Choosing the Right Guitar for Beginners

Since 2009, Anthony Freddura has served as a senior business systems analyst at MultiPlan, Inc., a healthcare cost management solutions provider based in Waltham, Massachusetts. In his free time, Anthony Freddura enjoys reading, writing, and playing the guitar.

While guitars can be broadly categorized as either acoustic or electric, within each category these instruments vary in terms of sound, size, string type, and shape. The many variations can make it difficult for a beginning players to choose which type of guitar to buy. To get started with the selection process, one should decide on the type of music that they would like to play.

The most common, and perhaps most versatile, of all guitar types is the steel-stringed acoustic, which can be used to play anything from folk and country to blues and pop music. The nylon-stringed classical guitar is another acoustic option that can also be used to play folk and pop, but it is particularly suited for classical, Latin, and jazz music.

In addition to acoustic guitars, there are a wide variety of electric guitar styles available for those who want to play rock, heavy metal, blues, jazz, or even country. The main difference between electric and acoustic guitars is that electric guitars use amplification instead of a hollow body to project sound. Many characteristics of electric guitars, such as string size and neck thickness, make them good guitars for beginners, but the added cost of an amplifier may make them a little more expensive than some acoustic options.