Buying Your First Guitar
Like to learn how to play the guitar? Well
the first thing you'll be needing is a guitar to
learn to play on. But if you are like most aspiring
guitarists you'll be somewhat confused about which
guitar to buy...
What Kind of Music DO You Want to Play?
Before you pick out your new guitar, you should
first decide what kind of music you will want to
play. For folk and blues music, check into a
steel-stringed acoustic guitar. There are so many
choices for electric guitars. If you plan on country
music, a Telecaster would be a good choice. For
rock, most agree to dive into a Stratocaster. And
don’t forget that you will also need an amplifier.
Decide your budget
A good guitar can be bought for around $200 and
if you are just starting out, you might want to stay
under the $500 range just to test the waters. When
you can call yourself a guitarist, check into the
higher priced models.
But the best advice is to physically pick up a few
guitars and try them on. Then select the one that
feels the best. There are so many models available
to try and comfort is incredibly important. Try the
neck out and make sure you can fit your hand
comfortably around it.
Here’s a list of what you’ll need if you’re serious
• Confidence, every guitarist starts at the
beginning; just know that passion and confidence
will get you where you want to be.
• Techniques, bends, slides, hammer-ons,
pull-offs will make your playing impressive and
• Scales, these are the foundation if guitar
• Practice, nuff said.
• A System . . . find a “step by step” plan.
Use a teacher or buy a book.
Types of Guitar
More detailed information about Acoustic
and Electric Guitars
New or Second Hand?
You can pick up a new guitar from
eBay or one of the musical instrument stores listed
here for $100-$200. If you want a slightly better sound, then
spend $200-$300. Remember that if you choose an electric guitar you
will need a practise amplifier, 10-20 watts is heaps. This will be
more than adequate for you to start learning. Most stores will have
beginners packs that will include the accessories you need to get
often a second hand instrument will be as good as or better than a
new one. You can pick up a bargain this way if you shop around. You
may even be able to pick up a few extra things in the purchase like a
carry case, amplifier, sheet music or whatever as part of the deal...I
would expect to pay between $100-$150 for a good second hand learners
acoustic guitar and $150-$250 for a good second hand learners electric
guitar (including an amp).
Once you have weighed the pros and cons of each type of
instrument, spend as much as you can afford. But remember to leave a
little in the budget for a
package and other resources like sheet
music to practice with.
you will play better
and develop quicker on a good quality guitar so don't buy too
cheap...but my advice is dive in, buy yourself a guitar and get
playing you gonna love it!!!
Choosing Your Guitar:
When you have narrowed down your choices
here are some final things to consider:
- Comfort: does it feel comfortable
when playing the instrument?
- Tone: When you are playing the guitar
does it sound good to YOU? Doe s it produce the sound you were
- Does it have a Guarantee?: Most of the
stores have a generous satisfaction guarantee. (Musicians Friend
offers a 45 day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee)
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