Buying your first guitar can be pretty stressful because, as a beginning guitar student, everything is still so new and “unknown.” You will soon discover that you really have to rely on the knowledge of those who have experience teaching or playing the guitar to help you find what you need to get you started down the path of playing the guitar. This can be a scary thing! It can also be a little time consuming if you are determined to really dig in and do your homework in order to find the guitar that will fit your needs the best.
As a guitar instructor, one of the biggest questions I get asked by an aspiring guitar player is, “how much do I need to spend on a guitar?” Well…first of all, what can you afford? There are all different price points out there based on the quality of the guitar. My next question is, “what is your goal with the guitar?”
For example, if you know you want to perform in front of others, it would be wise for you to spend a little extra money getting a guitar that is a little nicer than just a practice guitar. You would want to find a higher quality guitar with a sound that suits the style of music you are going to play as well as your own personal taste. You can go to a music store and start by looking at the guitars you like the looks of. Have a store musician (or bring along someone who plays the guitar) play the lower-end models and the upper-end models to become familiar with how they sound and start to determine what you like the most. You can then buy the guitar you like or start looking for used guitars of the same make and model.
If you are on a lower budget and are just wanting to get started playing, there are some pretty good, basic packages on the market for around $200. I will show you what those include in my video.
In this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wonJuKQU2b0) I discussed my top seven tips for buying a guitar. If you are planning on looking into used guitars I highly suggest you watch the video and write down what to look for while you are out shopping. Just being armed with the knowledge of what to ask (because you don’t know what you don’t know) can be very helpful. If you are planning on buying a new guitar, you can still glean some great knowledge from the video, such as understanding where the guitar was made and what kind of wood was used. This is important because if you buy a guitar made from “green” wood you will have to deal with warping within a few short years.