The best acoustic guitar for beginners has been the subject of much discussion and misinformation by both manufacturer’s, sellers and experts alike for as far back as I care to remember. However, the truth is, most of the facts you actually need. are refreshingly simple, and there is absolutely no need to get bogged down technical nonsense and marketing hype.
Follow these simple guide lines and I guarantee you will not only save yourself time and money, but more importantly earn yourself the best possible chance of success.
Tip No. 1: The best beginner guitar is an acoustic guitar as opposed to a solid electric? This is probably the easiest question to answer, yet often the most difficult for people to understand. Sadly, many still act on pure impulse and end up regretting it later.
So why is this so important? Firstly, an acoustic guitar is portable and this makes the learning process much easier and much more fun right out of the box. Secondly, the action on an acoustic guitar is less forgiving than on a solid electric, and it is very important for your playing fingers to adjust to this over time. This is better done initially with an acoustic guitar, making the transition to a solid electric that much easier at a later date.
Tip No. 2: Unless your budget is drastically restricted please do not buy a cheap guitar. Now by this I mean sub $100. If you are a serious enthusiast I can almost guarantee that given a few weeks or months you’ll find yourself regretting it. Try and think of your first Guitar as an investment. If you enjoy your first Guitar experience then you will want to hang on to it, or better still pass it on to a budding family member.
Tip No. 3: Do not Purchase based on colour or appearance alone. The most important criteria when purchasing the right guitar is based on craftsmanship, feel, playability and sound. If you cannot play the instrument well enough to test these factors correctly then this may seriously affect you perception of the instrument and ultimately, your ability to play it.
Tip No. 4: Do not get bogged down with technical hype. The humble guitar is should be loved and enjoyed not inspected with a microscope. Remember, great racing drivers don't build there racing cars, they just drive them and enjoy the experience. Once you have mastered the instrument you might want to know more about its construction, but that comes later.
If you are seriously considering learning to play the Guitar and you are looking for the best choice of Instrument you are very lucky because there has never been a better time in history to buy. Equally so, it is arguable that there is just too much choice, as for every 100 great guitars there are 200 bad ones, some of which are just too awful to describe.
Most able people are capable of playing the Guitar to a very high standard. Playing open chords (Non barred) is relatively easy, and once you have mastered those basic elements the sky really is the limit. The choice of instrument will play a vital part in your success.
The best acoustic guitar for beginners will preferably have a solid top, a smooth action and warm full tone.