Makers like Takamine make fantastic value for money guitars as do some of the biggest names around such as Yamaha and Fender so don't be thinking that the new owner will be disappointed unless you spend a fortune as this doesn't have to be the case.
When asked to give tips for buying an acoustic guitar for a beginner I often don't know what answer to give. The reason for this isn't that I don't know what to look for but that the beginner or person buying for them will probably have very little idea of what you are actually talking about.
If I was to tell a beginner to look for a dreadnought body and a spruce top or a classic with a silka spruce top the truth is that they simply wouldn't have a clue what I was talking about but hopefully the rest of this article will do something towards helping with that.
The body is the shape of the acoustic guitar and these come in various varieties such as dreadnought, classic and jumbo. These shapes aren't there for looks they actually determine the guitars sound and tone range. It can mean that the quality of tone will take away the comfort so if you really want the highest level of playing comfort you may have to sacrifice a little tone quality.
Acoustic guitars are made from different woods and each one results in a different sound and tone. The tonewood used for the top is what many guitar makers see as the most important when it comes to determining the quality of the sound the guitar will produce.
These are the two most important areas to get information on before purchasing a new acoustic guitar. The better the wood the dearer the guitar but when looking for a guitar for a beginner there is no need to break the bank in order to get a great sounding guitar that will last you a lifetime.
As I said right at the very beginning many top guitar makers now have budget guitars that are amazing value for money. My top tip for buying an acoustic guitar for a beginner would be to find one of these guitars and get one. Not all cheap guitars offer value for money but some do and these are the ones that any beginner would be delighted to have.