Buying Your First Guitar: A Guide for Students and Parents

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

RockJam Full-Size Electric Guitar Starter Kit

Ibanez Full-Size Electric Guitar

WINZZ 30-Inch Kids Guitar

Acoustic Guitar Recommendations

Ibanez Dreadnought Full-Size Acoustic Guitar

Yamaha 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar

Classical Guitar Recommendations

ADM Full-Size Classical Guitar Kit

J&Z 3/4 Size Classical Guitar Kit

Yamaha Half-Size Classical Guitar

Pyle 1/4 Size Classical Guitar

Other Accessories

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.


 

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