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Top 5 Electric Guitars For Beginners

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If you are a parent with a kid begging you to buy them a guitar, an acoustic player ready to join the dark side or an absolute beginner looking for your first axe to start a musical odyssey with, here are our choices for the ‘Top 5 Electric Guitars for Beginners’.

Epiphone Les Paul Standard

Price: £129

At £129 this guitar is a great choice for your first electric. It has many of the same features you’d expect from a Gibson Les Paul for a fraction of the price. It has a very sturdy mahogany body with a classic Les Paul cutaway design, a 22 fret rosewood fret board, humbucker pick-ups that give it a real smooth clean tone, and a LockTone Stopbar that allows wonderful sustain and expression in your playing.

Why its ideal for a beginner: 

  • It looks exceptionally cool.
  • It has a really versatile sound, play with the pick up selector and you’re not going to get bored of the tone for a long time.
  • If you drop it, its not going to break easily.
  • The tuning pegs are fantastic, and you’re not going to have to tune it every 5 minutes.

Buy the Epiphone Les Paul
Yamaha Pacifica 012

Price: £150

Modelled somewhat on a Fender Stratocaster, The Yamaha Pacifica is another excellent choice for a first guitar. It has a HSS pick up set with a 5 way selector allowing for tone versatility and also giving the option for a heavier, noisier tone using the humbucker pick up (its major advantage over other strat copies). The guitar is a bit more lightweight than the Epiphone Les Paul and would not be as resilient but perfectly suited as a practice guitar, rather than a guitar for playing gigs.

Why its ideal for a beginner:

  • Most offers come with a free strap, cable and case.
  • It has a tremolo arm.
  • It has a very low action so you’re not going to tear your fingers up too much.
  • If you shop around, you can find it in some really cool colour shades unlike many other stratocaster copies.

Buy the Yamaha Pacifica

Ibanez GRG170DX 

Price: £189

The Ibanez GRG170DX is arguably the black sheep of the list. Its a serious rock guitar, and for anyone wanting to play heavier genres of music, this is the guitar for you. It has a basswood body with double cutaways and a rosewood fingerboard with some seriously cool shark tooth inlays. It also has an incredible tonal range due to its pick up set, which consists of a neck humbucker, and single coil middle pick up and another humbucker at the bridge. Despite often being used by rock guitarists, you can really play anything from Jazz to Heavy Metal and have a complimentary tone.

Why its ideal for a beginner:

  • This guitar will see you through you’re beginner stage right up to a high intermediate before you’re going to want to upgrade.
  • Its really good quality for the price.
  • You can have a lot of fun with the tremolo arm / whammy bar and really push the guitar to its limits and make it squeal pretty easily.
  • It has a super low action and is incredibly smooth to play.

Buy the Ibanez GRG170DX

Epiphone SG 

Price: £145

Another copy, this time of the classic Gibson SG. This is a really gutsy rock guitar with a beautiful clean tone, but a mega sound when a bit of distortion is added. It has a solid body made of mahogany, with a hard maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. It has a 2 humbucker pick ups at the neck and bridge and a killswitch to eliminate a selected pick up. The killswitch is one of the more interesting features as it allows a whole new method a creativity in your playing.

Why its ideal for a beginner:

    • Get some new decent strings on it and it sounds almost identical to its £2000+ Gibson equivalent.
    • Its actually really easy to change the strings on this guitar thanks to the tailpiece design.
    • The double cutaway Devil horns look fantastic.
    • It a sturdy guitar and its not going to break very easily
    • You’re going to have too much fun playing with the killswitch and pretending to be Tom Morello when you should be practicing scales and trying to play an F chord properly.

Buy the SG from the Epiphone Shop

Squire Affinity Stratocaster 

Price: £201 with amplifier.

Arguably the current highest selling guitar in the world. A copy of the legendary Fender Stratocaster, this is a very popular choice among beginner guitarists and in most music shops and websites can be bought for around £200 with an practice amplifier (often Fender), which is very very cheap. Squires in recent years have become reasonably high quality instruments and are fully endorsed by Fender. The strat features 3 single coil pick a vintage tremolo bridge and 5 pick up selector. It is a very responsive guitar with a good tonal spectrum, leaning slightly towards the mid – high range frequencies and is really a joy to play, particularly for more ‘lead guitarist’ style playing.

Why its ideal for a beginner:

  • Due to its popularity, you’re probably going to get it as part of a package that includes everything you need: Amp, Cables, Case, Picks, Tuner, Instructional DVD.
  • It has a removable whammy bar that allows you to practice pitch bend techniques or add some subtle vibrato to your playing.
  • You can play pretty much any style of music on this guitar and you’re going to find a tone to compliment your playing style.
  • The volume control is really responsive to distortion, and its super easy to gradually add crunch using only the volume control.

Buy the Fender Squier

After researching these 5 guitars its clear that they all have their own benefits and attractive characteristics, and its certainly a tough task to pick a winner amongst them.

Please leave some comments and let us know what your choice would be.

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