Buying Your First Acoustic Guitar

Andy | September 12, 2012

Every guitarist remembers their first guitar. Some look back with horror and disbelief, while others recall their introductory instrument with fondness, regardless of its quality.

Most wish they knew back then what they know now. For this reason, it’s a good idea to seek a bit of expert advice on the subject of your first guitar. Here are a few important tips: The main factor for most is price. Consider your budget for a starter guitar. This usually means buying a low-end guitar or perhaps a used, mid-range model.

A practical solution is to opt for a beginner’s guitar pack. Packages include a strap, plectrums, tuner and bag. Well-known brands like Fender and Yamaha offer decent beginner packs.

Price differences on acoustic guitars generally reflect the grade or type of wood used to construct the guitar and the fact they can be accurately tuned and stay in tune for longer. Less expensive guitars use layered wood laminate, while pricier models have tops made of solid pieces of wood, which vibrate more easily and therefore have a better sound quality than laminate.

Though solid wood tops provide a nicer, fuller tone and improve with play, these are not the chief concerns for a beginner guitarist . Most important in terms of pleasure and learning to play are comfort and playability.

The size and shape of the guitar and its action (how close the strings are to the fretboard) are the main factors for comfort and playability. These aspects greatly facilitate learning to play the guitar and give far more satisfaction than an expensive guitar of better sound quality that is more difficult to play.

Size – A smaller acoustic guitar may be more comfortable and therefore more playable for a novice guitarist, especially women and those of shorter stature. Try out different sizes, shapes and models to find what suits you best. Last but not least, get a friend who is an experienced player to help you choose your first guitar.

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