Buying a guitar is a very important, and potentially expensive, decision. There are so many makes, models, styles, and colors, that it becomes almost impossible to choose unless you know what you're looking for. The question is, which one is right for you? You could easily buy a poor quality guitar thinking you got a deal, or you could get a decent guitar for a price that just too high. Here are some questions to ask before you actually buy that guitar.
With so many guitars available, you shouldn't have a problem finding one that fits your budget. The key is to know your budget. You do get what you pay for and you should keep in mind that you will be spending hours and hours practicing so you should look for one you will enjoy playing. That said, remember your budget. If you're just starting out and you're not sure how you'll take to it, set aside an amount that's right for you. You can always upgrade later if you want. Once you've set your limit, do not waste time looking at guitars that don't fit into your price range. The trick is to find something you can be satisfied with and is right for YOU.
2. Music Style.
Your guitar should depend on your style of music. Rock music should be played on an electric guitar for the maximum effect. If you want to play blues and jazz you could get a semi-acoustic guitar. An accoustic nylon string guitar is probably the best choice for classical music. While you basically need some of the same skills to play the different styles, if you know what style you want to play before you start, you can begin to sound like what you want to sound like a lot sooner if you buy the right style of guitar.
A 1/2 size or 3/4 size guitar is perfect for a child. Because of a child's limited reach, a regular guitar might not work and could even stop the child's interest.
If you can afford an electrical guitar, you could buy that for your child because they have a small neck and thin strings and are easier to play.
Necks vary greatly and the one you find needs to be right for YOU. Some are round, some are v-necked. Thin necks tend to be easier for small hands like a child's. Thick necks tend to be stronger. A 7-string will have a thicker neck than a 6-string guitar.
4. Guitar tone and woodtype.
For the most part, the lighter the wood the lighter the tone and the darker the wood the richer the tone.
5. What experience do you have?
Electric or an acoustic guitar with nylon strings are typically the best for beginners. However, students with small hands may find the wider neck of a classical guitar or acoustic guitar hard to play because of the reach. Again a 1/2 or 3/4 acoustic would be perfect. For intermediate and advanced players, more depends on your style of music and specific interests.
The most important thing is sound, not looks. The sound that comes from superior craftmanship is what you should look for to give you the extra edge. Some of the best prices and selection can be found at everything-instruments. Enjoy!