorite musical instrument.

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      Monika Weise 6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Great job on the html!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Richard-H: Thanks Rich :)

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @NYtoSCimjustme: I hear they had one of those on eBay a few years back. Made thousands in the auction! :)

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      NYtoSCimjustme 6 years ago

      I've always loved playing 'air guitar'... funny - you didn't have one listed. Darn. :) Actually, I have always wanted to learn - just never could get the coordination thing down - maybe one day I'll give it a shot again - or I'll buy one for my two year old and let me learn vicariously through her :) Thanks!

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Very useful resource for beginner guitar players :)