If you’ve decided to play guitar – either as a hobby or to purse professionally, then you’ll want to make the best decision when purchasing your instrument.
If you’re new to guitar playing, then you might want to start with a used guitar just until you get your feet wet.
If you’re a seasoned player who wants to improve your talent, then you might feel confident paying a little more for an upscale, new guitar that meets your needs.
In this post, I’ll teach you what you need to know about buying a guitar based on your skill level, intentions, and of course – budget!
If you have any questions about your specific guitar needs, I invite you to drop me a note at comment form below so I can help you make a decision before you buy.
What Kind of Guitar Do You Need?
When you start shopping for your guitar, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices you have. There are electric guitars, acoustic guitars – guitars with nylon strings, and those that are steel-strung.
You want to do some research into what kind of sound you want to achieve before you invest in a guitar – whether it’s new or used. A guitar with nylon strings will deliver a softer sound, which is great if you want to focus on classical guitar music.
Steel-strung, flat-top guitars are more suitable for those who have solos in mind or guitar play with a pick. It gives you a crisp sound that the nylon strings don’t deliver. You can get even more range with the vibrations of the strings if you go with an electric guitar and add an amplifier to the mix.
It’s possible to find inexpensive new guitars that are of pretty good quality these days. I personally prefer Seagull S6 Acoustic Guitar, but you can choose an Jasmine by Takamine S35 Acoustic Guitar or Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar if you’re just starting out, too.
Sometimes it’s best to test the guitars out to see which one you feel most comfortable with. You’ll need to learn the little things, like how to tune your guitar, so that no matter what style you buy, it always delivers the best sound.
Navigating the Rough Waters of Buying a New or Used Guitar
You shouldn’t rush into the guitar-buying process. It’s not something you suddenly wake up and decide to do one day and run out to grab one off a shelf in the store. You don’t want to be pushed into buying a guitar by an overly eager sales clerk who’s looking to make a commission.
Go to a local guitar store, but not with the intention of buying that day. Instead, use that time to evaluate the different kinds of guitars – from acoustic to electric. Make some mental notes about what you did or didn’t like about each type and brand of guitar.
Take that information home with you for further research. Not only are you concerned with buying the right kind of guitar, but you want to be a savvy shopper, too! You’ll want to go to each company’s website and research the features and gear they offer.
These days, you can probably find the best deal on your new or used guitar by using the Internet to make your final purchase. In a local store, prices can be inflated because the competition in each area is low.
But on the Internet, there’s a lot of competition to provide the best pricing and widest array of choices in acoustic and electric guitars. At Amazon, for instance, they offer selections on many brands that come in new and used form, so when someone comes to this site, they’re going to find something that suits their needs.
A brick and mortar business can’t compete because they can’t stock the vast majority of what we’re able to offer.
Customers can get their merchandise shipped quickly directly to their home, without having to worry that the product will arrive damaged, since packing is carefully handled to ensure the instrument is protected.