How To Choose A Guitar

How to Choose a Guitar


Saturday, August 25, 2007 
By Jon Heusman


So you have decided you would like to learn to play the guitar, but are completely lost about what kind of guitar to get, where to find music that you can play, what style of music you would like to play, and just in general, where to start. Well do not worry, it is common to feel this way when you are first learning to play guitar, and with a little help, is not nearly as daunting as it first seems. In this article, I would like to help you to choose your first guitar. This is an important step, and should be taken into very careful consideration.

When choosing your first guitar, you will want to focus on the larger guitar manufacturers such as Fender, Ibanez, and Gibson. But don’t think that just because these are big names in the guitar industry, you will be paying an arm and a leg, this is not the case. Each of these brands will have beginner models of their guitars that are perfect for the new guitarist, often times coming in great little packages that include a bag, guitar tuner, picks, and a strap. Your best bet is to head to the local music store and ask them what kind of beginner guitars they have, and if they have any beginner packages as I mentioned above.

There are a few things you don’t want to do when choosing your first guitar. You don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on your first guitar. Not only will you not have the ability to truly utilize your nice new guitar, but you will not know how to take good care of the guitar, such as tuning properly, changing strings when needed, and just keeping it in nice shape. If you were learning to ride a motorcycle, you wouldnt go out and buy a Harley Davidson for your first bike would you? One beginner mistake and you might end up laying the bike down, and feeling rather embarrassed. Instead you would buy an old used bike for a few hundred to learn and gain experience on. Then eventually upgrade to a much nicer bike. My advice is to take the same approach with your first guitar. Choose a nice beginner guitar, and once you feel like you are ready for an upgrade, go for it. One more thing that you really should not do is buy one of the cheap $20 guitars off of E-bay. I have personally made that mistake, and the guitar was a piece of junk. I would recommend budgeting up to $200 for your first guitar, but no more.

I hope that this article helps you to choose a great beginner guitar to learn with. It really is a great feeling to learn and play your favorite tunes. Just remember that for your first guitar, you do not need the rolls Royce of guitars, whether it be an electric or an acoustic. You will just want a quality guitar that has a good sound and feel. Good luck and have fun!


Jonathan Heusman has been gone from a beginner guitarist to a bonified rocker. He aims to share his guitar knowledge to help others learn anything and everything about guitars. You can find his free Mini Course at Guitar Mini Course





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