Top Beginner Acoustic Guitars

Some Great Guitars That Won't Break the Bank

Buying an acoustic guitar can be an intimidating process, especially if you've never purchased one before. There are so many factors to consider, and so many guitars available, novices will surely feel overwhelmed. Fear not - help is available. The following lower priced beginner acoustic guitars all offer great value for their respective price tags.

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Seagull S6

Seagull S6

These Canadian-made instruments are terrific guitars - very highly regarded, both for their beautiful sound, and their excellent value. The S6 features a solid cedar top, and mahogany back and sides. Although the price is higher than most of the other guitars below (and perhaps more than you want to spend on your first instrument), I'd still strongly consider shelling out the money if you can afford it. As long as you take care of the instrument, you should be able to resell the guitar for most of what you paid for it if guitar playing doesn't turn out to be your passion.

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Yamaha FG700S

yamaha fg700s acoustic guitar

Perhaps not in the same league as the Seagull, the FG700S is still a solid beginner acoustic guitar, and for the price (significantly cheaper than the S6), it's a good value. Guitar features a solid sitka spruce top, with nato back and sides.

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Takamine GD10

takamine gd10 acoustic guitar

This beginner model Takamine guitar features a laminated (aka "select") spruce top. Although it clearly isn't on par with some of the higher end Takamine guitars, the general consensus is the GD10 offers a pretty good bang for the buck.

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Fender CD-60

fender cd60 acoustic guitar

This lower cost Fender acoustic includes a laminated spruce top, with mahogany back and sides. It's a dreadnought-style guitar, which means it's big, but the consensus is this one is fairly easy to play. This one comes with a hardshell case, so this beginner acoustic guitar could be attractive to newbies.

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Epiphone DR-100

epiphone dr100 acoustic guitar

The DR-100 features a spruce top, with mahogany back and sides. This guitar can usually be found at a rather cheap price, which makes it attractive to beginners. I won't tell you this is a stunning guitar - most consider this a strictly beginner instrument, so it may not be long before you'll want to trade up.

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Fender FA-100

fender fa-100 acoustic guitar

This is a low-priced acoustic guitar is bundled in a beginner's package by Fender. The top of the guitar is solid Sitka spruce, with basswood back and sides. Not a guitar you'll keep around forever, but should serve the beginner guitarist well.

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Taylor Baby Taylor

baby taylor acoustic guitar

This is a 3/4 size dreadnought guitar, making it a good choice for younger guitarists with smaller hands. Taylor has a reputation for being one of America's greatest guitar makers, and although they've cut a few corners here to meet a low-price point, this is still a solid instrument.

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Martin LX1

martin lx1 acoustic guitar

One of the most highly esteemed guitar makers has provided this 3/4 size guitar, designed for guitarists with small hands and small pocketbooks. The LX1 features a solid sapele top, back and sides.