What guitar should I buy? What amp should I buy?

Geordie Riffs has you covered!

Below is a guide to the best guitars to buy for beginners.  A couple of the below are also available left handed but if there is any lefties struggling to find something let me know here and i’ll help you out. If you have any questions about my recommendations or want my opinion on something I haven’t recommended please use the contact us page to get in touch and i’ll be happy to help.

Electric

Steel strings, lower width so easier to reach and easier to press down notes, however notes are close together. For beginners I recommend electric guitars the most. They have more versatility so you can play a wider array of genres and are more likely to keep your interest. For kids look for a ¾ length guitar such as a Squire Mini Stratocaster or Les Paul Express. For little metal heads I recommend a Jackson JS1X or Ibanez GRGM21. For people with a decent budget I recommend PRS Standard 245 and PRS Standard 24, the best bang for your buck at that price range in my opinion. For adults with a lower budget I suggest an Epiphone Les Paul Special VE Vintage or a Squire Stratocaster. You can also check out great starter packs which include an amp, plectrums, strap, cables and a chromatic tuner for around £200 which is great value. Also never overlook ex-demo or second hand guitars! 

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Squier Mini Strat

SQUIER MINI STRAT

3/4 for kids

APPROX £125
Approx £125
Jackson JS1X

JACKSON JS1X

For little metal heads

APPROX £140
Approx £140
Squier Affinity

SQUIER AFFINITY STRAT

For the beginner blues player

APPROX £189
Approx £189
Les Paul Special Vintage SE

LES PAUL SPECIAL VE VINTAGE

For the beginner rocker

APPROX £129
APPROX £129
Guitar Packages

STARTER PACKS

Several different packs are available, prices vary depending on the pack

APPROX £175 – £300
APPROX £175 – £300
PRS Standard 24

PRS STANDARD 24

For beginners with a larger budget

APPROX £475
APPROX £475

Acoustic and Electro-Acoustic

Acoustics have steel strings and a higher width which makes it harder to you reach and press down notes however notes are not as close together.  Electro-acoustics allow you to plug into an amp but they can still be played without one. Classical guitars have nylon strings where it is softer on the fingertips. It is imperative that you make sure the size of the guitar suits you or your child before purchasing. For kids look for 3/4 length guitars DO NOT BUY a 1/2 size guitar they are mostly play toys and kids grow out of them very quickly. Travel guitars are a great way of ensuring you are getting a quality 3/4 size guitar. You can also check out great starter packs which include an amp (electro-acoustic), plectrums, strap, cables and a chromatic tuner for around £200. Again never overlook ex-demo or second hand guitars! 

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FENDER FA-125

Cheap acoustic option for Adult beginners

APPROX £99
APPROX £99

EPIPHONE PRO-1

Another great cheap option for adults

APPROX £109
APPROX £109

YAMAHA APXT2

3/4 size electro-acoustic suitable for adults and kids

APPROX £185
APPROX £185

VALENCIA 3/4 NARROW NECK CLASSICAL

Brilliant option for kids

APPROX £69
APPROX £69

FENDER ESC80 3/4 CLASSICAL

Another great option for kids

APPROX £99
APPROX £99

ACOUSTIC STARTER PACKS

Several different packs are available, prices vary depending on the pack

APPROX £120-£300
APPROX £120-£300

Amps

The most important thing for a budding electric guitarist in my opinion. I can’t stress how important a decent amp is. It’s the thing most beginners overlook when buying their instruments, I made this mistake myself! You can be a great guitarist on pretty much any guitar but at the end of the day you are only as good as the speaker the sound is coming out of. I put it this way, would you prefer to watch a movie through your TV or through your mobile phone? Its a no-brainer. The experience is totally different, this is no fault of the movie just the device you are using to watch it.

For beginners I cannot recommend highly enough the Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp. It is an amazing 3 watt amp with great sound tone and, believe it or not, volume. I have one myself and use it the most down to it being so convenient. It is battery powered, has an MP3 input so you can play your music through it AND has a headphone jack for late night practicing. Below are some other great options.

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BLACKSTAR FLY 3 MINI

Tiny 3W Amp perfect for beginners

APPROX £59
APPROX £59

BOSS KATANA MINI

7w Amp alternative to the Blackstar Fly 3

APPROX £79
APPROX £79

BLACKSTAR FLY PACK

Includes the FLY3, a 103 extension cabinet giving a total of 6w of power and a power supply.

APPROX £99
APPROX £99