Buying a Musical Instrument
Here are a few tips on buying your first musical instrument.
If you can, try to visit a music shop to see and try the instruments, they can advise you on options, sizes and prices. If you cannot get to a music shop, get a recommendation as to a brand of instrument from a music teacher or a friend and you can buy that brand on the internet. Generally, many retailers do starter packages and these can be really good value. A lot of local retailers also do hire purchase arrangements to spread the cost. It is generally not advisable to buy from a supermarket or charity shop unless you know what you are looking for.
If you are buying for a child, do bear in mind that the child may grow out of the instrument or give up playing so it is fine to buy an instrument at the lower end of the price range; most budget brands will do a child very well up to grade 4-5 standard. If they want to keep playing after that, you should probably upgrade to a better and more expensive instrument.
Acoustic guitars and generally in either 3/4 or 4/4 size and have metal strings. They come in right handed or left handed types, you cannot restring them for the opposite way due to the way the guitar is constructed. They can also come in 12 string models. There are a number of different styles and types of acoustic guitars and lots of choice for the buyer.
Electric and bass guitars are powered by electricity and generally not the best to start on, most players move to them after starting on an acoustic or classical guitar.