Why should you choose an Acoustic Guitar for a beginner vs. Another type of guitar?
With several types of guitars out there to choose from, such as the enticing electric guitar, why should you choose an acoustic guitar for a beginner?
- They require less additional equipment than, for example, an electric guitar, which requires an amplifier in order to really play correctly.
- They aren’t as loud, in general, as an electric guitar. Your neighbors won’t complain!
- They are easy to learn and fun to sing along with.
- Many different styles of music can be played on an acoustic guitar: classical, jazz, blues, country, and more!
Actually Purchasing an Acoustic Guitar for a Beginner
The key piece of advice I can give is: take your time looking at many places and actually hold and test-play MANY guitars before making any purchase. Remember, you are not just investing in an item, you are investing in a sensitive, unique musical instrument and in a new hobby that you will spend hours enjoying on a regular basis. Take your time and make sure that you know what you are doing before putting up the money for any guitar.
Visit several reputable shops (not chain stores or pawn shops) and get a feel for various manufacturers’ guitars and for what interests you before you actually make your final decision.
The best thing to do is to actually test the specific guitar you are going to buy. Not just the one on the shelf that is the “demo model” (although you should do that first to narrow down your choices), but the actual instrument you are considering taking home with you. This is because there are many variations naturally between instruments since they are all unique, as are all instruments.
Tip: Take the guitar into a soundproof practice room that does not contain other guitars or instruments to test it. Why? Because sympathetic vibration will cause the strings of other stringed instruments to vibrate, making noise and thereby making your guitar sound better than it really is.
In addition, test for what feels and sounds the best, rather than just what looks the best: you’ll be happier in the long run with something you’re more willing to play regardless of the looks.
Remember: If you are buying a guitar from a store, insist on testing the actual guitar you will be paying for, not just the demo model, before you pay good money for your guitar. Any good guitar dealer will understand your need to test-play the actual instrument you will be purchasing and will be willing to un-box it for you and help you get it set up.
After testing the guitar, do not be afraid to walk away and think over your decision overnight or even for a few days: ask the store to hold/set aside a promising-sounding guitar for you for a short time if you are fairly sure of your choice but just need time to think about it.
Since the neck of the guitar is key to the quality of the sound, sight down the length of the neck to verify that it is straight (not warped) and that all of the strings are the same height/distance above the frets.