The quality on the inexpensive guitar in recent years has gotten a lot better with manufacturing technology.
A beginner student can go with an electric or acoustic guitar. Acoustic will be a little less expensive since no amp is needed.
You can get packages which include accessories. Electric guitar packages will included a small amplifier.
One note: You should get be a decent tuner. The tuners include in the packages could be better.
Korg TM 40 Tuner/Metronome is suggested. It is a decent tuner and the metronome has enough volume and a tap feature.
Here are some guitars I suggest and/or my students have used.
I recommend these for my students who need an acoustic beginner guitar.
Great for the beginner guitar player, Yamaha guitars have traditionally been the best buy.
They are consistent, good quality. You hardly see a bad one.
They stay in tune. Highly recommended.
This is Yamaha's smallest instrument. Its 21 in. scale length and 3-3/4 in. deep body
provides a perfect fit for the youngest musicians (ideal for student ages 3 - 7).
This petite size is the most difficult to produce properly, and many inexpensive "toy" guitars fill this price range.
But don't let them fool you, the CGS102 is a legitimate musical instrument,
constructed with the beautiful tonal woods and meticulous details of a full-sized Yamaha guitar.
This one is also good and a little more affordable for younger students( 5-8yrs)
Model 505 is 1/4 size.
Model 510 is 1/2 size( ages 8-11)
Yamaha JR1 FG-Series 3/4-Size Acoustic Guitar
Yamaha craftsmanship and the use of select woods throughout this instrument
create a compact folk steel string guitar offering authentic acoustic sound.
Yamaha C40 Classical Acoustic Guitar Package
For almost a decade, the Yamaha C40 has established itself as Yamaha's lowest priced full-sized classical guitar.
Beginners and young learners alike will appreciate
the level of quality found in the C and CS Series classic guitars.
Comes with CD, Book, and Case
Silvertone SD3000 Acoustic Guitar Package
Black or Natural
The Silvertone SD3000 package includes a dreadnought acoustic guitar
which features a natural top, mahogany back and sides,
a rosewood fingerboard and die-cast tuners. The SD3000 package includes
everything the budding guitarist needs to get started, including a digital tuner, gig bag, strap, strings, picks, and a chord chart.
Yamaha Gigmaker Standard Acoustic Guitar Package
The Gigmaker standard is a great package that includes all the accessories needed to start playing immediately.
This package includes an F325 acoustic guitar, gig bag, digital tuner, DVD guitar lessons, strap, strings, and picks.
Yamaha Gigmaker Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Package
The main difference between the standard and the deluxe packages is that this guitar has a solid top. A solid top has better tone and will age and warm up with time But it is a beginner guitar so that might not matter. The wood on the backs is different also.
Gigmaker deluxe is a great package that includes all the accessories needed to start playing immediately.
The package includes an FD01S solid top guitar, gig bag, digital tuner, DVD guitar lessons, strap, strings, and picks.
Squier Affinity Strat Electric Guitar (Rosewood fingerboard)
This guitar has an exemplary design in a super affordable package. It features a contoured hardwood body, Maple neck, late 60's "big" headstock, Rosewood fingerboard, 21 frets, 3 single-coil pickups, 5-way switching, 1 volume, 2 tone controls, single-ply white pickguard, and a tremolo. You might be able to get a starter package also @zZounds with an amp and accessories.
These are 3/4 size electrics for children.
The Ibanez Mikro GRGM21 can truly shred in smaller places than its competitors. GRGM21M models are available in Red and Jewel Blue finishes. The Ibanez Mikro is no toy -- made to the same high standards of the other GIO series guitars. The RGRM21 has the same high-output Powersound pickups, the same construction, materials, set-up and inspection. It's just shorter, a 22.2 in. scale neck instead of 25.5 in., and smaller. That makes it perfect for tour buses, songwriting, running scales while downloading and, of course, for young rockers and beginners.
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