The choice to buy a guitar can be quite a dilemma, especially if it’s your first guitar and more important if it’s a gift. With the insane numbers of guitars for sale I hope to de-confuse you somewhat. And, it’s not to early to consider your purchase now.
Getting the best pricing and cheapest or free shipping has never been easier due to the stiff competition amongst stores. This is the time of year that they all compete for your business. Some companies even offer no payment plans for one (1) year. Nice! Every now and then I see something that really sticks out as an unusually good deal.
Note: I bought My Eric Clapton Artist Series Guitar from Musicians Friend and took advantage of no interest for one (1) year. Got free shipping too.
An alternative to buying a new instrument for a friend or loved one is to purchase a gift certificate. Leave the instrument purchase decision up to the benefactor.
To begin, beginners or gift givers should consider how much to spend. Buy the highest quality guitar that you can afford. We say it because better instruments are more inspiring to everybody, beginners as well as seasoned veterans. Better guitars also have greater resale value. You get more trade in power whether you buy up or sell it.
With that in mind you’ve hit the market at the exact right time to buy an inexpensive or beginner level guitar that is built with lots of hi-tech features that were not available on inexpensive guitars 5 years ago. Computerized machining process and advanced production techniques allow manufacturers to sell instruments for $175 to $410 that would have cost three to 5 times as much just a few years ago.
An electric guitar or acoustic-electric guitar requires a separate amplifier to work, we happened to notice that Musician’s Friend sells a variety of guitar/amplifier packs for beginning guitar players starting at well under $150. Most packs are complete with all necessary components needed to start playing now, including a lesson book.
There is also the matter of what type of guitar to get. As mentioned above the choices are between an acoustic guitar or an electric-acoustic guitar or the solid body electric guitar. Either in pack form or in separate pieces.
I would never presume to recommend the type of guitar for one to choose. What worked for me and still works great is to go to an online store like Musicians Friend , Guitar Center, Instrument Pro or Guitar Trader and look at the pictures of the guitars. Musicians Friend has great pictures. Take your time and then get what you want. If it costs to much don’t fret, most guitars come in a more affordable version of the particular top line seller. For example, Fender Guitars sells Squire Brand and Gibson Guitars sells Epiphone Brand.
Most seasoned veteran guitarists know what they like or don’t like. Personally the best policy for this situation is a gift certificate. When I get a gift certificate I can shop for what I have been craving. And believe me, all guitar players crave more equipment!
Any concerns? Don’t worry. All of the guitar stores mentioned by Guitar Players Center earlier have iron clad return policies in the event the wrong guitar or piece of gear is purchased. Save gas and time, buy online.
Good luck with your choice. Let me know what you get and from who you got it. Was it a good experience? Make it so and leave the “Blues” behind.