The acoustic guitar has to be one of the most popular instruments in the world to learn music with. They’re simple, able to be played anywhere, and come in a whole array of styles.
There are so many, in fact, that many newcomers who are just starting to learn how to play guitar, when they’re searching for their first instrument, don’t know where to start.
Well, that’s where this buyer’s guide comes in. We’ll go over some of the best acoustic guitars you can get for a beginner player, or for those that are just looking for a great musical tool to play around with.
There are lots to cover, so let get stuck in!
Looking for the perfect beginning to your guitar-playing journey? Want a few bells and whistles to help you get off on the right foot when it comes to this exciting new hobby?
Then this Fender CD-60S bundle is just the thing you need to start playing the guitar off on the right foot. Or perhaps pedal, if that’s more your style.
This beginner’s friendly instrument, made by one of the most established guitar manufacturers in the business, is a beautiful little piece of craftsmanship when it comes to user accessibility.
The 20-fret fingerboard is a lovely bit design that compliments the dreadnought body of the guitar.
This gives the user that instant feedback that is much richer and clearer than other, smaller-bodied guitars you might find on the market.
A great little feature you might want as someone just starting out, and not sure how their guitar playing should sound.
- Well-designed body – This large, dreadnought-style guitar body gives the player a much richer sound when strumming away. The reverb the body and fret give when played is excellent.
- A great starter bundle – With a guitar strap, an extra pack of replacement strings, picks, a guitar tuner, and a DVD essentials guide, this pack has all the extras you need to start learning about playing this instrument.
- Extra support for learning – Along with all the bells and whistles we’ve already mentioned, this purchase comes with a trial period for Fender Play, where you can access all kinds of extra lessons for your learning needs. Great for someone who has just started out, and doesn’t know where to begin.
- Very reasonably priced – For the guitar, all its extras, and the trial learning subscription, the price range you normally find this at is very reasonable, especially when you consider how expensive some guitar can quickly get.
- Dreadnought body style
- Solid spruce top with scalloped "X"-bracing, mahogany back and sides
- Mahogany neck with 20-fret rosewood fingerboard
- Rosewood bridge with compensated saddle
- Gloss finish
Firstly, as I’ve already mentioned, the guitar is just an excellent build. There are guitars of a higher build quality out there, even if you are going for beginner friendliness.
The action is a little on the low side of things if I had to be pedantic.
But if I was someone who didn’t know where to start when it came to acoustic guitars, I wouldn’t be disappointed with this one. I know that this was the first set for a lot of first-time buyers, and it’s been popular with most of them.
The instructions and tuner help give newbies a great start to playing it too if there isn’t a more experienced player to help them out.
For a name you can trust in the guitar world, it’s hard to do much better than the folks over at Yamaha, who have been making guitars for decades. They certainly live up to their name with this, the LL6 acoustic guitar.
The bracing design that this instrument uses for its main body helps give it some great deep tones, without sacrificing the higher, brighter tones that this particular guitar series, the L series, is known for.
Not only that, but the LL6 comes with what is known as an Acoustic Resonance Enhancement, or A.R.E. for short.
Thanks to the process that helps sculpt and build this amazing little guitar, the pressure, the humidity, the temperature that it was created under, the vibrations this instrument produces are almost perfect for the reverberation you want in a good acoustic.
- Beautifully made – The guitar’s neck is a beautiful 5-ply, made from rosewood and mahogany, designed for great flexibility, adjustability, and strength for its width. When paired with the main guitar body, this is a great blend of traditional crafting, and modern design, that won’t be beaten any time soon.
- Scientific and pretty – Not only is the guitar itself a beautifully crafted piece of woodwork, but the body itself is designed to make the best noise possible, when both unplugged, or attached to a stage setup.
- Multiple options – Looking for a smaller guitar that’s more comfortable in your arms? You can go with the original LL body, or an LS size if you have your sights on a smaller body to hold whilst playing.
- Great pickup – There are even electric options for playing this guitar. Simply plug in the Zero Impact Pickup, and you’re great to play out of a speaker! No major impact on the tone, no change in performance.
- Higher pricing for a beginner – Although certainly not the most expensive model of guitar out there, the relatively high price tag might turn off some beginners. Especially if you are just starting out, and not sure about committing a particularly large sum for an instrument you’re still new to. If this describes you, and you’re unsure how much you want to commit, you may want to look for a slightly cheaper option elsewhere.
- Hand-selected premium solid Engelmann Spruce top treated with A.R.E.
- A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement) is an original wood reforming technology developed by Yamaha
- Rosewood Back & Sides
- 5-ply neck with high comfort traditional profile
- SRT Zero Impact (passive) Pickup
The guitar sounds just as rich and amazing as you’d expect from a company that has been making these things for over 50 years.
The tone of this instrument definitely sounds like something built with a lot of experience behind it. Plus, the finish on this guitar is just a treat. I mean, look at it!
If I did have anything to say from playing with it, the strings that come with the guitar might be a little too thick for a newcomer, and you might get some fatigue in your fingers after only playing it for a little amount of time.
A pick is absolutely something you want for this one.
Still, if you have the money, or maybe if you’ve already gotten a taste for guitar playing, this is a great next-level piece of equipment for any intermediate players or beginners with a little experience under their guitar strap.
If you are looking for a name you can trust in the acoustic guitar world, then worry no more: Taylor is a name that has been in the business for almost 50 years, and has been specializing in acoustics for that whole time.
With their Academy 10e model, they hope that they can bring that experience to a whole new generation of guitar players, in a more wallet-friendly model.
A guitar neck that makes for a better fret, as well as making adjusting your strings easier too, is an essential skill to learn if you want to improve your game as a guitar player.
The reverberation that the body of this guitar gives is a great warmth when playing, and the shape of the dreadnought body makes it comfortable to hold when playing too.
Definitely, a good feature to look out for if you want it to feel comfortable whilst you learn to play.
- Simple, yet elegant – The design of the guitar is efficient, with no extra attachments to distract you with. No crazy finishes to its color, no ridiculous shapes that make it a hassle to hold. Just a simple maple neck, a spruce top, an ebony fret, and a sapele back and sides. Some minds find that boring, but you can’t argue with a classic design done well.
- In-built tuner – If you are playing this guitar through a speaker, the tuner, built alongside the volume control and mixer you’d expect to find on a plug-in guitar, helps you narrow down that sound you’re looking for.
- A little pricier – Although it is still relatively cheap in the grand scheme of things guitar-related, even by beginner standards, a newbie might be put off the normal price range that a new one of these will usually sell for.
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Back/Sides: Sapele
- Neck/Heel: Hard Rock Maple
- Fretboard Wood: West African Ebony
- Case: Taylor Gig Bag
The tone and the comfort are probably some of the best you’ll find in acoustic guitars of this price range.
It makes a powerful sound that a good deal of other acoustics, even those at a higher price bracket, can sometimes struggle to meet.
If I were a new guitarist, and I knew that I wanted to keep playing and learn more, this would definitely serve me well for pretty much my whole learning experience.
And if I wanted to get an amp for it, the electric/acoustic option is right there, ready for me to start playing, either in my home or on a stage!
There’s no beating a classic when it comes to a good guitar manufacturer, and Epiphone happily sits amongst the best of them.
This excellently crafted design has stood the test of time in the minds of guitar fanatics, and casual fans around the world over the last 50 years and longer It has been an instrument of choice for many stars of the music industry like Jeff Lynne and Keith David, and plenty of others almost certainly have used this guitar at some point in their careers, whether hobby players or the greatest professionals.
The faded cherry finish is iconic, really letting you feel like you are holding onto something special as you play it, whether that’s on its own, in the comfort of your own home, or plugged into an amp, on any stage.
This is a versatile piece of equipment, no matter what level of music you are playing at.
- A well-made piece of kit – For the price tag this normally comes at, this has to be one of the best put-together guitars on the market. It just feels like this thing could go forever as you play it.
- Plug-in options – You’ll be able to go electric whilst or playing and learning with this guitar, or just go with its natural acoustics. The range this thing has is pretty incredible.
- Great string retention – the Grover-built Guitar tuners make sure that your strings won’t lose their tension anytime soon.
- A baby compared to its parent – This guitar is technically a budget version of the classic Gibson guitar, which might leave you with a touch of guitar envy. Still, just because it is budget, doesn’t mean it isn’t high-quality.
- A Country / Rock Classic Plugs In
- Solid Spruce Top with Mahogany Back and Sides
- SlimTaper "D" Profile Neck
- Fishman Sonitone pickup system
As I just mentioned, this is technically a budget counterpart to Gibson’s Hummingbird guitar, which normally goes for over $3000 dollars.
But considering the sounds this thing makes, I’m genuinely surprised at how well it holds up to the original.
The most I’ve noticed it the sound might be a little too scratchy for some people, but that’s to be expected from a lower-priced guitar aimed at newcomers to the instrument.
If that’s the worst I can tell from this guitar, that is still a pretty amazing piece of gear.
Plenty of people have started their musical journeys with this piece of gear, whether they are 10-year-old kids, or 50-somethings just picking up the hobby.
With what this thing can do, they probably couldn’t have done much better.
With so many names in the acoustic guitar business, we’ve been pretty spoiled for choice in this buyer’s guide! Take C. F. Martin & Co for example.
They have been making guitars before the American Civil War for crying out loud! With as much history as that, you know there’s a wealth of experience they are drawing from, and that couldn’t be clearer in the Little Martin LX1 acoustic guitar.
The smallest guitar that C.F. Martin & Co make, and probably one of the smallest traditional acoustics out there too, the LX10 packs a lot of punch into its 8-pound frame, but doesn’t feel like it’s losing anything when it comes to its build quality for that size.
Maybe that’s not too surprising, given that it’s actually a little bigger than a normal travel guitar.
Nothing is sacrificed for its relative size. Not its looks, not its durability, and definitely not the sounds it can still make.
- Small, light & mobile – If you are looking for a guitar to take on the road that still sounds great, and isn’t going to break the bank, you can’t go wrong with this brilliantly small and lightweight little instrument.
- Beautifully simple – Made from exquisite mahogany and spruces, this hand-made guitar is perfect for how simple it is. The finish is clean, ready for any kind of gig you need to take it to. What more could you need from it?
- No left-hand option – If you struggle to play with your right hand, and you’re looking for a model of guitar that might work for you, you’ll need to look elsewhere for your needs, unfortunately.
- Mahogany pattern HPL (high pressure laminate) textured finish, solid sitka spruce top
- Rust Stratabond neck, shortened 3/4 scale
- Chrome small-knob tuners. Tusq saddle.
- Solid Morado or East Indian Rosewood fingerboard
- Includes padded gig bag
I’ve already talked about this a few times with this one, but the lightness of this guitar can’t be overstated.
Considering that, the popular image of an acoustic guitar player as someone who is ready to play a tune at the drop of a hat and a little fiddle on the strings, you want something that is easy to move around, and this guitar does that.
That also makes it ideal for someone who wants to learn to play, but can never book that one music room at school, or just wants to play around with it wherever they go.
The best way to learn is to keep trying, and the best way to keep trying your guitar is to have it with you.
For one an acoustic guitar that will make you stick out from the rest of the crowd, then it’s hard to pass up the G5024E Rancher by Gretsch guitars.
For starters, just look at it. Whilst virtually all the guitars we have talked about have all been beautifully designed and well-finished.
And Gretsch’s G5024E is no exception. It’s still very easy to hold onto, with its dreadnought body and mahogany neck.
But the dark, fading to light finish on the body almost gives it the look of having been burnt, without obviously haven’t been put anywhere near a flame.
Plus, the unique guitar hole gives it so much character for the people who can see it. The pick-shape definitely helps it stick out from other guitars, without making a design look too busy.
An all that, without any sacrifice in sound quality! The unique shape of the soundhole doesn’t take anything away from the reverberation, or its tone and the amp built into it still makes a great noise when turned on.
- Distinct design – Without making too many loud changes, Gretsch has made a beginner’s guitar that somehow looks so different, without reinventing the wheel.
- Good build quality, plus some extras – Durable enough to be taken anywhere, whilst also having an in-built amp, and an onboard tuner when it is plugged in. These are key things that a good beginner’s guitars needs, and the Rancher delivers.
- Reasonable price – Being in the same price brackets as many other beginner guitars, this is an absolutely great combination of value and style.
- Right hands-only – Gretsch unfortunately does not make any versions of this guitar for left-handed players.
- Too showy? – If you are a fan of the classic acoustic style, this might feel a little too loud for your tastes.
- Body Material: Solid Spruce Top with Laminated Mahogany Back and Sides
- Body Shape: Dreadnought
- Body Back: Arched Laminated Mahogany
- Body Sides: Laminated Mahogany
Despite what the character-filled design of the front of this bad boy might make you think, this doesn’t feel geared towards any particular style of play.
Instead of being geared towards something a little more energetic, I think this guitar is just at home playing blues or jazz as it is playing rock, country, or folk.
That might sound a little weird. I mean, with enough practice and patience, you can play most genres on most guitars.
But that freedom from the get-go is what’s going to encourage newcomers to pick it up and give it a try, so it’s an important feature to think about.
TYPES OF ACOUSTIC GUITAR
This might sound a little strange for a newcomer, but there are several kinds of acoustic guitars you can buy on the market. The three main types that new buyers should be aware of are:
- The parlor acoustic, which is generally optimized for high to midrange notes, and generally the best for learning to play with your fingers, rather than a pick.
- The classic dreadnought model, which is often favored for its higher bass frequency and sound levels.
- Or finally, there is the OM or Orchestra Model, which is considered to be a middle point between Parlor and Dreadnought, are not the best at either playstyle, but can play both decently well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I Learn To Play The Electric Or Acoustic Guitar?
There are merits to learning on either an electric or acoustic guitar. Acoustic models tend to be a little larger, with thicker string, to get the most out of the reverb you get from their hollow body types. Without a guitar pick, this can get pretty stressful on your finger very quickly, making them sore.
Electric guitars don’t tend to have this issue, as much of their recognizable sound comes from whatever amp they are plugged into. Because of that, their string tends to be a little thinner, which is easier to play with just your fingers.
However, acoustics generally have the option to be played either plugged in through a jack, making it much easier to play anywhere than an electric guitar.
On the whole, electric guitars are considered easy to play around on, whilst actually learning how to play is usually recommended to be done on an acoustic guitar.