Buying Guide: Acoustic and Electric Guitar Value Packages

How to Choose the Value Package That’s Right for Your Budding Guitarist


What is a Value Package?


Value packs typically include the gear you need to plug in and start playing right out of the box. Here’s an example of what a guitar pack looks like in our catalog or on our website.


  Laguna Ultimate Rock Pack with Laguna Electric Guitar and Line 6 Spider III 15W Amp

A typical guitar pack includes:


  1. 1. Guitar
  2. 2. Amp
  3. 3. Gig bag
  4. 4. Strap
  5. 5. Cable
  6. 6. Electronic tuner
  7. 7. Picks

It may also include headphones, a stand, instructional CD, or DVD.


Getting Started Or Buying For Someone Else?


If you are considering buying a guitar pack for yourself or someone else, you’ve probably been inspired to do so by a musician you admire. For example, you may like Sheryl Crow or Sarah McLachlan. On the other hand, your son or daughter might like Green Day, Jet, or Mastodon. It’s important to determine the preference of the person you’re buying for. The value pack description should tell you who the pack is for—what kind of music it’s best suited for.


Acoustic or Electric Guitar?


Does the artist who inspires you play an acoustic or electric guitar?


    Epiphone DR-90S Solid Top Acoustic Player Pack


Here’s an example of an acoustic guitar. Typically used for country, folk, bluegrass, and pop music, but any type of music can be played on any guitar. Artists like Paul Simon and Mary Chapin Carpenter play an acoustic.


    Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar


Here’s an example of an electric guitar. Typically used for rock, pop, heavy metal, blues, punk, etc. music, but again, any type of music can be played on any guitar. This is the kind of guitar you typically see used by rock bands like Nickelback or Metallica.


Don’t forget that to work properly, an electric guitar needs an amplifier.

  • Important points:

  • What kind of music does your gift recipient like?
  • What kind of bands or guitarists do they like?
  • Is there a specific brand/model of guitar these bands or guitarists use? Getting the right brand and model may be important. You want your gift recipient to be happy and inspired when they take the guitar and amp out of the box.

Brands And Styles Of Guitars


Here are a few examples of guitar packs and what they have to offer the budding guitarist.

            Ibanez JamPack IJV50 Quickstart Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Pack
Ibanez JamPack IJV50
A perfect entry-level acoustic pack for anyone who wants to sing and strum their favorite songs or play along with others whether it’s folk, blues, or country.  
            Yamaha GigMaker Acoustic Guitar Pack
Yamaha GigMaker Acoustic Guitar Pack
In addition to a tuner, this acoustic pack also includes an instructional DVD and booklet.  
            Epiphone PR-150 Acoustic Guitar Value Pack
Epiphone PR-150 Acoustic Player Pack
An acoustic in an attractive sunburst finish, with tuner and instructional DVD.  
            Epiphone Les Paul Special II Player Pack
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Player Pack
An electric pack perfect for rock and blues. Based on one of the world’s most famous guitar design-the Gibson Les Paul.
            Fender SE Special Strat with Squier SP-10 Amp Value Pack
Squier Stop Dreaming Start Playing SE Special Strat Pack
This Stratocaster pack is perfect for the blues lover who is influenced by Eric Clapton or Stevie Ray Vaughan.
            Ibanez IJX121 Metal Guitar Jumpstart Package
Ibanez IJX121 Metal Guitar Jumpstart Pack
An electric pack for anyone interested in hard rock or heavy metal guitar.
            Laguna Ultimate Rock Pack with Laguna Electric Guitar and Line 6 Spider III 15W Amp
Laguna Ultimate Rock Pack
A step-up pack with an upgraded amplifier with more power and features. Includes all the accessories with an instructional DVD. 


Smaller Guitars For Players With Smaller Hands


When shopping for a child under the age of 8, consider these models which are easier for smaller people to play.

            Taylor Baby Taylor Mahogany Top Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
Baby Taylor Dreadnought Acoustic
            Martin LXM Little Martin Acoustic Guitar
Little Martin Acoustic
            Squier by Fender Mini Strat Electric Guitar
Squier Mini Strat
            Squier by Fender Hello Kitty Mini Strat Electric Guitar
Squier Hello Kitty Mini Strat


Keep in mind that if you buy a mini electric, you will need an amp to play it.