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How to buy a cheap acoustic guitar

Jun 8, 2008
The cost of material used is one reason for the cost of the instrument. Part of the final cost is wood, though not all guitars are made from wood. Some are graphite or plastic. However, the reason an acoustic guitar sounds the way it does is because of the wood it is crafted from. The sound of a guitar that is not made out of wood may cause you to give up learning because of the poor sound quality. A plastic guitar that you probably won't like isn't a wise investment. A better option would be to buy a cheap acoustic guitar made out of wood.

While not a cheap acoustic guitar, the Seagull S6 is actually an exceptional value for the price. To leave out this particular guitar in a discussion of beginner guitars would be remiss. This guitar has a beautiful solid cedar top with mahogany wood on the back and sides and is capable of producing a beautiful sound. Even professionals will keep this guitar for years, despite owning a collection of even more expensive guitars. Priced at $400-$500, it may be more than you were budgeting for; but, if you are serious about taking up guitar playing, you should give some real consideration into purchasing this guitar. Furthermore, an online search may help you find a deal on this guitar as it is a readily available model.

The Yamaha F310 guitar is a good choice if you are looking for a cheap acoustic guitar. It features a mahogany back and sides with a solid spruce top. At $150-$200, this guitar is much easier on your wallet. It is also a good choice for the serious beginner.

The Epiphone DR-100, at $120 to $150, is another pricing step down in an excellent cheap acoustic guitar. Its top is manufactured of select-grade spruce, while its back and sides are crafted from mahogany. Its meant for beginners and would require a trade-up down the road. However, if youre still not certain whether youll stick with the guitar or not, this is a fine, decent quality instrument to enjoy in the meantime.

If you are looking for a cheap acoustic guitar for under $100 there is really nothing worth recommending. A lot of them really cant be played. Cheaply made guitars are why many younger students abandon learning how to play guitar. They are poorly constructed. If you are thinking of purchasing a cheap acoustic guitar, remember you get what your pay for so stay away from these cheaper models and avoid losing the thrill of a well-made guitar.

If you can't pony up for a better quality acoustic guitar, try to buy one second hand instead. If you buy a used guitar, it will have already developed a full and rich tone that you will not find in a brand new one. Many stores have a special section for used cheap acoustic guitars and you can play each one until you find the one that suits your needs.

A solid wood top is a must-have, even for a cheap acoustic guitar. A guitar with with a solid wood top, instead of a plywood top, has a richer and fuller tone. A guitar with also the sides and the back made of solid wood is even better, if your budget allows it.
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Find a wide range of cheap acoustic guitar at Ivan Calderwell's site including makes mentioned in this article. There you will also find all makes of the most popular acoustic guitars as well as the latest news and products revolving around this melodic musical intrument. Click on the following link to find out more: acoustic guitar shops
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