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WHAT TO THINK OF WHEN BUYING A GUITAR
by Björn Wennås

CHOOSING YOUR GUITAR

There is no such thing as right or wrong when it comes to choosing a guitar. A cool looking guitar does not always mean better, and the popularity of a particular guitar does not necessarily mean that it’s for you. Acoustics and electrics come in all shapes and sizes, and what someone else finds appealing may not be right for you.

YOUNG BEGINNERS

If your child wants to play guitar I suggest you buy him or her a nylon string guitar to start of with. That would be a classical guitar. Nylon strings are easier on the fingers than steel strings, so it is much nicer for younger kids. Depending on the size of the child you might want to consider a 3/4 size guitar or a 1/2 size guitar.

ELECTRIC GUITAR

If you are a beginner and want a cheap electric guitar I suggest you buy a mexican made Fender, an Epiphone or an Ibanez. Those are normally nice quality beginner guitars. Take into account when you are going to buy an electric guitar that you need an amp as well.

STEEL STRING ACOUSTIC GUITAR

A steel string acoustic guitar is what many students and parents look at buying, however, a cheap steel string acoustic guitar usually doesn’t sound that great, is hard to play and rarely a good value for your money as a beginner guitar.

CLASSICAL GUITAR

A classical guitar has a full bodied, warm and mellow sound, is easy on the fingers and hands and the string spacing is wider making it easier to play chords as a beginner. A good sounding classical guitar is often cheaper than a good sounding steel string acoustic guitar.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR AT A MUSIC STORE

Take your time choosing a guitar, go check out many different guitars, what feels right for you is the most important thing.

Do play through ALL the notes on the neck and make sure there are not any dead spaces or excessive buzzing, this could be signs of knots in the wood and bad fretwork, ones is impossible to fix the other one expensive to fix.

When you go out and buy a guitar listen with your own ears. What guitar sound do you like best. You can listen to what a salesman and what your teacher has to say, but you are the one who has the final say. The sound and feeling of a guitar is ultimately about personal preference.

Happy shopping :)

RECOMMENDATIONS

Mr. Music (Allston)

Johnson Strings (Newton)