So, You’re Ready to Buy Your First Acoustic Guitar – Where to Start

Buying your first guitar is an incredibly thrilling experience, a life-changing moment that many people would be hard-pressed to forget. With such a variety to choose from, it’s apparent that each guitar has its own personality, a tonal wavelength that manifests so differently depending on the instrument. Making sure that you find the right fit for you is the first step in your musical career, whether it be a hobby or the desire to play professionally one day. Here are a few ways to ensure your perfect fit.

  1. The first question, of course, is what will your budget allow? It’s very important to note that you can get a fantastic guitar for $300 rather than $3,000. If you need to make a choice between putting more money into the guitar and splitting your budget between the guitar and accessories, always choose to put more money into the guitar. Accessories can come later and no amount of bells and whistles will make your guitar sing more clearly.
  2. Do your research once arriving at the store. Pick up as many guitars as you can at first and get a feel for different styles and sizes. Though you may not be able to get the guitar immediately that you feel most comfortable with, it’s still a great idea to log that information away for a day when you want to make that purchase.
  3. Listen from a distance as well as close-up. The sound that you hear while strumming up close may translate much differently from a distance. Make sure to hear the instrument from many different vantage points so that you get a full picture of the instruments range.

Matthew Scott of Milton, MA, is an integral piece of the arts community in the Greater Boston area and beyond. He regularly tours with his band, with whom he has just finished recording a CD and is also an accomplished painter and photographer.