Whether people, or their kids, are just starting out in music lessons or have attended music classes for a while, a common question we receive at our Winnipeg Music School is "how do I buy a musical instrument?".
Now the first person you should ask is probably your music teacher. They know you or your child's needs and abilities. The last person you should ask is the sales person at the retail store who knows none of your particulars and is more likely to sell you what they have and not what you need.
One of the most common instruments to ask about is, of course, the guitar.
One thing I can tell you about guitars is that in the last 30 years student/budget model guitars have gone from being literally unplayable to being good quality instruments while staying at, relatively, the same price!. My $100 "Conservator" guitar was unplayable to me or even my teacher while our guitar students "Denvers" and Montanas" are still only $100 30 years later, but play and sound very nice.
For more on buying a guitar go to http://riverheightsmusicschool.com/How_to_Buy_a_Guitar.php
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