There may be multiple reasons why you have decided to buy a guitar. You might have just started to learn the instrument or maybe planning to learn it soon enough. You want to rock the music world or simply learn to express yourselves with music. For all that and much more, you need to have a good guitar.
Whether you are a beginner or a novice player, you all know that an acoustic guitar is the perfect go to guitar for many musicians. The innocent and peaceful sound that comes out when you strum the chords is an unparalleled great sensation.
But how do you know which guitar is good and which one is the perfect fit for you? It is not like the right guitar calls you like a wand from the Harry Potter movie right?
Well, fret not (pun intended) for our team of guitar enthusiasts have gathered together on a mission to help you out. Our team has conducted a well backed comprehensive internet research, gathered the facts, compared a bunch of products and shortlisted the best 7 guitars available in India.
For first timers and experts alike, there is a comprehensive Buying Guide at the end of this article on what to look for in a guitar before buying it. Be sure to read it too.
Let’s jump into the list without any further ado
Top 7 Best Acoustic Guitar in India
|Name of the Guitar||Wood Type||Warranty||Player Level||Buy Now|
|Yamaha F310 Acoustic Guitar||Spruce tonewood||3 years||Beginner and Mid Level||Check the Price|
|Juarez Acoustic Guitar||Lindenwood||1 Year||Beginners||Check the Price|
|Kadence Acoustic Guitar||Rosewood||6 months||Mid level to Professional||Check the Price|
|Intern INT-38C Acoustic Guitar||Lindenwood and Ebony fretboard||NA||Beginners||Check the Price|
|Breve BRE-38C-RD Acoustic Guitar||Sprucewood||NA||Beginners and Casual||Check the Price|
|Jixing JXNG Acoustic Guitars||Lindenwood||1 Year||Beginners||Check the Price|
|Hovner Electro Acoustic Guitar||Rosewood||NA||Beginners and Professional||Check the Price|
The Japanese origin Yamaha is a leader in the world of Music for over 131 years now. The Yamaha F310 with Natural finish is one of the most famous dreadnought size acoustic guitar of the lot. It simple, sleek has a 3 year warranty and its playability has no doubt made it a fan favourite.
Though the shape does not have a lapt cut, the F310 is specifically designed and built for beginners who wish to learn to play the instrument. It’s 41 inches high, has steel chords and the ergonomic dimensions are perfectly made for easier holding which makes it physically to almost anyone.
Made out of Spruce tonewood material covering the body material (Lamented Spruce) , back, and the sides are made from Merranti while the neck made from Nato together gives it that sleek design. Spruce wood is the superior quality wood that is known to produce a warm and dense sound.
The fretboard material is made from high quality rosewood and the 6 strings are steel. There is a truss rod, which is ideal for tuning the guitar to your required settings. Together, they give you a bright mid range sound quality.
As this is a normal acoustic guitar, it does not have the facility to connect amplifiers. But if you are particular about connecting an amplifier then you should opt for the full bundle guitar. But the guitar does come with an instrument connector cable. It also has a great quality bag, an extra string set, a Hex Wrench and a capo.
Yamaha gives you a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty for this guitar which is more than decent for these instruments. So all in all, it is a definite pick for you.
Sam Rankin from Gear4Studio has done a beautiful review piece on this guitar. Be sure to check it out too.
- Lamented Spruce Wood board
- Ergonomic compatibility for beginners and novice players to learn
- Elegant and simple design
- Truss rod for easy tune settings (ideal for beginners)
- Brighter sound quality
- ISO certified
- 3 years warranty for quality assurance
- Accessories include a bag, string set, a hex wrench and a capo.
- The steel Strings could improve in their quality
Verdict: Ideal for beginners who can spend a little and people who wish to upgrade from beginner to a better novice level.
One of the economic and affordable guitar of the list, the Juarez Acoustic Guitar is ideal for people who want to learn to play the instrument but may be hesitant to invest a lot of money for it.
The body, neck, sides and back are made from linden wood and the fretboard is ebony wood. Linden wood is light weight material. So, it can be easily carried along. This lasts longer than expected and the design of the guitar gives absolute ergonomic compatibility for beginners.
As mentioned, this budget friendly and small sized guitar is carved out for the younger generation audiences who wish to learn to play the instrument.The strings of the guitar are made out of steel and are light in weight and easy to press for first timers. As this guitar has only 18 frets, you will not need truss rod for adjusting your tune settings.
The fretboard has equidistant and normal high frets which are not too far for the average beginner to feel intimidated. But even with the fret distance, we felt that the action of the fretboard strings is a bit high and could be a little low but then again, within the budget, this is a great bet.
Apart from the guitar, the product comes with a bag (decent quality), a couple of picks and an extra set of strings. Also, the company gives a manufacturer’s warranty of 1 year for the product. This seems to be a decent bet for beginners who wish to give the instrument a try.
- Comes at a very economic and budget friendly cost
- Good quality wood for long lasting durability
- Sleek design for physical compatibility
- Warranty of 1 year
- Strings are not so tough for long lasting durability
- Has more than expected action
- Not ISO certified
Verdict: Ideal for beginners and older teens who wish to begin their learning of guitar. Not suggested for moderate to skilled musicians.
The reason why Kadence frontier series black acoustic guitar has made it to the list is for two reasons. It’s quality and its accessories.
Before we get to the list of accessories and its usability, I’d like to mention that this guitar is designed specifically for the mid to expert level users and may not be an ideal pick for beginners.
Now back to the list of accessories, we have a bag (non padded and that great of a quality), A digital tuner, extra picks, a set of extra strings, a capo, a shoulder strap and most importantly, a guitar stand. Of all, the strings, tuner and the guitar stand are of great quality while the shoulder strap and the bag or of the least quality statement. It even comes with a double boxed packing which is ideal and suggested for delicate items such as guitars.
It comes with a truss rod hence makes it easier for tune adjustments. The action for the guitar is low by default but that can be adjusted according to the requirements.
The 6 strings are made from stainless steel. The quality of these strings may be durable but the output sound quality suffers. The extra pair of strings that come with the guitar of a great quality and sound output. For best results, use those strings instead of the default strings.
Coming to the making of the guitar, high quality spruce wood and rosewood are used in manufacturing the body and fretboard materials respectively. Kadence acoustic is light weight. So you can carry it along wherever you go. There is a 6 months manufacturer’s warranty for the product in inherent damages.
- Parts made from high quality materials for great durability
- Compatibility for stylish appearance and comfortable playability
- 6 months warranty for brand trust
- ISO certified
- Sound quality as not expected from a low acoustic guitar
- Not a very high default string quality
- Could improve on the carry bag quality
Verdict: A go to buy for the economic mid and pro level players. Not recommended for beginners.
Intern’s 38 inch Acoustic guitar is yet another economic and short sized guitar ideal and targeted towards the younger audience. The best part about it is the finest quality of finish that you expect the least considering its price range.
Made for beginners and players of younger age, the Intern INT 38 inches is made out of linden wood. Linden wood is known to produce a decent sound quality. The fret board is made from ebony wood and it produces very crisp and bright sound quality.
The overall design is cutaway and is made in a way to provide comfort to the player trying to reach for the higher notes. I’d like to take a word to again compliment Intern for the beautiful finish on the glossy detail of the guitar.
It has got a straight neck which is very comfortable to hold. It also produces a very good action with the least stress on the fingers as the distance between the fretboard and strings is great.
The materials of the strings are highly durable and soft which gives moderate and enough comfort to the beginner starting to play the guitar. Also, there is no truss rod that comes with the guitar but then again, for a beginner, it is not necessary.
The weight of this guitar is 2.1 kgs, which makes it portable and easy to carry around. Accessories for the guitar include an extra pair of strings and 3 picks (decent quality).
- Body made of high quality wood for good durability
- Perfect glossy finish
- High quality and toughest strings
- High playability for easy reach of higher notes
- No warranty period and iso mark on the product
- No truss rod for tuning adjustments
Verdict: A buy for young children, teens and even for adult aged beginners. Not recommended for seasoned players
Breve is an international brand having its strong presence in the India. The Breve BRE 38C-RD is yet another budget friendly guitar in this list.
This 38 Inches is a great pick for students, teens and anyone who wants a very economic guitar to start learning. Often than not, this guitar is placed in lightning deals or for sale.
Made out of decent quality spruce wood, a material known to produces a brighter sound which doesn’t need additional amplification. The bridge is designed and made out of plastic.It does not put the strings to go out of tune easily.
A decent set of tuning pegs are placed on the head stock. The strings of this guitar are made out of good quality steel. This will make it easier for you to strum applying less tension on the strings to produce good action.
The body of the guitar is light in weight making it portable for carrying around. Coming to the accessories of the product, it comes wit a carry bag, an extra set of strings and a pick.
This is not an ISO certified product and also does not come with a warranty. It does produce great competitive sound output. Thus making it a buy for beginners who are on a shoestring budget.
- Economic and Budget friendly
- Light in Weight for easier portability
- Great design for comfortable for its budget
- Easy play of higher frets
- Ideal for beginners
- No warranty period mentioned
- No Iso verification
- Could improve on the build quality
Verdict: A budget friendly piece ideal for teens and adults who are on a shoestring budget but need a guitar for casual playing and strumming. Not recommended for novice, mid or pro level players.
Yet another budget guitar, the Jixing JXNG 6 strings acoustic is similar to the Intern acoustic guitar most ways except for the build quality. Intern wins the build quality, but even if for a few hundred rupees, Jixing wins the price.
This guitar’s main body is made out of linden wood body while its fretboard made from Maple giving it a resonating tone. The neck material is a bit stylish in looks which is actually decent for this price range.
JXNG acoustic has a decent action and the strings are easy to press without applying any great tension on the fingers. As a beginner you can blindly point your finger to choose this affordable guitar (with a basic training of course). You may find difficulty in purchasing the guitars of this brand in the stores as most of the sales are done online.
The product is not ISO certified but yet comes with a 1 year warranty which, for this price range, is actually a pretty big brag. Makes it sure for many beginners to buy and try.
- 1 year of manufacturer’s
- Good action for easy playing of the strings
- Good quality strings.
- Compatible and portable for easy handling
- Stylish design
- Not ISO certified
Verdict: Good for beginners on a shoestring budget
Saving the best for the last is the Hovener Carlton special electric cum Acoustic guitar. This is a hybrid guitar which works both as an acoustic guitar and also as an electric guitar.
Ideal for both beginners AND professionals, this is actually a budget friendly guitar when looked at a particular perspective. The perspective being most professional and performing guitars are expensive (most crossing the mark of 8,10 and even 15k too)
With its body made out of premium quality lindenwood, the fretboard is rosewood and the strings are made out of high quality stainless steel. The Hovener Carlton has an absolutely polished finish giving it a luxurious look. The design of the body is cut ergonomically for sitting and standing stage performances.
The action of this guitar is 2.5 mm but is adjustable thanks to the truss rod that comes with the guitar. The guitar sounds perfect and well acoustics wise even without an amplifier. A connection to an amplifier, as the name has it, shall amplify your experience.
As for the accessories, this guitar comes with a carry bag (not top level quality bag), an extra set of guitar strings and 2 pieces of picks to play with. As great of a player this guitar is, it does not come with any manufacturer’s warranty which is the reason why it made to the bottom of the list.
- Hybrid electric and acoustic guitar
- Truss rod
- Adjustable action
- Great build quality of wood
- No ISO but international Export Quality
- Quality strings
- No manufacturer’s warranty
Verdict: A good buy for professionals on a budget. A great buy for beginners who wish to learn both acoustic and electric for a serious career in Music.
Buying Guide: Tips on How to pick the perfect Acoustic Guitar.
The following is a buying guide to help you pick the best
1. Know the purpose of purchase :
Ok, this may sound condescending but for real, know your purpose. Are you purchasing a guitar,
- To start learning your basic guitar lessons and for practicing with it (Novice and a beginner)
- Perform with it in the concerts (Rookie)? or
- Just wanting to replace an old guitar with the new ones? (Expert)
To start practicing as a beginner, a basic Acoustic guitar will be the best choice. For perform in the concerts full bundle acoustic guitars or electric guitars will be perfect as they have an option to connect amplifiers. For experts, well, you know what you want better. A pro quality level guitar.
2. Set your budget:
If you are beginner, you don’t need a guitar which is costing more than 10,000/- Something that fulfils your basic needs and need not have extraordinary features.
On the other hand, if you are trying to having a better experience than you have with your present guitar, then you should be considering to spend some more.
For example additional accessories for your upgraded guitar may include:
- Strings that should be suitable for your playability. For acoustic guitars the best strings suggested are Martin SP Lifespan, Elixir Nanoweb HD Light
3. Get familiar with all the parts included in your guitar:
If you are a beginner who is serious on learning how to play guitar, have a basic idea on the parts of a guitar. Things such as the material, fret board, fingerboard should are important focus points before picking a guitar.
Brief of the parts of guitar mentioned in the above image.
This is the top section of the guitar which is also known as the “peghead”. This is where we usually adjust the tune and other settings. You will find guitars with straight head and pegheads (which are slightly placed at an angle). There is absolutely no change in the sound quality produced by both of them. It is just the preference of each manufacturer.
- Warning: Handle with care especially when you are travelling, see to it that you want hit the head part to any hard substance.
b) Tuning keys:
These are the cylindrical structures to which the strings are rounded. These are for tuning in the guitar and to set up the desired. With these tuning pegs you can tighten and loosen the strings by slightly turning the cylindrical knob till the desired tune is obtained perfect.
Some guitarists also use “locked tuners” which allows them to lock it at a point by turning the string around them only once. But this is for the pro and expert level guitarists. If you are a novice, choose something regular and with no lockers
This is found at the top of the fretboard on the guitar which forms one of the anchor point producing sound. Nuts are generally made from materials like ebony, plastic, brass, ivory etc. Each material makes a difference when it comes to the matter of durability. There are also variations in nuts. Like:
- The locking nut: This is used with vibrato systems. We will see more about vibrato systems in the hardware section of the guitar.
- The rolling nut: These will allow the strings to roll all over the nut which makes the tune to stay in without going out of place.
The neck section of the guitar contains frets, fret board, truss rod ( optional in some guitars) and the head section. Neck of a guitar has different shapes and types of constructions. Today most used neck shape is “c”. The other neck shapes include “soft v”, “hard v” , “U shape”. The choice of neck depends on the comfort level while holding it. Overall, it should be strong enough to hold the strings at place.
The type of wood used in the making of neck includes Mahogany, Ash, Maple, Spruce etc. We shall discuss more on the difference each material makes in the manufacturing of guitars in the “materials” section.
There are again different methods of attaching the neck section to the body of the guitar. In acoustic guitars they generally use the dovetail joint where they just join parts (neck to the body).
Fret is the metal strip that is placed in the fingerboard. They define the correct placing of notes. The number of frets will vary in each guitar. For some it is 18, or 22 or 24. The difference is more number of frets will make it easy to reach higher notes.
Frets are again classified into two types. One is the scalloped frets which allow fingering in a more precise way and the other is the fat frets which makes bending easier.
The scale length is an important factor here. Longer scale length is suitable to offer best low end whereas shorter scale length is easier to play.
As an amateur you can ignore the number of frets included in guitar and go for a basic of 18 fret board.
Note: To avoid fret buzz see to it that the frets are properly placed. Also the steel strings used may lead to the fret wear out with time, as the strings develop grooves into them. But there is nothing to worry as they can be replaced by the guitar technicians very easily.
Finger board or the fretboard is the front part of the neck on which the strings are placed. Top materials used in the manufacture of fret board are ebony, rosewood, maple etc.
g) Position markers:
These are typically the white dots which you find on the fretboard of the guitar used to denote the significance of intervals.
h) Sound hole/ Audio Hole (found in acoustic guitars):
In the front section of the acoustic guitar you will find an opening which opens to the resonating chamber. These are again made in different shapes in different guitars. The shapes are round, F, C and D. They are provided to produce the sound in a more clear way.
i) Body of the guitar:
They are simply classified into the Solid, hollow and semi-hollow body guitars.
Solid body is usually found in electric guitars which are used to produce popular music genre like rock, jazz, pop etc. The wood materials used in making this are spruced wood, mahogany, rosewood etc.
Hollow body is usually found in acoustic guitars which are again made from the materials as used in electric guitars. These generally produce a very bright resonating tone. On the other hand semi-hollow bodies are known to produce more resonating sound than the solid body. These are also used in musical genres such as jazz.
Coming to the shape of the guitars, the most popular shape is the dreadnought acoustic guitar. The other shapes include classical guitars, travel guitars, jumbo etc
j) Pick guard:
Well, these are designed on the body of the guitar in such a way that it should be matching the color of the headstock. The manufacturing of these include various materials like plastic, glass etc. The types of pick guards are different in acoustic and electric guitars. In acoustic guitars the pick guards are made of thin plastic material unlike electric guitars on which these cover the major part of the body.
k) Pick ups:
In acoustic guitars we find the single coil pick guards which produce a very bright sound quality. The other type of pickguards is the humbucker. As in the name, this reduces the noise in the backgrounds and eliminates the hum producing more clarity in the sound. For a beginner, a single coil pickup is sufficient.
l) Saddle (found on acoustic guitars):
The main functionality of saddle is to adjust the action i.e lowering or increasing the distance between the fretboard and strings. There are again different types of saddles available.
- Drop-in saddles: These are not glued and are easily removable when the strings are not in use.
- Long Saddles: These are actually placed on the body with a glue to ensure that it doesn’t move.
- Compensated saddles: These saddles generally can be moved to adjust the string length.
What are the different wood materials used to make the body of the guitar?
Generally, guitars(both electric AND acoustic) are made out of the 5 types of wood. Let us discuss each of the type in brief.
This wood is used mostly in the acoustic guitars because of its bright and decent tonal quality. Mapple is generally more durable in nature as it is tough which will naturally amplify the tone of music from the guitar.
This is specially known to produce a very fat and high resonating sound. The dreadnought guitars are popularly manufactured by this wood.
3. Spruce wood:
This is a very hard and tough wood used in making of guitar tops (in both electric and acoustic). This is suitable to play all kinds of tones. You can even strum heavily with this material as this is the toughest and quality wood of all times.
This is usually used in the manufacture of cheap guitars as it is not heavy and so can be easily handled. You can mostly find them in the solid electric acoustic guitars. The sound quality of these guitars is low when compared to the guitars made from other woods.
5. Ash wood:
Popular guitars companies like Fender use this wood in manufacturing the guitar parts. This wood is a bit soft when compared to the other woods and is known to produce a warm tone.
Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)
For beginners, it is suggested that they try and learn to play a basic acoustic guitar first. For quality, go for the Yamaha F310 and if you are on a shoestring budget, go for the Kadence Frontier Series
The three basic types of guitars are acoustic, classic (nylon stringed) and electric guitar. Depending on your professionality, experience preference and usage, you can pick among either of the 3.
No. There is a common misconception that the bass guitar is more easier to play than acoustic due to the low strings in it, you have to understand that playing a bass guitar is a totally different ball game than a normal guitar.
Mahogany. While tonewood and rosewood are the most commonly used, for a greater strum and sound quality, always prefer Mahogany guitar.
To be honest, a ukulele is more easier to learn and play than a guitar as its learning curve is smooth. If you place the capo below the 5th fret, the acoustic guitar now plays like a ukulele. General suggestion, buy an acoustic guitar with a Capo and learn to play ukulele and then learn the full fledged guitar.
Extreme weather and temperatures have a great impact on the guitar. Too much of heat will expand the wood and too much cold with contract the wood. Hence always store the guitar in a cold and dry area. Humidity is bad too.
Always detune your acoustic guitar when not in use. Storing the guitar in tune will result in bending of the wood and thus will affect the string tension. Thus damaging the guitar. To repair this, a certain heat treatment has to take place. But prevention is always better than cure so always store the untuned guitar in a cold and dry area.
Out of all the guitars listed above, our top pick is the Yamaha F310 acoustic guitar. The reason it stands out to be the best is due to its amazing features such as sound quality, design, durability, compatibility along with its reasonable price range. What is your choice out of these and why?
And also what are the additional factors you would consider important other than these mentioned in this article. Do you have any questions relating to guitars, their build material or any other appliances? Let us know in the comments section below and our team shall get back to you ASAP.