Starting off in the guitar world can be an extremely exciting time but it is also a very overwhelming experience. You have decided that you want to play electric guitar; maybe you have played acoustic for a while and want to take a shot at playing and electric six string? After all that is the instrument of rock stars. Or maybe you have never played guitar before but want to learn. Either way you now have to choose an electric guitar to start your journey, but this is no light decision. This guitar will forever be your first electric guitar and as many existing players can attest to, all guitar players have a strong emotional bond to their first guitar.

Having said that though, there are thousands and thousands of electric guitars on the market these days. Guitars to suit any and all budgets from a cheap $50 guitar all the way into several tens of thousands of dollars and practically everything in between. So in the sea of possibilities how do you decide on which guitar you want? Well I have taken some time out to draw up a list of five of the best electric guitars for beginners.

When it comes to choosing a guitar there are many things to consider. What genre of music will you be playing? How big are your hands? As well as many other reasons like the fact you may just really like the colour or the shape of that particular guitar. Without any more delay let’s get into the guitars that have made the cut:


5. Squier Classic Vibe 50s Telecaster

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I only recently heard about this guitar, but I did finally get to play it and I was blown away from the very first moment my fingers touched it. I am generally not a fan of Squier guitars as it seemed in the past that they lacked the build quality that I liked in guitars so I tended to avoid them. On hearing about the classic vibe 50s telecaster by Squier I initially didn’t even give it a second look. But the more and more I kept seeing people I respected saying great things about it I decided to give it a shot. I am definitely glad I did.

This is a pine bodied vintage looking guitar with a maple neck that has 21 jumbo frets on it and a modern C shaped neck. From a beginners perspective having jumbo frets is good as it makes the guitar easier to play, as does the modern C shaped neck. The C shaped neck is especially good for those with smaller hands as reaching round the neck becomes a lot easier.

This guitar is well suited to genres such as pop, country, funk and some light rock sounds.


4. Epiphone Les Paul Standard

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The Les Paul guitars where made famous as the sidekick of Slash from Guns and Roses. Although Slash’s Les Pauls where made by the originator makers of the Les Paul guitar, Gibson. This particular guitar is made by Epiphone as is a lot friendlier to your wallet. This is a very very high quality guitar and it is perfect for beginners. The Epiphone Les Paul Standard has long been known as a great guitar for everyone from beginners to advanced players. Even hardcore Gibson fans recognise the quality job that Epiphone have done with this guitar.

The Epiphone Les Paul standard is a mahogany body; like its cousin as Gibson. The Mahogany body makes this a very heavy guitar which can be tiring if you are standing up playing this instrument for long periods of time. The neck on this guitar is slightly bigger than the previously mentioned Telecaster but that shouldn’t be an issue.

The genres that this guitar can handle are widespread. It is obviously best known for playing rock and heavier music but it can also dance with the best of them in pop and country too due to the very clean and crisp pickups on this guitar.


3. Fender Standard Stratocaster

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Even many non-guitar playing folk have heard the name Fender. It is a name that is synonymous with quality in the guitar world. The Stratocaster may well be the most famous guitar in the world. Every electric guitar player worth anything has played a Stratocaster at some point. The most famous players of this wonderful instrument are Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton but the list is endless.

The Fender standard Stratocaster guitar has a body made out of Alder and has a 21 fret maple neck much like the Telecaster. This is a great instrument for beginners as it is very easy to play and is extremely versatile.

This particular guitar is a bit brighter sounding than the Les Pauls and as such is not quite as good at doing the heavier rock sounds as the Les Paul. The Stratocaster is more suited to styles similar to that of the Telecaster like pop, country and funk but by no mean is it weak at playing rock but if you are exclusively into heavy metal and rock then this may not be the best guitar for the genre but is certainly still a good choice to learn.


2. Epiphone ES-335 Dot

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This is another Epiphone guitar that is a cheaper alternative to a classic Gibson guitar. This time, as you may have guessed the dot is Epiphone’s version of the timeless Gibson ES-335. This is a much cheaper version of Gibson’s great guitar; a 1959 Gibson ES-335 could set you back up to $30,000 and a new one maybe $3000 where an Epiphone dot is around $400 and the quality is excellent. Like the Les Paul this is a very heavy guitar, which is usually indicative of quality. This is probably the best looking guitar on the list in my opinion. I absolutely love this guitar.

This is a semi hollow maple bodied guitar with a nice musical feel to it with the classic “f” sound hole cut into the body. The neck on the Dot is made from rosewood and has a lovely feel and playability to it and the neck again, like the Les Paul slightly thicker than the Stratocaster and the Telecaster.

This is also a very versatile guitar with a very warm sound that can be used in rock equally as well as it can be in Jazz and blues as is demonstrated by the long list of players who have chosen to play this guitar such as BB King, John Lennon and Noel Gallagher.


1. Yamaha Pacifica

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For me this is the best beginner guitar on the market. This is because it is the best of all worlds. It has a humbucking bridge pickup like in the more rock orientated Les Paul and the warm sounding ES-335 while still boasting the single coil middle pickup like the Stratocaster and the single coil Neck pickup like the Telecaster and the Stratocaster. It is also a wonderfully playable guitar at a very affordable price and you can sleep easy knowing you will have a guitar that will be with you for life and that you can be proud to call your first guitar.

The Pacifica has an agathis body and a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and sports 22 frets. The playability of this guitar is up there with all good guitars and is easy to pick up and play for a beginner with no major adjustments.

What really sells this guitar for me is its sheer versatility. It has a combination of humbucking and single coil pickups meaning it can handle all genres equally as well which, for a beginner is ideal as you can now experiment with all sorts of genres so you can decide which ones you love to play before getting a more specific guitar for that genre.



All the guitars on this list are wonderful instruments and any guitar player would be proud to own any one of them. As far as beginners are concerned if any one of them stands out to you then go for that one. If you are torn and cant decided I would suggest going with the Pacifica as it is difficult to go wrong with the Pacifica if you are just starting out on your great journey into the work of electric guitars.


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