Experience has taught us that most people make the same mistakes when it comes to buying a beginner guitar, especially when it’s an acoustic guitar for the kids.
1. “I thought he/she would grow into their guitar”
Yes, they will grow into it but, but, and it’s a big but, will they play it in the mean time. Worse case, you’ll get 1 to 2 years out of a guitar size. Our firm opinion is better to start with the right size than the wrong.
2. “It was the guitar that my neighbour/uncle/cousin/friend learnt on”
We see lots of these in for repair. You do find the odd gem amongst the rubble, but in general buy a guitar that fits, stays in tune, and plays well.
3. “I saw it on Trade Me and thought it was a cheap acoustic guitar”
Mmmmmm as a rule of thumb cheap is cheap for a reason, once again we see lots of cheap acoustic guitars in our repair shop. Our mantra is an oldy but a goody – ‘you cant make a silk purse out of a sows ear’. If we could find a good beginner guitar that is better than the ones we sell, for less money, then we would have them here, simple as that.
4.“I didn’t know you could get left-handed acoustic guitars”
Most of our guitars are available as left handed options. For the nylon strings it’s simple to change the strings over, but for the steel strings the guitar is actually built differently. Check out our left handed acoustic guitars in our online shop.