Guitars, I have always been fascinated by this beautiful creation of man. Though it was not until recently that I started to move my fingers across its strings. The sore point for a beginner like me is to find the best Acoustic guitar for them!!
I don’t mean to say there are no blogs at all written for beginners to buy their first learners guitar there are tones of it, but most of them are not at all comprehensive. Moreover, it seems they are written from the perspective of a salesman. Please note none of the reviews here at truepic.in is paid ones and this one is no exception.
Questions and Answers
Question 1: Best acoustic guitar for beginners?
Solution: This one is pretty simple. We have compiled a list for the best acoustic guitar for beginners in India. See the table of content below for more detailed information. Personally, we feel it is the Yamaha F310, 6 strings Acoustic guitar.
Question 2: Which type of guitar is best?
The best beginner guitar is a steel-stringed acoustic guitar (because it’s the easiest guitar to learn with).
Question 3: What size guitar should I buy?
Usually, adults (with average heights) are comfortable with full size guitars (40” Concert size and 41” Dreadnought in acoustic guitars). If your height is below average then we suggest a 40” Concert size guitar or smaller. If your are very tall consider a 41” Dreadnought size guitar.
Question 4: Best acoustic guitar in india under 10000?
Please find the list below:
- Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Model No. F310
- Fender SA-150C Acoustic Guitar
- Yamaha F280 Acoustic Guitar
- lbanez Cutaway Acoustic Guitar
- Pluto Cutaway Acoustic Guitar
- Yamaha FS 100C Acoustic Guitar
- Hertz Acoustic Guitar
Question 5: How much does an acoustic guitar cost?
As a beginner I would not advise to shell out more than 8,000 at first. Then you climb the ladder by upgrading different accessories- like tuning pegs, nut and saddle. Upgrading to a new guitar would be great only if you are confident and a decent one with nice construction, good quality wood would fall between 12,000 to 16,000.
1. Juarez Acoustic Guitar 038C
Let us talk about what you get with this acoustic guitar. You get a single strap single pocket bag, with six thin gauge string with 4.6 mm picks (2 in no., such picks are suitable for learners guitar). One guitar strap is there too.
Thirty-eight inches means from the tip of the headstock to the last point of lower bout the total length is 38 inches. In layman, the entire length of this acoustic guitar is 38 inches. It has a total of full 18 frets, which I think is decent for any learners guitar. Also, the thickness of this guitar is 3.5 inches, approx. The sound a guitar throws is dependent upon the dimensions of its soundbox and the thickness. The more the thickness, the better the sound, professional guitars have a thickness of somewhere around 4.75 inches.
But again, at this price, I believe too much of expectations would be completely wrong at our end. Its tuners are open ones, and higher ends guitars have closed tuners. But again, that fine.
I was surprised by the fact that its neck is straight and that it has a permanently fixed bridge. You don’t usually find such things in guitars at this price range. Its nut is also damn good at its position, wholly fixed.
Now let us talk about its make; it is made up of basswood. People think basswood guitar is cheap, have you ever heard about John Petrucci, he uses basswood guitar. There are two segments of basswood, one light and other one heavy.
Light ones like Juarez Acoustic Guitar are suitable for learners guitar, but usually comes cheap!! But the heavy ones are used by some of the world’s best guitarists.
Now chords do strumming with a pick. Action near 12th fret was a little high. I used it for a while; my personal suggestion would be that do buy this guitar if you are an absolute learners guitar or for a kid. I would also suggest a learners guitar which is half decent.
If you do this, then your learning curve would be huge, but with this one, you would not have a kind of learning curve which you should!!
2. Intern Acoustic Guitar INT-38C
In dimension and make the learns guitar is quite similar to Juarez, with slightly better in sound. Excellent quality and styling are just some of the features. One of the best acoustic guitar brands is highly attractive to look at, courtesy its stylized looks and the brilliant black colour.
An able acoustic guitar, its neck material is made from linden wood, bridge material is made from plastic, fingerboard and back material is of linden wood, string is of nylon, and sides material is of linden.
The bridge of the guitar is an essential component, both in terms of functionality and sound. This guitar sports a trendy plastic bridge.
The fretboard is of ebony wood which produces a distinct, crisp and bright sound. It is a very dense, durable wood which is more often than not found on Fender guitars. Now any company claim to make guitar from ebony.
But there are certain things which I would like to clarify; there are three kinds of wood from which fretboard is of ebony, rosewood and finally maple. Ebony is costliest of them all; almost all the vintage guitar is of Ebony.
I reserve my doubt when a company claims such learners guitar having ebony fretboard; however, that’s a different topic altogether. But again, the fretboard doesn’t guarantee a nice sound. It doesn’t work like that; sound depends upon the soundbox.
3. Juarez Acoustic Guitar, JRZ38C/3TS
Again, this learners guitar from Juarez is of 38 inches.
Good quality and nice style are just some of the features. An able acoustic guitar whose neck material is made from linden wood, bridge material is made from plastic, fingerboard and back material is made from linden wood, string is made from nylon and sides material is made from linden.
The body is made from linden wood and it comes with 18 frets. This acoustic guitar effectively combines great looks with an innovative design to produce good quality sound. This package contains an acoustic guitar with bag, strings, pick and a strap.
4. Kadence Frontier Series Acoustic Guitar With Equalizer
Ok, let us see what we have with this learners guitar. The cover is not padded (kind of deal-breaker). Then you have capo, made from plastic. You also have a tuner, which seems very decent, then you have a strap which could have been better a lot better, then you have string set with pix all of decent quality. Finally, you have a guitar stand, made of plastic but looks nice and decent built quality.
Tuning this learners guitar might take a bit longer than usual, but you can manage. Sound is compressed, does not resonate that much. Overall sound could is average, I know there are loads of accessories with this guitar.
But that alone does not make much of sense. Build quality is nice, but there is something wrong with the sound.
1. This learners guitar has got decent build quality.
2. The cutaway shape of the guitar allows you to reach the higher frets on the fretboard – especially useful if your playing style calls for a lot of finger work high up the neck.
3. One of the most popular woods for use in a fretboard, rosewood is famous primarily due to its warm, rich tones and the ability to level out the high-end harshness. They’re also very durable and has a very even natural feel.
4. Spruce is a highly flexible, yet stiff material, allowing it to vibrate with the strings – an essential component in the acoustics of a guitar
1. I had an issue an of gap between strings and fretboard (play) which could not be corrected even after adjusting the truss rod.
2. Sound sound sound…..it was suppressed and could have been way better.
5. Kadence Frontier Series Acoustic Guitar
You get a bag with it (non-padded one), belt (which is quite a normal one), six strings with it, The guitar has an equalizer with it.
This learners guitar has a smooth finish. The tuning keys are smooth and of high quality. The strings are very soft with fretboard being classy from nut till the bridge.
It has got the equalizer with a battery of 9 Volt. It has got a volume and bass treble controller with it. Now there is a hole (a.k.a. pickup) at the end of the guitar, even I was genuinely surprised to find it in this learners guitar. You can connect this guitar with amplifier via this hole.
1. Great learners guitar at this price.
2. The Spruce Body Allows For A High Fidelity Resonating Hollow Chamber.
3. The Rosewood Fretboard Makes very Durable With Great Sound Carrying Capabilities
1. None that we could find.
6. Fender SA-150 Acoustic Guitar
One of the most dependable learners guitars whose fretboard is of natural rosewood. SA means Squier by Fender; this represents the more affordable class among the learners guitar.
You get laminated linden wood. There is no grain pattern in this wood, really gives a nice sound. This learners guitar is dreadnought one so yeah music would not be the one as in professional guitars but would be a very decent one.
1. A fantastic learners guitar at an affordable price.
2. Great sound, great looks.
3. All-laminate construction with Lindenwood top and mahogany back and sides.
1. None that we could find.
7. Yamaha F310, 6-Strings Acoustic Guitar
One of the most preferred Acoustic Guitar for the people with budget till 10,000 INR. A famous brand which makes one of the best guitars in the entire world. Even for a newbie, Yamaha makes excellent guitars.
You would fall in love with the making of this guitar. This guitar is made up of Spruce top, Meranti back and sides, nato neck, rosewood fretboard, and rosewood bridge. The quality of built, specification and sound are all made while keeping in mind the requirements of a learners acoustic guitar.
The body has a gloss finish with the neck having a matt finish. It looks kind of nice. You get three colours with it, first natural colour, tobacco sunburst and finally cherry sunburst. The last colour is a cool one, wish I had bought that colour (I have natural colour one!!)
String spacing in such learners guitar is quite narrow (close to 10 mm). You would notice the difference once you play this guitar. It’s quite challenging to do strumming or for that matter play with fingers. You might have to know this fact before buying this learners guitar. Yamaha needs to work on this.
Now semi-acoustic variant of this guitar is FX310 A is the same guitar with a regular pickup (this pickup is not even a branded one). Also, the price of this acoustic variant of this learners guitar is double the price. What you can do to have a pickup on this learners guitar (like the one from Fishman) this would be a very cost-saving method as well.
8. Yamaha FS100C Acoustic Guitars
This learners acoustic guitar is a folk style body, a medium-size guitar, more suitable for mid-range tone, i.e., bass and treble would sound equal. Perfect for fingerstyle guitar playing. You can also do strumming with this acoustic guitar. Now it’s body has a cutaway design. Hence you can also play on higher frets. Suitable as learner’s guitar.
A cutaway design at this price is merely outstanding. It is a great combo, available in Gloss (front side) and matt finish (backside). It is a very decent choice from Yamaha and a must buy. There are six metallic strings on this guitar with 20 frets on this acoustic guitar, perfect for people looking out for learners guitar.
I loved the way fret is positioned and the tone of this guitar — classy design with an attractive yet simple colour. There’s one thing Though, It plays very well, but most of the beginners will have a hard time adjusting their fingers to the string action.
As per one customer “There are fractional differences between sound of same notes from different positions. For example – e high & 5th fret of B string are the same notes, but they are out of phase when plucked together. If I tune them same, I lost the B open string a little out of tune.” But the overall rating from the customers for this is way too good.
9. Cort AD810 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
You get a tuner with this Acoustic guitar. Ok, let me say there that it is no doubt the best learners guitar under 10,000 INR. If you can pump up your budget, you are never going to regret your decision. The guitars offered by Cort at different price ranges are fantastic. You can find learners guitars along with professional ones and too within your budget.
It has got spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard and finally Rosewood Bridge. This guitar is a Dreadnought model; the tuner is die-casted one. A very rugged one and have a metallic finish. What more one can expect at this price???
Let us talk about its finish now; it has got full matt finish from top to bottom, front and back, everything. Its sides and back have a different kind of feel, also called natural open pore finish, giving it a high-end look. This learners guitar has a neck which is quite sleek, comfortable to hold. This characteristic is a rarity in Acoustic guitars at this range.
Now, as far as playing is concerned, you can do strumming and playing with a finger on this learners guitar with equal ease. That is because you get phosphorus bronze coated strings, which is a blessing. Also, these kinds of string run for a long time!!
Best Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide
I initially started with the assumption that my buying guide for learner guitar would be the best in the world. But writing a correct buying guide for learners (or for that matter for a professional) is like changing the way one breathes.
When you hold a guitar, it becomes a part of you; it becomes something unique. How can I write on something like that which is suitable for all??
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We all have our style, our sound and a guitar is an extension of that. So I decided to focus on the area which is near to my heart, acoustic guitars. More specifically, for a learner, from my perspective. Hence this buying guide for learners guitar looking out to buy an acoustic guitar. I could also in future write about the electric guitar, but I guess you might have to wait a bit longer for that.
We have compiled a list of critical point essential for learners guitar, specifically for acoustic ones. Some of these points are:
1. It’s all about the sound
Many people do not appreciate the concept of sound. When I say sound, it does not necessarily mean copying a famous singer (or for that matter another guitarist). It merely means the sound you are comfortable with.
I firmly believe your first guitar should be as per the style of music that satisfies you. So when I first started using a guitar as a learner, I was comfortable with the Acoustic guitars.
I knew I could not handle electric guitar for the long run, so that option was still there for me, but I looked forward to settling with acoustic guitars. Classical guitar was way too traditional for me, not that I don’t like it, but I would not prefer something too traditional. So knowing which style of music suits you, is essential in selecting your first guitar as a learner.
Now the thing is how to know that. Well, my teacher use to say, choosing a guitar is like falling in love at first sight. Only after interaction with the instrument (or as per our example, other people), you know whether you would like to commit for your life. I know, tad confusing but very real.
2. Steel-string (acoustic guitars) VS Nylon string
It’s again essential to know what kind of music gets you. It is very different from person to person because no two people are the same. I am inclined towards a rock style, which usually involves a lot of strumming. Such style demands steel-string acoustic guitar.
If you like mellow version, something says soft or bit traditional, then you should go to nylon string. There is no advantage or disadvantage of choosing one kind of string over the other; it is all about the type of music that gets you first.
Now people say Nylon string is much softer on your finger. Now that is correct to some extent, but if your acoustic guitar is adjusted correctly, then that should not be an issue!! This is something that I have felt at a personal level too.
At the starting, your fingers are going to get a little tender. But that goes away with a little bit of practice. It’s important to know what kind of music you would like because you cannot change strings.
Steel strings are much too heavy which could end up damaging a classical guitar because such guitars cannot brace such tensions. Acoustic guitars are suitable for heavy strings, such as steel-string.
3, Who says size doesn’t matter
This is something that a lot of people get wrong. Electric Guitars are much smaller than Steel-String Acoustic Guitars and Nylon String Classical Guitars, most people can use them, but you do need to consider the extra weight. A top Electric Guitar can weigh 5-6 Kg.
Acoustic guitar is way too bulky (not heavy), but again people like me, really like bulky equipment. Other people may not be a big fan of that.
4. Bad machine head guitar
Make sure you use what a modern way to get a much better guitar – the die-cast machine head is. Made from a mould these machine heads are much smoother and more accurate than a covered machine head. The old version of guitars use to have guitar heads that were made out of gears and pressed metal. These were really long-lasting but too difficult to tune
5. Choosing a famous brand name because you think you are getting a superior product.
In a learners guitar, you need a good quality instrument, but having a more expensive instrument generally doesn’t make your playing any more comfortable. Higher-level instruments are designed for high-level players who want the ultimate in sound.
As a learner most people are not very sure of the sound, style or type of guitar that they would ultimately like to play, but after playing for 6 months or so I’m sure you will know a lot more about guitars and when it comes time to choose your next guitar it will be a natural choice. So for the first few months of your music journey, you are just experimenting. Nothing more than that.
Now I took three months (this time frame might vary from person to person) to settle with my acoustic guitar. But now I am learning to be comfortable with the electric guitars. However, all this happened only my interaction with different guitars.
The key features required in a learners acoustic guitar is well set-up and easy to play, but you don’t need to spend too much money on getting a better quality of sound. Higher-level guitars will only sound better when your playing has progressed to the level that you can play quite well. But during the initial phase, I think going for branded guitar would be a waste of time & money both.
Now my team has made a list of specific quality parameters which would help you a lot in further narrowing down your choices. You can apply these findings on your learners guitar, whether it is bought online or offline:
These points are:
1. Always check your bridge, whether it is glued to your guitar body. There should be no space between bridge and body.
2. Your Guitar’s Neck Joint should be properly glued to the body. There should not be any crack. It can be repaired, but it is costly to do that (believe me I have suffered through it). Fretboard should be above the body, no cracks there.
3. Tuning pegs should be working properly. These can easily be purchased or repaired!!
4. Fretboard of a learners guitar is really crucial. You should lookout to buy a rosewood fretboard. Nowadays, maple fretboard have paint on them, which is just not worth it. Avoid maple fretboard. Go for rosewood or ebony fretboard. They can be recognized by looking for pores and texture in your learners guitar.
Do not buy a guitar where fretboard is painted, this is done to resemble it with ebony or rosewood fretboard. Such painted ones are not worth at all.
5. Swipe your fingers over the fretboard smoothly, if it hurts your finger that because the frets are not filed properly. Such issues are in OEM guitars not in branded guitars. But do check it whenever you buy any guitar especially in your learners guitar.
6. The “Action” of guitar (distance between strings and fretboard) should not be too high or too low. If it is low then there would be buzzing or low and if it is high then you would find it difficult to play.
7. Strings of guitar are usually a perishable product. This can happen due to various reasons. Online there is an option to ask the seller to change the guitar or provide you with extra ones. When you buy your guitar double-check the string of the guitar, you can do it by sliding your hand. If you can do it smoothly then no issues. This is especially important if you are buying a learners guitar.
So that is all from our end. Please do comment if you would like us to improve ourselves.