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    Beginner's Gear Guide: Guitar -- First-time player? Start here.
    Ready to start playing guitar? Find the one that's right for you with this guide.

    When you're picking out your first guitar, the first step is to decide whether you want to go with an acoustic or an electric. There are many factors to consider when making this choice, but we suggest you choose the style of guitar you're most excited to play. In this beginner's gear guide, we'll tell you what you need and why you need it, and show you some great options for beginner guitarists.
    Beginner Acoustic Guitars
    Many first-time players prefer acoustic guitars for their inviting shape and mellow tones. Strum around the campfire or launch your singer-songwriter career with an entry-level steel-string or other acoustic. This section also includes classical guitars, which feature soft nylon strings and smaller body sizes, and are often recommended for younger players. Learn More About Beginner Acoustic Guitars »
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    Beginner Electric Guitars
    For beginners that want to experiment with different tones, the electric guitar is a great place to start. Keep in mind that an electric guitar will require a few more accessories than an acoustic. In addition to the guitar itself, you're going to need an amplifier and a guitar cable to connect the two. Learn More About Beginner Electric Guitars »
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    Guitar Accessories
    No matter which guitar you choose, the right accessories can make all the difference for first-time players. Straps, picks, and other tools add a whole new level of playability, while a reliable tuner can help turn grating noise into actual music. Learn More About Guitar Accessories »
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