For beginners selecting guitars, consider the following steps to ensure a wise purchase and avoid being misled (Chapter 2)

For beginners selecting guitars, consider the following steps to ensure a wise purchase and avoid being misled (Chapter 2)


Generally, guitars suitable for beginners are categorized into several grades:

  1. Practice Guitars: Typically feature basswood tops and backs, priced under RMB 300.

  2. Entry-Level Guitars: Most have spruce tops, rosewood fretboards, and basswood backs and sides, priced under RMB 500. Be cautious of overpriced options.

  3. Mid-Range Guitars: Commonly have spruce tops, rosewood fretboards, and spruce backs and sides, often with lower-end solid tops, priced around RMB 800-1000.

  4. Higher-End Guitars: Usually all-solid with spruce tops, priced at RMB 1500 and above. However, many high-end models can cost tens of thousands of RMB.

spruce top


Here's a brief overview of commonly used woods in guitar construction:

  1. Spruce Tops: Characterized by evenly spaced stripes, spruce is hard and produces a bright sound, commonly used for guitar tops. Colors can vary from slightly white to yellow.

  2. Cedar Tops: Similar stripes to spruce, but with a reddish hue and a warmer sound. The image on the left shows cedar, and the right shows spruce.

    a guitar



  3. Rosewood Fretboard: Typically features contrasting, wide, uneven stripes, often used for fretboards, backs, and sides.

    the guitar



  4. Rosewood Sides: Mahogany features a uniform, porous grain pattern, commonly used for necks.

  5. Sapele Mahogany Back: Sapele Mahogany features a similar pattern to mahogany, often used for backs and sides.


spruce top
back



a guitar
sides



Two other woods used for fretboards are ebony and maple. Maple is yellowish-white with minimal grain. Ebony is extremely hard, smooth, black, and without pores, often used for fretboards on high-end acoustic guitars. Many other materials are used for guitars, but the aforementioned woods are among the most common.

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Debunking Misconceptions in Choosing Guitars:

the guitar



Misconception 1: Buy a cheap guitar for RMB 100 or 200 to practice, and upgrade later when you've mastered it

Many people hold this belief, but I must emphasize that you should not opt for a folk guitar under RMB 300, unless you intend to use it as a decorative piece to hang on your wall. There are even guitars priced below RMB 200, which are essentially manufactured to furniture standards. They can be considered toys that make noise rather than true musical instruments. Not only is their pitch unreliable, but the playing feel is also terrible. If you purchase such a guitar, it's not you playing the guitar, but the guitar playing you. Don't ruin the beautiful journey of learning guitar for the sake of RMB 200.


Misconception 2: Imported guitars fall into two categories

  1. One type is made in the United States, Canada, Japan, or some developed European countries. These guitars are expensive, often costing tens of thousands of RMB, and are not affordable for all guitar enthusiasts.

  2. The other type is made in Indonesia. When you see a guitar labeled "Made in Indonesia," you might think it's impressive if you're not familiar with the market. However, you must consider Indonesia's development level and its extremely cheap labor. If it's imported, there's really nothing to argue about. Yet, both are imported, so why is there such a significant difference in the quality of the guitars? Alas...

There's also a type of guitar that deceives beginners

It claims to be a foreign brand (in reality, it's a miscellaneous brand)

In fact, it's all MADE IN CHINA

Many sellers exploit this misunderstanding and strongly recommend so-called imported or "foreign" brands. So why not choose a Chinese-made, cost-effective guitar with a warranty?

I want to tell you that you need to be rational when choosing a guitar. Most low-end and mid-range guitars are made in China or produced by China. Our Chinese guitar-making technology is still good. Please be down-to-earth and don't underestimate Chinese products.


spruce top




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