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I've been asked often what might be the best beginner guitar as far as flatpicking is concerned. It has been my experience of playing several of the newer chinese made guitars that either a Silver Creek D size or a Blue Ridge D-size would make a good dependable beginner flatpicking guitar. It would aslo depend on your budget as too which one you should buy, a mahogany or rosewood model. Blue Ridge makes a BR-160A which features an Adirondack top that sounds great and will cost around $750 to $800 online. Can't go wrong there.

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Comment by Tim Maines on June 12, 2011 at 11:13am

Hey Steve;

 

Good blog on beginner guitars.  Though not an expert like you, I do want to mention Recording King guitars.  A picking buddy of my won a Recording King from Fair Grove Music in Thomasville, NC.  The model I believe was RD-06.  Mahogany back and sides.  Got to pick it last week and for a beginner it would make a great guitar to start on.  Will run you about $450.   I also like the Blue Ridge guitars.  Have one, model BR-70, that I call my "going to church guitar."  Sounds great and looks good to.

 

Thank you for a great blog.  Keep it coming :)

Tim

 

Comment by Steve Kilby on June 12, 2011 at 12:03pm
Good suggestion Tim, I have also played some good Recording King guitars.
Comment by Wesman Todd Shaw on June 13, 2011 at 2:29pm
I've read good things about Blue Ridge guitars - I only haven't had the opportunity to put my hands on one yet.

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