Choosing the best beginner guitar can be a tricky thing these days, as there are a wide range of pretty good and relatively cheap acoustic and electric guitars out there.
The best starter guitar should essentially be easily playable and comfortable for learning to play, but it should also have relatively good sound, and also shouldn’t cost very much as well. Thus here is a list that holds some of the best acoustic guitars for beginners, as well as some of the best electric guitars for the same job.
1. Washburn WD25S
The Washburn WD25S comes with a nice solid sitka Spruce Top, Rosewood back and sides, and a Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. It also has a pretty nice Satin finish 20 fret mahagony neck with a two-way truss rod, dot fingerboard inlays and chrome die-cast tuners.
All in all it is a pretty nice and relatively cheap acoustic guitar that is easily playable and stays in tune pretty well too. The sound of this guitar is also pretty good for its relatively cheap price.
2. Fender CD-60CE
Here is another great beginner acoustic-electric guitar. The Fender CD-60CE has a laminated mahogany top together with Scalloped X-Bracing. It also comes with laminated mahogany back and sides, and a nice mahogany neck with a 20 fret rosewood fingerboard and bridge with compensated saddle.
The guitar also features a dual action truss rod, die cast tuners, and fine Fishman Electronics. All in all if you are looking for the best guitar to learn on, this Fender might as well be it. It sounds great, doesn’t cost that much and offers plenty of value for money.
3. Alvarez Artist Series AD30
This great acoustic guitar comes with a solid sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and an Alvarez bi-level rosewood bridge and fingerboard. Other features include a dovetail neck joint, real bone nut and saddle, as well as die-cast chrome tuners, and hand sanded, scalloped bracing.
The guitar has very warm and open sound, feels very responsive and is just great and smooth to play. The price of this guitar is also reasonable, and that is why it is perhaps the best acoustic guitar for beginners.
4. Seagull S6 Original Acoustic
This great Seagull acoustic guitar has a pressure tested solid cedar top with wild cherry back and sides. It also features a silverleaf maple neck on a shorter 24.84″ scale together with a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, which makes for really great, smooth and easy playing.
The Seagull S6 also features a pretty nice tusq nut and compensated saddle semi-gloss lacquer finish, and a tapered headstock. The sound you can get from this guitar is full and warm, and basically all you would expect from a guitar that is so highly rated. It also has good sustain and resonance, and is one of the best sounding guitars on this list.
5. Bristol BD-16 Acoustic Guitar
This acoustic guitar comes with mahagony back and sides, a nice spruce top and a slim mahagony neck with an adjustable truss rod. It also has a good rosewoord fingerboard and chrome die-cast tuners.
All in all this guitar gives you some of the best playability for beginner acoustic guitars due to its pretty slim neck. It also has a bright, responsive and full tone, as well as good sustain and resonance.
The cost of this guitar is also pretty competitive. It may not be the very best guitar for beginners, but it is definitely one of the best.
6. Yamaha FG730S
This Yamaha beginner acoustic guitar comes with a solid sitka spruce top, nice rosewood back and sides, as well as a rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Other features include white/black body and neck binding, die-cast tuners and a Tortoise pickguard.
Any best beginner acoustic guitar list would not be complete with at least one Yamaha on it, and this particular model suits the list perfectly well. It packs some truly great sound for its own particular range, stays in tune well, and doesn’t cost much. A great choice.
7. Epiphone Les Paul Standard Electric
This is the first electric guitar on the list and the Epiphone Standard Electric is perhaps the best electric guitar for beginners. Both the body and the neck of the LP Standard Electric is mahagony. The neck comes with a maple top, slim-tapered profile and a 22 medium-jumbo-fret rosewood fretboard.
Other features include a Tune-O-Matic stopbar fully adjustable bridge and trapezoid inlays along with neck and body binding.
This Epiphone also features a pair of Alnico Classic Humbucker pickups for some great all-round sound. These pickups together with a 3 way toggle switch and 2 independent tone and 2 volume control knobs make for the aforementioned tonal variety and the warmth of the sound.
8. Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster
This well-known Squier comes with a two-color Sunburst, Lake Placid Blue or Olympic White finish, while the vintage-tint gloss-maple neck has a maple fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets and a modern 9.5” radius.
The guitar also features a great custom set of Alnico III single-coil pickups for some truly great sound. All in all this Squier is one of the best, if not the best beginner electric guitar.
9. Ibanez RG450DX
This well-known beginner electric guitar from Ibanez features a nice mahogany body, dressed in a white pickguard, and sharktooth inlaid bound rosewood fingerboard. This Ibanez also has a fast Wizard III Maple neck, and some really fine Quantum pickups for some fine distorted and thick tone, as well as clean and bright tone.
The Ibanez RG450DX also doesn’t cost that much, so it is a definite value for money deal when the ratio of sound to cost is taken into account, making it one of the best beginner guitars.
10. Fender Modern Telecaster
No best beginner guitar list can be complete without the Fender Telecater in it. This guitar is simply great looking, and features a nice C-shaped maple neck, maple freeboard with 9.5″ radius and 22 jumbo frets.
The main reason why this guitar is on this list, is that it is a triple pickup model, featuring a humbucking bridge pickup, Strat middle pickup, and Tele single-coil neck pickup. All of this makes you able to use a great variety of tones. This Telecaster doesn’t cost much as well, so it is definitely one of the best guitars for beginners.