If you have taken an interest in playing the guitar, your next step is probably to own a guitar. As a beginner, you might want to go in for a cost-effective guitar rather than a high priced fancy guitar.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while shopping for an affordable guitar.
- Acoustic or electric: For learners and for those who have are living a budget, it is recommended you buy an acoustic guitar rather an electric guitar. Not only are electric guitars expensive but it will only cost you more as you will need to buy an amplifier and other related accessories.
- Standard or custom made: With growing technology, manufacturing standard guitars have become easier and this has an inverse relationship with cost. Automated techniques of cutting and manufacturing have reduced the effective selling price per guitar. Hence, a standard guitar will cost you less than a custom-made guitar.
- Plastic sub-components – yes or no? Some of the guitar components such as the tuners, saddles and bridges are made of plastic. Such guitars are cheaper than other guitars but you need to understand that they are “cheap” in the literal sense as well. Meaning, they are made
- Brand new or second-hand: This is a personal choice but need to say that both have their advantages. “Old is gold but new is bold”. Of course, owning a brand new guitar is a joy but at times there is a priceless history behind some of the old guitars, which is imbibed into it making the purchase worth feel right.
Do remember that while buying a new guitar, you need to try them all out before you pay for it. However, that being said, it can be difficult to test every shortlisted guitar. Such a situation calls for reading customer reviews of branded guitars such as the Fender American Standard Stratocaster review. This is a classic example of an affordable high quality guitar.