Read This Before Buying Your Next Guitar

Whether it’s your very first guitar or your 100th, buying a guitar is always a exciting thing. To ensure you’re making the best guitar-buying decisions, consider the points below before you leave the store with a new guitar.

Figure out why you are shopping for a new guitar

This is a very important question you need to ask yourself. If you already have a guitar, but you’re not digging it, think about why. That way, when you go guitar shopping you’ll know what things to avoid. Take a second to sit down with your old guitar and figure out what about this guitar is making you hit the shops.

Define your budget

The very first thing you have to ask yourself is how much do you want to spend. Knowing your budget will save you a lot of time when searching your local guitar shop. Dont play guitars that are out of your price range.  You run the risk of falling in love with it and over spending.

Used or new

I always recommend buying used.  There are some incredible deals out there for virtually brand new guitars.  Many people buy guitars with good intentinion to learn but never do.  They sell their guitars for a fraction of retail to just unload it.  Be sure to check that things look correct, the guitar is in good shape and the electronics work.

Acoustic or Electric

Do you want to get an acoustic guitar or an electric? If you’re stumped on this one, ask yourself what style of music do you want to play? If you’re looking forward to strumming some Neil Young or Tom Petty, go with the acoustic. If you’re looking to shred some Ozzy or Slayer, go with an electric. The type of guitar you buy needs to match your playing style.


Guitars require some accessories. Make sure to leave room in your budget for them.  You’ll probably need to grab a small amp, guitar cables, a fresh set of strings, a cleaning kit, a guitar strap, and a case. Also, many brand new guitars need what’s call a “set up.” This is where a professional adjusts the guitar by truing the neck and getting the action just right, making sure it’s totally ready to be played.

Now what do you do with it

Many folks buy a guitar, get home, and realize they have no idea how to play it or even hold it. We've all been there. Everybody’s got to start somewhere. If you are looking for some great lessons to help you get your guitar journey started, check out The Best Guitar Lessons of 2014.