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The 8 best beginner guitar recommendations… and how to avoid the 3 most common mistakes

best beginner guitar?Hey it’s Johnny,

So you’ve decided to learn the guitar have ya? Fantastic!

I’ll show you exactly how to get started quickly, and give you my opinion on what I think are the absolute best beginner guitars I’ve found.

I’ll give you some recommendations for both acoustic and electric guitar. These are the ones you should seriously be considering if you’re just starting out, and I’ll explain why later.

Keep in mind, these recommendations are based on not only my own research, but on the consistent recommendations from the guitar playing community. They’ve been tested by lots of other people and have gotten great reviews.

That said, the guitar is definitely one of the best instruments to learn. You’re gonna love it! Let’s get started…

In this article, you’ll learn about:

  • The best beginner guitar(s) I’ve found (electric and acoustic)
  • Why learning on the right guitar is one of the most important decisions you can make
  • Things to avoid when buying a beginner guitar (must read)
  • What to look for in a guitar
  • The best way to start after you get a guitar (and avoid all the common mistakes)

I’ll give you the scoop on ALL of the above in this article. You’ll probably want to read through this whole thing before making a decision. You’ll be glad you did.

What are the best beginner guitars available?

I’ll save you some time. If you want to cut straight to the chase, here are my picks for the best beginner guitars — one for each of the common styles. One rule to keep in mind is, “get the same STYLE of guitar your guitar hero has”. It simplifies things a lot.

Instead of thinking about the different woods (mahogany, maple, rosewood, etc), all the different pickups, necks, scale lengths, bridges, body types… all you have to worry about is getting the STYLE right. 95% of the time, that will get you the SOUND you want as well.

I’ve given you a recommendation for each of the most common styles.


Any Yamaha with a solid top (make sure it says solid) such as the Yamaha FG700S ($200)

Or if you can afford it, The Seagull S6 ($400 but well worth it)

The guitars above are IDEAL for learning because they’re great sounding, easy on the fingers, have great tone (especially the Seagull), and if that wasn’t enough… they are dirt cheap (for what you get). There’s no way you can go wrong with either of them if your plan is to learn acoustic. Absolutely none.

Note: When it comes to acoustics, I recommend you do NOT go super cheap (unless you know what you’re doing). I’m not joking about this. The results can be painful both physically and emotionally when you’re not able to learn anything. I made this mistake starting out and I regret it 100% (I’ll tell you about this later on). Save yourself the trouble. Get a decent, playable guitar to learn on and you’ll be one step ahead of most beginners who try to go cheap, then end up quitting because it’s too hard to learn (cheap guitars are hard to learn on!).


Remember, choose based on the style you will play most. Take your pick from the choices below. They’re all unbelievable values. Really playable, good tone, and very affordable.

Style #1 – Stratocaster style guitar

Like the kind used by Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, etc (the list is LONG). Very common in rock, blues, country, and pop. Strats usually have single-coil pickups which produce a sharp, cutting-tone that’s bright and twangy.

The Yamaha Gigmaker ($260).

The advantage of this specific package is that you’ve got everything you need to get started right away: guitar (duh), amp, strings, tuner, guitar cable, picks, gig bag, strap, and instructional DVD. Those of you who just wanna get a guitar and start, this is your choice. Squier also makes similar package, but I recommend this over the Squier because the parts (electronics) are higher quality, although the Yamaha costs a little bit extra.

Now, if you don’t mind spending a little more and buy the guitar, amp, bag, tuner, etc… all separately (and I recommend this), you can get a much higher quality guitar.

A superb guitar for the money, the Yamaha Pacifica PAC112V ($300)

Listen, I realize I’m recommending a lot of Yamahas here, but I swear they are just that good when it comes to QUALITY and PRICE. I don’t know why that is, but it’s something a lot of guitar players have discovered. They’re just really good and very affordable. You’ll find a lot of guitars that are better, but they will cost you. I’m recommending every single guitar here for a reason. Keep that in mind.

Moving on…

Style #2 – METAL

If you plan on playing heavier stuff like Metal, Thrash, or anything like that, this section is for you.

The Ibanez Metal Jumpstart package ($300)

Let’s not beat around the bush. The accessories that come with this package (tuner, amp) aren’t the greatest. But they make do. The REAL strength of this package lies solely with the guitar. The guitar is fantastic. Super easy to play (and thus play fast), and to learn on. I’ll explain why that’s important later on. But bottom line, this is a great choice if you want a quick all-in-one package that includes a great guitar.

If you just want a good guitar by itself without the accessories and can pay a little extra, by all means get the next metal guitar I’m gonna recommend. Trust me, you can’t go wrong with this one if your thing is metal.

The Ibanez RG2EX1 Electric Guitar ($300)

Style #3 – Les Paul

Lastly, if you fancy yourself the next Slash, Jimmy Page, or Pete Townshend… you’ll want to pick up a Les Paul style guitar. It’ll get you that classic rock sound that you’re looking for. Les Pauls are equipped with “humbuckers” which produce a fat, meaty sound that’s rounder and less sharp than the single-coil pickups of a strat. The signal is also stronger so you’ll get more sustain.

The Epiphone Les Paul Special II ($200) is a great choice

And if you really wanna go all out and get one of the coolest looking and nicest sounding guitars I can think of…

Check out the Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top ($400-$550)

I feel weird even recommending it as a beginner guitar, because it would work just as well for someone who’s been playing for years. But if you want something that’ll last you for years that you can really be proud of (while at the same time being great for learning), then the Epiphone Les Paul Standard will treat you just right.

Keep reading and I’ll explain why I picked the guitars above.

Does it matter what guitar you learn on?

Years ago, when I first got started learning guitar, I went out and picked the first guitar I could find that was in the color I wanted (blue). I picked the guitar based on how it looked and the fact that I could afford it ($200), but not on much else.

It was the biggest mistake I could make.

You see, the guitar you learn on matters A LOT. It’s the difference between playing your first song in a month and struggling for years to learn anything correctly… or even flat out quitting after a month. It could make or break you.

How could a simple thing like what guitar you learn on have that much of an impact you say?

It’s simple really…

Many beginner guitars (read: cheap) are actually made with low-grade materials…

… and quickly constructed in a shoddy way in overseas factories, where the workers are paid wages so low it would make you appreciate even the worst minimum wage job you could imagine getting here in America. The guitar that gets produced can at best be described as a piece of garbage. That’s if I’m being kind.

Junk guitars like these are made for the sole purpose of selling to unsuspecting beginners. They look very nice on the outside, but sound and feel like hell when you play it. No serious guitarist would ever spend money on such awful instruments.

Unfortunately, I was one of those unsuspecting newbies who fell for this trap. I paid $200 for an Ibanez Acoustic guitar and was totally happy with what I got…


Things to avoid when buying a beginner guitar:

  1. Don’t get a guitar that’s ridiculously difficult to play.
    The guitar I got was exactly that. The action was unbearably high (strings too far from guitar fretboard).
  2. Don’t get a guitar with cheap “woods”.
    Any guitar luthier will tell you that the choice of wood is the single MOST IMPORTANT factor that will determine the sound of your guitar. My junk guitar had a body that was made of cheap reconstituted wood shavings instead of actual solid wood. Junk material like that means your sound will also be junk. Any note I played didn’t sustain for more than a single second and it didn’t have that boomy lush sound you normally get from acoustics.
  3. Don’t get a guitar if the strings buzz or won’t stay in tune.
    It wouldn’t matter if Eric Clapton played my guitar. Those strings would still buzz, because the guitar was made haphazardly on an assembly line and was built with flaws from day one. A guitar that goes out of tune after 5 minutes of playing will also become a nightmare.

So after having all these problems I wondered: Is it just me?

Or was all this just normal? Maybe all guitars are just as difficult to play. So I went over and tried playing one of my friend’s guitars… Guess what?

It was EASY to play.

Not only that, the sound was boomy, crisp, clean, and projected across the entire room.

Needless to say, I felt incredibly ripped off.

But you see, that wasn’t the end of it. Not even close. I had already spent $200 on the guitar. Even if it wasn’t the best, I was still determined to learn guitar. So I went ahead and used the piece of junk anyway.

Another HUGE mistake (I’ve made em all it seems).

WARNING: This one mistake caused me years of frustration with guitar. Avoid at your own risk.

You see, learning on a difficult to play guitar is almost like trying to bench 300lbs your first time in the gym.

It won’t work and you’ll probably hurt yourself.  One half of the guitar-learning equation is about the physical ability to play it. When tuned properly, those strings have a combined tension of over 100 lbs, believe it or not. That’s a lot of tension your tiny little fingers will have to deal with.

If they’re not strong enough (and most certainly they are not if you’re a beginner), then what will happen is the high tension will cause your hands to GET TIRED extremely fast. You won’t be able to practice for very long. What’s worse is once they become exhausted, they will become TENSE as well and…

You won’t practice accurately.

If you get nothing else besides this one point, you’ll have gotten more out of reading this than $1000 in guitar lessons

Important: NEVER practice guitar without accuracy.

Don’t be sloppy. I cannot emphasize this enough.

You see, practicing day in day out with tight, stiff, inaccurate, and exhausted hands caused quite a few bad habits to develop for me. It severely limited my progress.

Whereas my friend was learning a new song every month and playing it perfectly, I had trouble  learning even ONE song properly. It was terrible.

But it wasn’t my fault. It was all because of not knowing the choice of guitar even mattered. But boy does it matter.

Luckily for me, I kept going and eventually learned guitar IN SPITE of the rough start.

I’m here today to save you trouble of going through what I did. Because it’s totally unnecessary and totally avoidable…

Trust me, you will regret it if you practice sloppy. Guaranteed. I’ve been there, done that and I talk to guitarists all the time. I know what always happens to people who practice fast and sloppy (years of struggle).

So to sum it up:

  1. Get an easy to play guitar (low action) so that you make learning as painless as possible.
  2. Never practice guitar without accuracy. If your fingers feel stiff, STOP. That’s enough for the day.

How to get started once you own a guitar

Here is the best way to learn guitar starting out: Learn actual music, not techniques.

Should you get a teacher? Depends.

Having a teacher is usually good in the beginning because he can make sure you’re doing things physically right, and answer any questions you have.

However, once you learn HOW to practice correctly,you really don’t need a teacher anymore. That’s really the truth. Some of the best guitarists who ever lived were self taught: Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vauhan, etc.

Because the hardest part is learning how to practice. Learning how to PHYSICALLY play something. That’s the part that messes everyone up.

Nobody quits the guitar because the theory was too tough

People quit because they can’t get their fingers to do what they want!

But once you figure out how to train your hands, guitar becomes easy.

  1. Learn songs you like
  2. Learn some theory, tie it back to the songs you’ve learned

You need to just do it consistently. Songs themselves have everything you need to master the guitar: new techniques, new theory, etc..

Most importantly, songs teach you in a FUNCTIONAL way. When you learn songs, you are learning new ideas in the FULL CONTEXT of the exact type of music you want to master. This speeds up your learning dramatically faster than learning techniques and theory out of context.

TIP: To shorten your learning curve, lay a solid foundation for mastering various guitar styles, and make long-term progress with your new guitar, take a look at this guitar learning system.

You should practice DAILY consistently for best results. You can still learn without practicing daily, but the progress is dramatically slower. Thats the honest truth.

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I hope you got a lot out of this guide to the “Best Beginner Guitar”.

Talk to you again soon,


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Dennis Hartman November 2, 2012 at 4:46 am

Hello Johny, thak you for the guitar tips. I have been playing off and on for many years but have only gotten serious about 3 monthes ago. I have an old Gibson Epiphone from the late 60′s which is in good shape, Picked it up at a pawn shop for $180.00. I adjusted the neck and shaved the bridge and the action is pretty good now. A nice looking aged spruce solid top and Mahohogny body and neck. I plan to get a Talor minny with my tax refund this year. I can pack it to the park and play easer than the dreadnought.(for the ladies of course.) My uncle lets me play his Grand concert, nice guitar and a joy to play.
I have a friend that I play with but I could use some improvement. I am still prety much of a beginner. I will be checking my e-mail. I will be glad to visit your sponcers and contribute a little to the cause when I can. Thanks again and jam on.


JA April 20, 2013 at 8:38 am

Yamahas are the best. I own a Pacifica 612v (never getting rid of it), a C70 classical (never getting rid of it) and a RBX-170 bass which I am also never getting rid of! I’m fixing to get my hands on a FG-730S acoustic, and I’ll be completing my yamaha instrument collection. I use these to record in my home studio, and most people would think I’m using high end, more expensive guitars!


Robert P March 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm

you sent me a few chords that I could practice on and I searched my email and I seem to have lost it or accidently deleted it. I don’t mean to bother you but I got my fender squire today and I want to start right away. promise not to laugh, but I handle it like it’s a baby, afraid i’m gonna scratch or dent it. anyway can you resend those beginner chords for me.

thanks in advance,


John Spoth December 3, 2014 at 8:12 am

I’m about to retire from my job after 39 years and learning the acoustic giutar is on my bucket list. Thanks for the advice, I’ll take all I can get as I’m as green as it gets. As far as musical I ferments are concerned.


denny January 22, 2016 at 5:46 pm

I am also coming up on retirement age, never played an instrument,
do not read music, please keep me posted on your progress, been
thinking hard about trying the acoustic guitar


Walter Mackins December 17, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Great site! I found your advice to be straight-forward and encouraging at the same time. Info really helps as I am planning to upgrade my guitar in the near future. (Checking around, Yamaha FG700S is certainly highly-regarded although I was looking at Fenders because, well, just because.) Anyway, “Thanks!” again and Happy Holidays. Cheers.


sean toner January 26, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Just started. It tough but do my best to stick it out. Need to buy a guitar and your suggestions along with a mentor should help. Thanks


Fran March 16, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Thanks. I run an arts camp for youth and got excited when we had several students show up with guitars strapped on their backs. Long story short, we found a guitar instructor and ended up with a band. Now I am excited to learn the guitar! Not so scared about purchasing the wrong instrument, anymore.


Ben March 22, 2015 at 7:34 am

Interesting advice and clear reasoning are invaluable in any endeavour. Thanksfor the sharing of insight im determined to learn and enjoy the process as well. If it becomes unpleasant its not art its labor and although ot requires effort and dedication I think it needs to be fun to be satisfying. Thanks


Johnny March 24, 2015 at 2:08 am


Absolutely. Without enjoyment in the process, you won’t stick with it.

Best of luck!



Russell S April 12, 2015 at 1:01 am

Hey Johnny, I was turned on to the seagull line of guitars by a Luthier at the local guitar shop. I saved my nickels and dimes and bought a performer series acoustic/electric. Then turned around and got the 12 string version (S-12) with the cedar top. They will be with me until I stop breathing. Now I have great instruments, and I’m going to apply what you are teaching and see if it helps me play up to my instruments!


P Luu May 28, 2015 at 10:13 am

Hi. Thanks for this guide. I’d like to get my 13 year old son a guitar to start summer. Do you recommend new over vintage?



Johnny May 29, 2015 at 6:53 am

Used guitars can be great value if you have some time available to search. You can sometimes find deals for 50% off or more for a barely used instrument. Check out classifieds like craigslist once you’ve decided on a model.

All the best,


P Luu May 29, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Outside of the savings, does a vintage guitar have any superior qualities as in how it was made or what materials were formerly available? Or are guitars nothing like cars?


Ren June 15, 2015 at 2:42 pm

dear Johnny,

I’m a bit confused, are you saying a 200$ guitar is cheap for a guitar?


Johnny June 17, 2015 at 3:17 am


Yes, $200 is considered on the low-end when it comes to pricing for guitars.

All the best,


dick July 18, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Yamaha does indeed make very nice instruments.
In facet, they are the world’s largest instrument manufacturer.


Rick July 23, 2015 at 2:00 am

Thanks for your advice.
As a biginner noticed that Yamaha F700 has a high action. The cords are to high from the neck, and the sound is a bit metallic, not so warm. The lightweight body is so fragile that it needs a solid case to carry around. If i remember well it weights about 1Kg. I don’t understand why do people recomend it all the time.
Is there a budget acousic guitar with low action ?


Leslee July 29, 2015 at 11:49 am


I bought my first guitar in May. I wish I would have read your advice before then! It is a Jay Jr. It sounds good to me (and looks good, too). I don’t find it easy to play though but I am working on it every day! What is your opinion of this guitar?


Randy August 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm

I read your page and everything you say is very good advice. My first guitar was an electric. It didn’t even have a name on it. But I practiced, and practiced some more. I honestly practiced until my fingers bled. But I built up those caluses and then my strength. One day a friend loaned me his Fender Stratocaster. All of a sudden I was learning faster and faster. I started when I was 11 years old. I never had the interest in playing professionally but was involved in sound equipment and worked with many of the local bands in the 70′s. This put me in touch with many in work, out of work musicians. So I had Tele’s, Strats, and even a 60′s Gibson Melody Maker. My prize though was a Gibson J45, I bought from a musician out of work. Well, I sold it for a down payment on a diamond in the eighties. She left after quite a number of years later and the J45 was gone too. I miss the J45. In 2001 I started loosing the strength in my left arm and discovered it was nerve compression in my neck. After a few surgeries and much therapy I gained some of my strength back. I started back playing a little but never with the strength, speed, or precision I had before. I didn’t use all the money from the J45 on the ring. I purchased a Goya (Korean Martin) with some of the money. I like the tone of the guitar, but the action leaves a little to be desired. I’m thinking of doing a little re-engineering to improve the action. It really doesn’t play that bad, but once you play a J45 you are spoiled. I was wondering if you could recommend any exercises I could practice to improve my strength. I’m not into rock, other than listening, so I’m looking for something I could improve my pickin’ with. I still play or practice, but not as much as I should. My strength just gives out on the Goya. 60 years old now and arthritis has entered the picture a little more, but I believe a body in motion stays in motion, and I’m hard headed. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Keep up the good advice to young people on begginer guitar. There is nothing better than playing that first song, even if it’s only to youself. Randy


keri October 17, 2015 at 6:12 am

Any real difference between the Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar and the Seagull S6 Acoustic Electric guitar…in terms of me being a beginner guitar player? I’m having trouble finding the Acoustic in the country I’m currently living…but can access the acoustic/electric. Thanks.


Johnny October 22, 2015 at 2:34 am

Probably just the addition of electronics in the Acoustic-electric version. I personally think that’s a plus as you can have the option of using an amp for performances.



John Stubbs October 23, 2015 at 12:28 am

I’m in my 50s and am want to start learning, know nothing about guitars. I read your advice with interest. I did not know where to start when buying a guitar and now I do. Thanks for your advice. Will be going for a Yamaha solid top. Cant wait…


Victoria November 1, 2015 at 1:34 am

Learning to play guitar is now on my bucket list too.
I started out wanting to learn when I was about 14 or 15 but it was clear to me that my (female) instructor didn’t like me and resented the fact that my dad was paying for my lessons! Being shy and self-conscious to begin with didn’t help, and without her support I got discouraged very quickly.
But since I can’t get the desire to play guitar out of my head then I guess it’s time to revisit that idea and get goin’.
Thanks for the no-nonsense advice! : )


Janita November 10, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Thanks Johnny! Great advice for both myself and my 14yo son – can’t wait to begin!

So nice of you to share your knowledge! :)

Janita & Konrad
Melbourne, Australia


Bruce Lacy December 7, 2015 at 6:01 pm

I’m to late. I purchased 2 guitars from Chinese manufacturer. I have not played with them yet Im a beginner/virgin, I know nothing.
With that in mind I’ll learn how to play from friend and create for myself a style, have fun learning and practice everyday.
Thanks for your info, very helpful.
The “Juice”


David January 4, 2016 at 3:55 am

Pfft… 300$ for starter? You are kidding right?
No, I don’t suppose you are or this thread wouldn’t be here.

I would consider a starter to be under $150. The lower the better actually. Ya.. likely it isnt going to sound like a 300$ one, but if you don’t have the drive to continue with your hobby then which would you rather be out? less than 100$ or more than 250$-300$?

If you find you want to “continue” after you know things THEN you buy a good one.


Johnny January 12, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Thanks for your input. But if you read the article, you’ll see that I gave some pretty strong reasons why I think money shouldn’t be the sole consideration when purchasing a guitar.

All the best,


Nehale January 23, 2016 at 12:44 am

Thank u so much for sharing …!!


Miranda February 16, 2016 at 3:22 pm

What about Kona K2 acoustic-electric guitar? Is it great for beginners. Also what about Fender FA100. Which one do you think it’s better


Dave Sivertson April 13, 2016 at 9:38 pm

Hi Johnny, thanks for the article. Glad I found your website.
Costco has the Epiphone Special 2 as a complete with bag, strings, small amp, kit bag, etc. for $200.
Or a found a brand new black Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro for $500. I figured a basic amp would run another $600.
I am older and new to guitar. But I was thinking if I bought the nicer guitar and amp it might make learning easier/more fun and I could keep it forever. And, if I don’t keep playing I figured I could sell both guitar and amp for at least $400. So I would only be out the original $200 I was going to spend on the special kit- worst case. Does this make any sense? Would there be that much of a difference between the two guitars? Thanks, Dave


Johnny April 15, 2016 at 3:26 am

Hi Dave,

If you are not sure of your commitment to the guitar, better to err on the safe side and get the lower-cost item. As a beginner, you probably won’t notice the difference between the two unless you are in a store comparing them side by side. The important thing is really to gain some kind of ability playing first, then worry about the instrument. However, like I said above, you should aim for a minimum level of quality so that the guitar is actually playable. With the Epiphones you mentioned, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Have fun!

All the best,


Dave Sivertson April 13, 2016 at 9:40 pm

Oops. Meant to say another $100 for the amp. So $600 for amp and guitar.


Keith H May 24, 2016 at 7:59 am

High, am new to your page, but great info on buying first time. Just about to pick up again since 1966, so very much a beginner. I have been looking at the squire sa 105, is this a decent starter. Appreciate any feedback.


John May 27, 2016 at 1:43 am

While I completely agree that acoustic guitars are great for building finger strength and dexterity, if someone only has $300 dollars to spend on a guitar and really wants to play rock and roll or metal, it’d be a bit counterproductive to get an acoustic based on their goals as a musician.


petros tsirmakos June 23, 2016 at 8:26 am

hello there johnny.I wanna start playing the guitar but i really have never touched an instrument before.i already read tones of articles about how to pick up the proper guitar to start with.Your reccomendation about the ibanez Metal jumpstart package is no more availiable so i would like to ask you what’s your opinion about jackson JS22 dinky Dka snow white.Its price is really good,its perfect for Metal (what i am interested in playing \m/ ) and from what i read it is a good guitar but i dont wanna buy a Super hard to play guitar….i would be glad if you could help me out!


Julia August 6, 2016 at 5:06 pm

Thank you so much for your tips! I am planning to buy the Yamaha FG720 or 800 guitar. If they are the same prices, Which one is better? or you will buy? Thank you!


Timbo September 12, 2016 at 8:03 pm

Great advice. my young boy is starting out and I bought a guitar with the best of intentions. He’s struggling to hold an f note and whilst I know his fingers have to get stronger and tougher, I stopped urging to press tighter long enough to recognise the action is so high and strings are so taut that struggle is inevitable. To support his undoubted interest I’ll need to shell out again. Huge mistake. This article is right!


Sharon smith September 16, 2016 at 1:24 pm

Thank you for the the clear well-written article. Your recommendations supported with your personal experience was eye opening. I am emailing this to my 12 year old and then we are going guitar shopping. Thanks so much


Michael September 20, 2016 at 10:10 am

I was just curious when you say the electronics are better on the yamaha gigmaker over the fender squier, are you talking about parts in the guitar itself or the amp, etc? I am looking for a good, inexpensive starter kit and am looking at these two. Thanks.


Zayan October 10, 2016 at 1:53 pm

What about fender stratocasters (stop dreaming start playing) ITS IN REALLY GOOD PRICE AND THE REVIEWS AND RATINGS ARE GREAT SO ???


Justin k October 17, 2016 at 10:40 pm

I’m 21 been playing since I was six I’ve always had trouble buying guitars not that they were too expensive i had the money at the desk at guitar center for a 2016 les Paul standard but then it hit me I’ve been around guitars this long why not just make one (a kit) so I went home did my research I’m like this is gonna be hard but I’m gonna do it so I found byo guitar and I had a vision in my head for the prettiest guitar I could think of which was a solid white telecaster white pearl binding on the front and back of the body pearl pickguard pearl volume and tone knob pearl selector switch cap of course a pearl control cavity cover to hide as much black as possible on the guitar so I’m gonna have a bridge cover with my name engraved on it in cursive for the neck is gonna be pretty much the same white neck pearl binding flame maple fretboard pearl dove inlays (that has a special meaning to me) pearl button tuners and I might do a pearl headstock veneer depends on what I think looks best anyways I’m gonna be sending less than half of what I would on a les paul standard and I think I’ll have a better appreciation for it then I would if I just bought someone else’s but if you’re a beginner probably not the way to go my dad is a carpenter so I’ve been around woodworking all my life and if I screw something up he’s right there to help me but don’t give up even if you have a crappy guitar especially if you’re a kid and your parents give you one that’s not what the pros play it’ll destroy them for my 16th birthday I told my dad I wanted a les Paul and he said sure came home with what looked like a les Paul but it wasn’t even close I said take it back and it crushed him I ended up keeping the guitar and used it until the headstock broke no matter what you use just play and have fun THANKS GUYS


Saith Paul November 2, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Thank you for the clear informative article. Your recommendations supported with your personal experience was eye opening. Thanks so much


Gary November 19, 2016 at 8:58 pm

Hi Johnny. Would you recommend that a beginner avoid all Ibanez low end guitars? I’d been considering their avn50 artworks vintage parlor model ($300) and their aw54 ($200) for my 12 yr old daughter. She liked the feel of the avn50 at the store. They didn’t have the cheaper 54 in stock. Also read good reviews online for the Gretsch g9500 Jim dandy flattop, which, at just $169 sounds too good to be true. Thanks for any advice on these models. I myself learned on a low end Yamaha, and agree that it was a fine value.


Johnny December 5, 2016 at 2:19 am


If you can, just play it in the store and see how it feels. That tells you more than any review can. Not all low end guitars are made equal so you’ll really have to try it to find out.

All the best,


Hugh January 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

this was a good read, in fact you pretty much said the same thing a couple of people I’ve turned to for advise had told me.
I’m still looking to buy my first guitar, and I’m debating on a Gretch. thoughts?? I’m curious if there are some types or styles of guitars that you think a beginner should avoid. Other than making sure of the suggestions you stated above.

any input would be appreciated! thanks


Michella Dee March 18, 2017 at 2:56 am

Hi johnny,
First of all, thank you for all your helpful advice. You say you should base the guitar you want on the style of music you want to play. The guitar I was looking into would be a fender telecaster. I didn’t see that on your list. Can you give me any advice regarding that. Any help would be graciously appreciated.
Michella D.


Natalie March 27, 2017 at 4:51 am

As a beginner, I know that I must have to choose very carefully. i have done a lot of searches on the web and after that i have found that Yahama will be the best. I don’t know that i am right or wrong. I need some suggestion Johnny and after a long research i have seen that Yamaha ended up noticeably one of the significant providers of acoustic guitars in the entire world. It has additionally increased monstrous fame in the line of melodic instruments and at present is at the top position. The materials are produced by using the finest nature of chose woods. It additionally holds conventional craftsmanship inside and out with inconspicuous and new completing in the development. It is likewise notable to take after every one of the conditions related with that of wood innovation. On the off chance that you pick acoustic guitars delivered by Yamaha, you will be at the opportune place as the items made are in great quality alongside making a wonderful sound.


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