Congratulations on beginning your journey with guitar! Today, we’ll review some important things to consider when buying a guitar for yourself or your child, and offer some of our favorite recommendations for beginners!
Electric vs Acoustic vs Classical
Your can learn on any style of guitar, and there’s no “right” answer when choosing between an electric, acoustic, or classical guitar. The choice depends completely on you! Maybe your interest in music was sparked by hearing an electric guitar riff in a rock song, or maybe you were inspired by a family member strumming on an acoustic guitar around the campfire. What’s important is that the guitar fits your interests. From a practical standpoint, an electric guitar requires an amplifier and cable, while acoustic or classical guitars are portable and can be played on their own (although you can always play an electric guitar unplugged for a much quieter experience)! Classical guitars have softer strings that can be easier on the fingers, while electric guitars have thinner strings and a lower “action,” which makes the strings easier to press down.
Selecting the Right Size
It’s important to consider guitar size when choosing an instrument, so you have a comfortable, enjoyable playing experience. In general, you’ll want to consider both age and height when choosing a guitar. This chart acts as a reference:
Everyone is different, so if your child has larger hands or is tall for their age, consider going up a size, as they’ll grow into the instrument.
Electric Guitar Recommendations
Acoustic Guitar Recommendations
Classical Guitar Recommendations
Some guitars come as a package with everything your child needs to start playing. If not, be sure to get some guitar picks, a tuner, a strap and spare strings.