In this post I’m going to be presenting the best beginner Acoustic Guitars for 2021. Acoustic guitars typically offer a less expensive entry point into playing the guitar, but they tend to require a little more effort to play. This can actually be a good thing for if you want to transition to an electric guitar eventually, it will feel like playing a stick of butter. I have personally found that with the big name acoustic brands like Martin, Gibson, and Taylor, you tend to pay a premium for the name, rather than quality. Also, in my experience I have never played a Fender acoustic guitar that I didn’t want to throw into a bonfire. There are also some lower priced acoustics out there but they tend to be a waste of money so I would steer clear of those. All prices are current as of this post date.

Best Overall Beginner Acoustic Guitar for 2021

Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar

The Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar

Man, I cannot praise these guitars enough, I have been recommending S6’s for years. Seagull Guitars is a sub-company of Godin guitars and builds their line in Quebec, Canada. The S6 Dreadnought features a pressure-tested solid cedar top, laminated cherry back and sides, silverleaf maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, and superb build quality. The modern design, combined tonewoods, and thin finish give this guitar a great tone, and at $420 (at the time of this post) it easily competes with acoustics twice, if not three times, the price.

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Best Small Scale Beginner Acoustic Guitar for 2021

Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar

The Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar

Ok, in the opening paragraph I stated that the big name brand guitars might not offer the best value, and that may or may not be true of the GS Mini. Although, $500 is a little pricey for a small scale acoustic, this guitar has a great tone for its size and comes with a durable soft case. The Mexican made GS Mini has a solid mahogany top, layered sapele back and sides, ebony fingerboard, and quality chrome tuners. Although younger students will most likely grow out of the GS Mini, it makes for a good travel guitar for the long haul. If you are looking for a small scale acoustic guitar at a budget, the Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk guitar might be a good bet.

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Best Quality Beginner Acoustic Guitar for 2021

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Epiphone is Gibson’s entry level line of guitars that are reasonably priced. With features such as a solid sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, hand-shaped mahogany neck, hand scalloped bracing, dovetail neck joint, hide-glue construction, and eSonic2 preamp system, the Masterbilt DR-500MCE offers excellent value to quality at $700 (at time of this post). If you are looking for a quality, vintage style acoustic guitar, at a great price and are in it for the long haul, the DR-500MCE might be right up your alley.

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Best Fingerstyle Beginner Acoustic Guitar for 2021

Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar

The Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar

The Artwood Grand Concert is made with a wider, 44.5 mm neck and shorter 24.9″ scale length, which makes it ideal for fingerpicking, and with the price being right at the $300 mark, perfect for a beginner. The solid mahogany top and mahogany back, sides, and neck provide for a warm tone and Grover tuners for solid tuning stability.

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Best Semi-Budget Beginner Acoustic Guitar for 2021

Yamaha FS800 Folk Acoustic Guitar

The Yamaha FS800 Folk Acoustic Guitar

Yamaha is known for making quality instruments at different price points and while I wouldn’t necessarily spend the money on their higher end guitars, I do recommend the lower end Yamaha models for beginners because of the good quality to value. The Chinese made FS800 Folk features a solid spruce top for a crisp, punchy tone, and nato/okume back and sides. Its smaller and thinner body make it more manageable for younger students and beginners and at $200 the FS800 offers some pretty good bang for the buck.

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Best Budget Beginner Acoustic Guitar for 2021

Jasmine S-34C Cutaway Acoustic Guitar

The Jasmine S-34C Cutaway Acoustic Guitar

If $200 is still a little more cheddar than you want to spread then the Jasmine S-34C might be the guitar for you. Featuring a spruce top, sapele back and sides, and rosewood fingerboard and bridge, the slim neck makes this guitar easy to play and the $120 price tag makes it a good budget buy for beginners.

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About the Author

Mark Hamrock has been Orange County’s premier guitar and bass guru since 1995, teaching students how to excel in every genre including rock, blues, classical, metal, funk, and country. After studying rock guitar with Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney, Elton John, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Willie Nelson, Santana), classical guitar with David Tanenbaum, Scott Tennant, Ricardo Cobo, John Schneiderman, and Jazz with Alan Rowe (Stan Kenton Orchestra, Keith Jarret); Mark has gone on to tour extensively and perform in concerts featuring Jazz Legend Larry Carlton, Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band), and Dave Mason with Traffic. He currently produces, composes, engineers, and teaches, and is working on developing a series of instructional books and videos for guitar and bass. In what little free time he has, Mark enjoys traveling, culinary arts, scuba diving, and entrepreneurial pursuits.