Buying your first guitar is pretty hard, since they are not common everyday items that you can just pick and stick with. Each guitar has different materials, sizes, build quality and more. That’s why, before buying your first guitar you need to know a few things.
Things To Look For
The size is one of the most important things you should really be careful about. If you’re a small guy, getting a big guitar will make it very uncomfortable to play, and you won’t be able to use the guitar to its full potential. That’s why, the best way to know which guitar size is the best for you is to go to your local guitar store and take a few of them on your hand and see how they fit. This is especially very important for children. Parents usually don’t know the difference and they buy a full-sized guitar to their 9-year-old boy or girl, and they never get to play it.
You should be very careful about the material of the guitar. The most popular materials used on acoustic guitars are Maple, Sapele, Mahogany and Rosewood. They can be used for their fretboard, backs & sides or the top of the guitar. Each wood is different from the other, and you need to know exactly what combination to buy to get the sound outcome you want. The best way to do that would again be to go to your local guitar dealer and pick up 2 or 3 guitars to see how they sound.
Electric or Acoustic
This is definitely the most popular question that i hear from beginners. They see their favorite bands play the electric guitar but they think that its very hard, so they go with an acoustic guitar. This is somewhat true, but not always. Personally, i think that the acoustic guitar is harder to learn to play, but once you learn it, you will be able to play the electric guitar without a problem. The main reason why i prefer the acoustic guitar over the electric one is because it is easier to carry around and you don’t need additional accessories such as amps, cables and other things.
That’s why, if you’re just starting out, i would highly recommend you go with an acoustic guitar. Once you master it, you can transition to an electric guitar.
This is also very important. There are a lot of knock-off and Chinese guitar brands out there that make very cheap guitars that will break in less than a month. Guitars from brands such as Martin, Taylor, Fender, and Seagull maybe cost a bit more, but they definitely are higher quality and will last you longer. Those brands also have some great acoustic guitars under $200. Some of them even get better with age because of their wood material. To be on the safer side, buy a guitar from one of the following brands:
Used vs New Guitars
If budget is not a problem, then the answer is clear: New. However, if you’re on a budget and want to get a high-end guitar, it would be smart to buy an used acoustic guitar that has been carefully handled. You can look for one on websites such as eBay and Craigslist. People often sell very good quality used guitars for good prices, so check the listings once a week maybe you can find a gem.