What is the best cost effective guitar brand?

I have a small acoustic fender guitar that I’ve had a long time, but it isn’t a full size guitar and I want a new acoustic. I also would like to get an electric guitar. What are the best brands? Is it worth spending more for a good guitar or can I get a good cheap one?

Chosen Answer:

first of all, dont buy a starcaster thats so ridiculously cheap, you can get a nice Squier STRATOCASTER for about 180 now at sweetwater.com….. thats where i got my guitar before i modded everything on it but it was a very decent beginner guitar to start with. but if you have the money buy a fender american stratocaster you’ll never need another guitar
by: Don_xXx
on: 18th December 09

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9 Responses to What is the best cost effective guitar brand?

  1. sharpiegurl says:

    ephiphone-i know someone who has had 1 for a long time and still loves it

  2. Duffy says:

    acoustic i don’t know about, but if you want an electric guitar, don’t settle for the cheap ones. the standard beginner guitar is a Fender Starcaster, but they are awful.

    if you want a good quality, cheap guitar, get an Epiphone.

  3. Stan says:

    Epiphone is a good brand, and so is pretty much any Fender…including the Starcaster…which goes for about 2 bills.

    The problem with low end electrics is they often need a “set up.” This involves setting the height of the strings off the fret board (action) and ensuring there’s no fret buzz and the guitar is in tune up and down the neck….usually only about $35.

    I’m sure the “starcaster” the previous poster cut down simply needed a good professional set up.

    If you have the bucks, Guitar Player magazine likes the new “50’s Vibe Fender Telecaster.” About $300-$350.

    As far as acoustics, make sure you buy one that has a solid top. Believe me, the advertising will say it’s a solid top, because these are preferable guitars. If there’s nothing in the ad that says “solid top,” it doesn’t have a solid top. (Unless you’re looking at 2-5 grand Martins and Gibsons, where a solid top is naturally assumed.)

    Solid tops can last generations if cared for…that’s why you can still find pre-war 1941 Martins for sale, and solid tops will retain their value, and not depreciate in price as cheaper acoustics often will. Also, solid tops improve in tone with age…cheaper guitars will often start to separate…woods, binding, bridge..etc.etc.

    I’m not trying to push Fender, but again, Guitar Player magazine, the Bible of guitar players, likes the low end Fender acoustics, with solid tops, that start around $250-3 bills.

    Best of luck and keep pickin’ till those fingers bleed.

  4. ViNce says:

    The Fender Strat pack is a good guitar and amp set for around $300.
    You can get good guitars from Craigslist.
    I have both an Epiphone Les Paul (Electric) $400 Used
    and a Fender Dr-90 (Nylon acoustic) $150 New
    both are great guitars.

  5. Cedge says:

    You won’t progress as fast and will likely be frustrated with a cheap, low quality guitar. Get the best guitar that you can afford. It will help you become a better player, and you will certainly want to pick it up and play it more often.

    You can get a decent quality acoustic or electric guitar in the $200 range. Good acoustic name brands are Yamaha (first choice), Ibanez, and Epiphone. Yamaha usually always produces a good quality guitar – test out the Ibanez and Epiphones – they’re not all created equal.

    Good electric guitar brands are Yamaha, Ibanez, Squier by Fender, and Epiphone. Try to check out any guitar that you’re thinking of buying for fit and quality – no two guitars (even the same brand and model) are created equal.

  6. Nonpartisan says:

    Why is everyone recommending electric guitars? She is asking for an Acoustic!!!

    With Acoustics you have to spend a bit to get a great sound. With electrics you can buy cheap and upgrade parts. Arctics you can do this too but its much more involved and takes skill.

    Yamaha makes a decent beginner Acoustic. Or if you have a few hundred to burn get an “Ovation” brand. They are awesome and last forever. The sound you get from them is very warm and smooth sounding. Plus the playability is great.

  7. Joe says:

    For an an acoustic the only was to go is Gibson the have great sound, perfect positioning, tuners a perfect , finger fly on the fret board. there really is no other reasonal choice. but thay are a bit pricy

  8. mustanggt.4ford says:

    first of all, dont buy a starcaster thats so ridiculously cheap, you can get a nice Squier STRATOCASTER for about 180 now at sweetwater.com….. thats where i got my guitar before i modded everything on it but it was a very decent beginner guitar to start with. but if you have the money buy a fender american stratocaster you’ll never need another guitar

  9. joshpaniagua says:

    Get an Ibanez V200S. It has great stock action, sounds smooth, has a built in tuner, and I believe you can even plug it in to an amp. It’s a cheap guitar as well. You’d only be spending around $200. Definitely a good price for a guitar. Especially one with this kind of quality.

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