Buying Your First Guitar

If you want to learn to play the guitar the first thing you’re going to need is a guitar, sounds obvious right.  You’re in luck though a guitar is a fairly inexpensive instrument especially when compared to other instruments.  You can grab a decent acoustic guitar for a couple of hundred bucks.  When you first walk into a music store, buying a guitar can be the scariest thing ever.  There are hundreds of guitars, how do you choose?  Let’s look at what you need to consider when you buy your first guitar.

Set up the budget

The price of a guitar can range from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousand.  You’re a beginner; you don’t need to start out with a $5,000 guitar.  You need to know how much you are willing to spend.  A couple of hundred dollars is more than enough to spend on an instrument you are going to learn with.  You can always upgrade to a higher end guitar later.

Acoustic or electric

There are lots of guitars to choose from, but there are two main types acoustic or electric.  On top of that there is bass or lead guitar, even a banjo is a type of guitar if bluegrass is the type of music you’re into.  It’s best if you know ahead of time what type of guitar you want to learn with first.  An acoustic may be easier but you can rock out with an electric.

Choosing a brand

Just like any other product on the market there are different manufacturers and brands.  The price will vary according to the brand as well.  Well-known brands like a Les Paul will give you a better quality guitar but it is going to cost you more.  You can find a happy medium between a good brand and a decent quality guitar.  Check out different brands online, check with forums to see what other players recommend and you can also ask your guitar teacher.

Screen out the bad ones

You can always bring someone with you that understand guitars and can help you find the right one.  They can try out the guitar and help you choose one that has a great sound.  When it comes to music stores the staff are usually incredibly helpful and will help you choose a guitar that works for you.  Try different chords and take a look at the structure of the guitar.

Buying a guitar isn’t complicated, just take your time and you’ll find the right one.

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