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All musicians know how difficult it can be to choose the right instrument. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first guitar or your fiftieth – there is a lot that goes into such a decision. The fact is, this is the kind of purchase you really don’t want to rush into. You are unlikely to get much of a warranty on something like a guitar, and they are not often cheap. With that in mind, it makes sense to think carefully before you choose a guitar. This is much easier said than done. In fact, there are many different attributes of the guitar to consider. What you want to go for ultimately depends on your own needs at this moment in time. Let’s take a look, then, at some of the considerations which need to go into influencing your decision.


Acoustic Vs. Electric

Chances are, this is the first decision you will make. Most guitarists find that they know whether they want acoustic or electric right off the bat. This is usually influenced by their tastes in music. If you are keen to play hard rock ballads, then you are obviously going to go electric. However, if classical is more your thing, you might be thinking of acoustic. Whatever you are keen on, just make sure that it is really what you want to go for. Remember, too, that you can get electro-acoustic guitars, with special pickups for when you plug it in. For more on how that works, have a look at



String Types

It might not seem like much of an important consideration, but string type affects the sound massively. For a first guitar, you might not be too bothered about this. But a more experienced player may well find that they have an automatic preference. Some people even like to have a spare set on standby for certain occasions. The main difference are in the tonal quality of the sound. With nylon strings, you tend to have a more resonant, and easier-going sound. However, these strings do seem to break more easily, so bear that in mind as well. With nickel strings, conversely, the sound is a tad harsher. In return, you get strings with a much longer lifespan. Again, as with the acoustic vs. electric decision, string type is determined largely by your musical tastes. More information on string types can be found at



The size of the guitar is important as well, for the obvious reason that you need to be able to play it comfortably. There is nothing worse than finding that your new instrument is unwieldy. It is always a good idea to give your guitar a test drive, as it were. This ensures that the size of the guitar is appropriate for your body. Size does also have a – minimal – effect on the sound the guitar makes. So bear that in mind when you are choosing between a few different guitars of different sizes. When in doubt, give them all a test play to see how they compare and how they differ. Finally, go for the one you are most comfortable with.


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