What guitar should you buy? (Guitar Lesson BC-102) Guitar for beginners, Getting started

Justin’s Completely Free, Beginners Guitar Course Lesson BC-102. This is the second video in Stage 0 – the “Before you begin” stage, and in this video discuss the common types of guitar and the ever present question of what guitar to buy if you are a beginner. Find the related course notes on the following link: justinguitar.com The Justinguitar Beginners Guitar Course, a series of over 100 lessons on guitar for beginners. Text support is on the web site and also in a proper old skool paper book which can be ordered from the web site of your local music store :) Taught by Justin Sandercoe. Full support at the justinguitar web site where you will find hundreds of lessons on a wide range of subjects, and all the scales and chords that you will ever need! There is a great forum too to get help, no matter what the problem. And it is all totally free, no bull. No sample lessons, no memberships, no free ebook. Just tons of great lessons :) To get help with this lesson (and for further info and tabs), find the Lesson ID in the video title (like ST-667 or whatever) and then look it up on the Lesson Index page of justinguitar.com www.justinguitar.com Have fun .

Buying a guitar can be a daunting experience, whether you are just getting started and don’t know how to play yet or if you are an experienced player. The choices are overwhelming. Brands, models, features, looks, sound, prices…. In this video, Steve Falter interviews Luthier and Custom Guitar Builder Peter Taylor, of Chellee Guitars. He will show, you what you need to know to make a good decision whether you are a new or an experienced player. This video primarily covers Electric Guitars. In Part 1, we cover the basics and Acoustic Guitars. Visit Steve’s Music Studio at stevefalter.musicteachershelper.com Visit Peter’s company, Chellee Guitars, at http

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34 Responses to “What guitar should you buy? (Guitar Lesson BC-102) Guitar for beginners, Getting started”

  • NinjaYukaria:

    I have a full size acoustic guitar(parents got it for me), but it feels awkward to hold especially by the body of the guitar for my right arm. Is it normal to not be able to see the strings on the neck very well when holding it? I can’t really see them. I am 4 ft 11in and have looked at guitar size charts it said the lowest I can go is a 3/4 size. I will try to practice with the full size, but is it worth it to change to that lower size?

  • Tiffany Dawson:

    I’m 13 and i want to get a acoustic guitar and i’m looking at yamaha but i dunno which series is good, my hand is quite small and my budget is below $150 ish, any recommendation?

  • Ssoulman27:

    ty all for the comments :) but to be honest i have bin playing a little guitar and i can do tabs i’m one of those freaks that likes to start on something and practice like 5 to 6h a day :) but when i play something i always wonder is this correct or not thats why if there would be a test tab that everybody knows how it sounds u could test to see if thats the sound u wanna get with any guitar

  • buggy89plm:

    ty for vid

  • oblassasin:

    yamaha pacifica is the 2nd worst guitar i have played with and i think that generally yamaha electric guitars suck

  • Aida Buckley:


  • victorxD27:

    *sorry,eletric guitars,in my coutry we call it guitarra,so i wrote that…

  • victorxD27:

    i thing the stratocaster is the best type of guitar.for all things

  • philnunn1969:

    could anyone recommend a 3/4 size electric as im a wheelchair user and struggle with full size guitar bodies

  • weatherwings:

    another thing, probably the only thing you need to care about as a noobie besides the tuning thing, just hold the guitars in your hand, and you will automatically have a feel about which fretbaord is more comfortable in your hand and which is not, go with your intuition, fretboard comfort is very important, also if you think the action of a guitar is too high, you can ask them to lower it because as a new player, it will be tough to learn first with high action. I hope you know what action is

  • weatherwings:

    if you are a noobie, then i don’t think so you can play any tab yet. However, too see if the guitar is a decent guitar, ask the shopkeeper to tune your guitar if you don’t know how to tune it, and then see whether the guitar falls out of tune on its own or not after like 2-3 minutes. Bad qualtiy guitars tend to fall out of tune quickly. However, if you buy a branded guitar, which is not very cheap, it will most probably be good for you, because branded guitars are generally safe.

  • SDloco100:

    small guitar and a nylon string so the strings don’t hurt

  • Ssoulman27:

    ok just one thing i have to say i’m a noobie looking to buy a guitar one of the main problems when i youtube about guitars or google its that they say when you are A NOOBIE bring a friend that can play guitar well i’m pretty sure lots of people like me have this problem also but i dont know anyone who plays guitar so it would be helpfull if u just could go more in to details about what to buy and also maybe a tab to play that can test out the value of the guitar when u are a noobie like me

  • PUPPehz:

    I live in Southern Florida and yeah Luna really isn’t well known for their ukeleles but they are known for some amazing acoutic guitars.

  • u2ez4me2:

    hehe tickles your fancy…

  • DreamsCatcher101:

    What would you advise for my 6 year old daughter as a first guitar?

  • Mark Aguilar:


  • lukeboy61:

    im no expert, ive only just begun playing but i have a Fender CD 100 acoustic and im happy with it. i did what he suggested and took a friend who knows how t play and he was surprised how good it sounded for a beginners guitar so think thats a plus.

    i measured the distance from the 12th fret and its 3.5ish mm from the fret board.
    costed me £175 with a few extras

  • savo1086:

    how much would I need to spend on a decent acoustic steel string guitar? the one I have been learning on is bloody awful. as you said in your video there seems to be a massive gap in between the strings and the fingerboard. would £150 – £200 be enough? thanks

  • pilotamurorei:

    the Ibanez ones are called Gio Ibanez. They are decent but if you pay a little bit more, you can get the 24 fret RG or S series and they’re far better quality and better sounding (they also have the GRG line, which is a cheapened version of the RG). I bought a Gio Ibanez for my first guitar and dont regret it, but now that i have 2 RGs (one standard and one prestiege) I never touch my gio anymore (kinda ends up that way when you put Steve Vai’s pickups in an RG).

  • Ray Ruiz:

    PLEASE, do NOT buy a crescent guitar as a first guitar.

  • PUPPehz:

    I live in Florida but got the Ukulele in Britian on a vacation.

  • phanichnam:

    I actually thinking about electric guitar. I want to buy one for the near future. but i don’t know well about the price. In here it not good but it little expensive :(

  • Parth Vaghani:

    haey cool videos but i want to know that what are the differences between acoustic and electro acoustic and what to see while buying an electro acoustic guitar

  • CooOOookiez:

    ok thanks

  • CooOOookiez:

    isn’t an acoustic guitar harder to play than an electric one? and thanks for the advice it will help me a lot!

  • Magnome:

    Wow! I learned more from your short video than I have from the entire previous week. Thanks for being out here. Extremely valuable advice.

  • tehsilentsoul:

    Hey man, Great video! One question dude, Do you think an “Epiphone Les Paul Custom Alpine White” Is good for a first guitar for a 15 year old?

    I want to learn how to play an electric, and don’t really want to have to start with an acoustic like most people recommend..

  • chillyb71:

    Thx for the response Bman. :) I picked up a few more Epi’s in that price range the other day at GC. Then tried some with various amps. Hard to tell with all the modeling in most of the amps, so i just played “clean”, and loved the tone they had. I suppose I’d get used to the neck thickness, but day-um they’re heavy. Only USA made ones I found were a couple of higher end used models, but they wuz beatup.

  • chillyb71:

    Good info for any beginners! How about suggestions for a solid body, perferrably neck thru, light weight, thin/fast neck, with NO TREMELO in the $250-$350 price range? So far, a couple of Ibanez, and LTD’s have been looked at. No Epiphone, Fender, or Gibson’s please. I’ve been told, for that $ range, that I should look for higher end used model’s.

  • Oreo Cook:

    thank you so much for you’re info i will take that in to consideration i might get a gretsch guitar the one i’m looking at is like 699 so its like 700 bucks with tax and stuff would you say that kinda guitar is good?

  • Oreo Cook:

    okay thanks you’ve helped

  • ChelleeGuitars:

    - Ibanez makes some of the nicer quality guitars in their price range. They typically have nice feeling necks with pretty good fretwork and I very seldom see major defects in models over $250. That being said, you ALWAYS get what you pay for and can’t expect anything more. Where Ibanez is generally deficient is in the quality of their hardware and to some extent their electronics. I always recommend getting a new guitar purchase checked over by an independent tech.

  • Oreo Cook:

    would you say an ibanez art core is a good guitar note i am not a first starter on the guitar i have been playing for 2/ years now and i’m really good and i think i am ready for one and i want to know if a ibanez is a shit guitar because i love the look and from all the ibanez i have played i love the sound