Equipped with a dreadnought body that is capable of producing a full and bold sound, and with a C-shaped neck that’s easy to hold, it’s no wonder that this acoustic-electric guitar is not only well suited for beginners but is also suitable for beginning guitarists. This guitar is manufactured with a laminate spruce top, basswood back and hardwood fingerboards that are extremely easy to finger. It has a Viking bridge that provides tonal support and is visually impressive at the same time. And this guitar also comes with a number of exciting accessories including a bag, a strap, a tuner, and picks.
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How To Buy An Electric Guitar For Beginners
There are a ton of different guitar models in music stores and especially online, so it can be easy to buy one that’s not right for you to start off playing. With that in mind, we’ve created this guide which will hopefully help the beginning guitar player how to choose the right guitar for them. This guide also serves as a good guide for anyone looking to buy a guitar for a guitar student in their life.
Choose The Right Guitar Type
When it comes to electric guitars, there are really only two types. There are full-on electric guitars, and there are acoustic-electric guitars. If the student wants to sound like Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Brian May or Joe Perry, then they are going to want to buy an electric guitar. If they want a sound more like John Fahey or Bert Jansch, then they’re probably going to want to play an acoustic-electric guitar.
Choose The Right Size Guitar
It’s important to make sure that you choose the right size of guitar for the aspiring guitarist, especially if he or she is a child. Electric guitars can be a bit heavy for children under the age of 12-years old, so it’s important to keep that in mind. Below are some common guitar sizes according to age and height. Since acoustic-electric guitars have a different profile size than electric models, we’ve split them into two separate groups for convenience.
Age 5 to 8-years old: 31-inches to 39-inches tall—1/2 Size Guitars
Age 8 to 12-years old: 39-inches to 49-inches tall—3/4 Size Guitars
Age 12-years+: Over 49-inches tall—Full-Size Guitars
Age 5 to 12-years old: 39-inches to 47-inches tall—3/4 Size Guitars
Age 12 to 16-years old: 47-inches to 64-inches tall—Small Body Guitars
Age 16-years+: 65-inches and taller—Full-Size Guitars
Avoid Guitars That Are Difficult To Play
If you want a guitar that’s easy for beginners to play, then you are going to want to get a model that has an easy to play string action. String action is the measurement of the gap from the bottom of the string and all the way to the top of the fret. Most easy-to-play electric guitars have string action of anywhere from 0.078-inch to 0.090-inch, and most acoustic-electric models have a string action of 0.078-inch to 0.106-inch. If you’re still not sure, then choose one of the guitar models we’ve listed above—all of them have the correct string action for beginning players.
Buy A Guitar With Proper Support Materials
Although it’s not necessary to purchase a beginner’s guitar that has support materials, it sure does help. Support materials are items that make it easier to learn how to play the guitar. These can include things like instruction manuals and instructional DVDs, but it can also include additional accessories such as straps, picks, tuners, etc. We’ve listed both guitars that have these extras as well as ones that don’t, so our readers can decide for themselves which suits them better.
Brand Name Doesn’t Necessarily Mean The Best Guitar
Another thing to keep in mind when searching for a new guitar is to not put too much stock into a brand name. That’s because many of the famous guitar brands out there produce low-budget models that are cheap and are of a lesser quality than their top-of-the-line models. A guitar should be judged on its designs and its features alone. Sure, if a guitar has a good design and decent features AND has a brand name, then good. Just make sure its name is not your only consideration and you’ll be fine.
Don’t Forget Any Extras You May Need
If your guitar didn’t come with supplemental supplies, then you are going to have to purchase one in order to play the guitar properly. Below are some of the things that you may need to buy when purchasing your new guitar. Although not everyone will need all of the items on the following list, it is a good start for discovering things that you may need.
- Extra guitar strings
- Guitar picks
- Guitar tuner
- Guitar stand
- Gig Bag
And that’s is everything that you need to know in order to buy the best beginner electric guitar available. Now, all that’s left to be done is to choose a model from our top ten list and begin your journey to playing guitar.