There are way too many different kinds of guitars available in the market these days, only adding to the confusion for a beginner. Hence this article will be a complete guide to help you purchase the best guitar for yourself.
How many kinds of Guitars are there?
In the simplest form, guitars can be of 2 kinds.
1. Electric Guitars – Which need electricity to work
2. Acoustic Guitars – Which can be played anywhere and need no electricity
Both have their own pros and cons so let’s do a quick analysis.
a) The electric guitars need electricity while acoustic guitars don’t. Hence acoustics can be played outside while electrics can’t
b) The electric guitars need an amplifier and a cable to be played, besides electricity while the acoustics don’t, hence lesser investment with the acoustic guitars
c) There are a lot of different rhythmic elements that can be played on an acoustic but not on an electric
d) But wait a sec. Electric guitars are a lot easier to learn on as it is so friggin easy to produce sound on them as compared to the effort required to play an acoustic guitar
And because of all these 4 reasons, I strongly recommend an ACOUSTIC GUITAR.
You must be wondering why I wrote “because of all 4 reasons”. When an electric guitar is easier to play why learn on an acoustic guitar. Because of precisely that reason. Better start on a difficult instrument than an easy one. If you can play an acoustic you will definitely play an electric with ease. Can’t say about the opposite 🙂
What are the different kinds of Acoustic Guitars available in the market?
Acoustic guitars can be classified into 2 types depending on the string used in them
1. Nylon String Guitar (pic on the left) – As the name suggests, they are strung with nylon strings. And can be further divided into Classical and Flamenco Guitars
2. Steel String Guitar (pic on the right) – Strung with steel strings, these are of further different kinds like the western acoustic guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar, jazz guitar, electro – acoustic guitar, acoustic bass guitar etc.
Out of all these guitars, my recommendation to any beginner guitar player is to go for either a Classical nylon string guitar or the western acoustic steel string guitar.
But if I were to select one out of these 2 then definitely the Regular Western Steel String Guitar is the more popular choice. Reason being the fact that it is a lot more versatile and can be used for multiple genres like pop, rock, jazz, blues as compared to the Nylon string which is more suited for classical and flamenco music.
What factors to note when buying a guitar?
CLICK HERE to see the video to fully understand the sizing guide. Lots of factors that are better understood in a video 🙂
1. Size of the guitar – The guitar body needs to be the right size for the player to avoid any kind of fatigue to the shoulder as if it is too large, then your shoulder will be raised leading to discomfort. Similarly the thickness of the guitar needs to be such that you can comfortably rest your arm on the guitar body
2. Length of the Fretboard/ Neck – If the fretboard is too long for you, then you will have difficulty in reaching the furthest frets (fret #1)
3. Other factors of the fretboard/neck – These can be factors like width and thickness which should be in accordance to the size of your palm and the length of your fingers. Also important are other neck characteristics like contour (V shape, U Shape, D Shape) and also the taper of the neck
In simpler words, just hold and guitar and see if you feel comfortable strumming it. If yes, should be an okay purchase.
Of course, the Budget is also an important factor while deciding which guitar to purchase. Which is why I have compiled a list of all the popular guitars available online as per the budget groups. Feel free to check these out and buy them without any form of hesitation as they are all good for the price.
Rs.3000 – Rs. 4000
Rs. 4000 – Rs. 5000
Hope this guide helps you guys out in purchasing the best guitar for yourself. Let me know which guitar will you be using to finish this course.
See you in the shed!