The guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments in the world. There are hundreds and thousands of people from younger kids to old adults who want to learn guitar. Some may hope to become professionals while others just play guitar for fun. Before starting to learn the guitar, the first step is buying a beginner guitar. It is tricky to choose one because, not all guitars can be called “beginner guitars”. So, if you are going to buy a beginner guitar for yourself or your kid, the following tips will help you to choose the right guitar.
Should I Buy Acoustic or Electric Guitar?
Well, it depends on what music style you want to play. An acoustic guitar has a hollow body and a round soundhole on top. Acoustic guitars can be played without amplifiers. The sound of an acoustic guitar is rich and It can make a loud sound without amps. Many guitarists and guitar learners prefer acoustic guitar just for the amazing acoustic tone. Because it can be played unplugged, you can play it almost anywhere you want. The drawback is that acoustic guitars are hard to learn because of the relatively heavier gauge strings, the higher action, and wider neck.
A typical electric guitar needs an amplifier and cables to make enough sound, so you must spend more money than an acoustic guitar. Comparing the acoustic guitars, electric guitars are easier to learn for beginners because of the low action and narrow neck.
Some people said it is better to choose an acoustic guitar as the first guitar for beginners. This is not the truth. You can start with an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar to learn on. It totally depends on what music style you like. The following are some generic tips on choosing acoustic or electric.
- Electric: Blues, Country, Jazz, Rock
- Steel-string acoustic: Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Jazz, Rock
- Nylon string acoustic: Classical, Jazz, Flamenco
If you want to learn the guitar seriously, then the acoustic guitar is the best choice. It is hard to learn but easy to shift to electric guitar. If you want to play electric guitar and make various special sound effects like a rock star, there is no problem to start with an electric guitar.
What is the best guitar size for beginners?
- 1/2 or 3/4 size: Small size guitars that are better for kids under 13 years old
- Full-size guitar for adult learners and players.
If you are shopping a guitar for kids, it is very important to choose the right size because the wrong size may develop bad play habits. For some adults with small hands, choosing a 3/4 size guitar is a good option.
How much should I spend on my first guitar?
Before you buy a guitar, you’d better set up a budget and buy the best within your budget. Keep in mind that the cheapest is not always the best choice for beginners. The reputed guitar makers produce guitars that are a little more expensive, but common sense tells us you will get your money worth since the decent guitars will stay in tune longer and sound much better. Almost all famous guitar makers offer entry-level models.
If you only play guitar as a hobby, don’t spend too much on your first guitar. On the other hand, if you are serious about guitar, you’d better extend your budget even to get a middle-level guitar. If you choose to buy an electric guitar, don’t forget you must buy an amplifier as well. Again, don’t choose the very cheap guitars if possible. These low-quality guitars will frustrate you in your guitar learning process.
How and where to buy my beginner guitar?
The most common places to buy a beginner guitar are the local guitar stores. The obvious reason is you can look at the different guitar models and try them out. So you know their size, weight, finish, playability, and tone style. The drawback is that some salespeople may promote some models that you don’t really need. You also can shop for your beginner guitar online and you will find a lot of really good deals. The downside is you can not try and feel the real guitars before you order them.
The alternative way is to try out your favorite guitar in local stores and buy it online to save your money. One important point you must keep in mind is that don’t buy your guitar from the smaller online retailers because you may face the warranty issues. I highly recommend shopping your guitar from the larger reputed online stores.