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what's the best guitar for a beginner?

Updated on September 6, 2012

what guitar is best for beginners?

I started playing guitar a few years ago, and this was the question no one could answer. I went to guitar shops, music shops, pawn shops, and everywhere I went, the answer changed. Here is my best answer to this question. Don't compromise on your first guitar. This is what you will cut your teeth on. Make sure you are comfortable playing it. If the action is too high, choose another one. If you don't know what that means, you will after a few sessions of playing.

Start with what you can afford. Rarely can a beginner justify buying a Gibson worth over $5,000. Plenty of great guitars can be found under $500. Taylor, Breedlove, Fender, and Takamine all have great contenders under 500 bones.

Focus on full size guitars. Sure, there are plenty of 3/4 size "portable" guitars: toys. They simply don't do the music justice, often. The full rich sound of an actual guitar will always blow these away. Learn to play the real thing first.

Avoid anything that looks amazing for $149. It's simple: if it seems to good to be true...

Make sure, if you can afford it, you get a solid top. Avoid a laminate top. The sound won't be full and rich like a real solid top. It won't cost a fortune to avoid laminate, but it may mean you can't get that bright cherry look you wanted in real wood for under a grand.

Most importantly, play whatever you are considering for more than :30. thrity seconds is not long enough for your fingers and wrist to let you know if this rig is comfortable. Most shops encourage practicing on guitars. They know it leads to purchases.

Consider protecting your rig. Why bother paying for a guitar, if you won't protect it. Make sure you have enough for a good case to protect your new guitar.

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