Checking Out The Best Guitars for Beginners

Almost anyone who wants to play an instrument at least looks at the best guitars for beginners. With rock stars out there like Alex Lifeson and Bon Jovi, it’s no surprise that the guitar is one of the most popular instruments to learn for music novices. Being an incredibly versatile instrument, the best guitars can play jazz, rock, pop, even classical, and it’s more portable than a piano or a drum set. But learning how to play it can be tedious so it’s important to get the best guitar and just the right one for you as a beginner. Here we look at a list of best guitars for beginners. Things to look out for is price, tuning ability, sound, and looks.

 

Ibanez EW20ASE Exotic Wood Figured Ash Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Ibanez EW20ASE Exotic Wood Figured Ash Cutaway Acoustic-Electric GuitarThis guitar has a good look, sound, and price. With a narrow and smooth neck, the fret bridges don’t stick out and tear up the thumb. The neck has 13 frets instead of 12, and the low cutaway makes it easier to get up to those high notes. It has a bright sound, but a good lower range as well. The brilliant design of this guitar makes it look much more expensive than it is; however, this guitar comes with cheap strings made of poor quality, so it’s necessary to replace those. Also, it is prone to body neck warping after a few years of playing, even in low or normal humidity environments. You can find it in the market for roughly £300 to £350, the prices vary vendor to vendor.

Takamine EF341SC Legacy Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Takamine EF341SC Legacy Series Acoustic-Electric GuitarPriced at £730.32, this guitar gives an excellent sound for a great value. Used by both Jon Bonjovi and Bruce Springsteen, it’s hard to go wrong with this guitar. The electronics are top-notch and it plays like a dream. For its price, it’s one of the best guitars for beginners, and it stays in tune for a long time. It produces a nice, clean sound, but can also sound great with a distorted effect pedal. The sounds are very clean and consistent as well, and many users say that their Takamines get better every year. However, it has better sound on stage than in the recording studio and it doesn’t have that much sound unplugged. Because it is kind of pricey as well, not everyone thinks it’s worth its money.

Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric GuitarThis stylish body and great sounding guitar is definitely one of the best guitars for beginners. The slim neck makes it easy to put your hand around it, and makes it easier to play, and has very easy action. It produces a nice sound and is flashy enough to make an impression on stage or to your friends. It has great sound that is perfect for bluegrass music and it also has decent pickups and good action right out of the box. However, the strap doesn’t look as good as the rest of the guitar, there are blemishes out of the box, and the tuning could be more accurate. There is some fret buzz in the higher range if adjustments aren’t made. £204.65

Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry Sunburst Nickel

Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry Sunburst NickelThis is a great guitar for beginners because it has good sound, stays in tune, and is fun to play. The strings can give consistent and rich tones, and it looks as good as it plays. It sounds great right out of the box, the easiness to tune and ability to stay in tune makes it a great guitar for any guitarist. The tones mix well with vocals, making it great for a singer and songwriter, as well as great for performances. Although it’s  a little pricey, it’s worth it for someone who wants a great looking and sounding guitar. However, it does not respond well to humidity and can warp. The action is also not the best. Currently available for £1812.06.

Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric GuitarThis guitar not only looks good, but also sounds good. The sound is very bright and nice, which is what makes this guitar great for its money, and one of the best guitars for beginners. The good fret design makes it easy for beginners to learn on this guitar, and it is fun to practice on. However, it’s hard to stay in tune, and sounds best unplugged. With a preamp it’s not as good, and it isn’t the best guitar for a recording. It’s also not the most durable because repairs for fret buzz can be needed in as little as four months, so it’s a good idea to get a warranty on this. This Ibanez guitar is available for a fairly reasonable rate of £233.88.

Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric GuitarThis is a great guitar for not only learning, but also for acoustic gigs. Being a very versatile guitar, it’s great for any beginning guitarist who wants to play in any style. It looks great too, without looking too gaudy. The cutaway makes the upper frets easy to attain, and the acoustic tonal palette give a nice range of tones. The electronics is the main feature. The onboard tuner is a great, easy way to tune the guitar and the sound control allows the player to shape the sounds well. Although Gibsons are expensive guitars, they can definitely be worth it.  However, the quality is very inconsistent and heavy repairs can be needed to many Songwriters. Priced at £1490.46.

Like with everything, the best guitar depends on the player. But it’s important for all beginning guitarist to find a guitar with a design that they feel comfortable with, something with easy action, a slim neck, good fret design, and the ability to tune it easy and stay in tune. Whether you’re looking for an electric guitar or an acoustic guitars, the models listed above are some of the best guitars for beginners that can last past the beginning stages of music to be reliable guitars for performances and recordings as well for any genre of music, from bluegrass to jazz, to rock and roll. So it’s time to find the best beginner guitar for you and to start playing.

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