Choosing to play and buying your first acoustic guitar is something you’ll never forget, which is why it’s so important to pick the right one to suit your needs – and this guide to the best acoustic guitars for beginners will help you do just that.
With the right acoustic guitar in your hands it makes playing so much easier and enjoyable. In the long-term, you’re more likely to stick with it and progress in your playing if you have a great guitar by your side.
One of the most important factors is that your new beginner acoustic guitar needs to stay in tune throughout your practice session, and it has to be built to last, particularly if you plan on taking it outdoors or ultimately playing in a live setting.
Even more importantly, the guitar needs to sound great
1. Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
With all the different additions to new acoustic guitars, you might feel a little overwhelmed. There’s the picks, the case, the guitar straps… The list goes on. Luckily, this kit has all of the above with an added digital tuner. Tuners are very important, especially since new acoustic guitar strings tend to stretch and go out of tune.
There are many body styles for acoustic guitars, with dreadnought near the largest. It’s easier to learn for some since the frets and strings are further apart. This prevents messing up or hitting the wrong chord.
Everything is Included
This set includes everything you need to get started on your journey to become an expert acoustic guitar player. With the guitar, picks, tuner, case, and straps, there’s nothing else you need to start learning immediately.
+ No need to go out and buy everything separately. Save money and time by buying this kit!
+ Beautiful rosewood bridge
+ Large, easy to play dreadnought body
Why We Liked It – We’ve said it numerous times, but buying a kit is so much more cost effective. The beautiful bridge and large body produce a vibrant, deep sound that carries your music to the ears of your audience.
2. Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar
This vintage sunburst colored acoustic guitar is one of our top choices for beginners. The unique appearance is sure to be a topic of discussion, almost as entertaining as your newly learned guitar skills! The bold sound coming from this instrument will guide you through the learning curve in no time.
The headstock plays a much more important role than many musicians think. The degree of the headstock dramatically affects the tightness of the strings, thus the tone and ease of play. The 14-degree angle of this headstock is perfect for beginners since it offers decent give with smooth chord transitions.
The DR-100 comes in a ‘vintage sunburst’ design that appears truly professional. You’ll wow friends and family on the appearance alone! The rosewood combined with the spruce top and mahogany body produces a fantastic sound, unlike many other kinds of wood.
+ Vintage design with unique flair to stand out from the crowd
+ 14 degree headstock for easier chord playing and less confusion when transitioning
+ Mahogany is one of the most well-known and appreciated woods in the guitar industry
Why We Liked It – The design combined with the mahogany build makes this acoustic guitar one of the few that we could truly recommend. Most of the competition costs twice as much as this guitar!
3. Yamaha FS800 Solid Top Small Body Acoustic Guitar
For those of you looking for a smaller framed acoustic guitar, the Yamaha FS800 is an excellent suggestion. People with shorter arms or fingers can find larger body styles difficult to use. Luckily, there’s plenty of small bodied options such as this one.
Small Body Style
Having such a small body offers many different benefits. Although many musicians prefer large dreadnought style acoustic guitars, there are also many of us who find them difficult to use. A smaller body style also means that you can teach children to play guitar while you’re learning as well!
The Whole Kit
While finding everything you need for your acoustic beginner setup might be a challenge, this kit takes out all the guesswork. No more wondering which strings or casework with which guitar. Everything is included and made for the FS800.
+ Many different styles to choose from instead of settling for whatever is available
+ Smaller body for smaller fingers and arms, which is also good for teaching children
+ Everything’s included in the kit to get you started on your musical journey
Why We Liked It – Smaller bodies are better for many musicians. Even some guitar players with longer arms and fingers enjoy the ease of mobility and chord changes that come with having a guitar with a smaller body.
4. Yamaha FGX800C Solid Top Folk Acoustic-Electric Guitar
For a modern take on a classic guitar, the Yamaha FGX800C is definitely worth a look. It’s got the classic body and style while having the functionality of many modern electric acoustic guitars.
Most beginner acoustic guitars can’t hook into an amp. That would usually make them cost too much to be considered ‘beginner’. However, this cheap model hooks up to an amp no problem! What’s better? You get the same smooth sound as you would without an amp. See fully electric guitars for beginners.
This kit includes the guitar, strings, digital tuner, soft cleaning cloth, straps, the hard case, and more! All of the extras would usually cost well over $100, but it’s included with this beginner acoustic.
+ Play electric or unplugged, which is rare in beginner options
+ Kit includes everything you need to get started
+ Natural wood appearance to give your guitar that ‘vintage’ appearance
Why We Liked It – Other than the electric part, there’s nothing too fancy about this acoustic guitar. It’s a perfectly simple and classic instrument with everything you need and nothing you don’t.
5. Fender CD-60SCE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
Another cheap and great electric acoustic option is the Fender CD-60SCE. It’s a large dreadnought body style for budding musicians getting ready to hit the stage. Practice unplugged, then when you’re confident in your skills you can show off with the amplifier.
Mahogany Body Build
Mahogany is a classic wood choice for guitars, and for a good reason. It’s durable, and it also allows for a vibrantly bold sound to come out of the guitar. Many other types of wood cloud or dull the sound, but mahogany has always worked well.
But Wait, There’s More
The shoulder strap, guitar case, strings, picks, and tuner included making this kit the ultimate gift for anyone who’s looking to start out as a beginner guitar player. The acoustic guitar itself is actually good enough to carry through intermediate to expert level playing. Its beautiful natural wood coloring is also a huge bonus!
+ Kit includes all of the essentials and more
+ Beautiful natural mahogany appearance
+ Works for beginner through expert playing levels
Why We Liked It – This acoustic guitar is a great option for anyone who wants to play guitar for a long time. If you see yourself advancing, you can stick with this instrument instead of searching for more once you get too good for your current guitar.
6. Donner 36” Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Package
The Donner 36” Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar comes in a variety of different color options from light to dark tones, all of which look natural. Dreadnoughts are a very popular size because they carry bold sound so well. Paired with the mahogany build, it’s hard to match this guitar at any level.
The Kit Includes…
As with many of the other options on this list, this Dreadnought includes a kit. You get everything you would in the other kits, as well as a capo. Capos are used to clamp onto the frets to allow you to play at higher octaves without barring the same fret on each chord. Capos are very rarely sold it kits, so this one is a steal.
Spruce and Mahogany
Made out of the two best kinds of wood for acoustic guitars, this dreadnought doesn’t waste an inch of space. The finest woods pair to make the finest sounds, which is few and far between for beginner acoustic guitars.
+ Includes a capo to prevent you from having to bar chords constantly
+ Full kit includes all the necessary pieces
+ Made of spruce and mahogany
Why We Liked It – Most of these beginner sets don’t have an extra set of strings and a capo. The fact that this kit does sets it apart from the competition.
7. Jasmine S34C NEX Acoustic Guitar Bundle
The Jasmine S34C NEX Acoustic Guitar is a great example of a minimalist acoustic guitar for beginners. Some of us don’t need all the extra bells and whistles, just the bare bones. That’s exactly what this guitar provides.
Amazing Beginner Kit
With a set of strings, picks, a tuner, and a guitar case, you’re covered on all the basics of beginner guitar playing. This bundle is nice because everything comes with instructions and details on how to use and properly take care of it all.
Spruce is another great wood option for acoustic guitars. Having a laminated layer of protection is always a benefit as well because it prevents scratching and adds a nice shine to the appearance of the acoustic guitar.
+ Includes all the essentials for starting out, which saves you from spending the extra money
+ Laminated spruce for a protected, visually pleasing appearance
+ Dreadnought body for a deep, bold acoustic sound
Why We Liked It – Sometimes you just wanted simplicity and a beginner product that is straight to the point. This kit includes all of that, without all the confusing extra pieces and high prices.
8. Yamaha FG820 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar
For another great beginner acoustic guitar, the Yamaha FG820 is an excellent choice. There’s nothing to fancy here other than the pure quality. Yamaha is known for producing excellent guitars, and they never cut corners to create even the most beginner acoustic guitars.
Spruce and Mahogany
Again, an amazing pair of woods combine to make the ultimate acoustic build. While mahogany and spruce were once very expensive in acoustic guitars, they’re now becoming more and more readily available and cheaper.
An angled headstock directly impacts the tightness and sound from the strings. The tightness or looseness of strings can make it a little bit easier to navigate the strings and change chords. It also makes it a little easier for strings to hold to the stock, reducing the chance of fret buzz.
+ Multiple colors and designs, which gives you a much wider variety of choices to pick from
+ Made with mahogany and spruce, the two best woods for acoustic guitars
+ Tightened headstock, which helps with chord transitions and fret buzz
Why We Liked It – Spruce and mahogany are excellent choices for building an acoustic guitar. This acoustic also offers many colors and shades to customized your perfect instrument.