Three Essential Guitar Buying Tips

Are you a beginner or intermediate guitarist shopping for a new instrument? Here are three essential guitar buying tips to help you make the best shopping choice.
‘Cheap’ Is Very Seldom ‘Good’ – What may look like a bargain is usually a waste of money. Set your budget appropriately; a decent beginner guitar will run between $300-$500, and a good guitar for a seasoned player $500-up. Spending $100 on a guitar is usually a waste of money. You may need to save more, but in the end it’ll be well worth it. I tell my students of a guitar I saved for when I was 16 and making $2.65 an hour… A new 1979 $485 Fender Stratocaster. Well, 40 years later I still have that guitar, so the time I spent saving paid off!
Three Essential Guitar Buying Tips

Try Before You Buy – Each guitar has its own personality and ‘feel’, and the more experience you have playing the more this becomes apparent. You may save a couple of bucks shopping online, but my advice is to head to your local music store and try the guitar(s) you are interested in to see how it feels. Stores will usually set up the instrument so it’ll play well, so you’ll have a good picture of how it plays, feels, and sounds – things that aren’t possible with online shopping. I’ve made the mistake of purchasing an expensive guitar online that I thought I would love, but in reality I never did like how it played.

Shop Used – There is nothing at all wrong with purchasing a quality used instrument from a reputable shop. It may come with a couple of nicks or dings, but you’ll save a lot of money (maybe up to half off!) and in the end you’ll add more nicks and dings yourself! If you’re fortunate enough to have a music store nearby there’s a good chance there are a lot of used instruments there, so shop around. In the end, it’s much better to get a better quality used instrument than a new one of inferior quality.

We hope these three essential guitar buying tips will help you to make the best choice when shopping for your new instrument.

If you’re looking for guitar lessons, NHTunes offers both online, or in our Manchester NH music studio! Our instructors will work with adult beginners to get them started off right, and with more seasoned players to teach them theory, or learning the fret board and soloing. Our lessons are reasonably priced, and you can sign up for a single lesson with NO registration or sign-up fees!

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