Trying to go through all the guitars on the market and actually come up with the best beginner acoustic guitar is hard. I tried to be objective and come up with 5 really good picks for you. There are many, many great guitars for beginners on the market right now, which is good for consumers but it can be a bit overwhelming at first.
First we have to look at the best acoustic guitar brand choices and then most people just starting out like to know the best acoustic guitars under $500. Choosing the best brand is also not easy since there are so many great ones to choose from. But I did manage to do it. I chose Yamaha, mostly because they manufacture what I consider the very best beginner guitar on the market – the FG700S Acoustic. You can check out the details below.
I’ve also included 4 more guitars that I think are awesome for beginners. I included one guitar that is great for children or people who are small or have small hands. Remember, if you’re a small person, you’ll need to look at a guitar that will be easy to hold and to play.
My Recommendations for the Best Beginner Acoustic Guitar are:
This is probably the best selling 6 string acoustic entry-level guitar in the country. It’s an awesome choice for under $200.
This guitar has a solid sitka spruce top. The sides are made of Nato, which is a relative of Eastern Mahogany. Nato is a less expensive material than Mahogany, but this wood is very durable and the tone you get from it is very similar to the tone you would get from other Mahogany wood guitars.
It also has some deluxe features including a rosewood fingerboard, tortoise pickguard, diet-cast tuners and a high-gloss finish which looks awesome under stage lights. Something else I love about this guitar is that it’s backed by Yamaha’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.
If you want to see what people are saying about this guitar, just read the outstanding 5 star reviews it has gotten.
2. Taylor Baby Taylor (Children or small hands) – $299
I think this Taylor is another great selection because this guitar is a 3/4 size dreadnought and it’s size makes it an excellent guitar for a younger guitarist or for someone with small hands. It’s also great as a travel or road guitar because it’s smaller and lighter than other guitars. You’ll be surprised at the big sound and full warm tone that comes out of this little guitar.
It has a solid Mahogany top that gives this guitar a more pronounced mid-range. The sides and back are Sapele Laminate. For just under $300, this is great guitar.
3. Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar – $397
For just under $400, this is one of the best beginner guitars you can buy. It has a solid cedar top and the back and sides are made of wild cherry. It has a Silverleaf maple neck that’s on a shorter 24.84″ scale. It’s a little easier on your fingers because it features a rosewood fretboard. It has stable tuning due to the specially aligned machine heads.
Awesome construction and awesome sound. It has a 5 star rating by people who have purchased it. The reviews are all good and they are not necessarily from beginners.
4. Takamine G Series G340SC Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar – $244
This guitar gets great reviews because it offer a great sound at a very reasonable price (around $250). It has a solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides that enhance the resonance. It’s one of just a handful of acoustic cutaways available on the market.
This Takamine G340 also has abalone inlays, a rosewood fingerboard and distinctive gold tuners.
5. Fender CD-140S Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar – $199.99
For under $200, this is a great beginner guitar. It has a solid spruce top with laminated mahogany back and sides. It features Dual Action Truss Rod, Scalloped X Bracing, Tortoise Shell Pickguard, and Dot Position Inlays.
This is not one of their beginner bundles but it gets great reviews.
So those are my picks for the top 5 best beginner acoustic guitars. All of these guitars also fall under the category “the Best beginner acoustic guitars under 500 dollars”. As far as the best acoustic guitar brand, well, that just depends. We’ll talk more about that subject in later articles.