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  • Writer's pictureBilly Jones

How to Choose Your First Guitar

Updated: Nov 2, 2018

You're ready to begin learning the guitar, but where do you start?

First, you need a guitar!

What type of guitar should I buy?

Well, what kind of things do you see yourself playing on the guitar?

I want to strum chords to sing over, learn finger picking, and basic guitar skills.

I would recommend starting out with a steel string acoustic guitar. Sometimes called a folk guitar, this type of guitar will accommodate most musical styles and ability levels.

The main thing to look for is a guitar that sounds good to you, and has relatively low action (height of the strings from the fretboard).

All guitars can be adjusted and typically require a setup and/or new strings right after purchase.

Elixir acoustic guitar strings are my favorite brand for acoustic, especially beginners. They are much more forgiving on your fingers and will be less painful than other types of strings.

The brands we love are Yamaha, Fender, and Epiphone.

These brands all offer quality beginner guitars in the $200 range. I do not recommend anything much less than $200 as the cheaper models tend to be very difficult to play and may eventually make you stop playing!

I want to rock out loudly with an amp!

I hear you! If Angus Young is your musical hero, I recommend Fender Stratocasters (Made In Mexico), Epiphone Les Pauls & SG's.

These brands all offer quality beginner electric guitars. You will also need an amp. Check out the lower price range amps from Fender and Vox. They are perfect for starting out on electric.

Ready to get started?

Email us at or complete our Contact form and come in for a *free* intro lesson. We can discuss which guitar is best for you, and start you down the path to becoming the guitarist you dream of becoming!



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