When we start playing the guitar we always have the doubt of which guitar to choose. Therefore, in this post we will see which guitar to buy if you are a beginner.
Let’s see first the three types of guitars to know which one is best for you.
What three types of guitars are there?
There are three types of guitars that you can buy if you are a beginner. Firstly, you have the Spanish guitar which is the one that has a rounded body, soundboard and is characterized by nylon strings.
On the other hand we have the acoustic guitar which is like the previous one but with a narrower neck and metal strings. Finally we have the electric guitar which has no soundboard and needs an amplifier to emit sound.
These are in broad strokes and in a summarized way the three types of guitars that you have within your reach, then within each of these three mentioned guitars you have different variations, for example Spanish guitars with cutaway, electrified, acoustic guitars with and without electrification or electric guitars with soundboards, but that is a separate topic.
Which guitar should I start playing guitar with?
I recommend starting to play with the Spanish guitar as it is the one that will give you the least difficulty at the beginning. This guitar is relatively easier to play than the acoustic or electric guitar. First, because the nylon strings do less damage to the fingers and also, having more separation between strings, it is easier to introduce the fingers to make it sound.
However, motivation is something you should also keep in mind. Some of us (not all of us) started playing guitar because we were inspired by a guitarist. For example, if you discovered that you liked the guitar thanks to Mark Knopfler and you are very attracted to the electric guitar, you should start with the electric guitar because you will have more motivation to keep learning.
In short, my advice: start with a Spanish one, but if you like the acoustic or electric for its sound or because someone has inspired you, choose the one you want.
Can you play the same on all guitars?
This is a question that many people ask me and it is completely logical. At first everything is confusing. My answer is that yes, you can play the same thing, in fact, with one you once learn to play with one there will be no problem learning with others.
All three guitars we discussed have the same musical notes in the same arrangement all over the fretboard. So, if you learn on one, you won’t have to learn again on another. Everything you learn accumulates. However, when we advance further on the guitar is where we have some differences as there are sounds that cannot be achieved with one guitar and can be achieved with another.
Which guitar to buy?
The first thing I recommend is that you buy something economical, do not complicate your life buying a guitar at an exorbitant price. This is important because at the beginning some of us are not sure that we are going to like the guitar. So what is the need to buy something expensive that we might not use later?
On the other hand, if you end up liking the guitar and you see that you are making progress, you will probably end up buying a better quality guitar. So to break your hand, buy a cheap guitar.
If you have already decided on a specific type of guitar, let’s see now what guitar you can buy if you are a beginner. Here below are some links where you can buy them and some videos to see how they sound:
The best guitars for beginners
What guitar to buy: Spanish guitars
Startone CG 851
Harley Benton CG200-BK Set
Rocket XF201AN XF
Rocket XF201AN XF
What guitar to buy: Acoustic guitars
Harley Benton Custom Line CLD-1048SCE NS
Baton Rouge L1LS/DCE Natural
Cort Earth 70 OP Open Pore
What guitar to buy: Electric guitars
Harley Benton ST-20 BK
Harley Benton ST-20MN
Harley Benton SC-400 SGT
Well, that’s all. I hope I have clarified your doubts. If you have any other questions, leave them in the comments.