Tips for shopping for a mid-level acoustic guitar
June 10, 2014 2:23 PM Subscribe
I have about $300-400 to spend on a new acoustic guitar that will be gifted to someone who is a classically-trained pianist but would be a beginner on this particular instrument, someone who wants to play music in the vein of Cat Stevens (i.e.
, pop-folk). There are simply so many options out there that I thought I would ask this site for advice.
posted by Blazecock Pileon to Shopping (27 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I know nothing about guitars except what I have perused via search engines, but I am guessing that, given the music that will be played on this instrument, I assume I would look for a model that is steel-stringed. Is that correct? Do guitars come stringed with nylon, by default (do I need to get it restringed)?
Mainly, I want something that will last a long time and give good, warm sound appropriate for what will be played on it, without spending thousands of dollars. I do not want to buy a used guitar because I am in no position to evaluate its quality or condition without the strong likelihood of getting ripped off and leaving the recipient with a bad gift.
I'm assuming $300-400 is mid-range, or at least at the upper end of low-range. Are there brands that are better than others at that price range? Brands I have seen are Martin, Walden, Yamaha and Takamine. I can go up to $500 or a bit more, if there is a threshold where the sound difference and reliability bumps up considerably.
I will probably stay away from Guitar Center for reasons mentioned on this site at other times; are there preferred online vendors for guitars?
Sorry if these are dumb, obvious questions and thanks for any advice.