Choosing your first guitar.
When you have decided that you want to try and learn guitar, having your own guitar is very useful. However, choosing the finest guitar can be troublesome. Not everyone is able to afford fender guitars as their first guitar, and some may not want to empty their bank accounts on a super expensive guitar when they are just starting up. This is totally normal, and you can still get super nice guitars for an affordable price. You do not need to pay out of your backside just to get a decent guitar. There are plenty of options out there for you. So, today we will discuss how you can go about choosing the best guitar for you as you start up playing.
What type of guitar do you want?
Your first step is to decide what kind of guitar you want; electric or acoustic? Acoustics are great to learn on, with no fancy extras, and if you will be having lessons then you can focus on how to sound clear and precise when you play.
There are also classic nylon-stringed acoustics which is quieter and less demanding, or a steel-stringed acoustic that is louder but tougher on your fingers- which might be a good option if you intend on switching to electric guitar once you get the hang of it.
However, many brilliant guitarists will start with electric, simply because that is what they are interested in. You do get more variety in sound, looks, and playing styles with an electric. Yet, it can be a bit of punishment on your fingers.
There is no right or wrong way to start off, it is simply up to you, there are plenty of options, and you can pick and choose as you please. Some may wish to start with an electric as they know they wish to specialize in this and do not see the point of buying an acoustic to learn on.
Choose your type of guitar, and you are already on your way.
Decide on a shape and style.
Of course, you want a guitar that you enjoy looking at. The more enjoyable you find the aesthetic of your guitar, the more drawn you will be to pick it up and practice. Think about color and shape.
Checking out expensive guitars is a good place to find inspiration. There are so many body sizes, which will usually produce different sounds and may come with or without a body cutaway.
If you are getting a guitar for a child, ensure that it is a suitable size for the child. Children’s guitars will have shorter necks and fretboards, so they are not stretching to reach notes.
What is your budget?
Figuring out your budget is very important. You can set yourself a limit that you are not willing to go above. Of course, this will be different for everyone, if you are just wanting to try out the guitar, and you are not 100% certain that you want to play long-term, a smaller budget is wise. However, if you are more dedicated and feel certain that you wish to play in the long-term, a bigger budget is more reasonable for you.
You probably do not want to go above spending more than $550 on your first guitar, though. Once you feel more secure, feel free to go as above and beyond this as you like. But remember, your first guitar is just that, a lot like your first car, you are testing the waters and getting a feel for it.
View it in person before you buy it.
At the lower price, all guitars will have similar specifications. So, do not worry too much about the fretboard material, the knobs, or what the hardware is made of.
You need to check out the guitar in person before you buy it because you need to feel happy with its shape. Learning to play is about comfort, and you need to feel comfortable and excited by this guitar. The more comfortable and excited you are by your guitar, the more inclined you will be to pick it up and learn.
Brands with great beginner guitars
There are so many guitar brands out there, however, when you are looking for a beginner guitar you may want something brilliant but not too pricey. There are some brands that are great for guitars at all levels of expertise.
Some of these include; Fender, Gretsch, Marshall, ESP, and some others.