Why You Should Never buy a "Best Choice Products" Acoustic Guitar
Extremely poor quality, mass-produced, and over-sold.
This is already a guitar with tons of corner cutting, yet with more money going into the accessories that are bundled with it. Plus, the wide variety of consumer categories that Best Choice Products dabbles in, shows us they are not at all specialized in musical instruments.
I guess you could say this serves as a Best Choice Products guitar review, but the above box pretty much covers it. Even for kids (more on that below) and beginners, this is an incredibly cheap acoustic guitar with a ton of cost-cutting. We would recommend that you stay away from this brand entirely.
Doesn't a name like "Best Choice Products" give you pause?
You know they're going to be terrible if the brand name is Yummy. - Kyle
When I was a kid, my mom took me and my buddy Kyle to Costco. We were looking for chicken tenders, and one of the brands they had was called "Yummy." Kylen goes, "You know they're going to be terrible if the brand name is Yummy."
We didn't buy them so who knows what they tasted like.
But the point is, a brand that calls itself Best Choice Products with very cheap, mass-produced, slapped-together guitars, is probably a terrible choice. Plus, this company just pretty much dabbles in everything without specializing or taking much pride in their products (allegedly).
For example, here's their home page for spring (April 2023) when this article was published:
What's on deck for spring? You guessed it. Planting, gardening, and outside stuff. Of course, there's nothing wrong with this, but Best Choice Products just slaps their name on a little bit of everything.
They're not a guitar company in any shape, matter, or form.
Here's the primary culprit we're addressing:
Pricing tells a huge part of the story
I'm very opposed to the idea that there are cheaper guitars that are "just as good" as the more expensive guitars. The reality is that those claims are completely subjective, while a price tag is based on completely objective measurements. In other words:
- Squiers are not as nice as Fenders
- Epiphones are not as nice as Gibsons
Now, Epiphone (and sometimes Squier) guitars are great options, which is never the case with Best Choice Products. But the point is that the price tells a huge part of the story.
I'm very opposed to the idea that there are cheaper guitars that are "just as good" as the more expensive guitars.
So let's take a look at the price of this guitar.
At the time of writing this review, the best selling Best Choice Products guitar on Amazon was $49, and that's with a bunch of accessories. Let's compare that to a Squier Stratocaster and Yamaha FG800. Keep in mind, this table updates live, so the $49 number could have very easily changed by the time you're reading this.
Prices updated Sun, December 03rd, 2023.
Comparing Pricing to Other Beginner Guitars
There are a few different packages of the BCP acoustics, which vary by size and the accessories included. But again, you're paying not just for the guitar, but for the accessories. Albeit, you're not paying much, but if you're buying the guitar for this much retail, imagine how cheaply it is being produced.
Now, compare that to the price of the other guitars in this list. The FG800 and the Squier are far more expensive (by comparison) but are honest guitars made by brands that specialize in musical instruments.
Yamaha has multiple product areas, but they have a section of their enterprise devoted entirely to guitars.
All of this to say:
Buy guitars from reputable brands. Here are a couple pages covering the brands we recommend for acoustic and electric guitars:
Incorrect Information in the product description
Another big problem is that there's a lot of incorrect information in the product specs and description listing. Keep in mind, I'm basing this on the Amazon entry, but that's where most people are buying it.
Here are a few I'd like to point out.
- Body Material: It's literally just listed as "wood" which is kind of funny. A second row, also labeled Body Material, says it's made of Sapele.
- Guitar Attribute: Listed as Jumbo, but it's a small guitar to begin with, built in a parlor shape. Jumbo guitars are...bigger.
- Guitar Bridge System: Listed as adjustable, but this is a bit of a stretch. I wouldn't recommend trying to adjust it.
- Musical Style: One of my favs, this is listed as "rock" for some bizarre reason. This guitar's musical style is beginner-open-chords.
- Proficiency Level: Listed as intermediate. Please for the love of all things good, don't buy this if you're looking for an intermediate level guitar.
There are more, but these are just some of my favs. Let's expand on the intermediate issue.
Absolutely not an intermediate level guitar
This acoustic might pass for kids who have no level of serious commitment to the guitar, but even if you're a sincere/moderately committed beginner, I would avoid it. Even more so, if you are an intermediate player, under no circumstances should you be considering this instrument.
Here's one of the promotional photos that seems to say otherwise:
So we have to be clear, that intermediate guitar players should look elsewhere, somewhere far, far away from Best Choice Products.
Couldn't it pass for a kid's guitar?
If your child is young, perhaps in the range of five to seven years old, a cheap guitar like this is okay. However, this assumes your child is just trying out the guitar and not showing signs of long-term interest.
For kids who are looking like they want to start taking the guitar seriously, I would not recommend starting with an instrument this cheap.
Sometimes that's a tough call to make, but going with something like the Squier or Yamaha would give your child a far better and more genuine experience with the guitar.
It's your call, but that would be my recommendation.
I'm not just trying to fuss at BCP, even though I am.
But I want to make it clear that just because something is a best-seller, doesn't mean it should be, and it certainly doesn't mean that you should follow the crowd and buy the same thing.
Cheap things always come with a price, in more ways than one.
If you have questions about better options or you want some recommendations, feel free to reach out via the comments section below.
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