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Buying First Acoustic Guitar [PORTABLE]



There are countless styles of guitars available, and everyone has their own personalities and tastes. Above all, the instrument should inspire you, and make you want to practice more frequently. From deciding between types and styles, to deciding between which guitar sizes to buy, this guitar buying guide will help simplify the process of finding the best beginner guitar for you.




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A lot of parents ask about the difference between starting on acoustic guitar versus electric guitar. At the core, they are the same instrument, and concepts learned on one are immediately transferable to the other. However, an electric guitar may be the best beginner guitar for learning, as it is usually a little easier to play since the neck is narrower and the strings are easier to press down.


If you feel like you need a guitar that combines the advantages of electric and acoustic, you may want to consider an acoustic-electric guitar. Since performers often use acoustic guitars in large venues, acoustic guitar makers produce models that have built-in microphones, or pickups. The advantage is that these guitars function and sound exactly like an acoustic guitar, but when needed, they can be plugged in and amplified through an amp or house sound system.


Most acoustic-electric guitars have some level of tone control in the form of an on-board equalizer. The drawback is that because these guitars have electronic hardware not found in acoustic guitars, you can expect to pay more. But the cost may be comparable to an electric guitar, so depending on the style of music you want to play, an acoustic-electric may be an option.


If you feel some that aren't level with the wood, it doesn't mean the instrument is garbage or that brand or model are no good, but you can probably find another guitar or bass that doesn't already have that problem. Frets that aren't level with the wood can be fixed, but there's no reason to deal with that if you're buying a new instrument.


There are lots of great options for a first guitar that are inexpensive and totally decent. If cost is your main consideration, you can still give your budding musician a good starter guitar they'll feel good about bringing to band practice. If your kid is ready for something a little more serious, there are a lot of possibilities for which guitar to buy.


Both brands have a range of options for first-time players, such as starter packs that include a guitar, amp, cable, and all the trimmings that will get your kid plugged in and ready to shred the classics for a couple hundred bucks and change. Both brands also have small scale options for younger students: Fender Squier, Fender Squier Mini, and Epiphone Junior.


The last thing you want, once you've picked out the right guitar for your kid, is to have it sit untouched for the rest of her/his childhood. At School of Rock, we focus on teaching students to enjoy playing their instrument first and build the broader concepts of music on top of that foundation, using performance as the motivation and the payoff.


Want to buy an acoustic guitar? Overwhelmed by the number of options? Buying an acoustic guitar is an investment, so you'll want to do a little research before you jump in. There are a variety of factors that determine why one guitar sounds, feels, and plays differently from another. Understanding these factors is key when it comes to deciding what acoustic guitar you should buy.


Our Expert Agrees: The first thing to think about is budget. If you're a beginner, brand names aren't as important. You don't need to buy a Martin or Taylor unless your budget has room for that. Instead, buy a normal student model like Yamaha. Make sure the playability is comfortable and that the guitar is in excellent condition.


Consider buying a starter pack. The Epiphone Les Paul pack contains a strap so you can play standing up, as well as an amplifier and cables to project the sound and plectrums to pick the strings. There are plenty of these out there for acoustics too such as the Fender CC-60s pack. Alternatively, you could buy the guitar separately and add these accessories later on. For the best bang for your buck, check out our huge range of EastCoast Starter Packs


The acoustic guitar is a ubiquitous and versatile instrument that shows up in so many different genres of music. Its importance in the history of music is impossible to quantify and there are too many important acoustic artists to name.


Waist or S-curve: This forms the sides of your guitar. The S-curve not only plays a role in forming the acoustics of the sound produced from your guitar, but makes it comfortable to rest the guitar on your knee when playing in a seated position.


Pickguard: The pickguard is typically made from plastic or acrylic. This component is situated to the side of your guitar's rosette and soundhole, near where your hand would be when you strum the guitar. Its purpose is to help prevent you from scratching the finish of your guitar. Some acoustic guitars have pickguards while some do not.


What material are your strings? Take note of the strings that come with your guitar. Are they steel or nylon? The beginner guitar options in this guide all use steel strings that are wound in materials that resonate, such as bronze. That said, nylon string acoustics have a soft, beautiful sound heard commonly in classical, jazz, and Latin music.


Hard case: Typically a wood construction with a vinyl covering and plush material lining. A hard case is an important purchase if you plan to transport your acoustic guitar around quite a bit with other things. (Think: moving, transporting multiple pieces of equipment for gigs, etc).


Acoustic-electric guitars leverage both natural resonance and electronics. The hollow body will allow you to play your guitar anywhere, any place with a great natural sound. If you want it to be a bit louder, you can plug it in. Typically an acoustic-electric guitar will also have a built-in tuner and equalizer. This is not only wildly convenient but also gives you ultimate control over your sound.


Parlor is another small body shape that works best for fingerpicking styles. They are currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Our New Artist Bundle packages up a CP-60S Parlor guitar alongside accessories aspiring acoustic players need to get started, including an adjustable guitar stand, Fender Bullet Tuner, picks, and more. For more seasoned players, the Fender Headliner Bundle offers you the earthy and organic tones of a PM-2 Parlor NE, All-Mahogany, Natural acoustic with an assortment of accessories. Its open-pore mahogany top and solid mahogany back and sides not only look beautiful, but give this acoustic instrument its superior tone.


The concert style dates back to around 1854. It was the standard size around the time of the U.S. Civil War and for many years thereafter. Its bright-sounding design gradually gave way to larger, more bass-heavy guitars, although the style has enjoyed a recent resurgence due to its comfort and versatility. Concert-style acoustics are great for pop, rock, folk, more. The smaller size is great for beginners and anyone looking for a compact and super comfortable guitar. Take a look at the Tim Armstrong Hellcat for a real-life example of a concert-style acoustic guitar.


What seems like the best fit for you? For more considerations and tips on how to decide, check out this article. Then, check out our New Acoustic Players Guide to compare additional acoustic guitar bundles.


We know that acoustic guitars create sound acoustically (I know, crazy right?), however electric guitars are solid and have no sound-hole, so the way they manufacture pitch is entirely different, even though the fundamental elements (strings, frets etc.) are the same.


Though it is unlikely to be relevant to your first guitar purchase, there also exist hollow and semi-hollow body electric guitars which create a resonant tone with less sustain and a less tamed low-end.


Apart from the fact that one is electric and one is not? I think that is rather obviously the fundamental difference between the two. The sound of an acoustic and an electric guitar is entirely different and to try describe the variation would be unnecessary.


Obviously nylon-string guitars are made from nylon, and steel-string acoustics utilize resonant metals like bronze and brass. Conversely, electric guitars make use of lighter gauges and compounds that are more reactive to magnets, like nickel, steel and chromium.


Electric guitars are heavier than acoustics and require more bits and pieces to be transferred from point A to point B (amp and cables, not to mention pedals as you progress further).


An acoustic guitar is just an acoustic guitar. While you can adorn yourself with capos, sliders and the like, electric guitars are overwhelmed with peripherals that significantly impact the tone you play with.


It will always come down to the guitar player and their purposes. Is your playstyle defined by Metallica and Black Sabbath? Get an electric! Is portability and space an issue for you? Grab an acoustic.


While they are renowned for their novice offerings, such guitars are a solid quality in their own right and present a gateway to some of the higher-tier Yamaha guitars. Elliott Smith (one of the greatest acoustic guitarists of all time) used a cheap Yamaha FG80 for many of his recordings and live performances.


Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of the 5 crucial things you should consider when buying an acoustic guitar. After reading this article, you will have a better understanding of acoustic guitars, and picking the perfect model for your needs will be way easier!


Acoustic- electric guitars stand somewhere in the middle between regular acoustic and electric guitars. They have a pickup similar to those found on electric guitars, and give you the possibility to play through an amp! 041b061a72


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