These electric guitar kits for beginners are a cost effective and great way to introduce children and adults alike to the world of playing guitar.
Each of these kits for beginners includes everything needed to start playing electric guitar right out of the box:
- Guitar Amplifier
- Electric Guitar
- Guitar strap
- Gig bag
- Guitar cable
Some include instructional DVDs, pitch pipes or tuners as well.
4 Electric Guitar Kits for Beginners (under $200).
Rogue Rocketeer Deluxe Electric guitar pack
First up on the list is the Rogue Rocketeer Deluxe Electric guitar pack.
This electric guitar kit features the Rogue Rocketeer RR100 guitar and G-10, solid state practice amp . The RR100 is smaller and lighter than a Stratocaster, and offers great versatility and easy of play, both of which are great for beginners.
The G-10 is a decent powered practice amp that’s ideal for bedroom practice. It features a 3.5″ speaker, and boost switch for overdrive.
Peavey Raptor Backstage II Electric Guitar and Amp Value Pack
The next electric guitar kit for beginners is the Peavey Raptor Backstage II Electric Guitar and Amp Value Pack .
This guitar kit features the Raptor® Plus EX electric guitar and Backstage 10W Transtube electric guitar amp.
The Raptor Plus EX has the same pickup configuration as the Rogue Rocketeer (HSS), and a similar body style.
The Backstage 10W amp has a 6″ speaker, and overdrive channel for more rocking distortion.
A great guitar pack for the beginner with an ear for harder rock.
Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic/Electric Player Pack.
The Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic/Electric Player Pack. is the only acoustic-electric guitar to make this list, so if you’re not sure if you want electric or acoustic this kit would be ideal.
This guitar kit for beginners features the Epiphone PR4-E Acoustic/electric – with on-board EQ (treble, bass, mid), and the Studio-10 Acoustic amplifier, with chorus effect switch.
As it sounds, the PR4-E can be played acoustically, or plugged into the amplifier for a greater sonic palette. It’s a great introduction for the beginner to playing guitar and dealing with an amplifier, just don’t expect rock and roll style distortion.
Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee and Pee Vee Zakk Pakks Guitar Packs
The Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee and Pee Vee Zakk Pakks Guitar Packs are actually two slightly different electric guitar kits for beginners. They differ mainly by style.
Both offer the signature Zakk Wylde bulls eye pattern, but one is a traditional Les Paul style body while the other is a Flying V style.
Both come with the Marshall MS-4ZW micro stack amplifier, which features volume, gain, and tone controls combined with two speaker cabinets.
The Peavey Raptor electric guitar kit for beginners has a larger speaker, and delivers a more well-rounded sound than the Rogue Rocketeer.
The Pee Wee and Pee Vee electric guitar kits for beginners focus more on style than substance. The Micro Marshall looks neat, but can’t compete with the larger Peavey speaker for volume and sound quality.
Don’t get me wrong, the guitars are still quite good for the money, but suffer from the typical shortcomings of electric guitar kit guitars – i.e. they can be a little rough around the edges in terms of construction, and they tend to go out of tune more easily than a full size, or higher quality guitar.
Most starter packs will require a string upgrade to get the best sound, since they typically come with cheaper strings.
Can you get a better sounding guitar and amp? Of course, but not for this price. You could would have to spend $200 or more on both the guitar and amp to have a really good sounding rig, but these electric guitar kits for beginners are an excellent and cost effective way to get exposure to playing guitar, especially if the person doing the playing isn’t so sure they will stick with it.