Buying a guitar nowadays can be a daunting task. Whether you’re walking into Best Buy or your local music store, chances are you’re going to be looking at a couple dozen shiny pretty six strings hanging on the wall, ranging in price from $300 to 3,000 dollars. So how do you know what to get?
Knowledge is key. You wouldn’t walk into a car dealership without first knowing what kind of car to get would you? So before you walk into a music store, you should first ask a couple of questions.
- Acoustic or Electric?
- New or Used?
Knowing the answers to these questions will save you time, money, and a lot of frustration.
The Beginner Guitar
When purchasing a guitar for a beginner, keep in mind what kind of music they want to play. The will be the biggest determination in buying an acoustic or electric. Spend some time listening to their music, ask around, check video’s on the net. If the majority of the tunes they listen to are country, an acoustic guitar would most likely be your best best. For those rockers out there, there’s no substitute for an electric guitar.
Buying a wanna be rocker an acoustic guitar is the surest way to piss them off and create a lot of frustration, for them and you.
New or Used?
For the most part, a new guitar is the best way to go. Almost all music stores sell guitars as a kit. They come with a tuner, a book, a little amp and cord if it’s an electric and a strap. All for one price and it usually comes with some sort of warranty. You get to even choose what color you want. Something you can’t get from craigslist or the neighbor across the street trying to pawn off their failed guitar adventure.
.If you insist on buying used or really want your neighbors guitar, have someone play it for you. Carefully look over the guitar, look for cracks or chips. Make sure it doesn’t buzz or rattle and feels right to you.
Accessories for the beginning guitar student usually are tuners, picks, extra strings, and a strap. If you’re not sure what you’ll need, just ask around. Most guitar kits come with everything you need, but make sure when you’re at the store.
Now you just need some lessons to start playing. Check out some of my lessons, it’s a great place to start