I need an affordable beginner acoustic guitar please...


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07-10-2009, 02:44 AM
Preferably under USD150. Sorry for this low budget...
I have a few that i like...

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-DR100-Acoustic-Guitar-?sku=518569 (good reviews)

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rogue-Honduran-Mahogany-Dreadnought?sku=519268 (love the colour)

http://www.instrumentpro.com/P-SAMD1.html (love the colour but i don't know how each colour looks like)

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-F335-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=512940 (the sunburst looks really AWESOME)

I know none of them are solid tops but i really can't afford anything expensive. I'm only 15 and i doubt my parents would allow. I'll get a good one when i earn my own money but for now, i just want to best i can get with my current money.

07-10-2009, 02:45 AM
Any other suggestions are welcomed too.

07-10-2009, 02:48 AM
i have a Mitchell MD100S that i for $150 and it is THE best beginner guitar i have ever played. normal price is around $180, but if you go to guitarcenter and deal with the sales guy, you can get it like me. $150 with a bag, strings, and a beginners DVD.


07-10-2009, 03:14 AM
I live in asian-Singapore. I doubt there is a Guitar Centre here... :(
I can only hope to buy online through more reliable sites like musician's friend and GuitarCentre etc...

07-10-2009, 03:20 AM
By the way, my main point is this -
I just want the best guitar in my price range because if i really do like playing the acoustic, i will get a good+solid one when i can earn my own money and make my own decisions.
Hope i don't sound rude btw. (:

07-10-2009, 03:21 AM
well, in that case, here are two guitars that i support 100%
not really well known, but they play perfectly in every way imaginable

solid top:

laminate top:

and of course, there is the Epiphone PR-150 for less than that, more well known brand, but not all of them are of good quality

EDIT: if you are going to spend that kind of money (because that is a lot for me too), then get something you will enjoy playing, something that will last you for a while. i got my MD100S about a year and a half ago and i enjoy playing it more than guitars i have tried for nearly 7 times the price. in the end, it comes down to personal opinion.

07-10-2009, 03:27 AM
The Epi would be okay but Yamaha make such nice budget acoustics, you couldn't go fat wrong.

07-10-2009, 03:29 AM
agreed, Yamaha makes good acoustics for your price range too, its almost impossible to get a really bad guitar from them

07-10-2009, 03:38 AM
Since this will be the first time buying online, which is the best site to buy guitars from?
They MUST support international shipping though.

07-10-2009, 03:41 AM
Mhm... I guess i'll go with the yamaha. If i were to go to yamaha stores, do they charge 149.99 or will they mark up?

07-10-2009, 03:44 AM
they may be marked up a small amount, but you can make deals with the salespeople to lower the price and maybe get some extras thrown in as well. it worked for me.

07-10-2009, 03:48 AM
Uh-oh. I'm shy. Lol. I cannot stand people looking at me when i try out stuff. My best hope is probably online. Sad case, i know...
Hay and thanks for taking your time to help me out.

07-10-2009, 03:49 AM
lol, its ok, im the same way, even now that im a bit more experienced

and ur welcome for the help

07-10-2009, 03:51 AM
So i'm supposed to go up and say. 'One yamaha F335 for me please' ??!
ARGH. I will seriously be lost for words...
Can you recommand any sites i can buy from? Thanks.

07-10-2009, 04:00 AM
well, you can go to places like musiciansfriend.com or guitarcenter.com to order online
but honestly, you should really go to a local music store (if there is one)
ask them for the specific model of guitar, like "Do you have any Yamaha F335's?" and if they dont have any, then you can try out some of the other guitars in your price range and find something that you like, feels good, and that you enjoy playing.

07-10-2009, 12:53 PM
I remember the first time I visited GC and was scared as hell because i was a beginner and i was scared of what people would think of me, i turned to love it, even if you are going there to just play like 5 chords, its always a pleasure to try out so many guitars.


i'd recommend try getting a nice used ones from your family/friends if they have one, or yamaha!

07-10-2009, 04:02 PM
I got my first guitar (a Yamaha F-310) from Amazon

Not a bad starter guitar at all :)

07-11-2009, 12:04 AM
DO NOT buy online, look around everywhere and play the guitar before you buy it. Try not to try guitars you definitely cannot afford as it's pretty sad when you find something that's perfect only to find out that it's $1200.

Don't be afraid to visit local shops either, rather than Guitar Center. I just bought a new 12-String acoustic yesterday, after trying out everything they had at guitar center I wound up buying the one from my local mom & pop store. It is amazing and was at a bargain price as well, so you'll probably save there. Then again, still try out Guitar Center, the one you want may be there.

You're beginning, but still find something that fits well, this is your instrument, you need to be comfortable with it. Don't just settle either, stores get new guitars in all the time. if there's absolutely nothing wait awhile for their next shipment and try again. Just play every guitar in your price range that you can find and eventually you'll find the one.