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Step 3: Set your budget
Decide your budget. Do this now because you may be tempted to pay that little bit extra for a certain shape or colour that really takes your fancy. There’s a wide array of excellent beginner guitars for under £250. This is a great budget for a first guitar because if you find out it’s not the instrument for you, or you get bored, you don’t want to waste an excessive amount of money. Start off cheap and gradually build up in price with your progress and dedication.
Once you’ve narrowed down your search to a handful of choices, If you get the chance, go to a guitar shop such as Andertons *wink wink*! Ask the staff to help you out. See what takes your interest in the flesh. See what it’s like to sit down with a guitar. Hold onto the neck and get a feeling of it.
Step 4: Consider trying it in person before you buy
All guitars will have similar specifications in this lower price bracket. So there’s no need to focus much on what the fretboard material is, or how many knobs it has, or what the hardware is made of. There are lots of variables in guitars so it’s important not to feel overwhelmed.
Even how they sound is less important than how the shape makes you feel. If it excites you to look at, you’ll be more inclined to pick it up and play.
Step 5: buy your accessories
Consider buying a starter pack. The Epiphone Les Paul pack contains a strap so you can play standing up, an amplifier and cables to project the sound and plectrums to pick the strings with. There are plenty of these out there for acoustics too such as the Fender CC-60s pack. Or you could buy the guitar separately and add these accessories after.
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Beyond the basics such as picks and an amp and cable for electrics, everything is optional. But I would recommend getting extra strings when you’ve worn out the ones already on the guitar. Cleaning fluid for the neck is also a worthwhile addition. If you want to get more creative after nailing the very basics of playing, a slide and capo open up even more possibilities.
Follow these steps and you’ll come out with a guitar that will inspire you to become the next big thing!
Want to know more? Check out our guides on the best electric, acoustic and bass guitars for beginners. Some top affordable brands to look out for include Alvarez guitars, EastCoast guitars and many more – check them out!
Check out our other learn articles for more guitar and music tips.
Read more about how to clean your guitar here.
For the next step, check out our blog on upgrading from your first guitar here.