Buying a Guitar for Beginners: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need – Part 1

Guitar Niche - Buying A Beginner Guitar Part 1

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and want to buy a beginner acoustic guitar, awesome! But before you spend those $$$ on that new instrument, here’s a few questions to consider:

  • Where do you start?
  • What should you be looking for?
  • How much should you spend on a beginner acoustic guitar?
  • Who should you buy from?
  • How do you know you’re getting a good deal?

Luckily for you, Guitar Niche can help.

In this two part video series, you’ll see a brand new beginner acoustic guitar go through the whole process of un-boxing, inspection and general setup. Plus some very handy information added along the way.

What To Look For When Buying A Beginner Acoustic Guitar


Here’s a key point:

They all need help out of the box.

For entry level instruments like the one featured in this video series – even more so.

Do yourself a big favour, if you’re not familiar with the intricacies of guitars, stick with a brand name instrument such as this robust Yamaha FG700S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar to minimize your potential headaches.

When you’re starting from scratch you have no reference as to what’s good or bad. From a beginner’s point of view, it’s a wooden box or a plank with a stick on it. You have no idea what good guitar action is, or what it’s supposed to be like on a well tinkered instrument.

The difference for the beginner can be life changing – seriously!

Have you ever seen an acoustic with the strings ½” off the fretboard? Very typical of really cheap guitars and hand-me-downs. Imagine trying to play your first few chords on a guitar like that – ouch! No wonder novice players get discouraged.

So what about buying a used instrument?

Sure, you will definitely save a few bucks on a purchase due to initial depreciation but you are among the wolves if you are without a guide. The guitar’s condition can be terrible, it might look ok, but it can be buzzing or have serious underlying issues that can only be determined by a professional. I can’t tell you how many times I had to break the bad news to people that essentially wasted their money on, for lack of better words, a piece of crap.

They are then denied the joy of a lifetime of self expression through playing guitar and creating their own music.

It can be WAY better, it is supposed to be way better.

Straight out of the box, every fresh beginner acoustic guitar has to go through the setup process. The thing to keep in mind is you are entitled to it. As a stand alone fee, a pro setup fee can run about $70 on average, you should be getting it included FOR FREE.

FACT: Not all music stores have qualified or even competent staff on hand to set up every new guitar that comes through the door. Their primary business interest is turning inventory and trying to squeeze more money out of the sale with up-sells.

Buying A Beginner Guitar - Part 1

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2 Responses

  1. Thom Adkins
    | Reply

    I’ve seen brand new, high end, name brand guitars that need this attention. Imagine spending upwards of $3k and your instrument doesn’t play well.

    • Steve B.
      | Reply

      Thanks Thom. I’ve seen it too many times myself, hence the article.

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