8 ways to make your beginner acoustic guitar play and sound better

Three Fender beginner acoustic guitars lying on the floor
(Image credit: Future)

In the modern world beginner acoustic guitars are fantastic instruments in their own right, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be better. If you’re looking to improve the tone and playability of an entry-level acoustic, we’ve got some great tips for you ranging from simple maintenance to full-on replacement of parts. 

You don’t have to be a trained luthier to carry out the vast majority of these either, with plenty of improvements that can be carried out from the comfort of your own home. There is also a good selection of upgrades that are reasonably priced, making them accessible for the vast majority of guitar players. We’ve carried out many of these upgrades on our own guitars and seen the improvements for ourselves, so let’s get cracking…

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at Guitar World. He regularly tests and reviews music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, pedals, modelers, and pretty much anything else guitar-related. Responsible for over 60 buying guides, a large part of his role is helping guitarists find the best deals on gear. Matt worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars and has written for various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player, Guitar.com, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s t.blog. A regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and writing and recording in bands, he's performed everything from jazz to djent, gigging all over the country in more dingy venues than you can shake a drop-tuned guitar at. When he's not holed up in his home studio recording new songs or tweaking pedal settings, you’ll find him making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS