An acoustic guitar is a good choice for beginning players who enjoy singing-songwriting, strumming, and classical music. It’s also good if you don’t have a lot of space for an amplifier, or if you’re looking to keep the noise level down. Before you go out to your local music shop to make a purchase, make sure you have an idea of the factors to consider before you buy your first acoustic guitar.
The Type of Strings/Style of Guitar
There are two types of guitars you can get with regards to the strings they use, and those are steel string guitars and nylon string guitars. Steel string guitars are great for playing rock, country and jazz, while nylon strings are more for classical and folk. Some people also find that steel strings are harsher on their fingers, so they prefer to go with nylon strings, which are made of a plastic, but have a different sound. It’s best to choose your guitar based on your music preference, but if you find playing is too difficult with one type of strings, consider switching.
The Shape of the Body
The size of guitars varies a lot, so you want to be sure you choose one that fits you comfortably. The best way to know is to try out several different kinds of guitars at your local music store. Some guitars have flat backs, while others are rounded. The shape of the guitar’s hollow body also influences the sound of the guitar, so make sure you choose one that’s comfortable for you, but that also sounds nice as well.
The Feel of the Neck and Ease of Playing
Finally, after you know what kind of strings you prefer, and what shape of guitar is comfortable for you, you want to try playing the guitar a bit to make sure it has a nice sound, and that it plays well. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be a pro in order to tell. Just hold the guitar like you would when you’d play it, and get a feel of the neck. Some guitars are going to be smoother than others, and you’ll find holding down the strings to be easier on certain models.
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The best way to choose the perfect acoustic guitar for you would be to try out several kinds and see what you like best. Of course, for some people, it’s not always possible to try them before playing, so hopefully you can use these tips to visualize the best one.
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