Guitars are the most popular instruments in the world for good reason. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to transport, and are easy to learn to play compared to some instruments. On a piano for example, you might need to practice for several years before learning enough technique to play be somewhat proficiently. On a guitar, you can learn three chords and you already know thousands of songs. If you're thinking of purchasing a guitar, there are a few things you should know. |
First, buying your first guitar doesn't have to be expensive. But you should steer clear of the cheapest guitars on the market. The reason for this is that most cheap guitars, meaning guitars under $200, are made of laminate wood. Laminate wood is made of layers of composite wood with a wood grain veneer on top. These guitars have poor sustain and volume and can be damaged easily. Quality guitars are made from solid hardwoods, such as rosewood, maple, mahogany, etc. A guitar made of all solid wood will start around the $1000 range and the price will rise with quality of materials. Guitars made of exotic hardwoods are usually several thousand dollars. However, if you want solid wood but don't want to spend a lot of money on an instrument you're not sure you will stick with, consider getting a guitar with a solid top and laminate back and sides. The solid top gives you the tone of solid wood that you're missing in an all-laminate guitar but at a reasonable price.
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