What is Your Budget?
Fortunately, regardless of your budget, there is almost always something that will work for you given the points we have talked about above. You will find entry level guitars, both acoustic and electric, fall into the range of about $150 – $500. “Entry level” does not mean bad quality. Most guitars these days are very good quality, even at the lower end of the price range. What you will find as you go up in price is that the manufacturer is using better tone woods (meaning a nicer sound), better hardware (for tuners, pickups, strings, bridges, etc), electronics in an acoustic will add to the price, more attention to little details and a move from mass production to more hand crafted instruments is also something you will see as the price increases. Having said all that, you can get a great first guitar for $150 to $250 and be happy with it for years.
What style, shape or colour do you like?
It’s important to like how your guitar looks, but it’s more important how it feels. We recommend that you go into a store with a small list of some professional guitar players or guitar songs you like. Even if you have no musical experience, the salesperson most likely does. They can get a sense of what kind of sound you like, and explain or demonstrate the differences in sound of the varieties of guitar to help you decide on an instrument.
Summary of Things to Look For When Buying Your First Guitar
What type of guitar meets your needs? (Now and in the near future)
Is it comfortable? Can you hold it comfortably and reach the whole neck?
Does it sound good?
Does it stay in tune?
Is the neck straight?
Are the strings too high off the fretboard?
Do the electronics work well, do they crackle when turning knobs or switches?
Do you like the look of the guitar?
Does it fit within your budget?
The good news is that you don’t have to remember all of this and you don’t have to make all of these decisions on your own. Our friendly, professional staff are here to help you figure all of this out in a warm, cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Come on in and start your musical origin story here at Origin Road!
– A huge thank you to Chris Cameron for putting together the information for this article. –