There are a few considerations to keep in mind when selecting a guitar. One of the first is the kind of guitar.
There are three basic kinds of guitars. They are as follows:
The Acoustic Steel String Guitar
The acoustic steel string guitar is the most popular type of guitar and is often simply referred to as the acoustic guitar. It has steel strings which gives it a bright, loud, and metallic sound.
This guitar is very versatile and is used to play everything from rock to folk to fingerstyle and just about every other popular style of music.
The Nylon String Classical Guitar
The nylon string classical guitar (or simply classical guitar) is a little smaller in size than the acoustic steel string and has nylon strings which are easier to press down and easier on the fingers. Also, the fretboard is a little wider giving more clearance between the string when played. The tone of this guitar is warm and mellow and is often played with the fingers instead of a pick.
This guitar is mainly used to play classical and folk styles, but also jazz and pop on occasion.
The Electric Guitar
The electric guitar has a solid thin body and is the smallest kind of guitar. The main difference with this guitar is that it needs to be plugged into an amplifier to be played. Therefore, it’s more difficult to travel with. Because it is electronic, you can add many different types of effects to the sound. Also, it has steel strings like the acoustic but they are much lighter in gauge and therefore easier to press down.
This guitar is used to play rock, blues, and many other popular styles.
If you’re searching for a guitar for yourself, it really depends on what type of music you’re interested in playing. If you’re just interested in playing some of your favorite songs and perhaps singing along, the acoustic steel string would be your best option. If you’re interested in playing classical guitar music or the so called “Spanish” guitar, you need a classical guitar. Finally, if you want to play rock and blues or add different effects like distortion, you’re best option is the electric guitar. Any kind of guitar is fine to learn on, it just depends what your interests are.
If you’re searching for a guitar for a child, there are a couple things to consider. If the child is 10 or younger, they’re are best with the nylon string classical even if they are not learning the classical guitar style. This is because it is the easiest for them to play with its smaller size and nylon strings .
If they are older than 10, any kind of guitar will be fine unless, of course, they are studying the classical guitar style, then they need a nylon string classical guitar.
If you have questions about any of this, please leave them in the comments and I’ll be more than happy to help you out.