Finding the right guitar for a beginner can be difficult but the most important factors to consider are cost, durability and versatility. Manufactured by Fender, the Squier Strat is one of the best value beginner guitars and it can usually be found in a local music store or online for between $180 and $230. No beginner needs a more expensive instrument and you can always buy a better guitar once your skills warrant it.

Of course, price and durability mean little if the guitar isn’t versatile. The Squier Strat gives the beginner all of these options and, although it lacks the thrills of more expensive instruments, it’s built to give the beginner a solid platform from which to improve their skills.

When shopping for a guitar, don’t confuse the Squier Stratocaster with the Squier Affinity Strat or the Fender Stratocaster. The Affinity is a much cheaper model and it shows whereas the Fender Stratocaster is a much more expensive model ($350). On balance, the Squier Stratocaster is the best guitar for beginners.

By Chris Fong

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