Buying Your First Guitar

Tips on Buying your First Guitar

Buying Your First Guitar

Buying your first guitar as a beginner can be a daunting task as you often have no idea what to look for and can barely play the thing to know if it’s any good. Here are some tips I give to all my beginner students and hopefully you’ll be able to use some of them.

  1. Decide whether it’s an electric, acoustic or nylon string guitar you’re after. Your guitar teacher should be able to help with this depending on the style your learning. Different guitars are used for different styles but ultimately they all do the same thing. Nylon strings are good for beginners as they will be softer on the fingers.
  2. Stick to your budget. Being a beginner your ear isn’t quite trained yet and you’ll probably notice very little between guitars varying a few hundred dollars in price.
  3. if you have small hands see if there are any beginner guitars with a thin neck. You may also want to explore 3/4 size guitars
  4. try out a few guitars that are in your price range and see how they feel in your hands. Does it feel comfortable? Does it look good?
  5. Once you’re adamant on the guitar you want take a photo of the label (make, model). You’ll find this inside the sound hole of acoustic guitars or on the back for electrics (make, model), go away to a cafĂ© and do your research. Check all the online reviews. This is for your piece of mind
  6. Finally go back to the store, double check the guitar for any damage, scratches, chips or anything that doesn’t look right and purchase. Find out what the return policy is.
  7. Buying Your First Guitar Online

    I always recommend physically seeing the guitar and trying before you buy. However if you come across an awesome deal online or going to a physical store is not an option then buying online is a viable option providing the vendor is trusted and has a good return policy. As mentioned your ear isn’t quite trained so it doesn’t matter too much which one you purchase at the start.

    The one thing I’ve learnt over the years is that each guitar produces a different sound and it doesn’t matter what guitar you’re using now you’ll always be on the lookout for another one.

    Good luck with buying your first guitar. You can also visit my guitar shop or come visit me in the North Shore, Willoughby Sydney. I have a wide range of guitars and can also provide guitar lessons.