You’re finally doing it! You’re buying a guitar for that budding musician of yours. Congratulations. Now, what do you need to consider before making your purchase?
When choosing a guitar, there are many factors to consider. Here are four things that we think are the most important:
1. What style of music does your child want to play on the guitar?
Are they looking to play jazz or rock guitar or something more geared towards country music? Maybe they want to rock out like their favorite blues guitarist or heavy metal band. Different guitars will be better suited for different styles of music. Browse and purchase accordingly.
You probably only need to worry about choosing between two types of guitars: acoustic or electric.
Acoustic guitars are the ones that don’t need a power source to make sound. They’re typically played unplugged, but can also be used in a band setting. Electric guitars are the type of guitar you see most often on TV and in concerts. They need to be plugged into an amplifier to create sound.
2. What size guitar is comfortable to hold and play?
There is no “correct” size guitar. You just need to find one that feels comfortable in your hands and is the right size for your body. Every person is different, so you may have to try out a few different sizes before finding the perfect one.
Acoustic guitar body sizes typically range from ¾ size to Dreadnought. Electric guitars can be full-sized or smaller than acoustic guitars.
In addition to body sizes there is also the length or scale of the guitar to consider. The scale is the distance from the nut (where the strings are attached) to the bridge. A shorter scale length will be easier for children or beginners to learn on, while a longer scale length will be better for experienced players. The standard scale of an acoustic guitar is 25.5 inches, while the standard scale of an electric guitar is usually 24.75 inches.
Try them all and see what feels natural and comfortable.
3. Which type of wood is the guitar made from, and what does that mean for the sound quality?
Different types of wood will produce different sounds. Guitars can be made from a variety of different woods, including mahogany, maple, rosewood, and spruce.
Mahogany is a dense wood that produces a warm, mellow sound. Maple is a light wood that creates a brighter, sharper tone. Rosewood is a dark wood that gives a mellow, rich sound. Spruce is a light wood that produces a bright, clear tone.
Some guitars are made from a combination of different woods, so you can get the best of all worlds.
The bottom line though: do YOU like the way it sounds? If so, great, doesn’t matter what the wood happens to be so long as you’re happy with it.
4. How much are you willing to spend on a guitar?
Guitars can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, from cheap student guitars to costly collector vintage guitars. It’s important to set a budget before you start shopping so you don’t get carried away.
There are great guitars out there at all price points, so don’t feel like you have to spend a fortune. Do some research and find the best guitar for your budget.
When choosing a guitar, there are many things to consider. These are just four of the most important things to think about. Be sure to browse and try out different guitars before making your final decision. You want to be sure you’re getting the best guitar for your money. Happy shopping!