I must confess. I am not the most accomplished guitarist in the world. In fact, I am a bass player that learned how to strum guitar by hanging out with some great guitarists.
However, since I have played with some of the best in my book, finding out what was the best guitar for worship was easy peasy! They had no problem giving me their opinions.
So I thought I would pass along their recommendations to you. We get a lot of musicians looking for answers on this website and hopefully, this article will help you decide which guitar is the best for you.
The Best Guitars For Worship
Determining what is best is so subjective. One man’s piece of junk is another man’s diamond in the rough. So I am sure that there will be some of you that think my choices are ridiculous and erroneous. That is OK. What I am attempting to do here is give people that may not be as informed as others a place to start. From there they can develop their own taste in guitars and finally find what is best for them.
I also have eliminated the very costly guitars. There is best and then there is BEST! I am not trying to decide which guitar is the world champion of guitars. I am trying to give options that are best for most situations. So with that, let’s take a look at the guitars my guitarist buddies recommended.
What Is The Best Acoustic Guitar For Worship?
With this type of guitar, even though they were asked about acoustic guitars, they all recommended acoustic-electric guitars. The reason for this is that any time you play for a group of 40 or more people, you will need some type of amplification. Acoustic-electric guitars are the easiest to amplify. You don’t need a microphone placed in front of the guitar.
All of my friends recommended Taylor as the brand to look for in an acoustic guitar. I asked about Martin, but they preferred Taylor over Martin for live performances. So I recommend the Taylor 110E (Read my complete review here.)
- 6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Sitka Spruce Top
- Layered Walnut Back and Sides, Maple Neck, Ebony Fretboard, and Taylor Electronics - Matte Natural
- Maple Neck, Ebony Fretboard, and Taylor Electronics - Matte Natural
- Ebony Fretboard and Taylor Electronics - Matte Natural
- Taylor Electronics - Matte Natural
Designed and constructed for beginners, the Taylor 110E is a wonderful choice for musicians who are just learning to play the guitar or for musicians who have been playing for a while but aren’t ready to buy a more advanced instrument.
What Is The Best Electric Guitar For Worship?
For years the competition between electric guitars was between Gibson and Fender. With Epiphone buying out Gibson and the rise of Ibanez and PRS, the choice becomes harder. However, for an all-around great guitar, I still feel that the Fender Classic Series 50’s Stratocaster just can’t be beaten. (You can read my complete review of this guitar here.)
- Vintage style single-coil neck, middle, and bridge pickups wired to a 5-way switch offers the full range of classic Strat tones.
- Cool '50's era appointments like a maple freeboard (with vintage 7.25" radius), 1-ply, 8-hole pickguard, and soft V-shaped neck recall the hallmark features of '50's models.
- Cool little extras like aged knobs and switch tip, plus a deluxe gig bag make this an excellent buy.
This guitar is a little more expensive than entry-level guitars, but it’s very difficult to find a similar guitar that is as powerful, attractive, and easy to use for less. While this guitar doesn’t offer all of the control over your sound that others do, it is a definite step up from beginner’s guitars.
What Is The Most Versatile Guitar For Worship?
If you are looking for one guitar that will work for most of the styles of music played in the church today then I have a couple of suggestions for you. Both of these guitars are hollowbody guitars that give you both an acoustic sound and an electric sound.
My first recommendation is the Gretch G5422TDCG. (You can read my complete review of this guitar here.) While it can be tricky to find a guitar that is the perfect balance of price, power, and tone, musicians who opt for a Gretsch can easily find an instrument that more than meets their needs.
- Laminated maple top, back, sides, and neck
- Rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, hump-block inlays, 24.5" scale
- Rosewood-based Adjusto-Matic bridge with Bigsby B60G vibrato, vintage style open back tuners, gold plated hardware
- Dual Black Top Filter'Tron pickups
- Case not included
The price tag on the Gretsch G5422TDCG can, unfortunately, put it out of reach of some musicians. This is definitely an investment instrument, which means that aspiring guitarists may need to save up to buy it.
Which leads me to my next recommendation. The Ibanez AS73 Artcore guitar. (You can read our complete review of this beautiful guitar here.) It is much more reasonably priced and still gives you the versatility of a semi-hollow body guitar. The Ibanez AS73 is an Artcore model that features a semi-hollow body, 2 humbucking pickups, and great control over sound quality
- Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Linden Top
- 2 Humbucking Pickups - Olive Metallic
- Walnut Fingerboard
- Nyatoh Neck Sides
Thanks to the incredible sound quality, attractive appearance, and the way that the body is designed to produce a rich tone, you won’t ever have to worry about not standing out when playing the Ibanez AS73. The quality craftsmanship is evident in all parts of the guitar, and unlike other guitars that are lower quality, this one is made to last for a long time.
What Pedals Do You Need To Play Worship Guitar?
We have a complete guide to guitar pedals and building a pedalboard. (You can read the article here.) However, for bare-bones basics you are going to need at least 4 types of pedals.
You will need…
Of course, you can go way beyond that but those are the basics most church guitarists use.
There are hundreds of great guitars on the market today. My purpose in writing this article is to make life simpler for you as you search for the best guitar for worship for you.
Send me a note letting me know which guitar you chose. I would love to hear from you.