If you plan to be a long-term guitarist, it’s time to buy your own guitar. Being serious about learning guitar involves investing in the instrument.
The best place to look is somewhere that allows you to play before you pay. Each guitar sounds and feels different in each player’s hands. So online shopping is out.
It should also be a reputable instrument shop, not a pawn shop, flea market, or garage sale. (I once found an electric guitar in the trash and it ended up being a garbage-sounding guitar). You should go to a local or chain music shop where there are quality guitars and experts to help you choose.
Speaking of experts, it would be a good idea to bring a guitar-knowledgeable friend. When my uncle took me guitar shopping, we went to probably three stores in a day. He, an acoustic guitar expert, tuned and played at least two dozen guitars.
This can take time, but when you find the right guitar, it’s worth it. A good acoustic guitar should last you for several years to a lifetime.
When you and your friend are testing guitars, here are some quality checks to run through: