Choosing a New Guitar

Whether you've played guitar or another instrument for years, or are looking to begin, finding a quality guitar is one of the best ways to get started on your musical journey. This article will help you find that new guitar that you're dreaming of.

 

Decide what you want

Decide what you want first. Take a few minutes to clearly decide what styles of music you want to learn. Talk to musicians in your local music scene. Chat with your private guitar tutor, if you’ve already signed up for guitar lessons, and purchase a few guitar player magazines and look through them. Read everything else you can find related to guitars that you are interested in. Search for all makes and models and read what people are saying in reviews and online discussion forums. These few hours of research will help you make a decision you’re truly happy with.

Acoustic or Electric Guitar?

An acoustic guitar is probably the way to go for the beginner student on a budget. There are no amplifiers or patch cords to buy –  just take it out and play!

 

Electric guitars are more expensive since they require amplification. A good guitar practice amp can cost around two hundred dollars or more. If you can afford it, however, they do offer a little more room for sound experimentation since their signal can be run through relatively inexpensive sound processors. Another plus to electric guitars is the fact that they do have lower action and are somewhat easier to play than the acoustics. The nylon string acoustics make for excellent beginner models – they are easy to play and quite inexpensive

Try Out New Guitars

When you go looking at guitars, grab each one, hold it and examine the shape of the neck. The width and shape should accommodate the size of your hand. It should feel comfortable.  If you have smaller hands perhaps a smaller neck would work better for you. See Guitars and Exercises for Small Hands if this helps you. Keep in mind that you will be holding this instrument for hours and hours practicing each week. It should feel comfortable.

Check for the following things:

1) Action – How easy the strings are to press?

2) Intonation – Is the guitar in tune with itself. (Play chords up the neck to check)?

3) Fret edges – Are they clean and smooth, or sharp and poorly machined from the factory?

 

Pay attention to how it sounds

When checking out an instrument you want to purchase, play it, strum it, pick it, and play those strings. Play it in different parts of the store. If you do not play well, take a friend who does and get them to play the guitars that interest you.

 

Keep in mind accessories you may want to purchase as well: guitar strap (especially handy for beginners), spare strings, electronic tuner, guitar stand and extra picks.

 

Once you have the perfect guitar, don’t forget to find the perfect guitar tutor to help you learn and play your favorite songs.

 

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