Gear Tips

When buying beginner guitars, generally, the more you pay, the better the quality of the instrument. An expensive guitar is not a suitable first instrument – find out if you’re going to stick with it. If you are, there will be plenty of opportunities to upgrade as your skills progress.

Make sure you get the right size. Children around 8 years and up will usually be fine with a 3/4 size guitar. Some adults use smaller guitars, too – Ed Sheeran uses 3/4 size guitars, however, most adults will go for a full-size guitar (also known as 4/4).

The earliest age to get children into the guitar is 7 or 8. Through experience, I have found this to be the perfect age where parents can enjoy the greatest amount of progress for their child. Guitar is a technical instrument – while some younger children may do well, I have found that the majority experience less progress than the older children.

I recommend classical guitars with nylon strings as a beginner guitar because the strings are easier on the fingers than the steel strings of acoustic and electric guitars. You can always upgrade later on when the fingertips have toughened up. That being said, if you’re willing to put up with a bit of discomfort in your fingertips, it is possible to start on an electric or acoustic guitar.

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Recommended Electric Guitars

If you’re looking to purchase a beginner’s electric guitar, I highly recommend these guitars from Squier by Fender. You can get cheaper guitars, but it can be a lottery – sometimes you get a good one, other times there’s a problem with it. The Squier guitars are better quality. (Some packages come with a guitar gig bag – check the description on the Amazon page before you order one – Price range approx £250- £300.)

Squier Stratocaster Pack by Fender

The electric guitars below are standalone and are not part of a set.

Squier – Affinity Series Stratocaster – Olympic White with Maple Fingerboard. Guitar only.
Fender Squier Bullet Strat HT IL Brown Sunburst. Guitar only.
Ibanez GIO RG Series Electric Guitar
Squier by Fender Affinity Series Telecaster, Maple fingerboard, Butterscotch Blonde. Guitar only.

Recommended Classical Guitars

You may want to consider a classical guitar for children between 8 and 11. The classical guitar has nylon strings – they don’t hurt the fingers as much as a steel-string acoustic guitar, or an electric guitar.

Yamaha Classical Guitar 3/4
Stretton Payne Classical Guitar 3/4
Martin Smith Classical Guitar 3/4

Recommended Acoustic Guitars

If you’re buying for a child, or if you’re a small adult, you may want to get a 3/4 size guitar. If in doubt, pop into your local music shop and try some out.

Yamaha GuitarGo – Starter Set Full-Size 4/4
Yamaha F370 Full Size 4/4
Donner Acoustic Guitar 3/4

Recommended Picks

Tortex Plectrum 0.6mm (Good for beginners)
James Hetfield White Fang Picks 1.0mm
John Petrucci – Jazz III Picks 1.5mm

Positive Grid Spark Guitar Practice Amplifiers

Positive Grid Spark GO 5W

Spark GO features boundary-pushing computational audio that creates surprisingly big, full detailed tone for an amp its size. Stocked with 33 amps and 43 effects, create your own custom preset or download 50,000+ tones from the ToneCloud community. Search for your favorite songs and the Auto Chords feature will analyze and display chords for you – all in real-time. Create your own virtual band with Smart Jam – an AI powered bandmate that listens and learns your playing style and jams along with you. Jam, play and listen to music all day with a USB-C rechargeable battery that lasts up to 8 hours.

Positive Grid Spark MINI 10W

Portable guitar amp & Bluetooth speaker with powerful, multi-dimensional sound. Rechargeable battery delivers up to 8 hrs of listening or play time. Free accompanying smart app included (iOS or Android) with Auto Chords, video creation & access to 50,000+ tones and more for never-ending inspiration. Ready to use for electric guitar, acoustic or bass – plug in any guitar at home, while traveling, or anywhere you go for unbelievable sound. Create your own guitar tones with 30 amps and 40 effects, then record at home using Spark MINI as a USB audio interface.

Positive Grid Spark 40W

Smart Jam learns your style and feel, generating authentic bass and drums to accompany you. Access to 50,000+ amp-and-FX presets on ToneCloud, powered by PositiveGrid’s BIAS realistic virtual tube amps and effects for Guitar, Acoustic or Bass. Import your music from Spotify, Apple Music or YouTube and Spark’s smart app will auto display the guitar chords in real time. Powerhouse 40 Watt combo includes onboard tone stack controls, effects, tone starter preset programs, a built-in tuner, tap tempo and more. Use Spark as a USB audio interface to record with your favorite DAW or recording software.

Recommended Accessories

Electric Guitar Strings
Dunlop String Winder
Fender Champion Amp
Fender Gig Bag For Electric Guitar
Acoustic Guitar Strings
Planet Waves Guitar Lead
Wireless System (Replaces the lead)
CAHAYA Electric Guitar Case
Classical Guitar Strings
Stagg Music Stand
Blackstar V3 40 Watt Amp
CAHAYA 40 41 Inch Acoustic Guitar Bag

Effects Pedals

Jim Dunlop The Original Crybaby Wah Pedal
Donner Chorus Pedal
Donner Dark Mouse Distortion Pedal

Recording and Producing

Focusrite Solo Audio interface 3rd Gen Bundle
Focusrite Scarlett Solo 4th Gen
Behringer C-1 Studio Condenser Microphone
No Bull Nordell Music Gear’ Premium XLR Cable (Black, 3m)
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 4th Gen USB Audio Interface
Neewer Professional Microphone Pop Filter
ILIONE Upgraded Desktop Microphone Stand
InnoGear Microphone Stand

Audio Interface

If you want the ability to record your guitar or vocals onto your computer, you’re going to need an Audio Interface. A good starter interface is the Focusrite Solo.

Focusrite Solo Audio Interface


Axman Kirk Hammett Miniature
Guitar Mug
Don Felder – The Eagles Miniature
Key Ring
Steve Clark – Def Leppard Miniature

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