Tips on Buying Acoustic Guitar

The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the mention of the name acoustic guitar, I just think of the great reggae legend Robert Nesta Marley who was famously known as Bob Marley. Bob Marley had a unique touch of music as well as sound when he played using the acoustic guitar, this soul was a legendary player, and I always look up to him whenever am interested in buying  an acoustic guitar. Shopping for one can be hectic because there are factors that you should always consider before you get one.  The following are some of the ideas that you should consider before getting one:


Before you start thinking of any brand of an acoustic guitar, you must first think about the price that comes with it. Having an outlined and detailed budget is very important, and this will guide you on buying  the guitar that you want. You should also have research done about the different range of prices that these devices range between, and this will limit any overspending on unnecessary guitar.  A budget will guide you on how much you will spend on a particular guitar; hence I suggest that you should not be swayed once you see the best-designed guitars in the market. Always avoid overspending or getting into financial difficulties because of a rush spending.


The purpose that you intend to use the guitar for also matters when it comes to choosing an acoustic guitar. Do you want to play in a band, carry it with you when playing in public or is it just for your leisure time? These factors must be considered because there are different acoustic guitars designed for specific functions; hence, you should first identify the purpose that you wish to use the guitar for before you purchase one. Instead of purchasing an acoustic guitar and you end up regretting because it was not suited for your intended purpose.

Skill Level

Depending on your skill level, it is of much importance that you choose an instrument that is within your level range. If you are just a newbie, there is no need of going for the high-end acoustic guitar just yet. You have the option for some low or even mid-range guitars that will help you in your practice. Experienced or advanced players know the different set of tones that can be produced by this devices and for them, they should go for an upgrade, but you as a newbie first stick to practicing till you get it right.

Body Style

Acoustic guitars come in different shapes and body styles, therefore, it is to your advantage that you set on a guitar that you feel is very comfortable to you. Depending on the wide range of body styles to choose from this can be an overwhelming task but I suggest you test the guitars if need be. The body style also contributes to the sound that the acoustic guitar will produce, it is important for you to check on the body style as it also impacts on the sound of the guitar. Ranging from the half-size guitars to jumbo guitars it is better that you choose your poison yourself.

Intonation and Action

Check action and intonation are usually adjustable, but it is of importance that you should consider that before buying any acoustic guitar. For better sound quality and audibility, you should always ensure that the check level is within 12th fret of the guitar and also look at the distance of the strings from the fretboard.  With intonation you can always check it by just playing the first chord and then start by playing from the 14th fret, the results should be identical for the intonation to be perfect.

Acoustic-Electrics or Acoustic Guitars

I just want to inform you that acoustic-electrics have been gaining popularity in the last decade and more of them are being purchased as compared to the old school acoustic guitars. It may be difficult to find an acoustic guitar that does not house electronics nowadays, but then not all acoustic electrics are designed to be equal. They come with different battery variations and also on board tuners usually vary too. Therefore, you should be able to decide whether you want the old school acoustic guitar or the acoustic electric guitar.

Personal Preference

It will be absurd that you should not consider your personal preference when choosing a guitar. There are a lot that you can choose from but always have that preferred choice that is your fist option before taking a step to check the other brands. Personal preference is something that makes you comfortable because you already know some little bit of information about it. Always be prepared with some defined and required expectations of the guitar that you intend to buy.


This is also an important factor when it comes to choosing a guitar that you want. You can differentiate the sound a guitar produces from the type of wood that it is made from. Tonal characteristic is important as you set for the best sound that you want. The common wood types that acoustic guitars are made from such as; cedar, ebony, mahogany, rosewood, walnut and many others. All these woods produce different tone sounds when it comes to acoustic guitars, therefore you should select depends on the sound you intend to get.

Final Words

Just by following this simple review, it should allow you to settle on the best guitar according to what you want. Even if it is the first, second or even third guitar, this review I guarantee will guide you to a prosperous purchase when it comes to acoustic guitars. Do not just settle on a guitar because you love its design and construction but settle for what you wanted so that you do not regret in future.

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