As I mentioned in part one of this series of guides, you really don’t want to get a cheap first guitar just to save a few bucks. The advantages to buying an inexpensive guitar are FAR outweighed by the disadvantages.
This list comprises a number of quality guitars that are still reasonably priced. Any one of them will make a fantastic first guitar and should give you the best possible introduction to your new hobby. These guitars will all hold their value well as they are all from well known, respected brands. As a good rule of thumb, if you stick with big name brands it is hard to go wrong.
Enough talk! Show me the guitars!
Here’s the list so far, keep checking back as I plan on updating it periodically. The listed prices are assuming that you buy new, obviously you can take off 40-50% if going second-hand. I have supplied links to each guitar so that you can take a look at current pricing.
Complete Packages Under $200
Although I don’t generally recommend beginner packages, sometimes it just has to be done if you are on a tight budget. A cheap guitar is better than no guitar! If you look carefully you should be able to find a full starter kit for as little as $100. The big names brands don’t really offer left handed starter kits, but your local store may be able to put together a special bundle for you.
- Various Left Handed Beginner Packages – link
- Sawtooth Beginner Kits – link
- SX Beginner Packages – link
Popular Left Handed Guitars Under $200
Popular Left Handed Guitars Under $300
- Agile AL Series Guitars – link link2
- ESP Ltd EC-50 – link
- ESP Ltd F-50 – link
- Ibanez GRG120 – link
- Jackson JS22L – link
- Squier Standard Stratocaster – link link2
- Yamaha Pacifica 112 – link
Popular Left Handed Guitars Under $400
- Epiphone G-400 Pro – link
- ESP Ltd EC-256FM – link
- Schecter Omen 6 – link
- Squier Classic Vibe 50s Telecaster – link
- Squier Classic Vibe 50s Stratocaster – link
- Squier Classic Vibe 60s Stratocaster – link
Popular Left Handed Guitars Under $500
- Epiphone Les Paul Standard – link link2
- Fender Standard Stratocaster – link
- Fender Standard Telecaster – link
- Ibanez RG450 – link
- Vintage V100 Lemon Drop – link
Any one of these will make a great starter guitar, but obviously if you are willing to drop a little more coin then things can only get better!
In my personal opinion, the best ‘bang for your buck’ guitars on this list are the Squier Classic Vibes. I have two of them myself and cannot recommend them enough – if your budget allows for it, these 3 should be high on your list of potentials.
Part One : Important Tips Before You Buy
Part Two : Beginner Electric Guitars
Part Three : Beginner Acoustic Guitars
Part Four : Beginner Bass Guitars
Part Five : Amps
Part Six : Effects
Part Seven : Accessories
Part Eight : Lessons