Our Best Beginner Guitar Options 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 beginner guitar choices.
To make things easier we’ve also broken this list down into acoustic guitars, which can be played straight out of the box. Electrics, which require and amp, and guitar packs, which contain a range of essential accessories!
1. Redwood RD100 Acoustic Guitar
The Redwood RD100 makes for a superb first acoustic thanks to its classic dreadnought shape. This easy to handle size delivers a loud and vibrant tone and works for almost any genre.
Binding around the sides of the body add a touch of aesthetic class to the proceedings, complemented by a high gloss finish. Another feature popular with learners is the nato neck which provides a reassuring playing feeling.
Overall, this is a superb instrument for beginners with a price tag that belies its quality.
2. Merida Trajan Classical Guitar
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.
The headstock is home to Der Jung tuning machines, which uphold tuning integrity with precision throughout every performance for absolute stability. The playability of the neck is enhanced by the addition of a luxurious rosewood fingerboard to afford a sumptuous feel. Overall, a very popular choice with an entry-level price tag that players of all ages and experience can take advantage of.
3. Epiphone PR-4E Player Pack
The Epiphone PR-4E Player Pack features an electro-acoustic guitar, which is perfect for taking your music to the stage. The guitar is crafted using mahogany for the back and sides with a spruce top for impressive projection. Its single-cutaway body is also ideal for beginners by making it easy to play the full length of the fretboard.
As a ‘one pack solution’ this guitar is accompanied by a 15-watt amplifier that is perfect for jam sessions and small-sized gigs. You’ll also find a gig bag, tuner, guitar strap, cable and some picks. In fact, everything you need to get off to a flying start.
4. Yamaha F310
The Yamaha F310 guitar easily makes the list as one of the most popular starter guitars – and with good reason. Yamaha has garnered a worthy reputation for building affordable instruments that offer outstanding quality for their price point. The F310 features a number of features suited to beginners. This includes a reduced body depth so that it is easier to get to grips with, a slender neck for a lightning fast feel, and impressive rigidity for a reassuringly firm hold.
The meranti back and sides creates a wonderful tone, whilst the spruce top produces a crisp output. All of this is at an unbelievably low-price tag to make this a truly remarkable model for leaners.
5. Epiphone PRO-1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
The Epiphone PRO-1 is a great example of a well-made, great sounding acoustic for learner guitarists. Specifically, the reduced body is ideally suited to those starting out, allowing for a much more comfortable playing feel. Select mahogany has been employed as the body tonewood to produce a lovely rich tone, whilst the spruce top projects with sparkling clarity.
The mahogany neck is carved to Epiphone’s C-shape EZ-profile to make it comfortable for new players to get used to. Adorned on this headstock is the “Epiphone” metal badge which gives the Pro-1 a vintage vibe. Each model comes with a “Beginner’s Guide to Guitar” booklet, access to online lessons and a humidifier to keep your PRO-1 in pristine condition.
1. Redwood RS2
The Redwood RS2 is modelled on an instantly recognisable double-cutaway model and offers an ergonomically designed guitar that is perfect for developing your skills on. The contours of this guitar and lightweight structure make it equally as comfortable to play whether seated or standing, whilst the slender neck profile allows your hand to glide along with ease.
The RS2 is equipped with a trio of single-coil pickups that establish a vast tonal landscape for you to explore. Whatever musical style you choose to tackle, the RS2 can navigate anything and everything effortlessly.
2. Redwood RS2 Guitar and Amp Pack
Our choice for the most affordable starter guitar goes to the Redwood RS2 Guitar and Amp Pack. At sub £100 this pack contains everything you need to get started, including the Redwood RS2 and a compact 10-watt guitar amp. Additional accessories include a guitar bag, guitar strap, cable and tuner, making this a truly ‘one stop’ solution.
The Redwood name is also synonymous with great build quality, so you won’t need to worry about it enduring all those practise sessions!
3. Epiphone SG Special
A classic rock guitar, the SG has been seen in the hands of players like Tony Iommi and Angus Young 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.
The super-slim body depth and deep double-cutaways combine to create one of the most comfortable guitars you’ll ever play. The slender yet solid neck design allows you to rock out in confidence, whilst the understated dot position inlays guide your way discreetly. If you’re looking for an axe that allows you to kick off your career in style, it doesn’t get much better than this.
4. Epiphone Les Paul Player’s Pack
If, on the other hand, you’re keener 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.
The classic single cutaway Les Paul body shape has not only stood the test of time but remains as popular today as when it was first released. The hardwood body provides a robust mid-range energy, and the hard maple neck with rosewood fingerboard encourages you to tear through riffs with abandon. Each model is supplied with a 10-watt guitar amplifier, a cable, a tuner to keep you in top shape, a strap, a gig bag, and medium picks so that you can hit the ground running.
5. 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 mahogany body creates a punchy mid-range energy, whilst the AAA flame maple top adds an exuberant visual flourish. The hardwood neck sits comfortably in the hand, whilst the luxurious fingerboard invites you to explore each one of the 22 frets. The ceramic plus pickups with zebra finish offer blistering tones that give you instant guitar hero status!
1. Redwood RB-5 Bass Guitar and Amp Pack
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 a very famous deep double-cutaway model, which combines comfort and sturdiness to perfection. Thanks to the elegant ergonomic design, the RB-5 is a joy to perform with whether you prefer to play seated or standing. You’ll get some miles on the clock with this before you begin to outgrow it.
The simple pickup layout is surprisingly versatile, allowing you to get on with what you do best – laying down some epic basslines.
2. Redwood B100 Bass Guitar and Amp Pack
The Redwood B100 shares similar qualities with its stable mate the RB5, featuring a sleek double cutaway body profile with slender depth that is a joy to perform with. The C-shape maple neck provides a sturdy support in the hand, whilst the generous 22-fret composite fingerboard allows you to hone your fretting technique in style. Boasting a split single-coil pickup with tone and volume controls, you can deftly carve out a wide variety of tones with ease. In the pack you’ll find a Redwood MB10 Bass Guitar Amp to get your bass playing career off to a flying start.
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Check out the The Non-Bass Player’s Guide to Buying a Bass to build up your knowledge.
Our Top Bass Guitar Choices for Beginners is perfect for those with their eyes set on the low end.
In summary, our choice for the best beginner guitars are as follows:
- Redwood RD100 Acoustic Guitar
- Merida Trajan Classical Guitar
- Epiphone PR-4E Player Pack
- Yamaha F310
- Epiphone PRO-1 Acoustic Guitar
- Redwood RS2 Electric Guitar
- Redwood RS2 Beginner Guitar and Amp Pack
- Epiphone SG Special
- Epiphone Les Paul Player’s Pack
- Epiphone Slash AFD Les Paul Special
Jon is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for inspiring others to get involved in making music. After spending many years playing venues here, there and – pretty much – everywhere, he joined the Dawsons’ Music Web Team before progressing into his current role managing the Dawsons Blog.