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What's the Best Guitar for Beginners?

I’m running out of things to do on my quarantine bucket list, so it’s time to reach to the furthest depths and pull out something I’ve been afraid to touch all my life: the guitar.

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It should be a sin for someone to love guitars and the sounds they produce as much as I do, and yet be absolutely clueless with one in hand. I mean, I’m an expert-level strummer-drummer on Rock Band, and that used to count for something in my book, but I’m tired of lying to myself. And I could also just buy The Last of Us Part II and learn some basics with Ellie shredding the neck on my behalf, but it just won’t feel the same.

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So now I want to learn, and I’m starting from a platform of near-zero musical knowledge. If you’re picking away at your strings regularly, I want to hear from you: What sort of guitar should I buy as a beginner?

I’m partial to electric because there’s nothing like a clean solo and my lifelong dream is to be the plus-sized Captain Kirk, but I also love bass because that’s what gets my shoulders moving. Acoustic is fun too, but I could live without it. I’ve even considered a ukulele to tap into my inner Adam Sandler. (Spoilers: It’s not really Adam Sandler, but it works for me!)

For budget, I’d like to go no higher than $700-$1,000 if possible, extras included. If it requires an amp or something, please link to that, as well. Got a suggestion? Drop it in the comments below. Here’s how to do that in case you’re new:

1) Your nomination should contain the name of a specific guitar, any required accessories, why you think it’s the best, a link where it can be purchased, and an image.

2) You can nominate multiple products, but please put each one in a separate comment.

3) Vote by starring someone else’s nomination.

4) Please do not duplicate nominations.


Associate Editor. I'm trying to be the very best like no one ever was. To play every game in the world is my real test. Finding the time to is my cause.

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