One of the most confusing parts of starting out with the guitar is trying to figure out what gear you should buy. The questions can seem endless: Should I get an acoustic or an electric guitar? What exactly should I be looking for? How can I get something adequate, without spending too much? Should I decide based on the price alone, or something else? What accessories will I need? Where should I buy this stuff?
QUESTION #1 – What should I look for in my first guitar?
QUESTION #2 – Should I buy an electric or acoustic guitar?
Child – Classical
(Classical guitars use nylon strings which are easier on your fingers) 1/2 size classical – good for kids around 40″ tall
1/2 Size Classical Guitar – $45.95 3/4 size – good for kids around 45″ tall
Yamaha CGS103A 3/4 Size Classical Guitar – $129.99
Child – Acoustic
Adult/Child – Electric
Fender Squier Strat – Package w/amp – $199.99
Epiphone SG Vintage Solid-Body Electric Guitar, Worn Cherry – $299.99 (option for brown) While they do have “mini” Strats for kids and cheaper “bullet” strats (full size), I don’t recommend them. They’re not well made and you’ll have trouble keeping them in tune.
Electric Guitar Amp
Accessories - Highly reccommended once you choose the right guitar
Once you picked out the right guitar I would highly recommend these accessories unless you choose a guitar that already comes with an accessory package.
12PK Sampler Guitar Picks – $4.77 (It’s good to have different types of picks, so you can try them out and decide which you prefer)
Clip On Tuner – $10.75 (You’ll definitely need one of these to stay in tune, unless you get a tuner app, but clip on tuners are much more accurate)
Guitar Stand – $9.99 (You’ll want to remove any barriers towards practicing. Having your guitar out on a stand makes it easier than always have to get out/put away your guitar in a case. Plus it helps keep it in tune better (tuning pegs don’t hit the case) and it’ nice to look at)
Guitar Capo – $9.99 (Most acoustic players will eventually want a capo. It clamps down higher on the neck, allowing the player to play the same chord shapes on different parts of the guitar.)
DR Strings – Acoustic – $6.77 (You’ll need to change strings at some point. It depends on how often the guitar is played, but strings should be changed at least once every 6 months.)
DR Strings – Electric – $5.99
Non – Essential:
Acoustic Guitar Gig Bag with Guitar Strap and Pick Sampler – $19.99 (If you plan on ever taking the guitar out of your home, you’ll definitely want a gig bag or hard case.)
3/4-Size Acoustic Guitar Gig Bag – $24.99
Guitar Strap – $5.19 (In case you want to play standing up)
Heavy-Duty Folding Music Stand Black – $19.99
Foot Stool – $9.95
Anytune – Music Slow Down Player for Iphone/Ipad – FREE – A great tool to have when trying to learn a song. You can slow it down making it easier to hear and also making it easier to play along with.
Here are some recording interfaces that allow you to record straight to your computer.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB – $129
UA Apollo Twin (USB) – $899
UA Apollo 8p (Thunderbolt – for mac) – $2,999