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Old 01-20-2008, 11:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by cadv972 View Post
If you would like to learn to play the guitar, and choose your first guitar, there are important steps, and should be taken into very careful consideration:
  • Focus on the larger guitar manufacturers such as Fender, Ibanez, and Gibson.
  • Go to the local music store and ask them what kind of beginner guitars they have
  • For your first guitar, you do not need the rolls Royce of guitars. Don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on your first guitar. Not only will you not have the ability to truly utilize your nice new guitar, but you will not know how to take good care of the guitar, such as tuning properly, changing strings when needed, and just keeping it in nice shape.
  • Once you feel like you are ready for an upgrade, go for it.
Wise words indeed!

I'd add:

Take someone with you that has been playing a while, and knows what they're looking at, and listen to their advice, also hold out for the best deal you can get ask them to throw in a set of strings or a strap etc.
They won't throw you out of the store for asking, plus they don't want to lose a potential regular customer, (believe me you will be!).
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