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Beginner’s Guide To Choosing Your First Guitar

Buying your first guitar can be a confusing process as there are several different kinds of guitars, many different brands, and a large number of designs. The array of choices can make you hold off on your purchase and lose interest in the hobby before you’ve begun. This article will help you make a confident and informed decision.

Steps to buying your first beginner guitar:

  1. Choose what type of guitar you want – Steel-stringed acoustic, Classical or electric.
  2. Settle on the style and Size
  3. Determine how much you are willing to spend.
  4. Buy accessories e.g tuner, capo etc..

Choose what type of guitar you want

Decide if you want an acoustic or electric guitar. Acoustics are great to learn on. No fancy bells and whistles. And if you’re going to have lessons, you’ll focus on how to sound as clear and precise as possible when you play. You can also choose between a classic nylon-stringed acoustic. Confused between steel string and nylon string(classical Guitar)? Their specifications may help!

Steel-stringed Acoustic:

  • Good for folk, pop, country, slow rock music
  • Has steel strings which can be hard on young fingers
  • Sounds bright and loud, great for strumming chords 
  • Lightweight but bit bulky

Nylon-stringed Acoustic(Classical Guitar):

  • Good for classical, flamenco, Spanish music.
  • Gentle on fingertips – perfect for young learners
  • Sounds mellow and soft – not as loud as acoustic

There is no right or wrong way to start here. Look at guitarists from the genre of music you want to play to get an idea of what guitars they use.

Settle on the style and size

Pick what you think stylistically looks the best. If you’re after a certain colour or shape, focus in on those. There are a number of body sizes, which produce different sounds and either come with or without a body cutaway.

Which Size works for you?

Our suggestion for guitar size according to age as follows:

7 to 13 Years old – 38 inch (39 inch guitars are also suitable for young learners)

13 to adult – 38 inch, 39inch, 40 inch and above

Size isn’t the most important thing for a good guitar.Anyone can start on any sized guitar as long as they feel comfortable.

Determine how much you are willing to spend & our Suggestions

Decide your budget. A decent acoustic Guitar would not cost you a lot.

You can to start with our cheaper model(Cowboy Acoustic Guitar) if you are unsure about picking guitar as your new hobby, in a budget and prefer a wee-bit smaller size.

Cowboy Acoustic Guitar(38 inch)

If you are determined to learn Guitar and serious about it, the Premium beginners Acoustic Guitar by Caravan Music is for you! It is the most recommended model for any Serious beginners who choses steel string. It is of better build quality, Strings heights better aligned and overall the best guitar you can get for this price range!

Premium beginners Acoustic Guitar by Caravan Music(40 inch)

Buy Accessories

Every beginners will need few accessories to start or over time. For more information about which accessories you really need please read this article.

If you are still unsure which Guitar is best for you, feel free to drop us a WhatsApp message on : +65 8157 1070 or email us : contact@pedalwood.com , Our specialists will be more than happy to be able to help you.

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What are the must-have Guitar Accessories for Beginners?

1. Clip-On Guitar Tuner 

Smiger Clip-on Tuner

An out of tune guitar sounds horrible. Every guitar player needs a guitar tuner. You can’t go wrong with our clip on tuner by Smiger.

With it’s high sensitive vibration sensor that picks up your guitar notes with ease & impressive ability to tune guitar, bass, and violin you’ve no excuse to sound like a cat caught in a hurricane when you play now.

Simply clip the tuner onto the headstock of your guitar, and you’re good to go forth and tune.

You’ll love: the bright colour display which makes it easy for you to see when your guitar is flat, sharp, or beautifully in tune

2. Guitar Capo

You’re all strung up and in tune – now it’s time to play! Say you are a beginner guitar player and only know a few chords like GEmC, and D, but the song you’re wanting to learn has the chords AF#mD, and E. What is this F#m junk? I don’t know barre chords yet! In comes the capo. For those that don’t know, a capo can be placed on any fret of the guitar to help you easily transpose a song which makes it easier to play many songs while still using the chord shapes you’re used to.

3. Guitar Picks

One of the most essential guitar accessories out there – the pick! That is, if you plan on doing any strumming or picking which we’re guessing you will. We shouldn’t have to explain a whole lot about picks other than the fact that picks can be made out of a number of different materials and are different thicknesses. What material you prefer or how thick the pick you play with is up to you. However, if you plan on doing a lot of strumming only, you’ll want to go with a thinner pick (it flexes more and makes strumming easier, we recommend our M thickness). If you plan on doing more single note picking for solo stuff, you’ll probably want a slightly thicker pick because they are more stiff and make it easier to pick each individual string(We prefer our H thickness)

4. Guitar Pickbox

Say you have a bunch of picks lying around… where are you going to put them? We can’t start to tell you how many picks people lose everyday!. This is why you should have a pick holder! Pick holders are very inexpensive and will pay for themselves by keeping track of your picks so you don’t need to always go out and buy new ones. The pick holder will hold probably around 5-10 picks depending on how thick the picks are. The nice thing about our pick holders is they have a little piece of adhesive on the backside of them so that you could stick the pick holder right onto your guitar and grab picks whenever you need as you’re playing!

5. Guitar Stand

Every person who owns a guitar needs some place to put it! Now, if you have a case, you may very well just put your guitar in your case and set it up against a wall or tuck it under the bed. However, if you play your guitar every day, it can be a hassle to put it in and take it out of your case every time. Also, if you play on stage ever, you’re going to want a guitar stand to hold your guitar for easy access to it. Guitar stands are a great accessory for your guitar and can help prevent your guitar from falling over and getting damaged if you’re used to just setting your guitar against a wall with nothing to hold it upright (never a good idea!).

6. Guitar Strap

If you plan on standing up while playing your guitar ever, then add a guitar strap to your list of must-have guitar accessories. A strap will be able to hold your guitar up while you play and they are also adjustable so you can have your guitar hang at whatever height you prefer.

7. Padded Guitar Bag

A good padded guitar bag protects your guitar from scratches and bumps and makes it a lot easier to carry around safely. Our Padded bag comes with two Backstraps which makes it really comfortable to carry around as a backpack.

8. Extra Strings