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Buying a guitar

The purpose for which you buy a guitar often decides the kind of guitar you buy. With so many different types of guitars with unique pros and cons, buying the right guitar type is crucial.

Types of guitars you will see

Apart from the purpose of your guitar purchase, factors like where you play(the venue) also affect the type of guitar you'd pick. Other crucial factors include guitar body shape and physical compatibility.

Picking a guitar
By Genre

Certain types of guitar simply serve certain musical styles better. Here is a list of popular genres of music associated with each guitar type.

Acoustic Guitar







Acoustic, Alternative Rock, Country, Fingerstyle, Folk, Indie, Pop, Rock, Western.

Electric Guitar







Alternative Rock, Blues, Country, Disco, Funk, Grunge, Metal, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul, Swing.

Classical Guitar







Baroque, Classical, Fingerstyle, Flamenco, Gypsy Jazz, Samba, Medieval, Romantic.

Picking a Guitar: By performing venue

Here's a list of guitar types listed under their most apt venue; choose the right guitar based on where it's likely to be played.

By performing venue
By Body type & Material
Concert





* The most popular form of the acoustic guitar.

* Compromises on size to offer easier playability and control over sound.

* Most semi-acoustic (acoustic-electric) guitars are 'Concert' shaped; amplification takes care of volume.

Dreadnought





* Slightly less boxy version of the jumbo.

* Chords are punchy and well articulated.

* Offers restrain when you need to sing along.

Cutaway





* A portion of the body is scoped out (cut away) to give access to higher frets

* Ideal for playing guitar solos

Electric





* With electric amplification, shape doesn't matter as much on a solid body electric guitar.

* Wood makes more of a difference here; lighter woods like ashes give a lighter sounds than (say) heavier maple.

By physical compatibility
Buying for children





* When it comes to playability, size matters

* Half or three-quarter sized guitars suits younger players

Buying For Left-Handers





* Left handed players have special guitars

* These have left-handed user-specific knobs and controls