How do I buy my first guitar?

ok I currently desire a hobby for playing the guitar so i choose an acoustic first… the electric when im experienced….

so…about the acoustic guitar..

what is the recommended brand for my first guitar?
what size should i buy for the guitar pick?
should i buy a guitar strap?
can you explain about the nylon or steel strings?
what about the concert pitch and the standard tuning?
is there an acoustic guitar that can have an amplifier?
what brand?
anything else should i say at the store clerk?

thanks!

Chosen Answer:

The best advice I can give you with your multitude of questions, is find someone who has been playing guitar for a while, and beg them to help you in your purchase.

In your beginner stage, I don’t believe going the Fender/Gibson route would be a wise decision.

For example…The Gibson acoustic I have my eye on will cost me 2-3 grand.

For starter acoustics..look at Applause, Washburn, Yamaha, Takamine, Epiphone, and low entry Fender acoustics. ( Guitar Player magazine always seems to love the low end Fender acoustics)

For a great starter electric, I love the Fender Squires, but remember, you’ll need to purchase an amplifier.

If you buy an acoustic at the store…ask them if they would throw in a strap and a couple of Fender medium guitar picks, a new set of strings( I like D’Addario J-15)…maybe even a pitch pipe, which will help you develop your ear in tuning, although tuners are so cheap these days() it would be a wise investment.

Concert pitch is A=440, which is simply the frequency of the wavelength that the note A vibrates at. A long time ago, someone decided to make it this pitch. It is considered the standard for tuning.

Standard tuning is simply the tuning of each of the 6 strings of your guitar…E-A-D-G-B-E.

Nylon strings are usually associated with classical or flamenco guitars. Just different types of guitars then steel strings, which are more associated with rock, country..etc.

Best of luck to you
by: Stan
on: 10th September 07

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5 Responses to How do I buy my first guitar?

  1. Daniel says:

    think about what you’re gonna ask first. Check on google!!

  2. Dan K says:

    depends on your price range

    I recommend Gibson brand but only if you have

    enough cash

  3. rsoxfan243433 says:

    Go to a near by music/guitar store. Go in and the people in there will no a lot more than people on here would. I’m sure they’ll answer all of your questions

  4. Scratchy_Joe says:

    Damn that’s a lot of questions. The answers are also up to you

    Brand: Fender, Gibson, or some other mildly decent brand. But don’t pay to much.

    Pick, strap, and strings: That’s all a personal preference thing. Picks are whatever you feel comfortable using. Strap…if your standing up then yeah you might need one. Nylon makes a different sound than steel.

    Concert pitch??? not sure what that means, standard tuning is E

    Yeah some are called semi-acoustics…but they are normally pricey.

    Don’t tell them your a beginner if you go to a music shop. Those jerks will try and get you to buy all kinds of crap you don’t need. Just be sure to get a tuner

  5. gmanstan says:

    The best advice I can give you with your multitude of questions, is find someone who has been playing guitar for a while, and beg them to help you in your purchase.

    In your beginner stage, I don’t believe going the Fender/Gibson route would be a wise decision.

    For example…The Gibson acoustic I have my eye on will cost me 2-3 grand.

    For starter acoustics..look at Applause, Washburn, Yamaha, Takamine, Epiphone, and low entry Fender acoustics. ( Guitar Player magazine always seems to love the low end Fender acoustics)

    For a great starter electric, I love the Fender Squires, but remember, you’ll need to purchase an amplifier.

    If you buy an acoustic at the store…ask them if they would throw in a strap and a couple of Fender medium guitar picks, a new set of strings( I like D’Addario J-15)…maybe even a pitch pipe, which will help you develop your ear in tuning, although tuners are so cheap these days($20) it would be a wise investment.

    Concert pitch is A=440, which is simply the frequency of the wavelength that the note A vibrates at. A long time ago, someone decided to make it this pitch. It is considered the standard for tuning.

    Standard tuning is simply the tuning of each of the 6 strings of your guitar…E-A-D-G-B-E.

    Nylon strings are usually associated with classical or flamenco guitars. Just different types of guitars then steel strings, which are more associated with rock, country..etc.

    Best of luck to you

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