How Do You Decide When Buying Your First Guitar?

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Buying your first guitar.

You have made your decision, you are going to learn guitar, not you have to buy a guitar. Sounds simple, how hard can it be? Well, not very, if you plan it out the right way. Make the plan for the long term, start as though you do intend to continue for a long time.

Your best option would be to buy an acoustic guitar to start with, this will set you off on the right path. There are many makes and models to choose from. So before you take off to the music store, here are a few tips that may help in this endeavour.

#1 First you should think about your budget. When you go to buy a guitar you want one that has a good timbre or tone. This need not be the most expensive and probably will not be the cheapest either. So set yourself a realistic budget.

If you know someone who knows about guitars, ask them to go along with you when you start looking. If you don’t have a friend like that and if you are taking lessons from a tutor, then ask the tutor for guidance. Let them know your budget and find out if this is a reasonable budget so you will know if you are on the right track.

Don’t overlook the second-hand items either, garage sales, local classifieds etc. as there can be some great gems there.

#2 Next decide on the music you want to play. This will have a major bearing on the type of guitar you purchase. Easy listening, some pop, country, folk are all styles that you would look to buy an acoustic guitar for.

However if you are into the rock style then there are other expenses that go along with that, amplifiers, leads, some sort of system that will allow you to practise using headphones (don’t want to upset the neighbors). So the budget may need to be revised.

Jazz and blues can require another type of guitar, one called an archtop and these are mainly more expensive. When you are starting out, the acoustic model is the best to start with.

But it is worthwhile thinking about the type of music you eventually want to be playing at this planning stage. You will know what you need to put aside in the future.

#3 You need to factor into your budget how you will be learning.

Will the lessons be via a membership site, software program or a face to face tutor or tutored group? Or will it be a combination.

Add these costs when working out your budget and also include the cost of travelling to and from classes.

Put it all down on paper, how much it will cost for your first year, you never know you may be able to afford that better model that you had your eye on. You may get a nice surprise.

Starting out is so much better when you plan things instead of jumping in and not having all the information to make your decision and be able to continue with your new pastime.

Makes your new pastime so much more enjoyable as you will know you can continue and maybe one day become that great guitarist you have always imagined you could be.

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