I’ve had a lifelong dream to play the guitar. Listening to my guitar heroes Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Prince instilled in me a passion for music. Unfortunately, my mother couldn’t afford to buy me a guitar or pay for lessons. When I started working and had the money to purchase an instrument, I never had the time to learn how to play.
On my 40th birthday, I decided to invest in myself and do the things I had put off. I marched into a local guitar store and purchased my first acoustic guitar – a dark red Yamaha APX700. Since then, I’ve taken guitar lessons and I continue to work on my playing skills. I’ve also managed to acquire a few more guitars and I’m constantly scouting new ones.
If you’re a dad who has always wanted to play the guitar, it’s not too late to get started. Check out this list of cool acoustic guitars and start rocking today.
5 Cool Acoustic Guitars for Dads Who Like to Rock 1 of 8
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Yamaha APX700II 2 of 8
My first guitar was a dark red, sunburst Yamaha APX700. I liked the thin profile and stylish design. The updated APX700II offers upgraded cosmetics and the same exceptional playability. It also has has built-in electronics so you can plug it into an amplifier (Price $499).
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Taylor 414ce Grand Auditorium 3 of 8
I attended a Taylor roadshow at my local guitar shop and I fell in love with the Taylor line of guitars. I spent three hours in the guitar shop before I settled on the Taylor 414ce. This guitar is well-built, comfortable, and has a beautiful tone. What I like most about the guitar is that it is easy to play. I'm always eager to pick it up and strum (Price $1,999).
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Taylor GS Mini (Mahogany top) 4 of 8
I chose this guitar because I like the mahogany top and the portability. I used to travel for work and the GS Mini was my constant companion. It fits easily in the overhead bin and is light enough to schlep through the airport. This guitar has also accompanied me on camping trips and to family reunions. The best thing about this guitar is that is sounds like a much bigger instrument. Although it is small, it was designed for performing. If you add the ES-Go pickup and Taylor V-Cable, you're ready to plug in and hit the stage (Price $499).
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Ibanez Performance PF28ECE 5 of 8
My first electric guitar was an Ibanez and I've always had a soft-spot for the brand. This guitar proves that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a great instrument. You'll like the way this guitar feels and sounds. It also comes with Fishman pickups. A friend of mine (another dad) bought this guitar and he is quite pleased with his purchase (Price $299).
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Gretsch G5022CE Rancher 6 of 8
I don't own this guitar, but I saw it at my local guitar shop and I fell in love with it. Although it's bigger than the guitars I usually play, it is beautiful to look at. I can envision myself holding it on stage while I serenade my adoring fans. Back in the real world, this guitar is a joy to play and has a warm, deep tone (Price $489).
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Goodall Rosewood Grand Concert Cutaway 7 of 8
This is my dream guitar for two reasons: (1) It is a custom-built, top-of-the-line instrument; (2) It is bears my surname. But you don't have to be a Goodall to appreciate this guitar. Although it is pricey, it is worth the investment—after you get your six figure recording contract. (Price: If you have to ask, you can't afford it)
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