Top Guitars for Beginners & Top Guitars for Pros / Experts

Best Guitars for Beginners

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The key criteria for a beginner’s guitar is ease of use; make a selection based on the type of music you want to play. Make it easier on your fingers by swapping out the strings for thinner lighter gauge strings;  you can start out with an acoustic guitar and later if needed add the electronic pickup. A steel-stringed acoustic guitar works best for beginners who need a consistent sound as they learn. The variations available in the electric guitar can be too much to manage for a beginner. The criteria include narrower necks allowing room to reach the frets; lighter weight than the electric guitar; overall simplicity (just tune and play). If you are looking for specifically for acoustic guitars check out the best starter acoustic guitars here before making a purchase.

  1. Yahama F3250 Acoustic Guitar
  2. Yamaha FG800
  3. Taylor GS Mini
  4. Epiphone DR-500MCE
  5. Yamaha FG700S
  6. Fender CD-60S

Best Guitars for Fingerpicking

When you want nothing between your fingers and the strings (except perhaps the fingerpicks) here are the top 6 guitars for fingerpicking or fingerstyle:

  1. Takamine GD20-NS
  2. Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
  3. Taylor Big Baby
  4. Yamaha L-Series LL6R Acoustic-Electric Guitar
  5. CordobaF7
  6. Epiphone DR-500MCE

How Playing An Instrument Benefits your Brain

Remember too that your brain, musical instrument and some time to play or practice does increase brain power. What you do with that power it’s up to you. Sometimes we may be up to no good with it, as reported in our news sometimes, with certain music genres being predisposed to life-threatening lifestyles. Thankfully, that is not the norm.

Guitar Accessories

These accessories will allow you to get started with your new guitar:

  1. lighter string (that will be easier on the fingers – for beginners)
  2. Guitar tuner
  3. Guitar strap
  4. Guitar picks
  5. Cables (for electric guitar)
  6. Amps (for electric guitar)

Top Electric Guitars Under $600

  1. Epiphone Les Paul Standard
  2. Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 50’s Hand Telecaster Electric Guitar
  3. ESP LTD EC-256
  4. PRS SE Custom 24
  5. Schecter Guitar Research Omen Extreme-6 FR
  6. Ibanez RGA Series RGA42FM – Blue Lagoon

The best guitar for you is really the guitar you are most comfortable playing as a beginner or an expert. Many electric guitars are under the $600 price range while the acoustic is generally lesser priced. With the accessories, you have the whole package for making an impact with your music.

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Celebrity Guitarists and their Famous Guitars

Even though new to the guitar, some of us at the start want the same guitar as our idols. Who are these famous guitar players? MSN provides a list of guitars and their famous owners.  Some of these guitars don’t have an associated manufacturer’s name if they were home built. Others were created by special requests to a guitar maker (luthier). Some of these guitars are more likely to be found in the Smithsonian museum than in a sales venue.

Axe Base – Gene Simmons

Double-Neck Gibson SG – Jimmy Page

ESP Mirage – Vernon Reid

Fender Stratocaster – Eric Clapton

Fender Stratocaster – Jimi Hendrix

Fender Stratocaster body with Gibson pickups and a Floyd Rose tremolo, “Frankenstrat” – Eddie Van Halen

Fender Stratocaster, “Arm the Homeless” – Tom Morello

Fender Telecaster, “Micawber” – Keith Richards

Fender’s hybrid Jaguar and Mustang, “Jag-Stang” – Kurt Cobain

Five Neck Hamer – Rick Neilsen

Gibson Explorer, “Spinning Fur” – ZZ Top

Gibson Flying V, Michael Schenker

Gibson Les Paul Deluxe – Pete Townshend

Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, “Old Black” – Neil Young

Gibson semi-hollow body ES-355, “Lucille” – B.B. King

Gibson SG – Tony Lommi

Hofner 500/1 Violin Bass – Paul McCartney

Hohner MadCat Telecaster – Prince

Jaydee SG – Angus Young

Polka Dot V – Randy Rhoads

“Red Special” – Brian May

Rickenbacker 360/12 – George Harrison

Stratocaster with Fender body, “1959 Strat” – Stevie Ray Vaughan

Sunburst Fender Stratocaster – Bob Dylan

Twang Machine – Bo Diddley

 

Best Guitars for Pros and Experts

Pro or Expert guitars have non-essential mechanics saving the time of shopping for and choosing a good guitar capo, as an example.  (A capo lets you play with the pitch without messing with the strings). Included here is the Yamaha silent guitar. It is a very lightweight guitar designed to be dismantled and easily reassembled. Such gives you the freedom to always have it with you.

Art & Lutherie Roadhouse
Collings CJ35
Gibson Montana Hummingbird
Fender CD-60S
Gibson Montana SJ 200 Standard
Guild Traditional D-55
Ibanez AE500-NT
Martin D-15M
Martin D-28
Martin Dreadnought Jr
Sigma SDM-15
Taylor 612ce 12-fret
Taylor Builder’s Edition V-Class K14CE
Taylor GS Mini
Yamaha A5R ARE
Yamaha NTX700C
Yamaha SLG200S Silent Guitar

 

If you have any comments feel free to post.

Best,

Terri

Deneb Guitars

 


“25 Famous Guitars and Their Rockstar Owners.” MSN Entertainment, Yardbarker, 10 Apr. 2017, www.msn.com/en-us/music/gallery/25-famous-guitars-and-their-rockstar-owners/ss-AAsUKLi.

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8 Comments

  1. Hi Terri,
    Thanks for the info. I like the way you simplify things. You go straight to the point and explain the important bits.
    Thanks.

  2. With so many amazing guitars out there, thank you for breaking each down into a simple selection!

    I have been off and on with music, but a good guitar is always something we keep around the house. We used to have this amazing Yamaha, but it was lost during a family member passing.

    What are a couple guitars you would suggest that would work for beginners and experts? A middle of the road, so that we can all enjoy.

  3. I really got some good information from your post. I have always wanted to play the guitar, drums and piano. Sadly, I still can’t play any of them. I am just not musically gifted I guess. Good thing I am a nurse! You made the information easy to understand and interesting to read. thanks for this post

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