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Acoustic Guitar for Beginners

Hello everyone, there are some key components when selecting an acoustic guitar. This may seem like a daunting task but a fun and exciting adventure that will bring you all kinds of interesting sounds. Brand is important when making a decision before moving onto which type of guitar will meet you specific needs. From there, budget will come to play where for most of us it could be the determining factor. But no worries, you can get great value with both new and used to enter the world of acoustic guitar playing and listening pleasure. I will try to make the buying process as simple as possible.

Top two brands for beginners

There are more expensive brands such as Martin, Taylor and Gibson to name a few but they are not listed below mostly because of cost and not required for most if not all beginners. The two listed below will provide the guitar enthusiast many years of enjoyment, whether your a beginner or a seasoned guitar player.

Yamaha

Yamaha F/FX series guitars provides a great range of models to choose from to satisfy all of your playing needs. Yamaha has been around for a very long time and they are known for building quality. Although there are less expensive options, the F/FX series guitars can be in your arsenal for many years to come.

Seagull

Seagull S6 series is a Canadian made brand. The S6 appeals to the beginner all the way to intermediate level players. Seagull uses hand-selected tone woods to ensure only the best are used in the craftsmanship. They provide tremendous value and attention to detail that you would not expect to see at lower price points.

What type of Acoustic Guitar

There are several types of acoustic guitars. Each have a specific purpose and application. For some, it is a preference and for others it is a necessity. For our immediate purposes, we will briefly discuss five of the following guitar types below.

  1. Auditorium
  2. Classical
  3. Dreadnaught
  4. Jumbo
  5. Parlor

Auditorium guitars do range in size but provide a more balanced range compared to the dreadnaught. This type generally appeals to softer playing guitarists. It fits firmly on your leg without the worry of it sliding while your playing.

Classical guitars are well-known for the use of nylon strings and open style tuners. It can also be used with steel strings which can give the user more options. The guitarist can start with nylon strings to develop technique and if desired may transition to steel strings which is noticeably harder on the finger tips.

Dreadnaught guitars have a strong base and mid range which also happens to be the most common type that people gravitate towards. This type is mostly used for flat-picking and bluegrass playing.

Jumbo guitars are the largest hence the name. They provide a deep dreadnaught tone, volume and sustain. They are mainly used when amplification is not being used.

Parlor guitars a smaller than the Jumbo that caters to people with smaller frames. Parlor guitars were popular in the 60s and 70s but due to the size and competition with other instruments, larger type guitars became more popular. Nowadays, due to recent technological advances, Parlor guitars are making a comeback.

Costs to consider

Buying new is possible with Yamaha and you can get decent guitar at a great price. For bare bones, you can get a decent guitar from Yamaha that starts from $199.99. Costs go up from there and that does not include the case and accessories. This does make things a little easier starting something new without breaking the bank. Seagull S6 series guitars cost quite a bit more money than Yamaha but it is an option to consider. The lower end starts from $439.99 and go up from there.

Buying used is an option if you do not mind buying second hand. I would have to say that is where you really get your money’s worth. You can pick up $500.00 guitar for about half the price in great, if not excellent condition. In a lot of instances, the case comes with the guitar which is always a bonus. Like anything used, you do have to perform due diligence and inspect the guitar thoroughly to ensure repairs and defects are not present.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are numerous shapes and sizes to choose from. Once you decide on brand, type, budget, and style of music you wish to pursue, you will arrive on the perfect guitar for you.
You may see yourself playing concerts in the auditorium, Mozart with a classical guitar, numerous genres with a dreadnaught, playing in a church with a jumbo or in a small coffee house with the parlor. As you can see that there are numerous options.

All options can be seen in both new and used, depending on which route you decide to go. I am sure you will be happy learning to play the acoustic guitar. These are all ideas to consider but ultimately it comes down to the individual, so happy guitar hunting.

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