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Guitars for Beginners

Updated on April 14, 2013

The Best Guitars for Beginners

If you're looking for the best guitars for beginners then this is a good place to start. Choose from electric or acoustic, or select a beginners guitar pack that comes with accessories such as an amp and some guidance on how to get started as a guitar player. Playing the guitar is a hobby for millions of people the world over and guitarists range from young to old, some more serious than others. Find the perfect beginners guitar here and get the best prices.

If you're looking to purchase a guitar for your child, a friend, or for yourself, and you're a complete beginner, it may be wise to invest in a cheaper guitar until you get used to playing. It's a good idea to start off small and basic until you get the hang of it and know that you're going to continue with guitar playing. This way, if you decide that becoming a guitarist is not for you, you haven't wasted hundreds of dollars on a top-of-the-range guitar only to find that you won't be needing it for long.

Electric Guitars

The best electric guitars for beginners

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Dean Vendetta XM Solid Body Electric Guitar

Top rated guitar with Dean diecast tuning machines

Fender Starcaster Start Electric Guitar Sunburst

Comes with 10 watt amplifier, strings, strap, cable and picks

Purple Electric Guitar and Amp Pack

Comes with 10 Watt Amplifier, Strap, Cable, Strings, Medium Guitar Pick

Silver Electric Guitar and Amp Pack

Comes with 10 Watt Amplifier, Strap, Cable, Strings, Medium Guitar Pick

Crescent Red Metallic Premium Electric Guitar

Comes with strap, Gig Bag, strings, cable, tuner and picks

Black Electric Guitar

Comes with gig bag, strap, cable and medium guitar pick

Acoustic Guitars

The best acoustic guitars for beginners

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Black Acoustic Guitar with Accessories

Under $25! Comes with carry case, strap, extra strings, tuner and pick.

Red Guitar with Carrying Bag

Under $30! Comes with extra strings, tuner, strap and two pick guards.

Jasmine By Takamine S34C NEX Acoustic Guitar

Highly rated guitar. Comes with lifetime warranty. You save over $125.

Fender Starcaster Acoustic Natural Guitar

Comes with strap, strings, tuner and 12-pick sampler

Jasmine by Takamine S35 Acoustic Guitar

Highly rated guitar. You save over $100.

Johnson JG-100-BL Blueburst Acoustic Guitar

Highly rated beginner guitar.

Guitar Starter Packs

The best guitar starter packs

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White Electric Guitar Beginner Package

Save $170 through buying on Amazon! Comes with practice amp, strap, cord, case and instructional DVD.

Dean Satin Natural Electric Guitar Beginner Package

Top brand guitar. Comes with instructional DVD, 10 Watt amp, picks, strings, strap, stand and pick-sampler.

Rondo Electric Guitar Beginner Package

Comes with amp, guitar tuner, instructional DVD, carry bag, shoulder strap and cable. Also available in Black, Red, Purple and White.

Spectrum Custom Pro Series Beginner Package

Comes with mini amp, shoulder strap, extra strings, cable, picks, cleaning cloth and downloadable jam tracks and instructional video.

Silvertone Revolver Electric Guitar Beginner Package

Comes with amp, carry bag, shoulder strap, tuner, cable, picks and instructional DVD.

Davison Black Electric Guitar Beginner Package

You save $160 when buying through Amazon! Comes with carry case, shoulder strap, picks, cable and instructional DVD.

Advantages of Guitars for Beginners

Why these guitars for beginners are the best options

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If you're still unsure about whether or not to purchase a cheaper guitar built for beginners, below are some factors that you should take into consideration. It is important to remember that while a guitar may be less expensive and not carry the brand name of the "top" guitars that everybody knows, that beginner guitars can be just as good as the ones that cost thousands.

Most guitars that are tailored more towards beginners can actually be used by people who are more experienced. More often than not, with the correct amps, pedals and settings, cheaper guitars can even be used for small gigs for musicians who might be tempted to take the stage.

Below are some of the reasons your should consider buying a guitar for beginners.

  • Inexpensive, high quality, fully functional guitars
  • Most guitars for beginners come with accessories to get you started
  • Great gifts for children wanting to start learning guitar
  • Most are good enough to use even when gigging

Dean Vendetta XM Demo

Check out this video of the Dean Vendetta DM in action and see for yourselves what sounds it can create using the simple overdrive of an amp. Not bad for a cheap guitar for beginners!

How to Choose the Best Guitars for Beginners

What should you look for?

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You can often get a real bargain when shopping for guitars for beginners. Manufacturers like to throw in extras that can come in handy. If you don't know which guitar is the right one, take a look below at some things to take into consideration.

Consider the following:

  • Does the guitar come with extras such as an amp, carry case and extra strings?
  • Do you want a guitar that comes with an instructional DVD to help kick-start your playing?
  • Do you need a full-size guitar or is a few inches smaller going to be okay?
  • Does an established name/brand of guitar matter to you?
  • Do you want to start playing on an electric guitar or an acoustic?

Remember, buying a cheaper guitar when you are starting out eliminates the risk of you wasting money if you decide not to keep playing. These guitars are fully functional and great for practicing. You can always moved up a step once you become a serious player.

If you're visiting this lens, chances are you're shopping for guitars for beginners. Did you find what you were looking for? Do you have any questions about how to pick the right guitar for you?

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      Sidewinder6661 LM 4 years ago

      @RadaFrancis LM: Thanks so much! :)

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      RadaFrancis LM 4 years ago

      Awesome Lens *Blessed*

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      My nephew would like this, especially since his day is a great player.

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      Sidewinder6661 LM 5 years ago

      @WebMarketingPro: I think all of the ones listed on this page are full-scale guitars, except for the Jasmine By Takamine S34C NEX Acoustic. Most of them seem to be 25.5" scale, which is standard guitar size. There are some 3/4 scale guitars though, which would be smaller and maybe more ideal.

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      WebMarketingPro 5 years ago

      Great lens. Actually, I would LOVE to find a beginner's guitar that is a bit smaller - especially suitable for smaller hands... It would be great if you could indicate which ones are the smaller ones. For me, that would be a huge plus! Thanks.

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      DrakeXavier 5 years ago

      Peavey has awesome starter packs as well, they play well and as with everything peavey are built like tanks.