What is the best guitar to buy for a beginner?

whats the best guitar to get for 18 yr girl. I want a acoustic guitar ! one that isnt so high but around 0-100 dollars.

Chosen Answer:

Look in pawn shops, they tend to have a lot of guitars for reasonable money. Don’t buy a new one, that’s a waste of money until you get really good.

For a beginning player, look for a guitar that has low fret action — meaning there is not a lot of distance between the strings and the neck, so you don’t have to press quite as hard to hold the string down.
by: burtlikko
on: 12th February 11

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5 Responses to What is the best guitar to buy for a beginner?

  1. burtlikko says:

    Look in pawn shops, they tend to have a lot of guitars for reasonable money. Don’t buy a new one, that’s a waste of money until you get really good.

    For a beginning player, look for a guitar that has low fret action — meaning there is not a lot of distance between the strings and the neck, so you don’t have to press quite as hard to hold the string down.

  2. JONNY says:

    Look around in pawn shops and music stores… You may get lucky and find a deal. Honestly, there is nothing that I know of that is decent at a list price in your range.

  3. jay says:

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com

    I would suggest a squier dreadnaught. They are quite durable and sound very nice. I brought one with me during my first deployment to Iraq, and it lasted through the heat without warping. I don’t know if they are as cheap as what you are looking for, but if you go to the musicians friend website, you can search for acoustic guitars for any price range.

    At that low of a price, you are unlikely to find a big difference in quality between any of your choices. The more you are willing to spend, the more reliable the instrument you will get.

    DON’T BUY ANYTHING CALLED A STAR CASTER! THEY ARE CRAP AND WILL SOUND LIKE YOU ARE PLAYING BROOM FIBER. The intonation gets so bad on those that even if you are tuned properly, playing chords will sound wrong.

  4. baby tay says:

    You need to start off playing on an acoustic anyway.
    Its better to start off with an acoustic because the strings are further away from the fret board and if you play an electric later on, it will sound better because you’re use to pressing down harder.
    You can go to best buy. They have a guitar set. The name of it Is maestro by Gibson.
    The set includes the guitar, a cloth case and a couple of other things for around $140 or $160.

  5. OnTheRock says:

    This is probably the best you’ll do for $100:
    http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jasmine-by-Takamine-S34C-NEX-Cutaway-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=516458

    You can get an Epiphone DR-100 for about that price too but Epiphones have wider necks and I don’t usually recommend them to girls unless you have larger hands.

    Ideally, you’d want a solid wood top on an acoustic guitar and you’ll get much better tone than from a laminate top guitar, but you won’t find a solid wood top guitar for $100. The best one I know of for a beginner is the Yamaha FG700S for about $200.

    As others have said, it might be worth shopping for a used guitar that has a solid wood top but make sure you get someone who plays to check it out for you first. Buying a used guitar for $100, you’re bound to get junk if you don’t know what to look for.

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