Best Beginners Guitar

What Is The Best Beginners Guitar?

Hey Everyone, in this article we are going to be talking about a very controversial question that has been asked since the beginning of time. What is the best beginners guitar?

The problem with this question is that if you look online for a good answer or any feed back, all you find is people selling guitars telling you to buy a top of the line series.

Do you need to have the best guitar for your first guitar? The simple answer is no. It is kind of like getting your first car. You want the best one, but you know you should buy something for beginners, that way if you wreck it or in this case decide not to play then you are not out a lot of money.

Below is a list of the pros and cons for both acoustic and electric guitars. You should review this list before you plan on purchasing a guitar, it will help you make an informed choice on which one is best for you.

Acoustic Guitar Vs. Electric Guitar

Before we get ahead of ourselves we need to go over the pros and cons of electric vs. acoustic.

best beginners guitar acoustic

Acoustic Guitar Pros

  1. Can be played anywhere, does not need power.
  2. Costs less and less equipment to lug around.
  3. Great for finger style picking

Acoustic Guitar Cons

  1. Harder to push down strings then an electric guitar. You may get discouraged.
  2. Can only be played so loud, If you want to play in band, you will not be heard.
  3. Can not add overdrive to sound. You will be less motivated because you can not replicate the sound of a electric guitar.
  4. Harder to hold and less comfortable than an electric guitar.
  5. Limited adjustment. Most beginner acoustic guitars do no have the option of adjusting the bridge, truss rod or intonation.
  6. Larger neck diameter makes it hard for people with smaller hands to play comfortably.
  7. Reacts more to climate changes. Is affected more by heat, cold and humidity.

best beginners guitar electric

Electric Guitar Pros

  1. Easy to push down and bend strings.
  2. Can be played at various volume levels and can also be played through head phones.
  3. You can get years of playing out of the electric guitar especially if you want to play with a band.
  4. Can easily be adjusted to your personal style and comfort.
  5. Thin neck makes it easy for anyone to play chords.
  6. You can easily play many different styles.
  7. Body is thinner, which makes it more comfortable to hold.

Electric Guitar Cons

  1. Need to buy an amplifier and cord.
  2. Need to have a power source to use amp.
  3. More moving parts that could get broken.
  4. Cost more for start-up.

Best Beginners Guitar - New Vs. Used

No matter what type of guitar you decide to go with I would recommend buying a new guitar. If you buy a used guitar you might also inherit the problems from it not being taken care of correctly.

If you were to list the potential problems you might inherit it would look something like this; warped neck, worn out frets, worn out or broken tuning pegs, faulty wiring, worn down nut, defective body do to climate changes and you never really know what is wrong with it or how it was treated.

Things To Check Before You Buy A Guitar

  1. Check for a warped neck. Stand guitar up on the floor and look down the neck. You want to verify that the distance between the strings and the neck are the same distance all the way up and down the fret board.
  2. Determine what size of guitar is best for your needs. There are 3 different sizes small, medium, and full size. The size of the guitar is determined by the length of the neck. The small size is good for kids age 5-9, the medium size is good for kids ages 9-13 and the full size is good for ages 13 and up.
  3. Verify that the bridge and truss rod can be adjusted. This is one of the most important things to check. If the bridge and truss rod can not be adjusted you my have problems in the future if you want to use different string sizes or the guitar gets out of adjustment due to climate changes.
  4. If you are going to buy an electric guitar make sure the guitar and amp sound good together.
  5. Always try the guitar to make sure it feels good in your hands. If you are comfortable with the guitar than it is most likely the one for you.

Best Beginners Guitar - Conclusion

From my personal experience I would say that the Fender Squire Strat is the best beginner guitar and it is the most versatile guitar for most styles. I have played guitar for 9 years and I still have and play my Fender Squire.

You can buy a starter kit which includes 1 fender squire guitar, gig bag, cord, 25 watt amp, guitar tuner, guitar strap and some random guitar picks all for around $200.

Always remember whatever guitar you choose you should be completely happy with it before you purchase, or you will regret it later.

I hope you found this article helpful and we will see you in the next one. As always please take the time to check out our featured product.

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by Cass Dunkling; Tuesday, May 3, 2011 @ 10:36 AM [3536]

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