Best Beginner Guitar
If you decide that acoustic is the way to go, you can get a good quality guitar for $200 to $400. It is important to make sure that the acoustic guitar that you choose fits you. You do not want to strain yourself in order to play your instrument. The neck needs to be small enough so that you can properly finger the chords that require you to fret multiple strings with the same finger such as the F chord. The best thing to do is to shop around for different prices before settling. Also, make sure that either you play the instrument or you have the salesperson play it so you know how it will sound.
Intermediate or professional guitarists that are looking to purchase another guitar can also benefit from researching different shops in order to get the best prices. Some guitarists research online to find their guitar. This can do by searching different websites for guitar manufacturers or online auction sites. The downside is that you are not able to play the guitar before you purchase it so you will not know how it sounds. A popular option is to purchase a used guitar. As always though, you need to be careful if you plan on purchasing a used guitar. Used instruments need to inspect thoroughly to check for warping, cracking, or damage.
No matter what you do here are three beginner guitars you should be able to find in the Seattle area or online (try them first in a shop) that almost all reviewers put in their best lists?
(Around $399) – There’s hardly a time that a single, low-cost guitar can get five-star ratings and reviews across the board – no matter where you look – Seattle guitar sites, About.com, Amazon, Guitar Center, etc. Quotes from single reviews all over the internet say – “this one is by far the best”, “highly regarded, both for their beautiful sound, and their excellent value”, “I’ve used many guitars, but this one surpasses them all by a landslide”. Seagull has devoted itself to building quality for a low cost. The S6 has a domestic wild cherry back and sides with a mahogany and maple body. Though it might push you pocketbook just a bit, the price may be well worth it for a serious beginner.
(About $200) – Considered the ‘best buy’ of the bunch, you cannot go wrong with the FG700S. Almost all reviewers have placed this in their list of beginner acoustic guitars. Typically, people have found this guitar to play better than many other brands over twice the cost (excluding the two above). Here are some reviewer’s thoughts across the web – “hands down, greatest $200 guitar out there”, “for the price, I am giving it a 10. It sounds very beautiful, very rich”, “it was the best sounding under $700”. Most reviewers agree that you should buy some quality strings and replace the ones that come with to really make this guitar sing. The FG700S has solid Sitka spruce top, die-cast tuners, and a rosewood fingerboard.
(About $240) – Also in the list is the Taka mine dreadnought that rates very high as well considering the low cost. Many reviewers have this in their top five beginner guitar lists with comments – “A beautiful, rich tone”, “gorgeous finishing, one of the nicest guitars you can get for its a price”, “for the price point I don’t think you’d get a better guitar”. Or, if you have a few more bucks to spend, the Taka mine GS430S NEX is another option that is well respected (about $299).