The very first musical instrument that I ever got was an classic guitar on my 14th birthday. Oh wait a minute . . . that would be the second one. The first musical instrument I ever got was a white Casio keyboard for kids.
I guess the first REAL instrument I ever got would be the classic acoustic guitar.
Anyways, nothing makes you feel like a rockstar than putting your arm around on a good solid guitar.
Electric or acoustic, once you start jamming away on one (No matter how horrible you sound in the beginning), nothing can stop you from at least dreaming of becoming a music god yourself.
Here I’m sharing my favorite acoustic guitar for beginners from the best guitar brands on the market today. If you are more interested in building a guitar, visit our guitar kits section.
These days, you can get a good acoustic guitar (Not those plastic ones) for under 500.
Acoustic Guitar Comparison
Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar with Hardshell Case and Guitar Stand
The “6” represents the number of strings. If you are a beginner (Adult or beginner), this acoustic guitar is for you. The hardshell case it comes with should encourage you to play it in all kinds of places.
Some people do suggest that a little bit of initial tuning is required but after that, it’s all set and ready to go.
The action on this guitar (Distance between the strings and the neck) is set at a great distance as well.
Yamaha Guitar FG700S – One of the top acoustic guitars of all time.
When you think of Yamaha and music, you think of this acoustic guitar. After all, they’ve been producing it for 40 years. What makes this the top pick for beginners and intermediate guitarists worldwide?
Well for starters, everything on it is quality. I mean from the top down. The neck joint for example is made to perfection and body of the guitar is literally hand painted.
Don’t forget the nice die-cast tuners and unlike most guitars in this price range, the strings won’t hurt your hands (Especially when you try to play different chords).
Which means you can practice longer and get better faster. Out of all these guitars, this FG700s is my pick for you. Calling this a good beginner acoustic guitar would be an understatement. May I also add that this is the best acoustic guitar under 300 on this list. Absolutely beautiful.
Same as the FG700 but with changes like an adjustable truss rod and other upgrades. I would suggest this to someone who actually knows the basics of playing an acoustic guitar.
This dreadnought model is a proper size too at almost 41” (40 ⅞). Like all FG models, this Yamaha is also extremely playable for guitarists of all shapes, ages and sizes. Plus like all FG models, this one sounds spectacular as well. One of the top selling acoustic guitars of all time.
Fender Acoustic Guitar – Best Acoustic Guitar Under 200
If Yamaha wasn’t around, this would be my pick all the way. Fender is another brand that is no stranger to making guitars. Especially for famous rock stars.
Although an American company, the guitars these days are made in China guys. That goes for the Yamahas as well. That said, the quality is definitely still there.
Besides everything is made in China so it shouldn’t be a big deal anymore. Good on Fender for maintaining quality and making this DG-8S acoustic guitar the best one for entry level enthusiasts by Fender.
You will also love the little goodies it comes with like the classic fender strap, adjustable truss rod that you can adjust with an included ellen ranch and more. Best acoustic guitar under 200 and it’s right up there with the Fender acoustic guitar fa-100.
Part of the same family as the FD, The FS Series of Yamaha acoustic guitars leans more towards craftsmanship and a slightly smaller overall size (Not necessarily a small acoustic guitar though).
Same great sound thanks to Yamaha’s industry leading steel strings (Nice low end or bass on this one), with just has a bit more attention to detail. Women prefer this model as it’s great for people with smaller ends.
Don’t worry, guys love this one as well. I guess to be more accurate if you had a problem playing the F chord on other guitars, you should get this one. I would recommend this one for beginners because the ‘action on these is a little higher than usual.
I think that’s great because it will help you play what you need to play and as you improve, then you can get an acoustic guitar with a lower or so called “standard” action on them. As I mentioned earlier, action is the space between the strings and the fretboard of a guitar. Overall, another gem by Yamaha.
Rouge Acoustic Guitar
If you don’t want to spend too much but still be able to help the enthusiast in your house (That includes you as well) to get started on learning some tunes, this is the guitar for you.
Don’t forget to tune it a little bit as sometimes, they loosen up the strings during shipping so it won’t damage them. Rogue has done a great job by creating a good looking guitar that works and is easy on the wallet as well.
Beginner Fender Acoustic Guitar
This acoustic guitar is basically what the FG series is to Yamaha. A top of the line guitar for beginners with a spruce body and rosewood construction, this is Fender’s flagship acoustic guitar. Bottom line, it’s nothing to mess with.
One of Fender’s top selling guitars, it comes with a hardwood case and even snap ons so you can attach a strap to it. You know what, I love Yamaha’s myself (If you haven’t noticed already) but there is something about Fender straps that make you feel like a freaking rock god.
Anyways, sorry for drifting off in a tangent there but if you like the FG series by Yamaha and FG by Fender, they are both amazing guitars. So at this point, the deciding factor would be the number of accessories each guitar comes with.
Oscar Schmidt Acoustic Guitar OG2SM – Best Budget Acoustic Guitar
You might have not heard of this brand but they are definitely carving their own niche in the acoustic guitar market.
If you like to play on an affordable quality guitar that comes in various colors (The black acoustic guitar is awesome), this Oscar Schimidt guitar model is an easy choice. Oh and last but not the least, the sound is great as well.
Whenever someone creates a “Cool acoustic guitars” list, this one usually makes it. best budget acoustic guitar
Fender Acoustic Guitar Review (CD 60S)
The Fender CD 60S is the complete acoustic guitar kit. It comes with a hard case, guitar tuner, guitar strap and even a few guitar picks.
It’s a nice light weight guitar that produces room filling sound and is perfect for sing alongs during special holidays but also to play on a professional level.
If you are looking for an all in one package, I would pick this over any of the Yamahas featured here.
Get incredible value and sound with this one (Whether you plug it in an amplifier or not).
Seagull Entourage Review – Best Sounding Acoustic Guitar
Seagull guitars are making waves and this model is one of their best. A standard 6 string size guitar and when it comes to quality, it actually surpasses *takes a deep breath* the Yamahas and and a few other well known brands. Hey I love the Yamahas myself but I have to tell you the truth.
Bottom line, this is an awesome acoustic guitar and of the highest quality guitars out there right now. In fact, a lot of people compare this specific models to the high end acoustic guitars that fall in the price range of $1500 to $3000.
In addition, it comes with a guitar case, a guitar stand and a few other guitar parts (Including a guitar bag). As if all of this wasn’t enough, the Entourage is also the best sounding acoustic guitar on this list.
Yamaha FS820 Best Acoustic Guitar Under 200
You also get a choice of what kind of wood you want for the top, etc. Definitely one of the most customizable acoustic guitars on the market.
As if that wasn’t enough, you can even get it in various colors. Try Try Mahogany, Natural, Flamed Maple, Autumn Burst, Black, Brown Sunburst, Sunset Blue, Turquoise, Ruby Red, Tobacco Sunburst and Dusk Sun Red. Unfortunately not in white though.
Plus it’s part of the FS series so you know that you’re getting one of the best guitars around.
Anatomy of an Acoustic Guitar
Basically the top of the guitar which has the tuners sticking through them. If it’s a 6 string guitar, you’ll have 6 tuners sticking through if it’s an 8 string then you’ll find 8 tuners.
Usually made of diecast or wood, these are placed within the Headstock and help you tune (Tighten / loose) the steel strings of your acoustic guitar.
Represents a semitone on an octave. An octave is made up of the classic 8 notes that we use in music today.
The longest part of the guitar that connects the Headstock to the body. Also known as the middle of the guitar as it’s situated in the middle.
Helps to connect a strap to a guitar. You usually add one on the body of the guitar and the other one to the headstock. Finally, you attach a guitar strap from both ends and you’re good to go.
The rosette is usually most decorated part of the guitar (Personally, I love outer body of a guitar) but it’s not just for looks. The Rosette further strengthens that hollow part of the guitar and helps it last longer than usual.
This is the part that determines what kind of sound an acoustic guitar will create. Most common tops on an acoustic guitar are made from rosewood, maple and other types of wood.
Basically refers to the tuners. It’s just another name for it. The famous rock band Machine Head named themselves after this.
You pluck them and sound will be generated. Think of them like keys on a keyboard. In an acoustic guitar, strings are usually made of steel and even nylon. The nylon stringed guitars are usually classical anyways.
Fingerboard / Fretboard
Basically the other side of the neck of a guitar that is directly under the strings with the frets on them. It’s around the fretboard that you will place your fingers and each type of placement will create a certain sound.
Position Marker / Dot Inlay
These little white dots are usually placed on a guitar to mark the certain harmonic spots.
Similar to the rim in a banjo, this binding usually makes sure that the guitar stays in place.
There to protect the top of your guitar if you decide to go all James Hetfield on it.
Types of Acoustic Guitars
There are several types of acoustic guitars out there but these are the main 6. Bet you didn’t know there were 6 types of acoustic guitars huh? No worries. That’s why we’re here:
All except one are Dreadnought guitars that are featured here. The other one is a Small body guitar. Dreadnought is the classic acoustic guitar shape that is used by 95% of the people that play an acoustic guitar. Usually around 41″. If you get a dreadnought, don’t worry about others here.
Refers to the smaller body guitars that are under 40″.
They are usually bigger and the body of these guitars is almost in a shape of an 8. Really similar to Dreadnought guitars.
NOTE: The bottom three are considered more speciality acoustic guitars than anything else.
Round-shoulder Dreadnought Guitar
Mostly a dreadnought shaped but slightly slimmer body (At least the top of the body).
Has that sexy hourglass figure that fits well for a lot of artists who do “unplugged” gigs. Feel free to upgrade to this once you become a decent or good guitar player. Size wise, it fits right in the middle of a Jumbo and Parlour.
Grand Auditorium Guitar
This is the choice of almost all country artists. The American company Taylor and Martin are the kings of making the Grand Auditorium.
Small Body Guitar
Also known as the ‘baby’ guitar and it’s more of something that was created recently to help kids play real instruments rather than the toy versions before this. It’s a real instrument just smaller in size.