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How Much Are Acoustic Guitars?
What Are You Looking For?
The price you're going to pay is dependant on the brand and type of guitar. Brand name is of the upmost importance in the guitar world. A reasonably priced (in other words, "cheap") guitar will work just fine for the weekend strummer, but for the person playing in a band or some other performance where the guitar will be seen, nothing less than brand name will do.
A guitar is an investment. Yes, an investment. It will last a lifetime or two if you take care of it. Even a guitar considered cheap can give you years of playing pleasure. Like I said before, chheap does not man it's poorly manufactured. There are some great deals for the beginner guitarist. A guitar with bag and picks all for about $30!!
I highly recommend a guitar case, bag or at the very minimum a guitar stand. If left on the floor, propped up against a wall or on the couch it is a sure bet someone will bump it or step on it. The fret board is very strong, but a person's foot is stronger, so be safe rather than sorry and get and use a case, bag or a stand.
To give you an idea of what you'll be looking at in price for a new guitar I've created a table below of the latest guitar prices, as of 2013.
Acoustic Guitar Prices and Their Accessories
Acoustic or Electric
Basic Kona Guitar
Acoustic. This is a beginners set up with a few pick thrown in too.
Epiphone Les Paul 100 electric
Electric. Made with mahagoney and rosewood. A pro set-up.
Fender Standard Stratocaster
Electric. Fender is well known for producing quality guitars.
Martin DRS1 Road Series
Electric Acoustic. This is a recreation of John Lennons guitar when the Beatles first formed a band.
Fender Alkaline Natural
Acousitc. This guitar is made with mahogany wood.
Taylor GS mini mahogany
Acoustic. Called the acoustic cannon for the explosion of great sound.
Fender Standard Stratocaster
Gibson Faded SG
Electric. Gibson is another famous brand name guitar maker well known for quality.
Gibson 1950's Humbucker with gig bag
Electric. This Gibson comes with a bag for accessories called a gig bag.
What is Guitar String Made of?
Nylon was put into use for guitar strings in 1946 and steel soon followed. Before nylon they used gut to string a guitar. If a person is a diligent shopper they can still find gut for their guitar strings. It is referred to as cat gut.
To String or Not to String?
When you've made your guitar purchase you should think about putting new strings on it. Here you'll find a hub on how to restring an acoustic guitar. It's been sitting on the store shelf with aspiring guitarists trying it out for who knows how long. So, think about new strings when you get home. The strings for a guitar are very reasonable. Check out the prices at the right from Amazon.
How often should you restring? Strings aren't expensive, but restringing is time consuming. Unless you really enjoy mundane, tedious work, ask yourself these questions before starting a restringing session:
- Did I recently purchase the guitar?
- Do I play several times a week or do I have to remove dust bunnies before I can play my guitar?
- Am I a rock~n~roller or do I hang more with the dust in the wind crowd?
When I buy a new or used guitar the first thing I do is toss the strings on it for a new, fresh set. The strings ARE the guitar.
If you play often, I'd say every six months you should think about re-stringing. If you rarely play, then I wouldn't restring until there was a problem. What do I mean by a problem? There are a couple of problems that would indicate you need to replace the strings:
- The string snaps and nearly rips your eyeball out; or
- You notice a definite muting of the string when it's plucked. Instead of crisp and clear it sounds dull. This is caused by the metal fraying at the saddle, so the string is no longer suspended on the metal wire, but instead by the nylon inside.
When I replace strings I do them all. Guitar string is cheap, especially if bought in bulk, and if one string needs to be replace then the others are sure to follow. So, I like to do them all at once.
Cleaning Your Guitar
Never use cleaning products with harsh chemicals or gritty content. The shine and luster of the wood will be ruined by these products.
The head stock and body will have the finger prints and smudge marks form you hands. There may also be some pick marks from the pick striking against it.
To remove the finger prints and general grime I use glass cleaner and a soft cloth.
- Spray some glass cleaner on a cloth and rub it across the surface area of the head stock and the body.
- Flip the guitar over and do the same for the back side.
- Rub the back side of the fretboard.
- Go back and buff the area's you just cleaned with the glass cleaner until a brilliant reflection can be seen.
If there are pick marks on the body try a plastic cleaner. Meguire's has a plastic cleaner I use all the time for removing such marks.
- Place a pea size bead of plastic cleaner on a cloth.
- Rub the mark in a circular motion until the mark is removed.
- Flip the cloth to a clean section and buff the area up to a nice shine.
For the fret board I will use a soft cloth and wood polish like lemon oil or something similar.
- Apply polish to the cloth.
- Slide the cloth beneath the strings between the fret board and the strings so the polish side of the cloth is on the fretboard.
- In a sawing motion slide the cloth back and forth across each fret, down the fretboard.
- When you get to the bottom, gently pull the cloth out, flip it over and reinsert it so the clean side is against the fret board.
- Again, seesaw the cloth and move up the fret board polishing each fret as you