Some of the Acoustic Guitar Buying Tips

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Buying an acoustic guitar isn’t exactly a “small” purchase. Even for beginners, the process can be intimidating and even discouraging if you don’t know what you’re getting into. 

So, here are the First Time Acoustic Guitar Buying Tips for the beginners:

Consider avoiding acoustic guitar “packages”

A lot of websites will recommend acoustic guitar “packages” which usually contain a fairly cheap acoustic bundled with strings, tuner, straps, and other get-started-now items. While this is convenient and often recommended by affiliate sites that don’t know much about guitar, they tend to be poor value, particularly as it relates to the quality of the guitar itself.

Brands that often package acoustics this way include Yamaha, Fender, Rogue, and then a few low-profile brands that we wouldn’t trust, regardless of the low price tag.

Focus on reputable acoustic brands with economy lines

Almost all of the reputable acoustic guitar brands provide economy lines that we’d consider high-value acoustic guitars. Some of these brands include the following:

  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Seagull (Godin)
  • Fender
  • Yamaha

Avoid big box retailer in-store acoustics

From time to time, probably around the holidays, you’ll notice acoustic guitars at places like Target, Walmart, and other big box retailers. These are almost always more like toys and do not make good acoustics, even for people that just want to casually learn acoustic guitar.

If you want to go with a big box retailer, buy online from a company like Sweetwater, Musician’s Friend, or even Amazon and look for the reputable brand names we’ve already covered.

Avoid cheap brands that don’t specialize in acoustic guitars

Many brands you’ll commonly see on Amazon, even recommended by sites like BestReviews, we would recommend avoiding. While there can be some value in getting a guitar that’s just really cheap, we would argue that the price doesn’t mean it has to be junk that’ll be garage sale fodder in a year or two.

Be willing to spend more than you thought

We find that a lot of people go into the process of buying an acoustic guitar thinking that INR 7000 is a lot to spend, and for some people that might be a lot of money. However, in the realm of acoustic guitar retail, INR 3500 to INR 7000 doesn’t get you much, if anything.

It’s smart to go into the process willing to spend a little more to get an acoustic guitar that isn’t just a toy. 

You should also keep in mind that defining a “cheap” acoustic guitar can be a bit subjective, which brings us to tip number six.

Smaller acoustic guitars aren’t necessarily cheaper

A lot of people assume that smaller acoustic guitars are less expensive, but this isn’t necessarily true, given that 3/4 body size acoustics, concert acoustics, parlor acoustics, and even ukuleles can vary widely in price.

The reduction of lumber in the smaller body size isn’t really enough to make up for general manufacturing costs. In other words, don’t limit yourself to a particular size for price reduction alone. 

Top piece tonwood

The first thing we like to look at is whether or not the top piece on the acoustic guitar is made of solid wood or laminate. This part of an acoustic guitar has the most say in the tone quality and how well the guitar projects, so we’re looking for a high grade of tonewood and preferably a solid piece, as opposed to layered laminate.

While laminate tonewood can still sound good, the more solid wood you have in your acoustic, the better, and it starts with that top piece.

Body size and type

As mentioned previously, body size and type doesn’t necessarily impact the price of your acoustic guitar, but it will definitely say a lot about your experience playing it. Generally, there are four different acoustic guitar body types:

  • Parlor or 3/4 size
  • Concert
  • Dreadnought
  • Jumbo

Back and sides tonewood

The back and sides of your acoustic guitar use a separate piece of tonewood from the top, which we’ve already talked about. While it’s less critical to have solid tonewood in the back and sides, as they have less to say about the final sound quality, it’s still preferable.

In most cases, you’ll have laminate tonewood for both the back and sides of your acoustic guitar. This is even the case with many of the intermediate level acoustics.

Conclusion

I hope, you like this article, please share it with your friends, and people who are willing to buy an Acoustic guitar.

If you’re looking for a new guitar, or want some of the lectures on the guitar then logon to GuitarBro.

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