As with all major purchases, it is important to do as much research as possible
beforehand. Sources of information will be other players, teachers (local colleges
may have a guitar program), and for those with access to the Internet a host of
There are also guitar newsgroups on the Internet, which offer the opportunity
to read the experiences of others and to ask for opinions.
Remember from Chapter 2 that there are several types of guitars made to play
different styles of music. Before shopping, listen to different players and determine
what kind of instrument you would like to play. While you may be able to learn on
any instrument, it is better to select one that closely approximates the style you
want to learn.