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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.

If 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 help you find a guitar and gear that fits you and gets you excited to play.
Acoustic Guitars for Beginners
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 »
Epiphone DR100 Acoustic Guitar
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Ibanez PN15 Parlor Acoustic Guitar
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Yamaha C40 Classical Acoustic Guitar Package
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Electric Guitars for Beginners
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'll also need an amplifier and a guitar cable to connect the two. But fret not! Our Beginner's Gear Guide to Electric Guitar has plenty of recommendations to help you get geared up!
Epiphone Les Paul 100 Electric Guitar
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Ibanez GRX20Z Electric Guitar
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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 »
Boss TU-01 Clip-On Chromatic Guitar Tuner
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Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

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No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

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Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

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We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
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