What you are using the guitar for. Learning, appearance, professional use, hobby, etc, and what style of music you wish to play. Learning the guitar is not an easy thing and playing an inferior instrument can make it harder. Cheaper guitars can be a disincentive to the student especially. 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 yet. There is a wide selection of good, low- to mid-range acoustic guitars to choose from. Experienced players ready to upgrade will want to know the difference between tonewoods and soundboards (the top).

Some buying tips

Tip 1: Guitars come in a variety of sizes for small musicians, but a full size one is generally suitable from the early years of high school.  It’s also important not to overstretch small fingers with an instrument that’s too big.

Tip 2: If you are a beginner ask the advice of your teacher.  Guitars do differ and a key feature to look for is a solid top because it sounds better and has more sustain, which means it holds the note longer with a richer tone.

Tip 3: The expertise of the maker and the degree to which an instrument is handmade impact the quality of sound the instrument will create, but the more handmade the instrument is then the more expensive it will be.  Still, modern manufacturing techniques ensure that you can buy an affordable instrument that plays well regardless. Beware, if the price seems too good to be true it’s because it probably is. Bad guitars quickly become unplayable.


Tip 4: Music retailers are passionate about their music and invest considerably to give you the opportunity to see and try a huge range of instruments. They will gladly take you through your options. Different retailer stock different brands too, so check out a few to ensure you see and feel a good range.

Tip 5: Research thoroughly.  There is heaps of independent information online not attached to marketing. Good reviews, technical info and forums. Above all, buy the guitar you’re going to love. It will be a life-long affair!