Choosing Your First Guitar

Eric Schimpf is a founding member of a military academy graduates business network. As a student at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Eric Schimpf earned recognition as an honor student all four years. In his spare time, he enjoys running, golfing, and playing the guitar.

Whether you are looking to start a rock band or you simply want to learn a diverse instrument, the guitar is a good choice. When it comes to purchasing your first guitar, the initial step involves deciding between electric models and acoustic guitars. Although acoustics are common choices for beginners, you should choose the type that appeals to you aesthetically and sonically. If you want to play like Rage Against the Machine and Eric Clapton, for example, it does not make sense to spend money on an acoustic guitar. Likewise, if you prefer Dave Matthews and John Mayer, an electric guitar may not hold your attention for long.

The next considerations involve price and playability. New guitars cost less than $100 or in excess of $10,000. You need to decide how much you want to spend. If you plan on buying a second guitar in the future, you may not need to invest much in your first guitar, but if you want your guitar to last and provide the best sound quality, you may want to spend a bit more. Playability is arguably the most important factor. Intonation, string action, and a guitar’s ability to stay in tune are important aspects to consider before committing to a guitar.