Guitar Buying Tips for New Learners

Buying Your First Guitar

Budding guitarists now are spoiled for choice and generally even cheap guitars are well made so there's no need to spend a lot of money when starting out.  However, very cheap guitars will make playing difficult and may inhibit the learning process.

The first thing to do is ask yourself what type of music you want to play  If you love, say, Jimi Hendrix, you should buy an electric guitar.  If you listen to, say, James Morrison, go for an acoustic.

One option is to buy a guitar ‘package’ deal aimed at beginners.  These are available for electric, acoustic, and classical guitars and include all you need to get you started: guitar, small practice amp, cable, plectrum, spare strings, tuner, etc.  A few companies that specifically offer guitars and guitar packages aimed at beginners are: (Fender) Squier, Stagg, Epiphone, Aria, Yamaha and Encore.

If you don’t get a package deal, make sure you at least buy an electronic tuner for your guitar.  These can be readily found for under ten pounds.


The most important thing for younger players is to get the right sized guitar.  Many companies make one-half (1/2) or three-quarter (3/4) sized guitars for the smaller person.  The softer nylon strings on classical guitars make it easier on the fingers, but the type of music your child likes should decide the type of guitar you buy.

The Next Step - Buying a ‘Better’ Guitar

If you have been playing a while and want a better quality guitar (or if you are really keen and can afford to spend a bit more) buying second-hand can be a good idea.  You will get a much better guitar for less money.

Another option is to trade-in your old guitar at a music shop to bring the price down of your new guitar.

Guitar Companies

Some great guitar companies include: Fender, Gibson, Ibanez, Jackson, B.C Rich, PRS, ESP, Tanglewood, Takamine and Peavey.