Because the beginner guitarist should have quality and style without spending a fortune.
Guitar lessons are one of the most popular types of music lessons for learners of all ages. Many people pick up enough to play a popular song, but to really develop you or your child’s talent, having a quality guitar and professional training is the key to success. Here at Lessons On The Go we get a lot of questions about what type of guitar to purchase for a beginner guitarist. Here are the top five we recommend starting with the best!
1 Fender CD140SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar
This is our first pick for the beginner guitarist. This guitar can be plugged into an amplifier or PA system and houses an onboard electronic tuner and preamp. The action (string height) is set low making it easier to press down on the strings. For the price of $299.99, the Fender CD140SCE has the best overall quality, playability, and tone.
2 Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Acoustic Guitar
The Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic guitar is the best choice for the young beginner. A 3/4 size guitar is meant for younger children and smaller players alike. The Cordoba Cadete has nylon strings instead of steel, making it much easier and less painful for a child to press his or her fingers down against the strings. It also has a warm and bright sound. Priced at $259.99, this guitar is sure to impress without breaking the bank.
3 Seagull S6 Entourage Acoustic Guitar
Seagull guitars are amazing sounding acoustic guitars that are made from cedar. They have a rich, deep, warm tone that only improves with age. This particular model has a slim neck, making it easier for the beginning guitarist to reach the frets. The action (string height) is also low, making it easy to press down against the strings. This guitar may be a little on the expensive side for the typical beginner at $359.99, but may also be worth it for the beginner guitarist who knows that they will be in it for the long haul.
4 Ovation Celebrity Standard Mid-Depth Cutaway Acoustic- Electric Guitar
This is an average sounding acoustic guitar that does have some nice perks. Priced at $369.00, the Ovation Celebrity has a cutaway in the body of the guitar making it easier to reach higher frets. It also can be plugged into an amplifier or PA system and houses an onboard tuner. The action (string height) is a little high, but the slim neck helps make up for it.
5 Yamaha F335 Acoustic Guitar
Priced at $129.99, the Yamaha F335 is a great guitar for the beginner guitarist on a budget. This is a decent sounding guitar and has the minimum of what is needed to get started. We would recommend this guitar to the beginner who wants to try guitar lessons for the first time and is hesitant investing a lot of money up front. The Yamaha F335 would be a guitar someone would want to transition from later on though, should they choose to continue. This guitar has moderate action (string height) and a wider neck.
Regardless of your price point, the most important factor in shopping for an instrument is finding a guitar the student is comfortable playing. The second factor to keep in mind is to make sure the instrument will fit your overall needs. If you would like to plug an acoustic guitar into an amp, make sure the guitar has a 1/4 inch plugin to attach a music cable to your amp. If it doesn’t have an input, you can also purchase a pickup which fits in the sound hole snugly and will complete the same task. This is not a “music must” but is helpful if the student wishes to perform in front of a larger audience.
For more details or questions, feel free to contact us! Even if Lessons On The Go is not in the plan to become a lesson provider for your family, we work with families daily regarding instruments, price points, needs, locations in the greater Houston area to purchase an instrument in a store setting, and more!