What Is The Best Guitar For Beginners in 2018?
Starter guitars for budding rockstars
So you’ve decided you want to learn to play the guitar. Congratulations! You’re on the road to greatness. Everyone has to start somewhere though, right? And with literally hundreds of different brands, models, types and styles of guitar to choose from, it can be quite daunting. We understand that, so we’ve put together this article listing what we think are some of the best guitars for beginners.
Individual guitars like these are an easy solution to starting to play but some guitars, like electric guitars and electro-acoustic guitars, require an amplifier. Before you get too concerned at all this new stuff you have to learn, we’ve made things a whole lot easier with our range of guitar packs.
Guitar Packs are an ideal way for beginners to start playing the guitar. We’ve taken the complexity away from having to choose each element and have put together a range of packs that will get you started in minutes. These packs contain everything you’ll need, including the guitar (essential eh?), guitar amp, guitar strap, cable, guitar tuner and even a plectrum.
Redwood RD100 Acoustic Guitar – £79
The Redwood RD100 makes for a superb first acoustic. Its classic dreadnought shape with mahogany back and sides delivers a loud, vibrant tone while the spruce top ensures there’s enough sparkle at the higher registers to make your playing shine.
Binding around the sides of the body add a touch of aesthetic class to the proceedings, while the tuning remains sturdy and predictable – a good thing, in tuning – thanks to the quality machineheads at the guitar’s headstock.
Merida Trajan Classical Guitar – £139
The Merida Trajan Classical Guitar is a beautifully constructed guitar with a classic natural finish. Featuring nylon strings that are kinder to fingers, learners can enjoy pain free practice sessions! Not only aesthetically appealing, this guitar’s spruce top and mahogany back and sides deliver a smooth warm tone. Overall, a very popular choice with an entry level price tag.
Epiphone PR-4E Player Pack £159
The Epiphone PR-4E Player Pack features an electro-acoustic guitar, meaning it can be plugged in and played much louder. The pack also comes with accessories – everything you’ll need to get you up and running.
Yamaha F310 – £106
The Yamaha F310 guitar easily makes the list as one of the most popular starter guitars. Packed with features for beginners – reduced depth body, slender feel neck and glorious sweet sound – this guitar is a delight to play. On top of this is the budget price tag; pound for pound one of the best value starter options.
Epiphone PRO-1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar – £119
The Epiphone PRO-1 is a great example of a well made, great sounding acoustic guitar which will serve you well as you start out. With a reduced depth body, it is extremely comfortable to play, whilst offering a great sound. At sub £100 this guitar includes a guitar instruction booklet, access to online lessons and a humidifier.
Redwood RS2 – £69.00
The Redwood RS2 offers starter players that classic Stratocaster experience, but at a fraction of the cost. Stratocasters, or Strats, they’re known, offer the perfect combination of a lightweight, comfortable body which is contoured to be played either sat down or stood up, with a thin neck. This makes it perfect for smaller hands to get to grips with, and the shape is so familiar that you’ll always find a good one to progress to next.
Epiphone SG Special
A classic rock guitar, the SG has been seen in the hands of players like Tony Iommi and Gaz Coombes for decades. Players love it on account of its relatively thin body, which makes it easy to handle, while the dual humbuckers on this Epiphone SG Special provide plenty of growl and bite for playing those harder edged riffs.
Epiphone Les Paul Player’s Pack
If, on the other hand, you’re more keen on the Les Paul shape then you’ve got a couple of great options to choose from. The Epiphone Les Paul Player’s Pack contains a superb Les Paul Special guitar, along with an amplifier so you can rock out straight out the box.
Epiphone Slash AFD Les Paul Special
There’s even a guitar created to honour one of the most famous players ever to wield a Les Paul: the Epiphone Slash AFD Les Paul Special will have you sounding like the great man in no time at all. It also comes with a carry case, strap, lead and picks so you’ll have the tools you need immediately.
The Redwood RB-5 is a superb quality starter bass. For the money, you get a guitar which will comfortably hold its own while you start your musical journey. It closely models itself on the famous P-Bass range from Fender, which is both comfortable and sturdy. You’ll get some miles on the clock with this before you begin to outgrow it.