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What should you look for when buying your first classical guitar?

The core of this discussion revolves around buying your first classical guitar, so before you leave, you should get to the answer to this question: What is the best classical guitar for me, and why? Leave your answer in the comments below.

buying your first classical guitar

The question everyone is asking

The most common questions are the most difficult to answer, and the question of which guitar might be the best classical guitar is one of this kind; the sound of the classical guitar stems from a number of factors that contribute to its emergence in this way, as it becomes a complex mixture of materials and sound production techniques, in addition to that hidden factor that stems from the heart and talent of every string player.

The guitar is the same as a musical instrument, but these factors must interact with your fingers and your playing technique to become one! (And don’t get me started on what you can do with strings.)

The Short Answer

Buying your first classical guitar should not be a scary task, remember it is your first guitar, not the last one! You should look for a good and trustworthy brand and make a decision about the price. In the end, it all comes to whether you going to hold this guitar in your lap and practice, or it’s going to end up in its case.

Don’t waste your time comparing prices and look for the cheapest guitar to start with. You are not doing yourself a favor, on the contrary, you are setting yourself up for failure from the beginning. The guitar you choose will be your companion for a long time – until you decide to upgrade it – so go for a good quality guitar from the start.

If you are still in doubt, check my article on the top 10 classical guitars for beginners and pros.

Times are changing

Violin, piano, and cello, each had its own design and rhythm for a period of time, but the classical guitar remains on it a permanent space for creativity and experiment, and the good fortune that we witnessed the era after the tyranny of tradition, we attended all that was new without restrictions on what we can do or any musical instrument can reach, but on the other side of the coin, choosing from the hundreds of options available is very difficult, and among all of them, we choose one here.

Some factors that can affect the sound:

Guitar Body: mostly cedar or resin.

Indoor Struts: traditional, circular, double-deck, cross struts, all of which offer a number of options for different layers and tones.

Flat or round back: The shape of the back makes a significant impact on the sound, but the round or cello back looks great on a guitar.

Sound Holes: Those small holes on either side of the guitar (usually near the neck of the guitar), not only interest onlookers but also give the player a different ear, which receives the sound of the guitar differently.

Build Quality: This factor depends on the guitar maker, a professional will make sure that there is no deviation from the tone of the strings or any other noise that affects the sound output.


Classical guitar magic

Many guitarists rely on the visual and aesthetic appearance of the instrument from the outside when choosing the instrument that will accompany them on the journey, but the classic guitar remains a masterpiece of special beauty, starting with the wooden body, the beauty of the soundhole design, and adding some special aesthetic touches to it.

Each guitar has to be unique in its shape and is distinguished in its melodies. In the end, the look of the guitar will only give you visual pleasure, and for some audience that might make a difference, but for me, the guitar’s melodies are 99% of what I focus on, and I won’t deny that the sight of the guitar makes me happy when my fingers work its magic on its strings.

Let’s talk about feelings

The way your hands interact with the instrument will fundamentally influence your choice of buying your first classical guitar. Your ability to play a classical guitar lies in how you feel about it, and how your fingers move and maneuver between the strings when you play your instrument passionately.

Factors such as the response of the strings to your left hand and the ease of transition of your left on the neck of the guitar. To change the notes, it should be among your primary needs and priorities when choosing a guitar.

What about money?

Price will be a hindrance, but we don’t need that struggle of others to buy a violin, piano, or cello for hefty money, so a good guitar is definitely not cheap. For some of us, we have some routine obligations like paying rent or some better alternative like owning a car, so that little price tag can be a problem much bigger than it is.

We still have some good news for newcomers, as there are more and more guitar makers, and the competition between them is always heating up, resulting in better quality instruments, to the point of being used in formal concerts, all under ten thousand dollars, and in order for the price of the guitar exceeds this figure; its maker must have a widespread reputation, and possess his instruments made by a great musician or performer, or he must have a long history of distinguished instrumentalities that build confidence in what he makes.

That range between $5K and $10K is really interesting, in that range you can find many guitar makers that haven’t come out yet, and guitar concerts and festivals are some of the best places to meet and greet, or at least hear about them.


Not all of us can afford to buy $5K from the start or even after years of playing guitar. It took me some considerable time to buy my Alhambra guitar which at some point I thought it’s just a pipe dream! The point I am trying to make is like NIKE says it: Just Do It! Buy your first classical guitar and start learning it, you will figure out what is best for your fingers when you train them, and not before that.

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