There are several things you should think about before buying a guitar for yourself or your child. A common pitfall for beginning students is simply getting the wrong guitar for their size. It's important to find a guitar that's right for you.
A common mistake for parents is to buy their son or daughter a full-
This isn’t to say that acoustic guitars aren’t suited for beginners. It depends on the individual, and on your particular situation.
I usually recommend beginning on an electric -
There are many inexpensive, high-
You can also save money by buying a used guitar and amp, and there are always good deals around. Electric guitars and amps are fairly durable, so you don't have to be afraid of buying used. Have someone with experience look at it first, if possible.
Some people think there is an advantage to beginning on acoustic instead of electric. I believe that you are no more likely to form bad habits on electric than on acoustic. Some people think they will become better players if they learn on a guitar that's harder to play, but this only makes them learn more slowly.
The most important thing when you are getting the first guitar is to get one that is easy to play. Playability is determined mostly by the height of the strings from the fretboard, the spacing between strings, and the width of the neck overall.
Small Scale Guitars
I recommend to some of my students that they start on a small-
A good starter guitar for a kid who isn't full-grown is one of the Squier guitars with a 24" scale length. This isn't a 'kids' scale length. It's the same scale length George Benson plays. (A Les Paul or SG is 24 3/4." A Stratocaster or Telecaster is 25 1/4.") A 24 3/4" guitar like the Squier Mustang with double-coil (humbucker) pickups gives you easy playability, and a modern, hum-free sound.
Before you buy a guitar, check to see if you can comfortably reach with your right hand over the top of body of the guitar, and touch the strings. Also see if you your left hand can reach comfortably across the guitar neck, to touch the strings. If the guitar doesn't pass these two tests, then it probably isn't the right instrument for you.
Some people have the opposite problem -
Neck width and string spacing vary greatly on both acoustic and electric guitars. Nylon string acoustics often have very wide necks. As for electrics, Les Paul and SG style guitars tend to have wide necks.
String spacing varies between individual instruments, even when they're the same model from the same production run. And that difference is enough to effect how the guitar plays.
Warmoth Guitars makes a 'Super Wide' Strat neck that is 1-
If you have a guitar that is too big for you, then you can use a capo to essentially 'shorten' the guitar neck. I've created a set of beginners lessons for guitar with capo at the 4th fret. This makes chording much easier for beginners.
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