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Best Acoustic Guitar for Beginners 2017

Updated on February 22, 2017
Beginner guitarists require an instrument that is suitable for their needs, mainly straightforward to play.  Of course, the size and dimensions of the guitar can influence its playability, A full-sounding, attractive instrument is also desirable.
Beginner guitarists require an instrument that is suitable for their needs, mainly straightforward to play. Of course, the size and dimensions of the guitar can influence its playability, A full-sounding, attractive instrument is also desirable. | Source

As both a musician and tutor for many years, I know that for many, if not most people, can find buying their first guitar intimidating. As a beginner, you are faced with a bewildering array of choices and advice, and can easily feel like you just don't know where to start.

Although guitars can look pretty similar to an inexperienced eye, they all have differing qualities and traits, such as how easy they are to play, how expensive they are, and the tone and the quality of the sound that they produce, as well as other features such as their color and size.

The process of choosing and buying can easily feel overwhelming if you are not careful.

Generally speaking, the best guitars for learners will typically be relatively easy to play, have a reasonable sound, but also be relatively inexpensive.

I personally would recommend against selecting an instrument on the basis of its color, or focusing too much on its overall appearance - yes, there are some very beautiful instruments out there, but these instruments are primarily for making music, as far as I am concerned, and therefore how they play and sound are the most important features, especially for a learner.

Here is my top 5 list of suggestions for those looking for the best acoustic guitar for beginners 2017.

The G-Series guitars are great whether you are a beginner or a professional.  The G340C has a spruce top which gives it an extended dynamic range and a full, rich sound.  It's easy to play, looks and sounds great, what else could a player ask for.
The G-Series guitars are great whether you are a beginner or a professional. The G340C has a spruce top which gives it an extended dynamic range and a full, rich sound. It's easy to play, looks and sounds great, what else could a player ask for.

A Great Place to Start: The Takamine G Series!

There are some beautiful instruments in the Takamine G Series and it is a great place for beginners to start looking.

The G340SC is at the more inexpensive end of the price range, but it is still an excellent sounding instrument, with a solid spruce top to give it a rich resonance and tone.

The Takamine G340SC is very playable and features a cutaway body so that you can reach the high frets.

Affordable 6-string acoustic that is an excellent starter for beginners, the Yamaha FG700S is also a well built guitar with solid sitka spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, die-cast tuners. A great value buy.
Affordable 6-string acoustic that is an excellent starter for beginners, the Yamaha FG700S is also a well built guitar with solid sitka spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, die-cast tuners. A great value buy.

A Joy to Play and Hear: The FG700S Acoustic!

Yamaha make some excellent instruments for beginners. Their FG700S Acoustic is relatively inexpensive to buy, yet makes an excellent choice for learners (and more experienced players, for that matter).

The solid sitka spruce top and rosewood fingerboard both contribute towards this instrument sounding good, looking good, and being enjoyable to play.

Available in ebony, natural, and vintage sunburst finishes, the Epiphone DR-100 is one of the best-selling acoustics on the market, thanks to its ease to play and great sound qualities.  An all round guitar suitable for bluegrass, folk, rock, country
Available in ebony, natural, and vintage sunburst finishes, the Epiphone DR-100 is one of the best-selling acoustics on the market, thanks to its ease to play and great sound qualities. An all round guitar suitable for bluegrass, folk, rock, country

An Affordable Bestseller: The Epiphone DR-100!

Epiphone are another excellent company with a reliable track record and output.

Their best-selling DR-100 is a clean-looking, great sounding instrument that can often be picked up for around $100 from online sites such as Amazon.

They are ideal for beginners who want a good instrument to learn on, without straining their budget.

An all round guitar suitable for bluegrass, folk, rock, country, and other styles, this versatile six-string is available in ebony, natural, and vintage sunburst finishes.

The Acoustic Guitar Jampack is a great opportunity for beginners to buy an affordable package that offers everything that a beginner guitarist needs.  As well as a V50 acoustic, there is an electronic tuner, gig bag, strap, and accessories pouch.
The Acoustic Guitar Jampack is a great opportunity for beginners to buy an affordable package that offers everything that a beginner guitarist needs. As well as a V50 acoustic, there is an electronic tuner, gig bag, strap, and accessories pouch.

Everything That a Beginner Needs: The Ibanez IJV50 Acoustic!

Ibanez are another maker who I would recommend to beginners, as they produce some excellent quality, but low priced instruments.

Their IJV50 acoustic is one such example and it also has the advantage that it can be bought as part of a Quick Start package, which is specifically aimed at beginners, so you get extras bundled in too, such as an electronic tuner, gig bag, strap, and accessories pouch thrown in too!

With a Canadian wild cherry back and sides, rosewood neck, and a semi-gloss custom polished finish, the Seagull S6 "The Original" Acoustic is a beautiful  instrument worthy of consideration for those desiring a beginner's six-string.
With a Canadian wild cherry back and sides, rosewood neck, and a semi-gloss custom polished finish, the Seagull S6 "The Original" Acoustic is a beautiful instrument worthy of consideration for those desiring a beginner's six-string.

Learn in luxury with a Seagull S6!

The Seagull S6 may be a little on the expensive side for many learners, but that doesn't make it poor value - on the contrary, the Seagull S6 is wonderfully constructed, has a sound to die for, and is an excellent investment.

Made in Canada, this beautiful wooden instrument features a solid cedar top, with wild cherry back and sides.

Other Accessories to Consider

As well as your guitar, you might also want to seriously consider investing in:

A strap so that you have the option of playing while standing up, as well as seated.

A tuner, which can help you to keep the instrument in tune, especially helpful when you are a beginner, or if you have to tune up in a noisy place.

A pickup can make electronically amplifying your instrument relatively easy, enabling you to play larger and noisier venues, record your guitar without needing a microphone, and be able to use effects pedals.

A case or bag for protecting your instrument from potential damage, such as scratches and impacts, as well as making transportation easier.

© 2012 Paul Goodman

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      fenderstrat928 4 years ago

      Great lense and suggestions for beginner guitarists!

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      efriedman 5 years ago

      Nice to see suggestions for entry level players

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Music enriches our lives so much - I feel it's essential to try out one instrument, at least. I played piano, however I always felt a guitar would've been better since I could simply carry it with me to a beach party or get together.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      My son plays guitar. I'll have to show him this.

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      chrisssy 5 years ago

      Picked up a guitar once, failed miserably. Great lens, maybe i'll try again

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      buttonhead lm 5 years ago

      Great list! These are fairly inexpensive too. Thanks!

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      I love guitars but I'm not playing my guitar in our house a lot. Instead my father plays with it. Anyway, I like your selection of guitars. Keep it up! :)