Acoustic Guitar Buyers Guide

Buying an acoustic guitar means weighing up everything from price through to the kind of sound and performance that you want to produce. Classical guitars vary in size from dreadnought and jumbo types, while differences in nylon and steel strings will affect the tones being produced from playing. Acoustic guitars may also be found with electrical adaptors for live performances, as well as in a range of different qualities of wood. The following list represents some recommended acoustic guitars for beginners, and is arranged in terms of general price.

Budget Acoustic Guitars

Budget guitars can be found below £300, although it is recommended to look for one s at the top end of this price range. If you do decide to go lower, the Epiphone AJ-100 is entry level, but does provide a substantial tone. The same performance can also be found in slightly more expensive models like the Takamine G220S-NS, as well as the Guild GAD-30, and the Walden G1070. Cheaper classical guitars can also be found fro suppliers such as Cordoba. In terms of more popular models, Fender offer an entry level DG-8S in mahogany and Sitka, which should put the new player on the right course for developing their abilities without breaking the bank.

Brad Davis on the Takamine’s G220S-NS

Mid Range Guitars

Some of the best mid range guitars fall between £200 to £800 depending on manufacturer. Popular types include the Taylor Baby, a three quarter size version of the brand that is generally found at under £300, as well as the Seagull Coastine S6 Acoustic Guitar, which adapts a classical guitar model to produce a mid range sound. Seagulls can be found at around £500 to £600.

Top of the Range Acoustic Guitars

If you do decide that an extra investment is worth the trouble, then many acoustic guitars can be bought at prices beyond the £1,000 mark. For example, a Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio model comes in at about £1,500, and will provide studio quality performance. Many of the most expensive acoustic guitars derive their price from having electrical fittings. At the top end, a Taylor 514ce Electro Acoustic offers professional performance, but will set you back over £2,000. These guitars are probably not recommended for beginners, who might instead view them as something to work towards.

Taylor 514ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar

Other Costs To Consider

Beginners also need to think about weighing up the cost of their acoustic guitar with additional spending on accessories, acoustic guitar lessons and other materials. While plectrums and strings can be bought cheaply, items such as guitar tuners and metronomes can range considerably in price depending on features and beat accuracy. A good acoustic guitar case can also set you back over a hundred pounds. It’s sometimes worth buying these items at the same time as the guitar, as many music shops will offer discounts for package purchases. Alternatively, you may find that you want to practice and get a stronger sense of the instrument before you begin to make significant investments.

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