Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Starter Guitar

Learning to play a guitar is tough, but with a good instrument and some practice, you can have folks singing along in no time.

You can only play air guitar for so long before your buddies start questioning the seriousness of your frequently stated rock star ambitions. Or maybe your daughter’s Taylor Swift phase isn’t passing like you thought, and her latest break-up song is “kinda-sorta good.” But given the sheer volume of choices and prices, how do you decide on that perfect first guitar? The probability of your royalties eventually paying for it isn’t high, sad to say, but given the importance of matching the guitar to the player, you’ll want to consider these three things.

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This is your first and biggest choice. Electric guitars are more popular, generally easier to play, and more versatile sound-wise. But they are heavier and require an amplifier, which adds to the cost. An acoustic guitar is simpler and doesn’t require an amp to hear it but depending on the action and string type, can be more difficult for fingers to press the strings into the frets. Electric players trend more toward rock song and lead playing, while acoustic guitars are more chord-driven and used more for accompaniment.

This model is also available in 3/4 sizes. Squier

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Both electric and acoustic guitars come in different sizes. Electric guitars come in half, ¾, and full sizes, typically suited to 5 to 7, 7 to 10, and 11-year olds and up, respectively. Acoustic guitars are sized more by body shape, with smaller guitars as traveler or parlor models, and standard sized guitars as auditorium, orchestra or dreadnought shaped. Smaller players (youngsters or smaller adults with small hands) might be more successful with a parlor guitar.

This model has a Laurel Wood fingerboard and Canadian maple neck. Donner

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A guitar’s “action” has to do with the straightness of its neck, the distance of the strings above the fret and its ability to stay in tune, even at higher fret playing. Absolutely nothing is more frustrating to a beginner than a guitar with poor action. As a rule, guitars from reputable manufacturers are less prone to poor action, and a good guitar tech can adjust the action accordingly.

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This model delivers full-body sound. Best Choice Products

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This combo is a great set for anyone starting from scratch. LyxPro

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