Top 5 Best Beginner Acoustic Guitars for 2014

Taking up a new instrument is always an exciting time, but it can also be a bit stressful. You really want to succeed in your quest to master the instrument, and a lot of that rides on being able to select a really great instrument to learn on. There are plenty of good beginner acoustic guitar options out there, but narrowing it down to the best one for you take some work.

To help you out with this stressful part of learning to play acoustic guitar, I want to share some beginner acoustic guitar reviews with you. These are my top beginner acoustic guitar models for 2014. Know that you do not have to select any of the models listed below, but I do advise that you read through the reviews for each as a starting point for determining which beginner acoustic guitar is the best value for the money for you right now. And be sure to read our guide on shopping for an acoustic guitar.

Top Beginner Acoustic Guitars Reviewed

Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar best for beginners

Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar

This six-string has a classic look and fits naturally in your hands. It has actually won several awards in the industry for its feel and superior sound.

The Seagull S6 is made in North American and features a hand finished neck, select solid Cedar top, silverleaf maple neck on a shorter 24.84″ scale with a rosewood fretboard, and a Custom Polished Finish.

You get quick, stable tuning from the specially aligned machine heads. You’ll also notice that the Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar is easy on the fingers.

Features at a glance:

  • Select Pressure Tested Top
  • Double Action Truss Rod
  • Tapered Headstock for precise and stable tuning and great for open tunings
  • Tusq nut and compensated saddle for better intonation

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What I really like about the Seagull S6 is that it is a very reliable guitar. Even with years of use (and abuse), I’ve never had to adjust the truss. And the sound quality has remained great.

You’ll notice that this guitar has a price tag a little higher than a Yamaha or other name brand, but once you hold each of them it is easy to see why the Seagull S6 is a far superior guitar.

I recommend the Seagull S6 for beginners because it is an easy guitar to learn on, offers true sound quality and is a guitar that grows with you – meaning that you will never outgrow it no matter how advanced your guitar skills become.

And, if playing guitar turns out to not really be your thing, this one holds its value quite nicely so that you can resell it at a minimal loss. You can hear the guitar in action in the video below.


Epiphone Hummingbird PRO Acoustic/Electric guitar good for beginners

Epiphone Hummingbird PRO Acoustic/Electric Guitar

If you want to stick with a familiar brand, are on a tight budget, or prefer a guitar is an acoustic-electric hybrid, then you can’t do much better than the Epiphone Hummingbird PRO Acoustic/Electric Guitar for beginners.

You get the familiarity and trust of the Epiphone brand in a very attractive guitar that is good for beginners.

In terms of presentation, it is hard to find a better looking entry-level acoustic guitar than the Epiphone Hummingbird PRO Acoustic/Electric Guitar. It is one beautiful guitar. Plus, it is a cheap acoustic-electric guitar, which is nice for beginners.

Features at a glance:

  • Solid Spruce top
  • Slect mahogany, SlimTaper D profile neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid parallelogram inlay
  • Grover machine heads
  • Shadow ePerformer Preamp

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The sound from this Epiphone is really good. You get rich tones and sounds from this baby. And did I mention that this is one good looking guitar?

While I honestly prefer the Seagull S6, this Epiphone is a great budget acoustic guitar choice as well as a great cheap acoustic electric guitar choice. And, it does sound good, so there’s that.

Check out the video below for more on this guitar.


Taylor Guitars Baby Taylor, BT2 good for beginners

Taylor Guitars Baby Taylor, BT2

This guitar is available in the pictured mahogany finish as well as a natural finish. Personally, I’m partial to the mahogany, but the price is the same for each one.

The Baby Taylor acoustic guitar is good for beginners because it is cheap and easy to learn to play on.

It also is a great travel guitar. You see, the Baby Taylor guitar is around three-quarters the size of a full-sized guitar.

Based on the size, this Baby Taylor guitar is also a perfect guitar for children and adults with smaller hands.

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The guitar’s X-braced mahogany top gives it a midrange punch and a slight bluesy edge. Overall, the sound is really good from this small acoustic guitar.

Features at a glance:

  • 3/4 Size Dreadnought
  • Solid Mahogany Top
  • Sapele Back/Sides
  • Gig Bag Included

It is a simple, attractive guitar that offers good sound for beginners learning to play on an acoustic. To get an idea of how it sounds when you play, watch the video below.


Bristol by Blueridge BD-16 Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar  good for beginners

Bristol by Blueridge BD-16 Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar

This acoustic guitar from Bristol has a lot in common with the Seagull S6, except that it is just not quite at the same level as it in terms of sound experience.

Don’t get me wrong – you get good sound from this guitar and it does rest comfortably in your hands. It has a classic design and is made in the USA.

I think that you will find that it has a nice finish, is well crafted and plays surprisingly well right out of the box.

And if you’re looking for a great dreadnaught acoustic guitar under $300, then this Bristol BD-16 is a great choice. That being said, if you have a little more funds available in the budget, then go with the Seagull S6 as it is only a little bit more but the difference is noticeable.

Features at a glance:

  • Spruce top with mahogany back, sides and neck.
  • 6-ply body binding (B/W/B/W/B/W)
  • Natural high-gloss finish. Shop adjusted.
  • Accurate chrome-plated die-cast 14:1 ratio tuners.
  • Rosewood peghead overlay with decorative silkscreen design.

You can see how this guitar sounds in the demonstration video below.

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Cordoba C5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar good for beginners

Cordoba C5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar

All of the other guitars in this list have steel strings, but this Cordoba C5 has nylon strings. This string type is better for certain types of music, like folk music.

Personally, I adore the sound that comes from the Cordoba C5 acoustic guitar, but it definitely sounds a bit different from those with steel strings.

The important thing beginners should know about this guitar compared to the others on this list is that it is MUCH easier to learn to play on nylon strings than steel strings. The nylon is not as brutal on your fingertips as the steel, which makes cording a lot easier.

This is a beautiful guitar that sounds great and even comes with a free gig bag. For the price, this is probably the best value beginner acoustic guitar for the money since it sounds great and comes with the carrying bag.

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Features at a glance:

  • Solid Canadian cedar top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Lightweight, full-size classical with 52mm nut width
  • Savarez Cristal Corum strings in High Tension, 500CJ
  • Includes Cordoba gig bag

One of the reasons that the Cordoba C5 looks and sounds so great is because it is handmade in the traditional Spanish style. Make no mistake that this is a high quality acoustic classical guitar.

Once you hear how beautiful this guitar sounds, it will be hard to buy any other model out there. Give it a listen in the video below and see if you don’t agree with me on this.

For a slightly different view on how this guitar sounds, watch the video below to hear the tone difference on the strings when playing with your fingernail. (you’ll have to skip ahead a little to get to where he plays the guitar)


I hope that this list helps you narrow down the acoustic guitar options out there. These are the best bets, in my opinion, for anyone looking for a great acoustic guitar to learn on that will not bust the budget.