The one you can afford- there are guitars out there with incredible tone and quality that cost thousands. You can tell the difference with a great guitar player, but the first guitar you should buy should cost no more than 150 bucks- then you decide if you want to keep playing. When you get serious, then you graduate. I saw the Estaban guitars on QVC with a learning guitar kit for like 150 bucks-seemed like a good deal, then graduate to a better guitar when you are great.
Depending on the size of your hand you should buy a guitar that allows you to easily fret the guitar. Buy a quality guitar that you can grow with. If you buy a low quality guitar it can be hard to fret and it won't sound like you want it to. You'll never get past the callous stage and become discouraged. I bought a $500 guitar that was easy to fret, sounded good and fit my hands. 40 years later I still have that guitar and it sounds wonderful, I am also so familiar with that guitar that it's second nature to play it.
GET A BRISTOL GUITAR. Its beautiful and awesome. they can be expensive though... idk maybe not for beginners. but one thing is for sure, if your a beginner, do not get the nylon strings, get the steel strings guitar. The guitars that are nylon strings have a wider neck, thus harder for beginners to reach and grab strings.
For an intermediate player, I suggest the Fender Stratacoustic. I own one and it's the sweetest guitar I've ever had. It's an electric/acoustic, so versatile you can play a love ballad turn around and shred some metal. I absolutely love my Sexy Sadie, she's the latest and the greatest of them all.
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For beginners ABSOLUTELY find a guitar with an easy action (strings not too high above the fret board - it will be hard to push down and make a tone AND not too close to the fret board to cause a buzz when the string is plucked) String height can be easily adjusted with the nut at the base of the strings by any good guitar shop. Easy playing will encourage a beginner to keep practicing (the only way to get better) and enjoy it.
Believe it or not - you can start with ANY guitar with good string action and move up when you get better and can appreciate a better instrument - and can afford it. Do it! Go to Costco or Amazon and get a guitar - pretty good instruments and EZ return if you don't like it. Take some lessons right away and let your teacher critique your guitar.
I would plan on moving up and DON'T try to choose a guitar that will last you for decades at the beginning - you're not experienced enough to make that choice. Listening to friends isn't the best option either - too many well intentioned opinions. Wait a while until you can depend on ONLY yourself before buying an expensive instrument (expensive for you that is).
Wow there are many, many Guitar Brands out there. If you just want to PLUNK and learn a little to please yourself buy a cheap one But! If you really are interested and want to take lessons and continue to play like many of the great guitar players I recommend a Guitar that has the name 'HUMMINGBIRD' IT HAS WHAT I FEEL TO BE THE BEST TONE QUALITY OF ALL OTHER GUITARS. SO WHEN YOU DO BUY IT ? IT WILL COST YOU , BUT THE COST WILL FORCE YOU TO WANT TO PLAY IT WELL!! BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO WASTE YOUR MONEY. so practice practice practice AND THEN LEARN EVERYTHING YOU CAN. YOU WILL NEVER BE SORRY YOU ACCOMPLISHED THE ART OF MUSIC. WHO KNOWS, BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU ONLY GET THE RESULTS !! WITH WHAT EFFORTS YOU PUT INTO LEARNING SOMETHING