I taught myself how to strum two or three basic chords on a nylon-stringed mammoth of a guitar – my poor fingers! After enrolling me in lessons for a few months, my parents decided I was serious enough about learning guitar and they bought me a brand new acoustic guitar.
Getting that first guitar yourself, or as a gift for someone, can be a daunting task. I’ve provided a list here of some great beginners guitar models that you can purchase online or at a local music store: Dunkley’s Music and Gig’s Music are both great local places to get that first guitar.
If you can, stick to tried and true brands: Fender, Yamaha, Gibson, Epiphone, Martin, Taylor, and Ibanez are brands that usually deliver a well-made instrument. Brands to stay away from: First Act, Washburn, Spectrum, Encore. If it looks cheap, it probably is – which means if you’re really interested in playing you’ll be back out looking for a new one in no time at all.
If you have any questions about which guitar to get, feel free to call me at 208.412.5740.