#1
im currently looking for an ACOUSTIC guitar to buy. i borrowed my grandpa's but i don't know how long i can keep it for so i need to get my own. i want to get one that sounds good...
what should i look for? i dont know very many names of guitars, so i dont know what brand or type is good. but what should my new guitar have?
such as- body type
-type of strings
-wood type
and anything else you might think of that i dont think of because im a noob.
thanks
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Last edited by Myth at Jul 22, 2006,
#3
Quote by mattyyy
Electric or acoustic?
Ha!

Probably just an acoustic for 100-200 dollars. Most of those are dreadnought style body. It probably wont sound great but it works for most beginners. String is whatever gauge you want to use.
#4
Quote by LesPaul567
Ha!

Probably just an acoustic for 100-200 dollars. Most of those are dreadnought style body. It probably wont sound great but it works for most beginners. String is whatever gauge you want to use.

What, he changed his post right after?

Yeah, just grab a cheap acoustic.
#5
so it doesnt matter what kind for a beginner then? i plan to keep it for a few years, if not longer until i either turn pro (hahaha....) or i quit
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#6
Yeah, pick a brand you like or heard of before. guitars around that price are usually the same quality or there abouts. anyways you'll probably buy an electric within the next year.
#7
When you're looking at guitars, there are many different kinds you can buy. I'll list some of your options:

Body Types:
First, we have dreadnought. This is the shape of body that most people think of when they hear the word "guitar."

Another type of body is called "cutaway." Do you use the higher frets alot? Or do you play most of your riffs and chords down in the open position? If you use the 12th fret and higher, you'll want to invest in a cutaway. This will allow you to reach higher frets that you couldn't reach with the dreadnought.

String Types:

First off, we have steel strings. I assume you are using steel strings right now. If so, don't worry about changing anything. All "acoustic" guitars are made for steel strings, unless otherwise stated.

Then we have nylon strings. I assume you don't use nylon strings, because if you did you would probably have specified "classical" or "nylon." Just buy an "acoustic" guitar and don't worry about the string type.

Wood Type:

I've never really paid attention to the type of wood on acoustic guitars, or researched the way that different woods make the guitar sound. I think, from the 300 and under range, most guitars are going to be made out of spruce (I think? Correct me if I'm wrong).

Suggestions:

If you want some great sounding guitars for a small penny, here are some budget guitars that I like a lot:

Dreadnought Ibanez:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-PF5-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=519621

Cutaway Ibanez:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-TCY10-Talman-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=519673

Dreadnought Yamaha:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-FG730S-Solid-Top-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=519049

Dreadnought Baby Taylor:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Taylor-Baby-Taylor-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=514966

These are just a few suggestions. Try going into a local guitar store and ask them if you can play some.

Some good brand names:

Ibanez
Takamine
Taylor
Martin
Yamaha (above 200 dollars)
Washburn (above 200 dollars)
Fender (above 150 dollars)

Ask the guys at your shop what they might suggest, as well.