Let’s face it – as a beginner, you probably don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on your first guitar. Maybe because you’re not sure whether you actually like playing a guitar (since you haven’t tried it yet), maybe because you don’t know how much time you will be able to spend playing your new instrument, or just because you don’t have the money. Today I want to discuss guitar prices and my advice on buying your first guitar. I won’t be including any specific models here, but if you’re interested in that, I suggest you check out IndieHq’s post on some of the best acoustic guitars.
So, How Much Should You Spend?
To be honest, that’s mostly up to you and there’s no wrong answer here. As long as you don’t buy a cheap guitar for $30, you should be fine. The best way to look at it is to find some of the most popular brands and check out their entry-level models. Brands such as Yamaha, Fender, Martin and Epiphone are all known as some of the most trustable guitar manufacturers, but the best part is that they also make great guitars at very affordable prices.
Generally, I personally wouldn’t spend more than $200 on my first guitar. That’s just because you’ll feel less pressure by paying less for your first instrument. You know, if you’ve paid $700 it, then everybody will expect you to practice every minute of the day and get to the pro-level in 1 week. That’s not how it works. In order to really get good at it, you need to be relaxed and accept that learning takes time.
What Size of a Guitar Is Best For Beginners Like Yourself?
There’s really no rules here, whatever feels most comfortable to you. If you’re currently in the buying phase, I recommend you check out IndieHQ, where they review different models and give some great advices.
Don’t Expect Your First Guitar To Be Amazing
Let me elaborate on that. As a newbie, you probably don’t have an unlimited budget. That means you won’t be getting a professional guitar when you’re just starting out. And as we all know, there are some affordable guitars that sound great, but none of them can really compare to the high-end models. But you know what? That’s totally fine!
Your first step is to master playing it, then – and only then, you can focus on the sound, design, etc. But there’s another trick as well. If you have ever seen a decent guitarist playing on an entry-level guitar, you definitely noticed that it sounds good. In fact, if a beginner played the same guitar, they couldn’t get it to sound half as good!
That’s because you haven’t mastered the playing part yet. You don’t always hit the right notes, don’t press on the fretboard hard enough, and so on. That results in your guitar sounding weaker and “worse than advertised”.
But trust me, once you get good at playing on a budget-friendly guitar, you’ll rock everybody’s world by playing on more expensive models!