A typical/reasonable guitar would cost around $500. Beginner guitars cost between $100 and $400. Intermediate guitars range from about $900 to over $1000.
In this article, I’ll go over the styles of guitars appropriate for beginners, intermediate players, and professional guitarists.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
How much should I pay for a guitar?
Beginners should be able to find an electric guitar for around $200 to $600, intermediate players around $700 to $1,000, and expert musicians will generally spend more than $1,000.
Before you buy a guitar, it’s important that you know your price range and what type of guitar to get. (By the way, you might also want to consider buying a guitar stand and some picks.)
Beginner guitars usually cost between $100 and $400. They’re made out of wood and sometimes come with cheap pickups (the parts that make the sound).
But if you buy a good one, it will last you (with proper care) for at least a few years.
Intermediate guitars usually cost between $900 and $1,000. They are more durable than beginner guitars because they typically have good pickups made by reputable brands that go into more professional instruments.
You can expect your guitar to stay in tune longer, sound better when it’s amplified, and feel sturdier.
Alternatively, you can find a nice guitar in the $500 to $1,000 range from a more professional company.
You’ll get a good guitar if money is not an issue for you and you want something that will last you for several years of playing.
Quality electric guitars will also have good pickups (made by reputable companies like Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio), with the right combination of wood and hardware.
Most professional electric guitars cost more than $1,000 and come with high-end pickups (like active pickups made by EMG or Seymour Duncan Blackouts).
Professional guitars are mostly used for touring or in a studio; they can be expensive but offer good value if you’re an advanced player.
What should I know before buying a guitar?
The first thing you should do is research the different types of guitars that are available in your price range.
Guitars can be made out of several different types of wood, and they come with pickups made by various manufacturers.
For example, if your budget is $500, you’ll probably be looking for an entry-level guitar that has a basswood body and either a humbucker or single-coil pickup.
And if you’re willing to spend more (like $1000), you should look for a guitar made of mahogany with active pickups like EMG 81/85 pickups.
It’s also important to think about what style of music you want to play on your guitar.
For example, if you’re interested in heavy metal, you might like the sound of active pickups (like EMG or Seymour Duncan Blackouts).
On the other hand, if you’re interested in playing jazz, look for a hollow-body guitar with P-90 pickups.
You should also consider the size of your hands and what type of frets you prefer.
Guitars with small necks are easier to play for people with smaller hands, while guitars with wider necks are easier if your hands are large.
And if you want to do a lot of fast lead playing or two-handed tapping, consider buying a guitar that has 22 frets instead of the usual 21 frets.
If you have small hands or prefer a wide neck, you might want to consider a “superstrat” guitar.
What types of guitars are there?
There are several different types of guitars available for beginners, intermediate players, and advanced guitarists.
The most common type of guitar is acoustic guitars, which you can use to play many different styles of music.
There is a wide range of acoustic guitar types, including classical guitars, folk guitars, dreadnought guitars, jumbo body guitars, and electro-acoustic guitars.
This type of guitar has a hollow body but comes with pickups that are generally found in solid-body electric guitars.
They’re an excellent choice for jazz players because they can provide a very bright, cutting tone that you can’t get with full hollow-body guitars.
3) Solid body
This type of guitar is popular because it’s versatile, easy to use, and affordable.
Most electric guitars used in musical genres like rock and metal are solid-body guitars.
They come in different shapes, including Gibson SG guitars, flying V guitars, superstrat guitars, double-cutaway guitars, and single-cutaway guitars.
This type of guitar is similar to semi-hollow body guitars because it has a hollow body but comes with pickups.
It’s typically used in rock, blues, and some metal genres.
This type of guitar is usually tuned lower than a standard guitar (one octave below). It’s used in genres like country music or bluegrass to produce a unique sound that you can’t get with other types of guitars.
Left-handed guitars are the same as regular guitars but reversed so that they’re easier to play for people who are left-handed.
You can also buy semi-hollow body right-handed guitars if you prefer the feel of this type of guitar over solid body guitars.
What materials are electric guitars made out of?
Electric guitars come with different types of bodies made out of wood.
The most popular wood types include:
- Alder, and poplar
Each one provides different tonal qualities that affect the overall sound of your guitar.
Mahogany is very warm sounding, which makes it an excellent choice for rock guitars because it can produce smooth low-mids without becoming muddy or boomy.
Basswood is known to provide clarity and definition (which means you’ll hear distinct notes with extra detail), but it’s also commonly used in budget guitars because it’s inexpensive.
Maple offers great note separation (meaning each note will be well defined) and clarity.
It’s usually used in semi-hollow body electric guitars to decrease muddiness and boost high-end tones.
Alder is very bright sounding, which makes it a popular choice for rock guitars because it can produce cutting mids without becoming muddy or boomy.
Poplar is generally used in budget guitars because of its low price and good tonal qualities (meaning you won’t hear the characteristics of the wood when you play your guitar).
Electric guitars also come with different types of necks made out of different materials.
The most common neck materials are:
FAQ – Electric Guitars
Q: How much should I pay for an electric guitar?
A: The amount of money you should spend on a guitar depends on what type of electric guitar you want and the quality level. For example, you can get a basic starter kit that includes everything you need to play right away for $100 to $200. But if you’re looking for high-quality guitars at good prices, consider spending $350 or more.
Q: What is the difference between an expensive guitar and an affordable one?
A: Expensive guitars are usually constructed with higher-quality materials (such as solid wood) and components (pickups, tuners, etc.), which can affect tone. They’re also more likely to sound better under the same amount of stress (after all, you’re pushing your guitar to its limits). Expensive guitars are recommended for more experienced players who want their instruments to produce rich sounds that will last over time. On the other hand, affordable guitars don’t have the same quality standards so they won’t be able to provide you with as clear or vibrant a sound.
Q: Why do most electric guitars cost more than $500?
A: Electric guitars can be very expensive, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend thousands of dollars to get one. It all depends on the level of quality and components your guitar possesses. For example, in some cases, you may not need to pay much money for a solid body electric guitar with humbucker pickups because these components are easy to find at affordable prices. You can also choose less-expensive models or save money by purchasing an electric guitar with fewer features (for example, ash wood instead of mahogany).