3 Best Beginner Electric Guitar Packages

An electric guitar package is the best option for getting into guitar quickly. There is no need to track down all the items you need to begin playing guitar; any of the options below will have you playing straight out of the box. But which electric guitar package is the best? Really that depends on you and what style of music you like. Read on to find all the information you need in order to purchase the best beginner electric guitar package for your style.

Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Package

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This is the exact electric guitar package that I purchased when I began playing guitar. I had no complaints then, and I don’t now; it has been years and I still own and play this guitar.

The guitar is an Epiphone Les Paul Special II. Gibson outsourced their less expensive models to Epiphone, but don’t let that worry you, this is a high quality guitar. Humbucker pickups means that it has a warmer sound that is suited best for hard rock and dirty blues.

The package also comes with everything you need to begin playing straight out of the box including a small 10-watt amp that is perfect for practicing guitar in your bedroom. A clip-on tuner is extremely useful for the beginner that has not yet trained their ear for tuning. Epiphone threw in some picks, a guitar strap, and a cable. The gig bag that comes with Epiphone’s electric guitar package will help you carry your guitar, but offers almost no protection.

Squier by Fender “Stop Dreaming, Start Playing,” Set

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Squier by Fender “Stop Dreaming, Start Playing” Set

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Fender vs Gibson, the battle rages on. The Squier Strat differs from the Epiphone Les Paul in a few key ways that you should consider.

First, the fret board radius is smaller. This means that if you have smaller hands, then it will be easier for you to play chords, especially barre chords where you need to hold down all of the strings with one finger.

Second, the Squier Strat has three single coil pickups instead of the two humbucker pickups on the Epiphone Les Paul. This means that the tone of the guitar will be brighter, but thinner sounding. Because of this, many owners of Squier Strats quickly look to upgrade the pickups.

Finally, some models of the Squier Strat come with a tremolo bar (whammy bar). This is very important to note because it not only changes the functionality of the guitar, but also complicates the way it needs to be strung.

Yamaha Gigmaker Electric Guitar Package

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Yamaha’s Gigmaker electric guitar package is for those who are looking for something in between the Epiphone Les Paul and the Squier Strat.

The PAC012 has one humbucker pickup and two single coil pickups. Using the pickup selector, you can switch between the sound of the beefy humbucker and the brighter single coil pickups. If you are not sure of the type of music that you would like to play, or if you just want to play it all, then this guitar’s versatility should be highly appealing to you.

Also, Yamaha’s Gigmaker electric guitar package comes with a 15 watt amp as opposed the 10 watt amps of the other two. This means that the amp has more power behind it, and it is capable of higher volumes.

Please note: None of these guitars will sound good until you have them setup at your local shop. The shop will adjust the action (string height), the intonation, check it for damage, restring it, and check the overall quality of your instrument to make sure it is playable.

Also, these electric guitar packages are very inexpensive, but in my opinion they are the best option for somebody who is a complete beginner. If you fall in love with playing the guitar then it was money well spent, and I would urge you to check out my other article, “3 Best Electric Guitars for $500 in 2017” when you are ready to upgrade. On the other hand, if the guitar does nothing but gather dust, then you aren’t out much money.


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