Hey there! If you're a beginner in the market for your first electric guitar, you've come to the right place. With so many options out there, it can be tough to know where to start. But don't worry - I've got your back! I'll provide some tips for choosing a quality beginner guitar that fits your needs and budget. So, let's dive in and get you on your way to rocking out!
Usually, this question comes from someone who has been playing for some time or has a specific style in his/her mind. In this case, we are going to talk about a total beginner who wants to try out electric guitar playing, and, obviously, does not want to spend a lot of money. So, to minimize the risk, we need a value-for-money guitar that can do pretty much everything. Let us see what are the options:
My go-to option that fits the above requirements pretty well is a Fender Mexican Stratocaster. Why this guitar? Pretty simple. It is a jack of all trades and descent guitar, meaning that it can do about everything but not exceptionally. That makes it almost an ideal choice to get started because it is reasonably priced, it can be fixed relatively easily unlike some more expensive guitars, and it is much easier to find one on the used market for a better price.
If you have a guitar teacher or a guitar coach, I would strongly suggest taking him/her with you when you buy the guitar. Especially if you are a total beginner.
A usual fear is, what if you do not enjoy it as much as you thought you would? You will end up losing all this money? Well, here is what happens with this specific guitar. You can resell it quite easily and at a decent price. Even if you bought it used below $300, and kept it for 4-5 years, when you sell it afterwards, you can sell it for $200-250. This, effectively, means you have rented a pretty decent guitar for all these years, for only $50-100 max.
So far, so good! However, there is still so much more to know to ensure that you make a wise purchase decision. If you're serious about buying a used electric guitar, then you won't want to miss out my tips on what you should look for when buying a used electric guitar.
I hope this was helpful. You can watch the video below, where I explain this topic in more detail. If you’re interested in developing your guitar skills and reaching your music goals, please check the different Elite Guitar Coaching Academy packages and how you can get private coaching from me.
Ioannis Anastassakis studied at the distinguished Musicians Institute (GIT), where he remained as an instructor, after graduating in the top 1% of his class. He continued his graduate studies in Music, at California State University, completing an MA in Guitar Performance, and graduating with Magna Cum Laude distinction. As an accomplished author, he has written five highly successful instructional books published by Mel Bay Publications, with his latest book reaching the #1 spot on the Amazon charts. He has released 5 guitar CDs and has been teaching Music and Music Business at the University level since 2001. Additionally, he is the founder and managing director of Elite Guitar Coaching.
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