Now that you are here, you have been researching to get a New Guitar for yourself.
Welcome to this Journey.
Before you start this Journey, let me tell you, there is no "Absolute Best" incase you have been using that keyword for a while on Google.
What we should look for is what is Best for you. And what is best for a youtuber / neighbor / Friend, might not be best for you. Yes, You are Special in every way!
A popular misconception is, "Bigger the Better" (Bada hai toh Behtar Ha). I hate to tell you this is not Right. What most of them compromise is the Comfort. There are many size of Guitars in the Market. The popular sizes are
Most important statement to be made here is THERE IS NO BEST SIZE. That is as ridiculous as saying XL T-shirts are best for all.
This is how we can narrow down these sizes as per Use, Height, Sound and some other considerations.
1. Dreadnought -
2. Concert Size
3. Travel Size
Now that you have found what size suits you best, its time to discuss Brands and Models.
Its best to stay away from Guitars below 5000. The reason is poor build quality and we have discussed this briefly in this VIDEO
Some brands to absolutely avoid are Henrix, Juarez, Jixing, Amaze and other guitars below 4000. You must have definitely seen a review praising such brands but a long term review is going to be far from praises. Its always better to gather some funds and go for a good guitar if you are serious about learning. Remember, Music is one of the most beautiful gift Humans could receive and if you have a Mobile phone worth at least 10k, you can definitely gather that much for a Guitar. A Good sound and feel will contribute to your growth as a Guitarist.
I am speaking this from our experience of handling, repairing, checking all brands and models that arrive at our store. We have heard out people regretting their cheap investment and that effecting their interest to learn the instrument. And we really hope that does not happen to you.
I have mixed reaction about this and let me tell you why.
Firstly, There is no better wood. Each one has its own flavor and tonal characteristics. Its like arguing Blueberry ice-cream is better than Strawberry. Both have individual feel and taste and you end up choosing what you like.
Secondly, Any kind of Nut width and string spacing isn't going to affect you to learn (excluding non branded guitars). On an intermediate to advanced level, these specs will make sense to your overall playing. But as a beginner, all you gotta do is focus on Practicing lessons.
Now why the mixed reaction is because we have encountered many beginners reaching out to us, confused and entangled in so many tech specs, that they haven't been able to buy a Guitar in more than 6 months. Now that is a lot of precious time lost.
It is very important to finalize on a good sounding guitar and go for it.
Ideally You cannot go very wrong with international brands like Fender, Cort, Ibanez, Kepma, Sire, Yamaha etc. Once you have a little flexible budget in place you can start your hunt.
Accessories to Buy
You can buy anything if your budget allows, however there are some accessories you have to absolutely consider when you go for any Guitar
1. Padded Bag: For Protection from Humidity and Dust / Dings
2. String Set: Beginners break strings very often. Its very good to have a backup to have uninterrupted practice.
3. Tuner: While a lot of folks can argue that a mobile app works well, a Digital tuner helps in getting accurate tuning even in noisy surroundings.
Other accessories that you can consider(but not compulsory)
Furthermore, there are many doubts that a beginner goes through. And we have observed that every individual has a different twist to the same doubt that is not solved by Youtube and Quora.
At John's Music, we celebrate this individuality and we encourage you to talk to us. Together, lets Figure out what is best for you and make a choice accordingly.
Wishing you an amazing musical life ahead !