Now Playing: Tips For Buying an Acoustic Guitar with a $500 Budget!




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With commentary and guidance from Taylor factory pros, the Where Do I Start series will help you find the right guitar according to price, sound, and playing style.

The two main things we’re looking at in a good guitar around $500.00 are comfort and playability. What do we mean by comfort and what do we mean by playability? With regard to comfort, we want a body, a guitar body that fits really nicely in your lap and that feels comfortable to you.

Some bodies are bigger, some bodies are smaller, some human are bigger, some humans are smaller. We all have that shape that is going to fit really nicely in our lap. So, comfort is going to allow you to sit longer. When you play the guitar longer, the better you’re going to get. So comfort, ergonomic comfort of the guitar in your lap is the first thing that we should be looking for.

With regard to playability, we’re talking about a guitar that’s really easy to play. It should stay in tune, it should have nice low action which is the string height over the fret. It should be very easy to squeeze your fingers on the frets and to make the chords or notes that you want to make. So, when you marry the two together, the guitar that’s comfortable on your lap and the guitar that’s easy to play are the two things you should be looking for in a guitar around $500.00

Now let me show you a few models in the Taylor line that meet the criteria that we just laid out. Comfort and playability. The first model I’d like to show you in the Taylor line around $500.00 is the Academy Series. This is one of the newest series of guitars here at Taylor and it was designed with exactly what we just discussed in line. Comfort and playability.

The Academy 10 and the 12ce that you see here are slightly smaller and the scale or the overall length of the neck is slightly shorter, giving everything a very, very ergonomic comfortable feel. So, in the Academy Series, you’re really going to get guitars that are comfortable and playable for around $500.00.

The second model I’d like to introduce you to, is a GS Mini. A GS Mini is the best-selling travel guitar in the world. Why? Well, it’s comfortable and it’s got great playability. The GS Mini is slightly smaller than the Academy Series that we just met, that means it’s going to be an excellent travel buddy. You can fit a couple of them on an overhead compartment on a plane, but most importantly, the GS Mini has a voice that belies its smaller size. It’s warm, it’s loud and it actually sounds like a full-sized guitar.

Another great thing about the GS Mini is the bag that it comes in. The bag is durable, it’s lightweight, it’s got two backpack straps and it’s ready for adventure wherever you might be in the world.

The third shape I’d like to introduce to you is the Taylor 110e. This is going to be a slightly larger shape than the two that we previously discussed. It’s also built on our Dreadnought body shape, so, it’s going to have a little bit of a wider waist here on the guitar. It’s going to work better for players like myself who have a heavier hand, like to dig in with maybe a little bit of a heavier gauge pick.

So we just met three excellent choices for a player that’s looking for a guitar around $500.00. Each of them has a little bit of different shape, all of them have that comfort and playability that we set out looking for.

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Where do I start if I’m buying a guitar?

People often ask us, how to properly buy a guitar, our answer; Whether you’re looking to purchase your first guitar or you’re an experienced player searching for your new favorite, Taylor has you covered. We build a wide range of guitars suited for players of all ability levels, so even if you’re just starting on your musical journey, you’re sure to get a good fit with Taylor. Of course, getting started can be the hardest part. Before you choose a guitar, it’s important to understand how a guitar fits with the person playing it. Guitars come in many shapes and sizes, and acoustic guitars can be particularly challenging for beginners due to their size and the high tension of the strings. However, if you’re looking to buy a new guitar and you love that warm acoustic sound, there are many guitars available that will help ease you into the instrument and make the learning process easier. The first step in the guitar buying experience should be to try several options so that you get a sense of how each guitar feels in your hands. A smaller guitar, like those built with our Grand Auditorium or Grand Concert body shapes, might be easier to handle as a first guitar. Other options available through Taylor include the GS Mini, which is a scaled-down, travel-ready guitar with a big sound, and the Baby Taylor, a ¾ size guitar perfect for children. It is also important to consider the longevity of your first guitar before you buy. In this context, “longevity” simply means how long the guitar will work for you before you find yourself needing to upgrade. Low-quality guitars sold for cheaper prices will not sound or feel as good as a higher-quality guitar: they tend to suffer from fret buzz and other maintenance problems in addition to just not sounding very good. However, a quality guitar like a Taylor performs well right out of the box, and will keep performing as long as you enjoy the way it sounds. As a beginner who is buying a guitar for the first time, you may not notice the sound difference. But as you learn to play guitar and you develop your musical ear, you will certainly notice the difference. You’ll be glad you went with the high-quality guitar.