So you want to start learning to play the guitar? Congratulations! You’re about to embark on a great and fulfilling journey. We’d like to give you a quick run down on your guitar options and how we can help find the best set-up for you.
In general, there are 2 different types of guitars to get started on: Acoustic or Electric. Now, within these two types, there are many sub-options to consider.
Classical and (Steel-String) Acoustic are two types of acoustic guitars that are commonly sold at music stores. Both are Acoustic at heart (do not need an amp to be heard) but have enough differences that we’d like to bring them to your attention.
A Steel-String Acoustic Guitar
is great for folk songs, bluegrass, or playing along with the radio. You can strum or finger-pick on these guitars. These are usually a less expensive beginner option to electric guitars due to not needing an amp, cord or other accessories to get started. Acoustic guitars use steel strings that can help you get a twangy, bright sound that resonates well. There are a variety of “metals” to choose from when picking out these strings that give different quality of sounds. Steel-string guitars come in a variety of body sizes and neck lengths, but are commonly larger than classical guitars.
use nylon strings and are mainly played with your fingers. The nylon strings are thicker and have a softer, more mellow sound to them. Nylon strings also typically take longer to keep their tuning because most classical strings are tied-on instead of pegged into the body of
the guitar like steel strings. Classical guitars are great for Spanish/Flamenco style music as well as music specifically written for the classical guitar.