Beginner Guitars: How to Choose

Getting your first instrument is always the hardest one to choose. With lack of experience and knowledge for what you should be looking for, how much you want to spend, and how long you will be playing the instrument, it can be hard to know exactly what you want to do. That is why it is so important to do research before you get your first instrument. This is true for people looking for beginner guitars. I will show you a few easy tips and questions to try and answer as well as a few great choices for beginner guitars that include everything you need to get started right away.

The first question you should ask yourself is how much you want to spend. I normally recommend to people that they should plan to spend less than $300 for their first electric guitar and amp combo. $300 is a good baseline and it is not too incredibly expensive but you can still get a really good guitar and amp combination for this price without having to worry about what you are going to get. You can get decent beginner guitars with amps and other extras for under $150 on occasion but I have found that many of these are not very good.

The next question you should ask yourself is what type of guitar you are looking for. There are many different types of electric guitars and many different styles of guitars to choose from. Typically, good beginner guitars are solid body electric guitars that are durable, easy to play, and provide a good general electric guitar sounds. Some people who have more specific needs could look at buying an electric-acoustic, a hollow body, or some other variation but I usually recommend a basic solid body as it covers all of the bases really well. They are also really durable.

There are many good choices for a beginner electric guitar set but I have included some of the best with a little information on each to help make the decision easier on you.

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Player Pack, Vintage SunburstEpiphone Les Paul Special II Player Pack, Vintage Sunburst

I’m going to be honest, this is more expensive than the $300 limit that I suggested but I include this because the Epiphone Les Paul is one of the BEST guitars that you can find for under $1000 and it is an excellent imitation of my favorite electric guitar. I own an Epiphone Les Pual as well as a Gibson and it is a great instrument and if you have a little extra money to spend, you cannot go wrong with this guitar.

Yamaha Gigmaker EG – Black Electric Guitar PackageYamaha Gigmaker

The Yamaha Gigmaker is an amazing choice that definitely get’s in under the $300 basic top end that I suggest most people to stick to. Yamaha has been making great instruments for decades and it is as true for their electric guitars as it is for their pianos. For the $200-$300 range, the Yamaha Gigmaker package is top of the line. It has everything you need from Amp to gigbag to get you jamming in no time.

Fender Starcaster Electric Guitar Pack with Amp and Accessories, Candy Apple RedFender-Stratocaster

The Fender Stratocaster is a great solid body electric guitar and the standard for people just learning to play the instrument. It has been popular for decades and will continue to be a mainstay for people learning to and continuing to play the electric guitar. For someone who is on a budget, this guitar pack is an amazing option and definitely my biggest recommendation for an electric guitar pack under $200.

Austin Bazaar Black Electric Guitar Package with 10 Watt Amp – Beginner KitAustin Bazaar Beginner Package

For those of you who are really on a budget or are not sure whether or not you actually want to play the guitar, the Austin Bazaar beginner guitar package is a great choice. At a little over $100, you will not be breaking the bank and will get everything you need to play. You won’t be getting the same level of quality as you would buying the Les Paul package but for $100, you really cannot go wrong here. This guitar package will keep you going until you decide to either pick up a new instrument when you want to take guitar more seriously or, if you decide it isn’t for you, you haven’t dropped many hundreds of dollars on an instrument you won’t use.