‘Best guitar’ is a very subjective term, ‘bad guitar’ on the other hand, isn’t. No matter what level guitarist you are: novice, noob, progressive, moderate, professional, ace, or just a guy-who-roams-around-with-a-guitar-to-fetch-girls, you will come across guitars which totally rule and others that totally suck.
Definitions of a best guitar can be arrived at by different users differently, depending on the following:
- Type of music they aim at learning/playing – jazz, blues, rock, metal.
- Are they a rhythm guitarist or lead guitarist.
- What techniques they want to learn on the guitar – sweep, hammer on, harmonics.
Definition of a sucky guitar however, remains the same, irrespective: A wood cut in the shape of a guitar, which cannot hold the tuning for more than 10 minutes.
When I started learning how to play the guitar, mine was a wannabe guitar (even worse than a sucky guitar). It could not stay tuned for more than 5 minutes at a stretch, and owing to that I had problems in recognizing tones. Since it is highly undesirable to own an awful guitar, here is a pre-buy check list for a neat acoustic guitar:
- Big sound box
- On-board tuner
- Equally spaced strings
- Tight tuning pegs/machine head
- A straight neck
- Strings close to the fret board
- A strong bridge
Once you have found all this on a guitar, look no further, make it yours.
Depending on the type of future guitarist you aim at becoming, following should be kept in mind:
Rhythm guitarist: go for dreadnought.
Lead guitarist: go for a cutaway guitar, gives access till the 21st fret.
If you want to perform live: go for electric-acoustic guitar.
Now down to the guitar makers. The makers that will do justice to your guitar needs are (in increasing order of price, not quality):
So choose your guitar wisely, invest once, love it and it will serve you right. And most of all, Keep practicing! 🙂