Guitars – The Best Buy for Your Buck – The Beginners Selection

Selecting your first musical instrument sets the tone for the rest of your iconic music career. Whether you prefer blasting electric tunes or simply strumming the acoustic to mellow country rock, your first guitar should be one that keeps you dedicated. However, when shopping around, you may feel overwhelmed by the choices. So, which are the best guitars to buy for beginners?

There’s More to Guitars than Just Looks

ICONS Shop has more than enough experience to understand your challenge. We also understand that your chosen instrument may be the first of many guitars. So, yes, while we know it is important for your guitar to look good with finishes or graphics that best suit your personality and encourage you to practice more, we also know how important it is that your instrument conforms to your contours.

Guitars come in different shapes and sizes, and you should choose a beginner option that feels comfortable to play. The body of the instrument should also be comfortable and conform to yours whether you’re sitting or standing. If you have a slight build with short arms and small hands, make sure that your hand can easily encircle the instrument’s neck, and that you can reach the length of the fretboard.

Boastful Beginnings with an Acoustic

As the iconic rock star acquired his “first real six-string at the five-and-dime,” acoustic guitars are usually more economical for beginners. They are readily available, enjoyable to learn the basics of the art with and can take a bit of a beating. They also inspire first-time players as they are icons in their own right. These instruments are extremely visually appealing and have joined a host of legendary icons on stages across the globe.

Acoustic guitars are perfect for beginners as they are more portable than their electric cousins which require amps and cords. They’re easier to transport to lessons and they don’t need electricity to be played. Not to be outdone, they may still be fitted with a pickup, allowing them to be plugged in and strummed through an amplifier. This allows beginners to experience the resonant sound, or they could connect the acoustic-electric instrument to deliver amphitheater performances.

If you’re a beginner shopping for the best starter guitars, ICONS Shop’s team of seasoned professionals invites you to explore our Takamine and Yamaha ranges – the perfect budget-friendly premium-brand buys for beginners.

Electric Options for Beginners

Should “Electric Ladyland” be the only song you wish to master, perhaps your choice of beginner guitars may be the amplified version. Although electric guitars may be more involved for beginners, you might find them easier to play. The thinner body conforms to yours more readily, and the narrower neck and fretboard may be easier to control.

When making your selection, however, remember to keep budget aside for the amp and necessary wiring that will accompany the purchase. It may be more of an investment into your fledgling rock star road to fame, but it does allow for a solid, quality start. With ICONS Shop’s passion for our products, we encourage you to investigate our Fender and Ibanez ranges. Great value at the very best prices.

Whether you’re shopping online while wondering which guitars are best to buy for beginners, or you’d like to visit ICONS Shop in person at our premises in Sandton, Johannesburg, begin with the best. ICONS Shop, because all icons need to find a home.

You Can Visit Our Store and Showroom

We know how to rock the in-store experience for our loyal customers. We boast a state-of-the-art showroom that features the latest innovative audio and visual technologies as well as some of our Iconic Guitar Brands. Pop in and explore our demo areas, such as our live cinema and smart home experience, or kick back in our piano lounge with an aromatic cup of coffee.

You Will Receive More Than Just Products

The driving philosophy of ICONS Shop is about so much more than phenomenal products. We aim to offer each customer a truly personalised experience that makes them feel valued and heard. Our diverse team is set up to offer you advice and expertise, so you are assured you will receive only the highest standard of service from us.

You Can Shop Online

If you would like to shop with us but simply do not have the time to visit our store, or if you do not live near us, you can shop with us online. Simply create your account and browse from a vast selection of music instruments for sale. Once you add your desired products to your cart and check out, your delivery will be headed your way. We deliver nationwide and offer free shipping on orders over R1000.

Ahhhh man priceless experience. Quite affordable stuff which you'd get at double the price in other stores. Le Roy made sure he kept all open communications clear. Definitely going back to purchase
Mamoshibudi Rosina Ramonyai
Mamoshibudi Rosina Ramonyai
We had a proper service from icon and staff of icon are super they know how to serve people
Eparfraditus Dhundu
Eparfraditus Dhundu
Icons kramerville team is just awesome, Leroy attended to my request for microphones and he was so efficient, I loved their service. Thanks a lot Leroy, I'm happy with my order.
Jemaine Roberts
Jemaine Roberts
Icons is my preferred destination for fulfilling all my musical requirements, whether it be acquiring pianos, studio equipment, or live PA sound systems. The knowledgeable staff at Icons are well-versed in the latest advancements in equipment. I would like to express my gratitude for their exceptional service and the delightful coffee they provide.
Nassi Hadjieva
Nassi Hadjieva
Outstanding service! Thank you so much!
Crisandra Lutchmiah
Crisandra Lutchmiah
10 stars from me!! I called in to query about the Yamaha psr 373 on special and Leroy was so helpful. He even went the extra mile to explain and compare other keyboards to me. Initially there was no stock but Keevan, the Sales Director went out of his way to source one for me and couriered it within a few hours after placing my order online. Customer service is excellent, you just have to follow the guidelines on their website . Call in before placing your order and check stock availability. They will be more than willing to help.

We Offer Financing

A lack of funds should not get in the way of realising your dreams. This is why we offer financing options such as Float, Mobicred, FinYou, eLayby, and The Rental CO.

If you are looking to score on superior musical instruments and the support of a knowledgeable, trustworthy sales team, speak to us today.


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ICONS Showroom
Unit 4, Design on Appel,
14 Appel Road, Kramerville, Sandton, 2090

Sales / Order Enquiries
Phone: +27 10 822 9370

Business Hours
Mon-Fri: 08h30 – 17h00
Saturday: 08h30 – 14h00
Public Hols: 08h30 – 13h00

AV Project Enquiries
Phone: +27 10 822 9373

ICONS AV specialises in integrating audio-visual technologies into homes, offices, venues & houses of worship; Elevating our clients’ relationship with with the digital world around them.

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Get your purchase today and use the available limit on your credit card to pay in interest-free, fee-free monthly installments. No interest or fees. Not even late fees, ever. It’s your credit already, so there are absolutely no applications or credit checks. The cherry on top? You continue to earn your reward points. It’s like a budget facility, but interest-free.

  • Enjoy now. Pay over time.
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How does Float Work?

  1. Select Float as your payment method at checkout
  2. Choose your number of instalments
  3. Enter your card details and Float it!

* This link will direct you to Float’s website

Mobicred is a simple and convenient revolving credit facility that allows you to safely shop online with participating online stores in South Africa. Your Mobicred account allows you to make one single monthly payment for all your online spend.

What are the requirements?

  • To open an account, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:
  • Have a valid South African ID number.
  • Have an existing valid bank account, a valid email address and a RICA’d mobile number.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Earn a minimum monthly salary of R5,500. – You may need to submit 3 months most recent bank statements or payslips.

How do I pay with Mobicred?
Simply select Mobicred as a payment option within the checkout process, and login with your Mobicred account details. Mobicred will credit ICONS and your order will be fulfilled.

How to apply?
You can apply for Mobicred financing by following the link on our product pages, or with the button below*.

Need more info?
021 126 0700
060 762 8284

* Please note that this link will direct you to Mobicred’s online portal. ICONS does not handle the application process – all related queries should be directed to Mobicred’s support team.

Business Financing

If you’re looking to finance your purchase in your business’ name, ICONS works closely with The Rental CO – a third party finance broker that finds you the best interest rate available. At roughly R2,500 monthly repayment per R100,000 capital (over 60 months), this is a great rent-to-buy option to consider.

How it works: Fill out the form below, and we’ll put a Rental Co agent directly in touch with you. They will work with you to process your finance application. The process moves quickly once they have received all relevant documents from you.

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Product Inquiry

Want more info on stock availability? Found it Cheaper? Can’t find what you’re looking for? Get in touch or fill in the inquiry form and we’ll happily assist!

Not all stock advertised on our site is necessarily available at our retail outlet. Most stock is kept at our warehouse for dispatch purposes. Should you wish to collect your order, or make your purchase at our store, please enquire first.


For orders to be shipped, we will deliver within 7 working days, or sooner if possible. Should we expect a delay for any reason, one of our sales representatives will contact you with details.

For orders to be collected, you will be contacted once the stock has been received from our warehouse.

Stock Availability

Please note that at any given time, ICONS holds a large inventory of goods across all categories on our website.

Due to Covid-19 the manufacturing, logistics and supply of goods globally has been inconsistent. However, stock is arriving at our warehouse on a weekly basis and your order will be supplied as soon as possible.

Should the product you have ordered not be available, ICONS will endeavour to offer you an equivalent, or an upgrade where possible. Should we be unable to do so, Icons will refund your purchase.

In Store Collections

For urgent orders, or to confirm stock availability and get a delivery ETA, please be in touch with a sales rep by contacting us on 0108229370 using our live chat feature