It goes without saying that there are many really good guitars to choose from. That said, when I was purchasing my first guitars it would have been of significant help if I’d had a few recommended guitars to look through.
This list is far from exhaustive, but it does include guitars made by companies with whom I have personally dealt. So, check out the list and let me know what you think of it if you get one!
I personally own a Breedlove Passport Mahogany Dreadnought (if that’s a bunch of jargon to you, don’t worry:) it is an excellent guitar that I play almost every day!
Breedlove Discovery Concert CE Sitka-Mahogany Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Sunburst This is a mid-sized guitar that will fit most body types. The Sitka-Mahogany woods used to build the guitar are also sure to provide massive sustain and a great tone.
Breedlove PURSUIT DREAD MAH Pursuit Dreadnought Mahogany Acoustic-Electric Guitar Mahogany Top This is a full-size guitar that will provide a very heavy and rich tone. Using 80/20 strings with this model is recommended.
Luna Guitars are typically well-styled inexpensive guitars. They look and play great! I personally really like their travel or kid sized 3/4 size guitars.
Luna Safari Muse Mahogany Travel Guitar w/Bag, Stand, and Tuner I recently purchased this guitar because of it’s travel-ready size and the large sound it produces out of it’s 3/4 size body (perfect for travel, or kids!). As an added bonus, this guitar also comes with several accouterments necessary for all guitar players.
Luna Safari Bamboo Travel Guitar Bundle with Gig Bag, Strap, Strings, Tuner, Picks, Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD, and Polishing Cloth This bamboo guitar is a very good and durable guitar. The unique resonance of this material is sure to bring out a very nice and unique sound. Like the Mahogany guitar, it also comes with many of the necessary tools you need to get started.
Luna High Tide Grand Concert Cutaway Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Exotic Mahogany This is a full-size cutaway guitar. I have personally never played this model but from the videos and reviews I have seen it appears to be a very cool guitar. The Zebrawood and Koa options will make sure that you’re the only person who owns such a unique guitar on your block!
Classical guitars are different from the acoustic guitars listed above in several ways. First the the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd strings on classical guitars are made from nylon. This provides a specifically “classical“ guitar tone. Some people prefer to get started on these because the nylon strings are easier on your fingers.
However, classical guitars also have a wider and shorter guitar neck which can make it difficult to play with small hands. Ultimately, I’d go to a music store and see if you like them and then order it online.
Yamaha C40II Classical Guitar I also own one of these. It does not have a pickup to plug into an amp but it is a solid and a good sounding guitar.
These are a few guitars to take a look at. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article there are many guitars that will certainly fit your needs. However, drawing from my experience I can tell you that the guitars on this list are certain to offer excellent bang-for-your-buck.
Written by Donnie Emmack