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Here are some things to consider:
- When narrowing down your choices, take a more experienced guitar player along with you for their opinion (they don’t have to be a professional guitarist to provide valuable insight).
- It’s best for beginners to start with an acoustic guitar versus an electric guitar, but going with electric first will not ultimately impede the student.
- Used guitars are fine, though there’s not always a big price difference between the two.
- Stay away from instruments with any major cracks or places that appear to be loose or coming apart.
- Either steel stringed guitars or nylon stringed guitars are fine, but if you start with nylon strings, in a year or two the guitarist will most likely want to upgrade to steel strings (since that’s what is used in modern music).
- Get a right-handed guitar even if the guitar player is left-handed. (“Lefties” are more expensive and the most coordination is utilized with the left hand anyway).
- Consider the comfort while holding the guitar (especially with the right arm resting on the guitar body while strumming the strings). If the guitar player is under 10 and/ or smaller in size, he/she might do better with a 3/4 sized guitar.
- The guitar needs to sound in tune (1) when open chords are strummed (chords near the head of the guitar) and also (2) when other chords are played higher up the neck (bar chords near the body of the guitar).
- The strings should be relatively easy to press down (a little pain is normal for the first few weeks; if practicing daily this goes away quickly