What Acoustic Guitar do you recommend for a beginner?

The only 2 acoustic guitars I can think of right now are the Yamaha F335 and Epiphone Dove?

Which one do you recommend?

If you can thing of other better guitars please share. My budget is ~$200 for new acoustic guitar.

Thanks! :)

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Crafter make fantastic beginer guitars, dont go for the epiphone dove, you want something with a nice tone, Yamaha would be better than the Epi,
one thing you should look for in an acoustic guitar is a solid top, i think you can get a solid top for your budget, you should also look for a mahogany back and sides, ive never played a good newish Epiphone acoustic (apart from the masterbuilt and USA stuff), also avoid Fender acoustics, they are not very good.
I have a Compass series Yamaha acoustic which plays like a dream, but it may just be out of your price range, i also have a Crafter acoustic parlour type which plays very nice, have a couple of others too, but i could go on forever...

Epiphone makes the AJ200s, which is a solid top, for $200. It is Indonesian, which is better than Chinese. I hope this isn't too late. Have you bought one yet?

Based on the dates of these posts, I am way too late with this, but my two cents worth anyway:

I did no research and, being embarrassingly truthful, my first acoustic guitar buy was something of an impulse purchase that had been building for decades and finally exploded. I trusted the salesman at a local music store and my trust was not misplaced. He sold me an Ibanez SGT110VS or its immediate predecessor. A great beginner guitar, and for less than $150.00 at the time (currently around $180.00 at Musician's Friend):


I used it for a little over a year to find out if I really wanted to do this and then upgraded to a Taylor. I do not regret the purchase and have moved the Ibanez on to another beginner who is also well pleased.

Hey carney, good advice and real experiences are always welcome, can be quite a minefield finding a good starter guitar, I know the one I had put me off for years!

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