7 Questions to Ask Before Buying an Acoustic Guitar

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This entry was posted on January 15, 2018 by Ty Forquer.

So you’ve decided to buy your first acoustic guitar. That’s great! But picking out a new guitar can be a daunting task for seasoned professionals, let alone guitar newbies. Here at Elderly Instruments, we have over 500 flat top acoustic guitars in stock, not to mention a variety of acoustic archtops, resonator guitars, classical guitars, and other specialty instruments.

Where does one even begin? Well, the first step is to set a budget. Once you know how much you want to spend, you can start comparing guitars in that price range. We’ve put together a list of 7 questions that should help you find a guitar that fits your style and needs.

1. Laminated or solid wood?

One of the first decisions you will need to make is laminated versus solid wood in the guitar body. Guitar tops, backs, and sides can be made from solid wood or from several layers of thin wood that are glued together (laminated). Solid wood instruments sound better and will mature over time, but that doesn’t mean you should entirely rule out instruments made with laminated wood.

Laminated wood instruments are usually less expensive, which means they can be a nice choice for anyone who wants to start playing without making a big investment up front. Laminated wood instruments are also less susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity. If you want a guitar to take on road trips or to music festivals where the instrument might have to endure extreme temperatures, a laminated wood instrument could be a good option.

You can also find a lot of guitars with solid tops and laminated backs and sides. This can strike a nice balance, as you get the improved tone quality of the solid top with the durability of laminated back and sides, and it will still be less expensive than most all solid wood guitars.

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