GUITAR BUYING GUIDE - MUSCIANSFRIEND
Purpose and Budget
Before you think about brand names or body styles, consider what you are going to use the guitar for, and how much money you have to spend on one.
Skill Level - Amateur or Advanced
If you are a new player who is looking for an instrument to learn on, you may not want to spend too much on a high-end acoustic guitar just yet. Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, there is a wide selection of good, low- to mid-range acoustic guitars to choose from.
But maybe you are an experienced player who is ready to upgrade to a better guitar. In that case, it is important to know the difference between tonewoods, and how the soundboard effects resonance.
Purpose - Acoustic-Electrics Expand Your Options
Will you be playing with a band, or taking your guitar to public events such as open mic nights? If so, you may want to consider an acoustic-electric guitar.
Acoustic-electric guitars are equipped with pickups and a preamplifier allowing them to be plugged into an amplifier or sound system without distorting their rich, acoustic sound, and without limiting your mobility while you play. When not plugged in, they play and sound just like other acoustic guitars. These hybrid guitars continue to increase in popularity with performers, and Musician's Friend offers a wide range of acoustic-electric guitars to match any budget.
Whether you’re playing at home or in public, solo or with a band, just starting or upgrading - make sure you consider what you need from a guitar, and how much you have to spend, before you start shopping.
Construction and Design
Once you understand the basics about how an acoustic guitar is designed and built, you will be able to see and hear subtle differences that will help you pick the best guitar for your needs ............
Here is a list of some recommended beginner guitars and accessories for students. Please note, we suggest starting with a most affordable brand working your way up to more expensive ones. All the guitar listed here are conveniently available for purchase on Amazon.com, if you have Amazon Prime account, you can get your guitar in about 2 days delivered to your home. Amazon not only have guitars in stock, the prices are most competitive.
Recommended Acoustic Guitar Bundles:
Yamaha FG JR1 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar BUNDLE w/Gig Bag & Legacy Kit (Tuner, Picks, Strings & Much More) - NOT FULL SIZE FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS
Yamaha Gigmaker Standard Acoustic Guitar w/ Gig Bag, Tuner, Instructional DVD, Strap, Strings, and Picks - Natural
Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar Bundle with Hard Case, Strap, Stand, Tuner, Strings, Picks, Capo, String Winder, and Instructional DVD - Natural
Recommended Semi-Acoustic Guitar Bundles:
OE30 Purple Burst Oscar Schmidt Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar Bundle, Covered Pickups
Oscar Schmidt Delta King Semi Hollow BlueBurst Guitar w/ Gig Bag, OE30FBLB
GoDpsMusic BOCA12-TCS Dean Boca 12-String Electric Hollowbody in Trans Cherry Sunburst with Accessories
Recommended Electric Guitar Bundles:
Squier by Fender Mini Strat Electric Guitar Bundle with Amplifier, Instrument Cable, Tuner, Strap, Strings, Winder, Picks, Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD, and Polishing Cloth - Sunburst
Silvertone SSL3 Electric Guitar Package, Vintage Cherry Sunburst
Paul Reed Smith Guitars ST22TS-Kit02 PRS SE Standard 22 Tobacco Sunburst Electric Guitar with ChromaCast Hard Case & Accessories