Top 10 Acoustic Guitars for Beginners
There are several factors to consider when purchasing your first acoustic guitar including:
- Body style
How does the guitar feel when you play it? Does it feel too big or too small? Find a style that feels most comfortable to you.
- Sound (Resonation and projection)
Have someone else play the guitar and pay attention to the guitar’s projection. Is it clear when the guitar is played loudly? Does the guitar still project well when played softly? How do the high and low tones sound?
- Check intonation and action
To check the action of a guitar, get eye-level with the 12th fret. Generally, you want to make sure there isn’t a noticeable difference in the distance between the 5th and 12th fret.
To check the intonation, play a chord, then play the same chord starting on the 14th fret. You want them to sound exactly the same.
- Look for any physical flaws
- “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People
- “Low” by Cracker
- “What I Got” by Sublime
- “Matchbox” by Carl Perkins
- “Mannish Boy” by Muddy Waters
- “Things That I Used To Do” by Guitar Slim
- “My Church” by Maren Morris
Several factors play into how long it takes someone to learn to play the guitar, but the main thing to remember is the more you practice, the better you will get. Generally, you can expect it to take a couple of years to reach an advanced playing level, but even then you will have to dedicate several hours each day to practice on your guitar.
It’s common for beginner guitarists to experience some discomfort in their fingers when first starting out. To get your fingers used to the instrument, build up to longer practice sessions by starting with short, 5-10 minute sessions until you become more comfortable. The more you practice, the more used to the strings your fingers will become, and the less discomfort you will experience.