What's the Best Acoustic Guitar For a Beginner?

Beginning guitar is a fun, and sometimes daunting adventure. You will no doubt have many questions as you begin. And one of them might very well be, "What's the best guitar for a beginner?"

In general, you want to look for three things in a starter guitar:

1) NICE ACTION-In guitar speak, "action" refers to the distance between the strings and the neck of the guitar. When I say you want nice action, I mean you want the strings to be pretty close to the neck – so that you don't have to push down super hard just fret (play) a note.

2) GOOD QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP (Manufacturing) -You don't need to spend a thousand dollars on a starter guitar, but you don't want a junker either. The good news for beginner guitarists today is that technological advancements in the manufacturing industry have made it possible to build high-quality guitars at very affordable prices. I'll say more about price below.

3) QUALITY TUNING KEYS.- Again, they don't need to be gold-plated, but you want them to be decent so that your guitar will stay in tune.

If a guitar passes those basic tests it will sound good, hold tune, and be relatively easy to play. And that's what you want from a starter guitar. Heck, that's what you want from any guitar!

There are lots of places you can purchase a great starter guitar: Your local guitar / music store may be the perfect place. But if that's not an option for you I would encourage you to go to Musician's Friend – just do a web search, you'll find it. When you get there – type "acoustic guitar" in the search box. Then, on the left-hand side of the results page you'll see a list of price ranges. Pick the one that fits your budget. I did this search just before I wrote this article. I clicked on the $ 300- $ 500 range and found several nice guitars made by Martin, Epiphone, Fender and Washburn. Any of those brands would make for a very nice first guitar. They would certainly pass the three tests above. Although it is possible that you may need to take your guitar to someone who knows how to "set up" guitars if the action is too high. Most factories do a pretty good job of setting things up-but occasionally you'll get one that's a little bit hard to play. But not to worry-any decent guitar tech and fix you right up.
Okay, I hope that helps!

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