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Where To Find Cheap Guitars – Without Sacrificing Quality

Updated on February 14, 2011

Playing the guitar can be an expensive pursuit, but you don't have to spend a fortune in order to get a good quality guitar that’s a pleasure to play. This article takes a look at some of the places where you can find good cheap guitars which do not sacrifice quality.

Finding A Cheap Guitar Offline

Although the internet has the widest selection of places to buy cheap guitars, not everyone wants buy a guitar online, for various reasons. Fortunately, it's possible to get guitars at great prices in your local area, if you're prepared to do a bit of detective work. Here are some of the places where you should look:

Local Newspaper Listings

First of all, check the classified listings in your local paper - chances are it will have a musical instrument section where many people who are offloading their unwanted guitars will list them for sale. You’ll often find barely used bargains here, from people who have bought new guitars to learn on, and then given up within a few weeks.

Guitar Magazine Classifieds

The classified ads in specialist guitar magazines are also a good place to find bargain guitars. These often include both new and used instruments at a variety of price points.

Local Music Shop Ads

Many local music stores also have a notice board where customers can post adverts listing equipment for sale. This can also be a good place to get a high quality used guitar at a great price.

Music Store Sales

If you'd rather have a brand-new guitar than a used model, but don't want to pay full whack prices, it might be worth waiting until your local music stores have a sale, so you can get a discount on that new guitar you've been wanting.

Where To Find Cheap Guitars Online

If you're happy to buy a guitar online, you’ll have a much wider choice available. Internet retailers typically offer a larger selection since they don’t have the space restrictions of physical shops, and the lower overheads associated with selling online means that these businesses can pass the savings on to you.

You’re not limited to specialist guitar stores such as GuitarCenter either; many general retail sites such as Amazon and auction sites such as eBay also offer a huge selection of high-quality guitars at low prices. And if you're looking for a cheap used guitar, don't forget to check out online classified sites such as Craigslist, where you can find some great guitar bargains.


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