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Choose Your Acoustic Guitar: A Review Of The Best Acoustic Guitars For Beginners

Apr 26, 2008
There are a few important things you need to consider when buying an acoustic beginner guitar.

You think you have a financial situation that allows you to afford a high quality guitar for your first guitar? If you think you can do it then you should definitely go for it. Very often, the tone of the guitar is being reflected in its cost. With a good beginner guitar it should also be easy to play.

The Seagull S6 is undoubtedly one of the best options on the high-end, and it is going to cost you about $400-$500. Although it can be a bit expensive for some beginners, it is still an exceptional instrument for that price. Many professionals will keep their Seagull S6 long after they have piled up a large collection of other guitars. An equally good acoustic beginner guitar on the higher end of the price scale would be the Washburn D10S. It was voted #1 in Acoustic Guitar magazine for guitars under $500. A good number of people searching in this price range will like either the Seagull or the Washburn.

At a more affordable range, you can find the Yamaha F310, FenderDG7 and Takamine G-240. If you are looking for the least expensive acoustic beginner guitar, the Epiphone DR-100 is a good choice. Despite being a beginner instrument, the Epiphone DR-100 is very good value for your money and remains one of the best acoustic beginner guitars.

You should avoid buying the very cheap guitars you see at the local discount store as they are difficult to play with, even for experience guitar players. Their cheap quality means that there is often a lot of space between the strings and the neck, which entails an overly high action. It can be very annoying for a beginner.

Should you have less than $100 to spend, your best option is to purchase a second-hand guitar. The interesting thing is that second-hand guitars can also have their own personalities. If you see two Takamine G-240 in a shop, just try both of them. You must be able to have a "feel" for your guitar in order to make the right choice.
People often see guitars as human beings. You have to care for your guitar like you care for your own kid. If for whatever reason you don't "feel" your guitar, pick another one.

The last thing you should consider is that you should always ask the salesperson at the music store to play the guitar you want to buy. A good salesperson will always help you choose the right guitar in the best possible way.
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