The easiest guitar to play is the type you are most interested in learning. Electric guitars are physically somewhat easier to play. Acoustic guitars have heavier gauge strings which require slightly firmer picking and fingering. Over time your desire to play another type of guitar will naturally occur. There are quite a few guitars that are really easy for the beginners to learn and understand.
When it comes to best electric guitars for beginners, the choice you make will likely be based on a number of factors, including price, sound, versatility and aesthetics. Each beginner’s electric guitar in this guide has its own benefits, but as a solid all-rounder we happily recommend the Yamaha Pacifica 112V as the best beginner’s electric guitar right now.
Even 30 years after its introduction, the Pacifica still provides that perfect balance between price and performance, and does so without compromising on visual appeal.
If the name on your guitar’s headstock is important to you, we’re very happy to report that both the Squier Classic Vibe 50s Stratocaster and the Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro III are superb electric guitars for beginners and will complement your playing for years to come.
How to play guitar? Or, more specifically, ‘how to play acoustic guitar’?
People ask this question quite a bit and, surprisingly!, think there’s a short answer. And maybe there is: Play a lot, for a long time. : ) But, seriously, playing guitar (whether acoustic or electric or other) is a long-term process. Really talented people pursue being an excellent guitarist for a lifetime. Sure, there are basic techniques and insights that will get you up and running in a month. But the possibilities are so wide open that you’ll still be discovering new stuff decades later.
If you asked this question, but were really wondering, “How do I get started playing guitar?”, then I would recommend a) get an inexpensive guitar (don’t go expensive at first), and b) getting lessons. Lessons can be from a local teacher – this is really helpful for the psychological effect of being forced to show up and look someone in the eye every week and admit whether you practiced. Or video lessons, like the ones at JamPlay, are another great source.
What is fingerstyle guitar?
Fingerstyle guitar is a broad term for a style of playing characterized by using the flesh of the finger to pluck the strings (instead of a pick or plectrum). In the past, this term has referred to folks like Chet Atkins or Doc Watson.
This term is typically used right now to refer to a number of players like Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee, or even Ed Sheeran, who mix Country Travis picking, Flamenco percussion, Jazz tonality, Folk-ish alternate tunings, and Classical melodicism to create a very “modern” sort of fingerstyle guitar.
What is an acoustic guitar?
“An acoustic guitar is a guitar that produces sound acoustically—by transmitting the vibration of the strings to the air—as opposed to relying on electronic amplification (see electric guitar). The sound waves from the strings of an acoustic guitar resonate through the guitar’s body, creating sound. This typically involves the use of a sound board and a sound box to strengthen the vibrations of the strings.”
What is classical guitar vs a steel-string guitar?
This is the major divide in the types of acoustic guitars. The divide looks (roughly) like this:
Classical guitars are: nylon-stringed, played sitting with a raised leg, have wider string distance, and prize “projection” as a key quality. Classical guitarists, Flamenco, Bossa Nova, and sometimes Folk players prefer these.
Steel-string guitars are: strung with “wound” steel strings, played standing or sitting, have a tighter neck, and a have a wide variety of selling points (recording sound, playability, as well as projection). Pop, Rock, Country, and many other styles prefer these.