The best guitar for for female beginners isn’t hard to find, but I don’t see any guitar blogs talking about best guitar for women, so I decided to write about Best Guitar For Women. Find best guitar for women below.
If you’re considering a new guitar, and you want one that really feels like it fits your body, here are some things to consider. There are many acoustic and electric guitars you can call Best Guitar For Women – and finding a perfect guitar for small hands isn’t difficult. Finding a perfect fit is easy, if you know what to look for in best guitar for for female beginner. See our top best acoustic guitars for beginners and acoustic and electric guitars for for female beginner – guitars that will rock your music world.
5 Best Acoustic Guitars for Female Beginners
Taylor GS Mini Mahogany – $499
Topping off the list is the Taylor GS Mini. I recommend the Mahogany model as it will have a bigger sound and be more affordable. There are more expensive Rosewood and Walnut models, each with different sound qualities. If you find that you prefer one over the other, cheaper used guitars may be out there for the picking.
The GS mini is a scaled-down version of the large Grand Orchestra model and has a scale length of 23.5” and a body length of less than 18”. Buying one of these brand new is a good way to go as it will come with long-lasting Elixir strings and a hard bag for transportation and storage.
Martin LX1E Little Martin – $449
The “Little Martin” is a guitar that could be considered either a Parlour guitar or Single-0. Martin describes it as a “modified 0-14 fret”, so the neck and body intersect at the 14th fret. The fingerboard width at the nut is measured at 1-11/16”, so playing chords in the standard open position will be very comfortable for smaller hands. Scale length is a bit shorter than the Taylor Mini at 23”.
The solid Sitka Spruce top gives good projection and decent bass response for this little guy (or gal). This guitar usually retails at $559, but as of this writing is on clearance across the web for around $450. What makes this a more affordable Martin is the laminate used for the back and sides which is a handicap for the sound, but leave it to martin to make HPL sound good!
Baby Taylor BT2 – $369
Taylor gets a double-dip because quite frankly they just do smaller guitars better than just about anyone else. The BT2 is a scaled-down, ¾ size dreadnought, so while similar in size to the Mini, it’s a different body shape. It has a 22-¾” scale length and a total body length of 15-¾”.
This guitar is smaller in every way than the Mini; 2” less width and a more shallow body. This will produce a smaller sound than the Mini but has a great response for those of you who frequent the use of a capo. This has not only been a popular choice for students, but I have known several pros who keep one of these on hand.
Epiphone Hummingbird Pro – $369
The Hummingbird was Gibson’s first square-shoulder dreadnought – a response to Martin after they invented the body type. Epiphone being a cheaper line under the Gibson umbrella brings this guitar to players on more of a budget.
Even though this is a large dreadnought body type, it has a shorter scale of 24.72”. The neck has a thin profile and a comfortable 12” radius. A 43mm neck width at the nut means easy access for chords. The body may feel beefy to the typical lady player, but the short scale and slim neck make the fretting very comfortable.
Takamine GX18CE-NS – $399
Like the Taylor Mini, this Takamine is a scaled-down model of a jumbo, specifically the NEX body style in a ¾ package. Although Takamine does not specify scale length, the typical scale length of a ¾ guitar is around 22”, give or take. A 42mm nut width makes for easy chords and the cutaway provides access to higher frets for those who want to explore the fretboard.
One of the benefits of going with Takamine is they were one of the first manufacturers of the acoustic-electric guitar, so the electronics are going to be solid. This is a great option for the player who sees herself playing on stage soon or in a coffee shop.
5 Best Electric Guitars for Female Beginners
Epiphone SG Special VE – $179
The Epiphone SG Special VE is a great version of the SG for beginner guitar players, especially for beginning ladies who may find the more expensive Gibson models to be much heavier. The VE has a poplar body and an Okoume neck – both of which are lighter than the mahogany used on other models.
As an upgrade, you can’t really go wrong with the SG Special P-90. Sure, the mahogany and the P-90 pickups add a little extra weight, but it’s still worth checking out for the superior sound if you plan on playing live anytime soon.
Whichever you go with, both have a 12” neck radius, a 24.72” scale length, and a 43mm nut width. The signature double cutaway allows for comfortable access to the upper frets.
Fender Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster Thinline – $449
The Squier Thinline is a great introduction to the Telecaster Thinline. The regular Fender model usually starts around $700. As a semi-hollow body, it will be lighter in weight than a standard Tele.
The Thinline has a 42mm nut width and a 9.5” radius which means it’s incredibly comfortable to play those chords. The dual humbucker makes this a beefer-sounding Telecaster than the bright single-coil pickups one might typically associate with the Telecaster sound.
Epiphone Les Paul Muse – $499
The Les Paul model from Gibson is the quintessential electric guitar. The Gibson models come with a hefty price tag reaching into the many thousands of dollars. If you have ever tried to play one, especially an older one, you have noticed that they are also quite heavy.
The Epiphone line is much more affordable and since the body is topped with maple rather than being a solid slab of mahogany, it’s a lot lighter. The Epiphone Les Paul 100 model features a slimmer body as well, adding to the comfort. Top that off with a 12” neck radius and 24.75” scale length, this is a great beginner electric for the smaller-framed individual who wants that classic look and feel.
Ibanez RG450DX – $399
For you gals out there that have been inspired by the likes of Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), then Ibanez guitars may be the route for you. A good introduction to the Ibanez family is the RG series. For a couple of hundred dollars more, you could opt for one of the entry-level “S” models which have more rounded body types. Strauss has her own custom Ibanez which blends the two body types and that will run around $1500.
RG models are inexpensive and comfortable, although the wood used for the cheaper models (Meranti) is not a great tonewood, so there is a sacrifice of sound going with the entry-level instruments. However the jumbo frets, 400mm neck radius (about 15.75”), and ¾” thick Wizard III maple neck make for a very comfortable fretting experience when playing scales and lead lines.
Fender Squier Vintage Modified ‘51 – $250-$350
The Stratocaster model from Fender is another well known electric guitar. So many electrics that are made are based on this model. The American Fender Strats can be costly, so to get started it’s usually a good idea to dip your toe in the water with a Squier.
The Vintage Modified ‘51 is no longer in production, but it’s worth looking for from a local music shop or snagging one from online stores like Reverb.com. As with other fenders, the neck radius is on the round side at 9.5” with a 42mm nut width. A big draw to this guitar for the female beginner is its lightweight basswood body – one of, if not the lightest tonewood.
As I said before, this is a great list of guitars for the female beginner guitar player, but it’s also good for anyone, male or female, looking for a great guitar that is comfortable to play and doesn’t require a lot of coin.
In fact, these are the entry level guitars that set the bar and will set up a beginner for success a lot better than a no-name $99 guitar ever will. A balance needs to be struck between price and playability in order for a beginner guitar player to get the most out of the learning experience. The guitars in this list do just that.
Nothing substitutes going to a brick-and-mortar music shop to try some of these out for yourself before making a purchase online, sight unseen. Learn the neck types and body types, and determine which guitar is right for you.
Common Mistakes When Buying Your First Guitar
Often people get inspired to play guitar and jump straight to purchasing something that might not suit them. Here are seven common mistakes people make when buying their first guitar:
Mistake #1. Getting the wrong sound – Classical, Acoustic or Electric?
You have 3 basic choices of sound when you buy a guitar:
- Nylon String Classical
- Steel String Acoustic
A lot of people believe that the best choice is to start on an Acoustic Guitar and build up to an Electric Guitar. However, I think that your first guitar should be appropriate to the style of music you enjoy listening to.
If you like AC/DC, Green Day, or say the Foo Fighters, you really need an Electric Guitar to get the sound you want. If you like Jack Johnson, Ben Harper or Taylor Swift, an Acoustic Guitar could be a good choice. Nylon String Guitars sound great for flamenco music, classical music and a lot of traditional music.
Having said this, if it’s for a child under 12 we normally do recommend a nylon string as it’s easier for them to press the strings down. Some children can have tougher hands than others, so if you have a rough and tumble child, they mght be able to handle steel strings earlier than usual. Check out our buying guide for Choosing a Guitar for a Child for more information.
If you’re not sure what type of guitar is best for you, then just think of the music that you like to listen to the most, and call or email us. We will give you a personalized recommendation.
Mistake #2. Getting the wrong size
This is something that a lot of people get wrong. Electric Guitars are much smaller than Steel-String Acoustic Guitars and Nylon String Classical Guitars, they can basically be used by most people, but you do need to consider the extra weight. An Electric Guitar can weigh 5-6 Kg which can be difficult for children to handle. We would normally recommend children be at least 13 years before they try an Electric Guitar, but this is a generalisation and some children (sometimes as young as 10) have been ok. Every child is different, and some children may be capable at a younger age, so if you consider your child to be quite strong for their age, then by all means go for an electric. We carry a broad range of sizes in our entry level range. The correct size is most accurately determined by the player’s height, age and in some cases gender. If you can tell us these three details we can give you a personal recommendation.
- Smaller in size than acoustic or classical
- Good for rock, metal, pop and country music
- Has steel strings which can be hard on young fingers
- Can be heavy, depending on the model.
- Recommended for:
- Good for folk, pop, country, slow rock music
- Has steel strings which can be hard on young fingers
- Sounds bright and loud, great for strumming chords
- Light weight but bulky
- Recommended for:
|Age||Height (cm)||Recommended Size|
|5 – 12||100 – 120||3/4 Size – See LSP34|
|12 – 15||120 – 165||Small Body – See LSPS|
|15+||165 +||Full Size – See LSP|
Classical Guitar (Nylon String Guitar):
- Good for classical, flamenco, Spanish music.
- Available in the smallest size – 1/4 size.
- Gentle on finger tips – perfect for young children
- Sounds mellow and soft – not as loud as acoustic
- Recommended for:
|Age||Height (cm)||Recommended Size|
|2 – 5||75 – 100||1/4 Size – See CL14|
|5 – 8||100 – 125||1/2 Size – See CL12|
|8 – 12||125 – 165||3/4 Size – See CL34|
|12+||165 +||Full Size – See CL44*|
* A full size classical guitar has a wider neck than other guitars. If you have small hands we recommend the CL44S slim neck classical guitar.
Mistake #3: Buying a guitar with strings that are too high and hard to play
String action is one of the critical things for getting an easy to play guitar. The easiest way to understand action is that it’s just the measurement of the gap from the bottom of the string, to the top of the fret and it’s measured at the 12th fret (the half way pint of the string).
For a beginner we recommend an action of:
- Electric Guitars 2-2.3mm
- Acoustic Guitars 2-2.7mm
- Nylon String Guitars 3-3.6mm
A common issue with most entry level nylon string guitars is that the necks are usually made in a very traditional manner using a section of metal bar a few mm thick to keep the neck straight (you can’t see this bar it is built into the neck).
We started finding that this type of construction leads to the neck bending (or bowing) after about 6 months. Unfortunately with the traditional method there is not an easy way to adjust it back to normal – once it is bent it’s time to get a new guitar! This lead us to re design our classical guitars to use a truss rod. A truss rod is a much stronger example of the bar used in traditional manufacturing, but its main advantage is that it is adjustable. So if in the future you neck begins to bend it can easily be adjusted back into correct shape. Here’s our guide to adjusting your truss rod.
Mistake #4: Getting stuck with bad machine heads guitar that don’t stay in tune
Here is an example of a basic covered machine head:
These are made out of gears and pressed metal, it used to be the only way to make machine heads (so a lot of vintage guitars use this type). While it can look cool and retro, these vintage style tuners are often very hard to tune and to keep in tune.
Now there is a modern way to get a much better guitar – the die-cast machine head:
Made from a mould these machine heads are much smoother and more accurate than a covered machine head.
Mistake #5: Choosing a popular brand name because you think you’re getting a superior product
Most popular brand name guitars are indeed very good quality at the higher levels but their entry level guitars, in our experience, are not such a great deal.
In the entry-level market, brand-name guitar companies are usually forced to make their guitars with cheaper materials. There is a simple reason for this. Most major brand-name companies have a brand owner (sometimes an American company). That company buys from a factory in China, and in Australia they will have a distributor who will sell to a retailer (your local music store). It’s pretty easy to see why they can be forced to use cheaper materials. There is a lot of price pressure to get a guitar manufactured at a low enough price for everybody to take their cut of the profit down the chain.
At Artist Guitars we manufacture our Australian designed guitars at our trusted factory in China and sell direct to you. There is no need for us to choose inferior components because we don’t have the pressure of keeping the costs low.
Mistake #6: Buying a guitar without any support materials
When most people buy their first guitar they can be a little confused about what to do. A guitar can be a confusing purchase and most guitars don’t even come with a manual explaining how to use them. That becomes a problem because most people then have to search for the information (which
can be hard to find).
Unfortunately it’s during this critical time that a lot of people get discouraged and may even give up on playing altogether. The first 6 months of learning guitar are critical, statistics show that if someone can still be playing at 6 months they will be much more likely to go on to play guitar for life, so the first 6 months are actually the most important time.
Mistake #7: Paying for features you just don’t need
At the beginner level, you need a good quality instrument, but having a more expensive instrument generally doesn’t make your playing any easier. Higher level instruments are designed for high-level players who want the ultimate in sound.
As a beginner most people are not very sure of the sound, style or type of guitar that they would ultimately like to play, but after playing for 6 months or so I’m sure you will know a lot more about guitars and when it comes time to choose your next guitar it will be an easy choice. The key features a beginner needs is a guitar that is well set-up and easy to play, but you don’t really need to spend too much money on getting a better quality of sound. Higher level guitars will only sound better when your playing has progressed to the level that you can play quite well.
Most beginners find that during the process of learning (after a year or so) you will figure out your own sound. You will naturally be drawn to music that features guitar in it, and great guitar parts. So what usually happens is that your own musical tastes will change and with this change the type of instrument that suits your sound the best will also change. So when you’re ready to take the next step, you will have a much better idea of what you really want.
So in summary…
The 7 key mistakes when buying a beginner guitar are :
- Getting the wrong sound
- Getting the wrong size
- Buying a guitar with strings that are too high and hard to play
- Getting stuck with bad machine heads guitar that don’t stay in tune
- Buying a brand name and thinking you will be getting a better guitar.
- Buying a guitar without any support materials
- Paying for features you just don’t need