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How to Buy the Right Guitar

Take time to understand the ins and outs of selecting a guitar, because beginner or Grammy contender, you will make the sweetest music on a guitar well-matched to your needs.


  • Step 1: Establish your budget Establish your budget, deciding whether you're willing to invest $200, $2,000, or more, remembering you will also need to buy a case and accessories.
  • Step 2: Consider aspirations Consider your musical aspirations. Select an electric guitar to play rock, semi-acoustic for jazz and blues, and acoustic to play classical or jazz.
  • Step 3: Size your instrument Size your instrument so that it easily rests on your lap, making sure you can reach around the body and neck. Also, make sure neck width and string spacing are a fit.
  • TIP: Shop at several stores. Test drive several different guitars until you find the perfect fit.
  • Step 4: Examine construction details Examine a guitar's construction details, looking for die-cast tuning gears and a solid top. Keep in mind that dark and light woods create different tones.
  • Step 5: Check the warranty Check the warranty for your guitar purchase, as you would for any major purchase.
  • Step 6: Select a guitar Select a guitar that is the best match and that you'll enjoy playing. Now, tune up and get ready for an exciting musical journey.
  • FACT: Electric guitars came on the scene in the 1930s and 1940s, made popular by music pioneers such as Muddy Waters and Merle Travis.

You Will Need

  • Budget
  • Goals
  • Test drives (optional)

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