Beginner Acoustic Guitar
Choosing your first acoustic guitar can be a daunting task! There are literally thousands of choices out there! There are different shapes, sizes, woods, patterns and colors to pick from. Where do you begin?
We've narrowed down your options to 4 great acoustic guitars for beginners and have some practical advice on how to select your first guitar.
Cheap Acoustic Guitars
Our recommendation is to stay away from cheap acoustic guitars. There are many acoustic models made in factories overseas without regulation where you end up "getting what you pay for". Acoustic guitar construction takes a lot of skill and only the larger manufacturers have mastered this skill over the many years they have been producing guitars.
Difference Between Solid Top and Laminate Top Acoustic Guitars
Laminate top acoustic guitars are made from several pieces of wood compressed together with a faux wood look on the front. These are great guitars for those looking to "test the water" with the guitar. These types of guitars wouldn't be the type of guitar you would take to the gig but make perfect guitars to learn on or play with your family or friends. On the other hand, solid top guitars produce a richer sound than laminate top guitars and are made from a solid piece of wood (usually spruce or cedar).
Does it Make Sense to Buy an Expensive Acoustic Guitar?
Some people prefer to purchase a more expensive acoustic guitar to learn on. This is a great option for those that want to "invest" in the instrument. Guitars that are higher in price typically mean they will be better sounding and easier to play. Expensive guitars are typically hand-made instruments by experienced luthiers. High end materials are typically used in these instruments and they create a wonderful tone.
Which Acoustic Guitar Should I Buy?
Below we have selected 4 acoustic guitar setups that we believe are the best buys. These 4 guitars were selected to accommodate most budgets.
Ibanez IJV50 Acoustic Guitar Package - $129.99
This guitar is a laminate top acoustic guitar and is a great option for any beginning guitar player. It comes with a strap, picks, electronic tuner and a gig bag. This option is a great budget option and one of our top selling acoustic guitar packages.
Ibanez IJV100SNT Acoustic Guitar Package Solid Top - $199.99
Built with a solid spruce top, this guitar really sings! It comes with the same guitar accessories above, but the guitar will sound great. It comes with a strap, picks, electronic tuner and a gig bag. (Also available in Black)
Ibanez IJAE5BK Acoustic Guitar Package with Amplifier - $249.99
Looking to take it to the next level? This guitar comes with an amplifier and cable so you can plug it in and jam! It has an on-board tuner to keep the guitar in tune, a strap, guitar picks and a nice gig bag to protect your instrument.
Seagull S6 Original with Gig Bag - $399.99
This guitar is one of our best selling acoustic guitars and we throw in a FREE padded protective case to keep your instrument safe. The top is made of solid cedar which gives it a tone somewhere between the warm tones of mahogany and the bright tones of maple. The back and sides are made of Wild Cherry wood. The top has a semi-gloss lacquer. This is a great value if you are looking to spend a little extra money on your purchase.