What's The Best Beginner Guitar?

Choosing a guitar can be a daunting prospect, especially if you're looking to buy for the first time.

Is there really a best beginner guitar?

First you need to decide What Type of Guitar you want to learn.

Do you want to play Acoustic Guitar?

Learn Electric Guitar?

or play Bass Guitar?

These questions can be answered by looking at the kind of music you want to play on your guitar.

I'm taking a wild guess but I suspect that most of you out there want to play either the electric bass or the electric guitar. Hopefully a few of you will choose the acoustic guitar, as I believe it's a beautiful instrument that deserves to be more widely played. It's also a good instrument to start beginners on, as no matter how loud you play an acoustic guitar the neighbours aren't going to ask you to MOVE!! :)

How Old Do You Need to Be to Start the Guitar?

You can start your child pretty early on the guitar as you can get 1/2 scale (that's half the size of a normal guitar) (up to 6 years) or 3/4 scale guitars (up to 10-12 years).

Just remember that if they're starting very young (5-8 years old) they'll have to start on an acoustic with nylon strings. You really don't want your young child to come to you with bleeding hands from playing on metal strings!

Costs?

For an acoustic guitar you're looking at ?40($80)- upwards

For an electric guitar it's from ?60 upwards ($120) - upwards

For an electric bass it's around ?60 upwards ($120) - upwards

When you're looking to buy any kind of guitar there are some important facts you need to bear in mind.

1. You need to make sure you are comfortable with the instrument. Most of the time guitars in the store are not 'set up' right, meaning that the neck is probably bent slightly and that the strings are too high or too low on the fretboard, making it feel uncomfortable to you.

However, you could be playing a GREAT instrument if it's set up right, so my advice is go to several stores and play the same guitar. If this is not possible, and you are seriously considering buying the instrument, tell this to the shop guy and ask him to 'set it up' for you. Most stores will do this, though some may not.

2. Make sure the electronics are all working,

3. That the neck is straight and above all that you feel a 'connection' with the guitar.

4. You also have to make sure that you buy within your price range, set yourself a limit and don't go over it.

5. I would not advise buying second-hand from E-bay without actually seeing and playing the instrument.

Strings

Of course all guitars need a set of strings but how often do you need to change them?

Acoustic Guitar

When you change strings is dependent upon how often you play, your playing style, your care of the strings, and the effect your hands have on the strings. The short answer to this question is between 15 to 30 hours of play! Here's why: As you play, the strings will collect dirt and oils from your hands. This causes the strings to become dead and to vibrate unevenly along their length (also causing tuning problems). Dirt and oils get into the windings and down inside to the core of the strings where it can cause corrosion of the core. If your hands are dirty or if your hands perspire when you play, this will shorten the string life. Wiping the strings off each time you are finished playing will help prolong their life. Also if you bend strings or play hard this will cause flat spots on the strings especially at the fret locations, shortening their life.

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