Before you even think about starting to play the guitar you need to put your hands on the actual instrument. Although you are surely tempted to believe that this is not necessary since you can always rent one or play the one of the instructor’s, having a guitar of your own will help you out so much more than what you initially think. 

Many beginners make the mistake of thinking they need the very best possible instrument, like a Collings guitar or similar. In reality, what is important is to get a guitar that will actually make it easier for you to learn. As a beginner, you are mainly interested in price, style, age, size, condition and where you buy the guitar from. 

Where Should You Buy Your Guitar From?

The beginner guitar player should always avoid the pawn shops, yard sales or flea markets, unless he/she is buying with the help of someone that does have the proper experience. If you never bought a guitar till now you surely do not actually know what the best option is. The best option you have as a beginner is to visit the local music retail shop. At the same time, online shopping is an opportunity if you are using the services of a company that is reputable. In this case it is very important that you look at the return policy though, just to be safe. 


Most articles teach you that great guitars are going to cost somewhere between 300 and 600 dollars. However, you can easily find good quality guitars if your budget is under 200 dollars. Also, you can get a hold of some package options. This includes the guitar and some really essential accessories like a gig bag and a tuner. 

Guitar Type

This is a decision that is so often based on personal preference but most instructors agree that the very best beginner guitar is the one that is acoustic. The classic guitar will have wider necks, which is really hard for the younger student or the individual that is physically smaller as guitar chords are learned. The electric guitar was designed to be played while connected with amplifiers. This does increase costs. An acoustic guitar is really simple and does not need any extra equipment. It is thus ideal for the beginner guitarist. 

Guitar Condition

Obviously, in the event you buy a brand new guitar, you do not need to worry about this factor. However, if you decide to buy a used one, it is really important that you choose one that is in a proper working condition. Make sure that you look online for tutorials about how to check guitar quality and condition. 

The bottom line is that you need to be careful and find a guitar that is good for you as a beginner. Do not try to buy one that is way too expensive or complex. The best guitars are those that are simple to use and great according to the personal preferences of the beginner. 

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