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Best Beginner Acoustic Guitars 2015

Updated on January 13, 2015

An Intro/Beginner Acoustic Guitar is a Cheap Way to Start

So you think you want to play the guitar but aren't sure you want to spend the money on a nice piece of equipment when you don't know if you will even enjoy learning.

The best thing for you to do is to find a good beginner guitar. Some things to keep in mind are the fact that if you spend $50-$100, you will not end up with the most well-made or sturdy of guitars. When you find that you like playing and want to upgrade to a better guitar, then at least you know it is worth putting the money into.

There are plain guitars you can buy, but most beginners need some basics - picks, a tuner, instructions, etc.

In this review we'll go over the highest rated guitars for beginners that you can find on the market today.

Choosing a Beginner Acoustic Guitar

Buy a Guitar with a Kit

Buying a guitar with a kit will give you everything you need to get started on your own and to learn by yourself. Most of these guitars come with a gig bag which is just a soft bag to carry your guitar in. It will help keep dust from your guitar and protect it from scratches. Also, keep in mind that you will want to learn how to restring your guitar because broken strings are a natural part of the guitar playing process.

5 Good Value Acoustic Guitars for the Money 2015

Squier SA-11 Acoustic Guitar Pack

This acoustic guitar has great tone because of the laminated spruce top. The intonation is quite precise and the compensated saddle and die-cast tuning machines give you great tuning stability. It was made with a real rosewood bridge and fretboard. The purchase of this guitar includes a tuner, picks and a bag for you to carry your equipment in. Users have found the price to be a great feature and it makes a good musical tool for beginners. Most bad reviews that were found were simply shipping problems or partial orders being sent; not from the machine being bad to use.

The tuner is quite easy to use and only takes a batter watch to run. The guitar comes with strap studs so you can purchase a strap when you feel you need one. A strap will not be something you will need right off the bat; you will be learning how to hold and play the guitar from a sitting position for a while. Users have reported that for the price, this guitar is made quite well and is not flimsy. This is probably one of the best rated guitar packs that you can find.

Cool Blue Acoustic Guitar with Accessories

This guitar comes with a very nice blue finish and a combo pack that includes a guitar case, an extra set of strings, pick and a tuner. It has a full wood structure with a shoulder strap, steel strings and a nice gloss finish. The gig bag that it comes with has straps so you can wear it like a backpack and on the front it has a pocket to carry your accessories.


This makes a very good guitar for beginners and if you aren't sure if you will enjoy playing, buying this affordable kit will help you determine if you will be a lifelong guitarist, a hobbyist, or maybe you will find that you don't want to play at all and you've lost little money then.


Users have found that the strings it comes with do not seem very good; they have been reported to break frequently , so you might want to consider having your own extra set of strings on hand just in case. You can buy some very well made strings to have on hand if the ones that came with the guitar are not of good quality.

A Good Acoustic Guitar Pack for Beginners

Guitar for Dummies Beginner Starter Pack

What a great way to get started on the guitar! This set comes complete with a guitar, instruction book and CD, tuner, pick and gig bag. The guitar is a Kona Acoustic with a spruce top, linden back and sides with steel strings. The 120 page Dummies book has users very happy with the ease in which it is to learn. If you find that you enjoy playing, you will probably move through the book quite fast and then will need to get another. Users say that once you have learned yourself with the contents of this kit, you may want to consider getting lessons or buying a more advanced book to learn from. The gig bag is a good dust cover and comes with a strap handle to make carrying easier.

The digital tuner features an LED readout which users have found to be great in low light situations and that it is easy to work with. There have actually been some reviews that state that the strings are touching the frets; when that happens, it is impossible to play the guitar correctly. This seems to be a problem with some guitars but not all and could just be an issue with manufacturing. Just because you are a "dummy" doesn't mean you have to feel like one. With this kit, you will be on your way to serenading your loved ones!

Silvertone Beginner Acousitc Guitar Pack

This kit comes with the guitar, electronic tuner, carry bag and guitar strap. The guitar has a large body which ends up giving you the best sound. It features a full size steel string dreadnought, a blond natural top with mahogany stained sides and back, a full 20 fret rosewood fingerboard and a high gloss finish for a nice look. With the accessories already listed, you get a chord chart, an extra set of strings and a handful of picks. Having more than one choice in picks is nice; some people prefer stiff picks and yet others like softer, more flexible ones. A few users have reported that the guitar comes unglued after several month's worth of use. There have been reports of the guitar having some static and that is true with guitars that are less high end, but for beginners, this should not be a big problem. After all, you are buying a guitar to decide if you even want to continue playing. If you do, then spending money on a better made guitar will be worth it.

Fender Starcaster Acoustic Guitar Kit

This beautiful guitar is made with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. It comes with 3 single coil pickups, a gig bag, 16 picks, QwikTune tuner, strings, strap and pick sampler. You get some good sound with this full dreadnought guitar; the dreadnought design uses a bigger body to make better and deeper sound. For the price, this guitar seems to be the best one, with the best sound. It is highly rated by beginning guitar players. The picks you get are3 Celluloid Pearl Picks, 3 Black Ice Picks, 3 Surepicks, and 7 Duralin picks.

Beginners might not care much about the pick choices, but once you start playing, you will find that some songs do better with a different pick than others. It might be a little superfluous but it makes it kind of fun to pick your pick.

Another Top Rated Beginner Acoustic Guitar

Barcelona Acoustic Guitar

This guitar is a full 41" size guitar for beginner to intermediate players. It has a spruce top, mahogany colored back and sides with white trimming, a rosewood fretboard and stainless tuning pegs. This type of guitar has a great loud lone that sounds amazing once you play. This is the kind of guitar that most country and bluegrass bands use.

Some users have found that the construction is kind of cheap and that pieces of it break within a few months, but not everyone has had that experience. This is just a guitar and not a kit, so if you want to spend even less money, this is good option. If you want a higher end guitar, or are not a beginner, then you might want to look elsewhere. But why spend money on something you don't even know if you will continue using?

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      StewartClan 5 years ago

      I really love guitars, when I am wealthy I am going to definitely collect them. What's not to like about the blue guitar - so you can get new strings! Better for new players to have nylon strings rather than metal anyway. I liked the lens!