Best Beginner Guitar – The Ultimate Acoustic & Electric Guitar Buyers Guide

Best Beginner Guitar – The Ultimate Buyers Guide

best beginner guitarSo you’re thinking of buying a guitar. And you’re looking for information on how to choose the best beginner guitar.

Maybe you’re thinking about finally learning how to play. Or to get back into it after some time away.

Perhaps you’re shopping for someone else, a significant other, a kid, friend or relative. Or just looking for recommendations on a good entry-level starter guitar.

Whatever your reason, congrats on making a great decision! Learning to play a musical instrument can be extremely rewarding.

But there’s so much information out there to sort through, it can get overwhelming.

In this article, I’ll suggest some top candidates for the title of best beginner guitar. And you’ll learn about the key factors to consider to narrow down your options.

Don’t worry – we’ll figure this out together.

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Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Review (2017): Domo Arigato for the Yamaha FG800

Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Overview – Yamaha FG800 Review (Plus Full 800 Series)

yamaha fg800 reviewQuick question: are you in the market for a Yamaha acoustic guitar? If you said yes, the Yamaha FG800 needs to be on your radar.

In this Yamaha FG800 review, you’ll learn why their new 800 Series provides great value across the board, with excellent sound, tone and build quality. I’ll also provide detailed information about recent changes made to the overall sound of Yamaha acoustic guitars.

Yamaha guitars have been a popular choice for beginner and intermediate guitar players for years, and the reason why is simple: they offer quality guitars with great sound at affordable prices.

The Yamaha 800 Series was released in early 2016 to replace their 700 Series of acoustic guitars.

And the FG800 is the direct replacement for the top-selling Yamaha FG700s, with a similar look, feel, sound and build.

However, some interesting upgrades have been made.

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jasmine s35 acoustic guitar

Jasmine s35 Acoustic Guitar Review – It’s All About the Benjamins

Jasmine s35 Review

jasmine s35 reviewAre you looking for an acoustic guitar that sounds good with a ridiculously low price? In this Jasmine s35 review, you’ll learn about a budget acoustic guitar that fits the bill.

Because there are so many ways to spend your hard-earned money, and sometimes you just want a guitar that doesn’t suck.

The Jasmine s35 is light, attractive, and easy to play. It’s a full size acoustic dreadnought (the most popular guitar shape for decades), and was originally designed by the popular Japanese guitar manufacturer Takamine.

It has a rich, bold tone, balanced sound, and plays pretty loud.

And I think it’s a pretty good deal.

I’ll also take a look at the Jasmine s34c, a similar guitar with a grand-orchestra style body and cutaway.

There are better guitars out there, but if you’re on a strict budget, the Jasmine S35 is definitely worth a look.

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ESP KH-2 Electric Guitar Review: Ride the Lightning

ESP KH-2 Review

kirk hammett esp kh-2

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For whom the guitar tolls?

In this ESP KH-2 review, you’ll learn about the flagship guitar of the ESP Kirk Hammett Signature Series. It was created based on specifications personally requested by Hammett, long-time lead guitar player for thrash-metal pioneers Metallica.

Hammett has played ESP guitars for years, and is probably the company’s most well-known fanboy.

The KH-2 is a premium electric guitar model crafted in Japan, and based on the original ESP m-ii design. Kirk’s modifications include the sleek black design, flatter fretboard radius, extra-jumbo frets, and skull-and-bones inlays.

ESP also offers a limited-edition Vintage version.

You may also be interested in two guitar models quite similar to the KH-2 (but significantly cheaper) available through the ESP LTD line. They are the ESP LTD KH-602 and KH-202.

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Butch Walker – Artist Spotlight

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We’re excited to debut a new feature called the Artist Spotlight. The goal is to shine a light on some artists we feel are worth your time to get to know a little better.

And we’re going to kick things off with the criminally underrated Butch Walker.

Every now and then you encounter an artist, and wonder why they aren’t way more popular. And Butch Walker is at the top of our list, though he has certainly forged out a solid career.

But even if you’re reading this article thinking, who the hell is Butch Walker, odds are you’ve heard a song that he’s had a hand in writing, recording or producing, somewhere along the line. (more…)

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Who Was the 5th Beatle?

fab fourYou may have heard something by now about this little rock group from Liverpool, England called The Beatles. Apparently they caused quite a stir.

The band members are often referred to as the Fab Four: John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Seems like the whole world has been on a first-name basis with these 4 moptops since the sixties, and they were all essential members of the band in terms of both musicality and personality.

But over the years, there’s been an ongoing discussion among many Beatles fans, as to who should be known as the 5th Beatle. (more…)

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G&L Tribute Fallout Electric Guitar Review – Versatile Tone Monster

G&L Tribute Fallout Review

g&l tribute fallout electric guitarThe G&L Tribute Fallout is seriously cool.

It’s an electric guitar with versatile sound and loads of character. It’s light and comfortable, with a surprisingly sophisticated range of tones and textures thanks to its dual pickups and smart design.

The G&L Tribute Series provides more affordable versions of some of their high-end guitar models. And the Fallout is an interesting guitar.

It’s a modern version of G&L’s 1980s-era SC-2 guitar, designed by Leo Fender. The G&L Fallout guitar is simply fun to play, with a slightly thicker sound and harder edge than the SC-2. (more…)

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Rock Concerts 2016 – The Summer of Live

I Wanna Rock and Roll All Nite

live music 2016I used to go to rock concerts all the time. But lately? Not so much, for a number of reasons.

Well, I recently took a look at the upcoming summer concert listings in my area, and was blown away by the number of interesting acts currently out on the road.

They say rock and roll is dead, but you wouldn’t know it based on the wide variety of options available to concert-goers in 2016. At least that’s what my wallet is saying. (more…)

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