Acoustic guitar brands are a dime-a-dozen nowadays, but that doesn’t mean that every guitar brand is created equal. In fact, just because you recognize a name doesn’t mean that its a great guitar.
Take Fender, for example. It’s a well-known guitar maker and yet you won’t find their name on this list. Why? Because they make excellent electric guitars. Their acoustic guitars standards aren’t the same and therefore the quality suffers.
So take a moment and check out the 5 best acoustic guitar brands for beginners and narrow that search down just a bit.
#5 Takamine Guitars
Takamine is a guitar manufacturer based out of Japan that has been making guitars for over 50 years. It is an excellent entry-level guitar that guitarists around the world are playing.
Their big claim to fame is that they pioneered some of the first acoustic-electric guitars, which have quickly become the most popular kind of guitar on the market today. Even now many guitarists talk about how a Takamine sounds so much better when it is plugged into a sound system as opposed to played acoustically.
For those buying a guitar on a budget, Takamine offers quite a few different options in quality and price so you’ll likely be able to find one that fits your needs.
#4 Yamaha Acoustic Guitars
Yamaha is yet another Japanese company that has been making musical instruments since the late 1800’s. You can now see the name “Yamaha” on everything from a motorcycle to a wheelchair.
Fortunately they never quite lost their knack for making instruments, and their long line of acoustic, electric and classical guitars provides excellent options for beginner guitarists as well as those who are on a budget.
Yamaha creates guitars in every imaginable shape with every type of wood, so you’re more than likely going to be able to find a guitar that suits both your style and your taste.
#3 Alvarez Acoustic Guitars
Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, the Alvarez guitar is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2015. It has become well-respected as an acoustic and electric guitar.
Don’t let the headquarters fool you, though. All of the Alvarez are handcrafted in Japan and produced in China. It’s an odd mix that makes up a beautiful-sounding guitar.
Alvarez are known for their tone and playability, which are excellent features for an entry-level guitar. Most all of their models come with acoustic-electric capabilities and sound great pumped through a PA system.
If you’re shopping around for a new acoustic guitar with an eye on price, Alvarez will not disappoint.
#2 Taylor Acoustic Guitars
Taylor Guitars is one of the acoustic guitar brands known for its high end acoustic guitars and has become well-known across the world for their incredible sound and excellent craftsmanship.
What people may not know is that they have a very affordable line of entry-level guitars. This line continues the legacy of craftsmanship and prestige that comes with owning a Taylor. Whether you look into their line of Baby Taylors – 3/4 sized guitars that play better than many full-sized budget guitars, or you look into their entry full-sized acoustics, Taylor will not disappoint you.
High quality and great sound. Ask anybody who owns a Taylor and they’ll tell you – it’s worth every penny.
#1 Seagull Acoustic Guitars
Last but not least, the Seagull Guitar is a guitar manufacturer that has only been around since 1982 and yet has exploded onto the scene with some excellent guitars.
Seagull guitars have a distinctive headstock which is much thinner than the average acoustic guitar headstock. The innovative construction of these guitars makes them look different. However, most players agree that they also play different in a good way. A very good way.
Most of the Seagull guitars are well out of the price range of most beginner guitarists. But, they do produce a few entry-level guitars that may fit your budget. Trust me, an entry-level Seagull is worth more than those beginner packs you get at Wal-Mart.
The Seagull is a guitar that you’ll keep for decades and possibly hand down to your kids. You pay for quality…but the quality lasts.