There are many ways to go about when you’re discussing getting your first guitar but how can you wait? You want to storm into the store right now and touch them, play them and, probably, get them all.

I know they are all shiny and beautiful. And that sound is amazing! Yes, yes, yes. But let’s not get carried away. Picking your first guitar should not be a hasty decision. You will play it for a couple of years. And when you are sure that playing guitar as a hobby (or perhaps a future profession) is for you, it will be time to upgrade.

So, your first guitar – what is it going to be?

Truthfully, if you haven’t played much yourself, try to find someone who can lend you a guitar. People are not too keen on lending their guitars but if you can find a friend or a club where you can put in at least a few hours with a guitar in your hands before you buy your own, it can save you lots of money. Not to mention the possibility of you realizing that guitars are not your thing after all.

Are you sure you want to buy your first guitar?

If you are, let’s talk about price. Believe me, it’s easy to overspend when you haven’t decided how much you can afford. So, decide what is a reasonable price for you and stuck with it. It mostly depends on how much time have you already played the guitar. The fewer hours, the less sure you are this is a hobby you are going to stick with, the less should you be ready to invest. I’d suggest $100 as a good starting point.

I assume you already know what kind of a guitar you want to play – classical, acoustic or electric? Maybe bass? Hey, I’m not judging. But that is the most important decision you have to make, if you haven’t done it yet.

The next step is to browse through your available options given your budget, and start comparing. You don’t have to put too much emphasis on the brand but Yamaha or Epiphone are good starting points for an acoustic guitar, while Fender is the go-to electric guitar brand for beginners as well as professionals.

As you compare the guitars, pay close attention to the materials the guitar is made of. Of course, there are many opinions but Rosewood seems to be the favorite for all kinds of players. As soon as you have a few guitars in mind, head to the store. Remember, you don’t have to buy anything yet. Test a few guitars, talk to the person behind the counter, ask for advice. Don’t rush your decision. You have all the time in the world.

If the store doesn’t have anything from your list, pick a few guitars and mark your favorites. You can ask for opinions online when you get back home. This way you can be sure that you will get the best first guitar you can.