Ebay is a great place to find an acoustic guitar, especially if you are a beginner and want a quality instrument for less than you would pay in stores. I have played guitar for more than 30 years and have purchased several nice guitars on Ebay. So can you!
Acoustic guitars come in two
basic varieties: classical (which uses nylon strings) and
steel-string. Classical guitars are primarily used for classical
music, Latin music, and some jazz. Steel-string guitars are
used for folk, pop and blues. Steel string guitars
are best for accompanying singing, or playing within a folk group or
bluegrass band. And yet, Willie Nelson plays a classical
If you do a search on "Acoustic
guitar" you will get more than 10,000 hits, and a lot of cheap guitars
will turn up. Steer clear of a cheap guitar; it won't
last and will not play well for you. Do a search on a guitar
Brand, such as Silver Creek, Yamaha, Washburn, Seagull, Alvarez,
Takamine. Or, using the Advance Search function, you can
narrow the price range from $100 to $200. You should find a
good beginner's guitar for around $150. Be sure the guitar is new, not used!
Insured Shipping within the U.S. will cost around $30.00.
If a hard case is included, then it will cost around $40.00 to ship.
Before buying the guitar, Ask the
Seller if the guitar has been "set up." This means that the
instrument has been adjusted so the guitar plays easily.
Many Sellers of inexpensive guitars do not do this. However,
every new guitar should be "set up" - even if you have a local guitar
craftsman do it. This costs around $50.00 and is well worth
Last, get some good strings (Martin,
D'Addario, or DR Light Gauge are very good) and learn how to
change the strings and tune the guitar. EBay also has lots of
great guitar strings for your new guitar. Just
think! For under $200 you could be on your way, making
great music and making new friends. Good luck!