What’s the best guitar for a total beginner?

I’ve barely played any guitar in my life but plan on learning by teaching myself/with friends who already play/maybe lessons. I want to know what the best guitar for a beginner interested in all types of rock music would be.
Also I’m looking for something in a relatively low price range (~0, possibly more depending on quality)

Chosen Answer:

Honestly, any that works and keeps in tune relatively well would be good for a beginner. The brand isn’t really relevant when you’re talking 0 or less. Buy something cheap to get you started and then when you’re serious, start shopping for something you really like.
by: Checkmate
on: 11th April 10

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10 Responses to What’s the best guitar for a total beginner?

  1. Silvito says:

    Axl guitars are simply the best for a beginner for a little over $200 you can score a bad *** looking guitar, look into the badwater series for all around rock music. The guitar was even awarded a gold award by guitar world. You also need to look into an amp and they give at guitar packs for about $300 for everything you need to get started. If an amp is too much money go acoustic and grab a epiphone acoustic guitar or fender dreadnought. Great Great guitars at a reasonable price. If you wanna be self tought and rock in 6 months grab a copy of doug marks’ metal method guitar dvd’s. Simply the best.

  2. hexv says:

    The Dean Playmate is the best beginners guitar you’ll get. It’s a cool guitar for only 70 bucks.

    Here’s some reviews for the Playmate and other good entry-level guitars.

    http://www.pluckandplayguitar.com/cheap-acoustic-guitars.html

  3. Lester G says:

    Two decent beginners’ electric guitars are the Fender Squier and various Ibanez low cost models. Good luck.

  4. OnTheRock says:

    Even though you’re interested in rock, you might want to start out with an acoustic guitar. The Takamine Jasmine is probably the best acoustic beginner guitar you can get for around $130:
    http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jasmine-by-Takamine-S34C-NEX-Cutaway-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=516458#used

    If you want an electric guitar you’re also going to need an amplifier and cable. It will be difficult to get a decent guitar and amplifier for under $150. There are a lot of starter packs available that include the guitar, strap, cables, amplifier, picks, and gig bag (to carry the guitar in). The Fender Squier and Ibanez ones are OK, but you really do get what you pay for and for $150 you’re not going to get a very good guitar or amplifier in these starter packs. It might be good enough to get you started but you’ll just be shelling out more money in a year or two if you stick with it. I only recommend those if you’re really not sure you will stick with it and don’t want to make a bug investment. Personally, if I were going the electric route, I’d pay around $200 for a decent Ibanez RS guitar and about $100 for a little Line 6 amp with built in effects.

    Personally, I’d get the acoustic for $130 and learn to play on that. Then pick up an electric when you know you’re going to keep playing and are maybe getting good enough to play in a group. You can always keep the acoustic at that point for jamming, writing songs, or taking out in the backyard to play under your favorite tree 🙂

  5. Checkmate says:

    Honestly, any that works and keeps in tune relatively well would be good for a beginner. The brand isn’t really relevant when you’re talking $150 or less. Buy something cheap to get you started and then when you’re serious, start shopping for something you really like.

  6. princess says:

    None………………

  7. Sallyyyy says:

    Get a guitar with those plasticy strings first and then get the metal ones. This will give your fingers a chance to get used to playing, because TRUST ME when I first started my fingers absolutely killed!

  8. Andrew says:

    I’ll tell a few that i know are decent guitars for beginners,you can take them into consideration if you want.Read the reviews for yourself.

    Washburn WI14:
    http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Washburn-WI14-Electric-Guitar?sku=515390

    Ibanez GRX20(The guitar i started out with and 2nd guitar i ever had)
    http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-GRX20-Electric-Guitar?sku=519417

    Dean Vendetta XMT:
    http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-Vendetta-XMT-Electric-Guitar-with-Vintage-Tremolo?sku=515785

  9. w(0)rm says:

    Riviera Acoustic Guitar

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