How to Buy an Acoustic Guitar in 3 Easy Steps

There is nothing quite like playing a good acoustic guitar.

Everyone from pop stars to the heaviest metal musicians love to play acoustic guitars because of how intimate they are.  When you plan them, they are completely self-contained. It’s just you and your music – no tricks!

Of course, not all acoustic guitars are made the same.  In fact, some of them are atrocious when it comes to their construction and lack of quality.  Thankfully you don’t have to get taken for a fool; even if you’re not looking to spend a whole of money in the process.  There are tons of great starter guitars out there that are available at a terrific value.  You just have to know which ones to look at!

So before you make any purchases, let me give you some advice on how to buy an acoustic guitar that will fit your budget and your musical tastes.

How to Buy an Acoustic Guitar:

If you follow these three easy steps below, you’ll be able to find a quality acoustic guitar at a price that works for you.

1. Get Familiar with the Best Brands:

Knowing what brands are trusted by seasoned guitar players who started where you’re at quickly gets you ahead of the game when it comes to choosing an acoustic guitar.

There are a lot of great guitar manufacturers that have made a name for themselves because they’ve produced quality guitars. If you’re looking for an acoustic guitar, you can’t go wrong with any of the following brands:

entry-level guitars

Each of these brands are well aware of the needs of budget-strained musicians and manufacture some great entry-level guitars at a very affordable price.  The other great thing is that a lot of them come with a “big brand” warranty – only adding to the confidence that you’ll get a terrific instrument that will last you a long time.

2. Decide on the Build of the Guitar You Want:

Before you buy an acoustic guitar, you’ll want to consider things like body style, tonewood, construction, and even electronics (if you’re interested in getting an acoustic-electric model).

When it comes to body style, you can choose between classic, dreadnought, and jumbo style guitars. You can even choose a travel size guitar. The body style you choose depends upon the level of sound projection you want and the tonal focus of the guitar. Try each one out to decide which you like best.

The tonewood determines the tone of the guitar, and the tonewood used for the top of the guitar is the most defining. Choices of tonewood are spruce, cedar, mahogany, rosewood, and maple, with spruce being the most common. You’ll also want to decide if you want onboard electronics or not. If you plan to play live or in a band regularly, electronics will be very useful for plugging your guitar into a sound system.

You’ll also want to make sure that the guitar has a solid construction when it comes to the neck, bridge, tuning machines, and fretboard.

3. If Possible, Try Before You Buy:

If you get the opportunity, you should definitely try to play a guitar before you buy it. The reason you should play before you buy is so that you can test the playability and feel of the guitar to make sure it fits you well. You’ll also want to test things like the intonation and action of the guitar as well.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to go to a local Guitar Center or music store.  Most major models will be on display and available for patrons to try out.  While you might like what you play, keep in mind that the floor model has probably been handled and banged up by just about every visitor to that store.  My best advice is once you find something you like to simply go ahead and order a brand-new one from Amazon.  Not only will you get a completely un-touched model, it will almost always be cheaper in price.

Like we said: There’s nothing quite like owning an acoustic guitar and developing your skills using one. Everything you play is stripped down to its rich, natural sound. Now that you know how to buy an acoustic guitar using the steps I provided, you can let the fun begin.

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