Should You Buy A Cheap Guitar?

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  • Author Jared Kloss
  • Published January 30, 2012
  • Word count 539

Must beginning guitarists look for budget guitars, or are they better off searching for first-class beginner acoustic guitars instead? One of the most crucial elements that sometimes gets neglected by a beginning guitar player is purchasing the right guitar. If you feel that obtaining some guitar chords books or costly guitar lessons can make you master the fretboard faster while you are neglecting the guitar aspect you will most likely deal with a painful and frustrating guitar journey. Many parents buy budget acoustic guitars because they do not want to squander their money in case their kids give up playing. In reality, most of the kids quit because these cheap guitars are hard to play.

Selecting the Right Beginner Acoustic Guitars

Finding an acoustic guitar is not easy especially if you do not know what to look for. Firstly, you have to stick to the budget you have set after which check for some guitars available in that price range. Do not go for guitars under $100 if possible, because you can barely get a good beginners guitar within the price tags.

Normally, a nice beginner acoustic guitar must have:

  • Good Playability

Guitars with good playability will feel 'right' in your hand. Good beginner guitars should let your chording fingers to move across the fretboard easily and freely. All frets are installed accurately at the precise height level and spacing, without sharp ends that might injure your fingers. When all strings are strummed in open position you should hear no buzzes at all.

  • Straight Neck

Neck of low-cost guitars tend to bow easily because of low materials quality or no truss applied inside. To see if a beginners guitar has a decent neck set up you can press the 6th string on both first and 12th frets, and examine the gap between the frets and the pressed string. Good beginner acoustic guitars should show a small gap only.

  • Low Action

Action is the distance between the guitar strings and top of the 12th fret. The smaller the distance the less pressure you need to apply on the strings to generate a nice sounding note or chord. Low action is highly related to guitar playability as well. Playing barre chords on guitars with low action is a great deal simpler, particularly if you have to play on the high frets closer to the guitar body.

  • Good Tuning

One of the most irritating things you will come across as a guitar starter is when your guitar keeps out of tune no matter how good you tune it. This problem is typically due to the low quality of the tuning pegs used on the head stock.

Although these factors above are sometimes not easy to check, you can always get help from an experienced guitarist, including the sales person in the guitar shop you are visiting. When you come across a good guitar that fulfills all the requirements above, stop comparing, especially with guitars of higher price range because you will never be content with your choice. More expensive beginner acoustic guitars use higher grade materials and most of them will sound better. Again, you will need to stick to your budget and be happy with your selected one.

I have been playing and teaching guitar for over twenty-five years. Most beginners ask me "What is the top guitar for beginners?" That's why I wrote a Seagull S6 Review and a Yamaha FG 700S Review. These guitars are best for rookies in my opinion.

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