So you want to buy an acoustic guitar…

People looking to buy acoustic guitars tend to spend a lot of time researching, trying out, price haggling, and picking the perfect guitar for them. This process can be long or short, depending on the playing experience of the one looking for a new guitar and the purchasing experience of the individual. Here I will list a few hints and steps in regards to buying a new acoustic guitar

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Step 1: Research – Get looking on the Internet for styles, brands or prices you might be interested in. If you are a beginner, you probably are looking for a lower quality, lower priced instrument that is still worth the money and is a good beginning instrument. Good beginner brands can include, Alvarez, Washburn, Yamaha, Martin, and Taylor (select beginner models). Most of the brands provide very good expert level guitars and include a versatile selection.

Step 2: Trying it out – NEVER BUY A GUITAR BEFORE YOU PLAY IT. This is the first rule about buying a new guitar. Even if you know the exact model you want to buy and have played on various guitars of the same model, buying the guitar from the Internet can be risky. Sometimes you may think to buy a guitar of a better model or more expensive finish when buying guitars online, however, I myself have come across scenarios where some lower quality guitars sound better than massively inlayed more expensive models.

Step 3: Haggling – Many people underestimate the great old-time use of haggling. They think that it’s only used in Mexico or some third world countries. In actuality, music stores want you business and will be willing to beat their competitors prices. Call around, go in stores, get specific prices from a number of different companies. Go online and find out what online stores are selling their products for (even though you won’t buy it from there). Make a list of the different prices each company is willing to sell the guitar to you. Then, pick two or three of those companies and visit their stores in an attempt to get them to keep lowering their prices to beat the competitors until you have found you can go no lower. Whatever company offers you the lowest price is the one you should probably consider. This, of course, is all in regard to choosing the perfect guitar. If one guitar sounds better in one store but is more expensive than the same cheaper model in another store, go with the one that sounds better.

In the end, the only thing that should really matter when choosing a guitar is how that guitar sounds, plays, and feels to YOU. As long as price isn’t much of a problem, always go for what you know to be best. Find the guitar that speaks to you and best fits your needs and then go about the most efficient ways of attaining it.

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~ by jcain on March 18, 2007.

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