- Purchasing a guitar
When looking into getting a guitar, an acoustic guitar is a good start. It allows you to have the sound you need without any extra wires, straps or amps. Whether you’re looking to play Rock, Jazz, Classical, County or Punk… you can learn the parts you need on the acoustic guitar. The acoustic guitar comes in Steel String or Nylon String models. They both can do they same things but the Steel has a sweeter sound for folky or country styles while the Nylon sound is spaced for finger picking classical. Both are great for strumming and singing.
However, an electric guitar not plugged in is MUCH quieter than then acoustic guitar. (roommates or close neighbors) The electric guitar it a little easier on the finger tips. When played through an amp, you’ll have to learn to control all the sound. Some vibrating strings ring through and your left with a wall of sound that wasn’t intended. There’s the control of the electric that needs to be learned.
Any guitar works for beginning, just keep the fingers moving but if you’re purchasing a guitar…get something with some quality. I recommend a Yamaha Guitar to start with. They range from $100-$250. A Steel string or Nylon String can be found in all sizes for all ages.
The Yamaha FG700S is a steel string guitar that won't let you down. Its craftsmanship is well known and their tone is perfect for the beginner. They also come in 3/4 sizes which is great for the young kids that are just starting out. This guitar is also not to expensive. If you search for the right price you can find one from $150-$200. Yamaha's been a top contender in all products for many years. You know your getting a good instrument when you start out with a Yamaha. There are also Nylon String model that are definitely worth a look at as well.
Fender is one of my favorite guitar brands. I favor their electrics more but I've had no complaints with their acoustics. The Fender DG-8S is a great beginner steel string guitar for it's durability and classic guitar feel. Their are MANY different fender out there so don't be afraid to stick with a price range and shop for the guitar that way. Fender will support any budget you bring to the table. Same range as the Yamaha guitars, you can't go wrong with a Fender for your first guitar! You can find the guitar by itself and not with a package. This will lower the price.
Seagull is a Canadian company and sub-brand of Godin Guitars. Winner of several awards, the S6 is perhaps the instrument that best represents the Seagull philosophy. This SG steel string guitar is not only for the intermediate player, but also the serious beginner. Someone that has already played through some basics and is ready to step it up. Although, this guitar is slightly higher in price ($500+) for a first guitar, it's a great investment of quality. If you do some searching you'll find one in your range (used or new). You can find one at Giacoletti Music in Carlsbad, California.
Taylor Guitars are by far my favorite acoustic guitar. Even though Taylor guitars are a somewhat recent addition to the market, most collectors of fine guitars usually have a Taylor or two sitting side by side with some of the best vintage acoustic guitars found today. Now these guitar are relatively expensive but you can find a great Baby Taylor for $250-$300. They are a 3/4 size guitar great for kids but still sound so good that you'll end up playing a few songs. The size is perfect for smaller hands and bring to any place that is in need of music.