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Helping you to make good decisions when looking to buy a guitar or digital piano

These days there are lots of options when it comes to choosing where to purchase a product, with stores like KAOS, numerous online stores, Kijiji, and eBay just to name a few. Some stores (ours included) offer very good assistance to their customers when making a purchasing decision. Others, not so good. For those who do not have access to a great store with a helpful staff, our guitar and digital pianos buyers' guides offer some great introductory information to help you get started with your first or next purchase. 


The Ultimate Guide to Buying Your First guitar answers all the questions you may have when buying your first guitar.

The Ultimate Guide To Buying Your First Guitar

Are you getting ready to buy your first guitar? Are you feeling a bit intimidated, confused or even frustrated? You are not alone. With hundreds of instruments to choose from and endless amounts of online information, it can seem like an impossible task. Not to worry, this guide will answer a LOT if not all of your questions. 

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HOW MUCH SHOULD I SPEND?

Find out the key things that you need to know when looking for your first guitar. How to establish a budget, learn about the guitars themselves, make some key decisions and decide on how to learn. 

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ANATOMY OF A GUITAR

Shopping for a guitar can be fun but only if you know what's what on the actual guitars. This section will help you become more familiar with the various parts of the instruments. 

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WHAT MAKES A GOOD GUITAR?

There are a lot of factors that go into making a guitar good, or not so good. Things like materials, manufacturing techniques and countries of origin are all discussed.

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ELECTRIC OR ACOUSTIC, WHICH ONE?

This is an age old question with many opinions. While there is no absolute answer this section presents the options in a way that will help you choose. 

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STEEL STRING OR CLASSICAL?

An age old question with an answer that has evolved over time. There is more then one right answer to this question, it depends on the person asking it. 

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WHAT ELSE DO I NEED?

It's true, the guitar is the most important thing to consider but there a many other small items that make your learning and playing a lot more enjoyable. 

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ELECTRONICS

Should I get electronics built into my first guitar? Well, maybe. It depends on a few key things. This section will help you determine if you should include electronics in your first guitar. 

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WHAT ABOUT LESSONS?

These days, there are lots of online resources available to new guitarist to help them learn. Do they replace a traditional teacher? Find out in this section.

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Helping you to make a good choice when buying a digital piano

BUYING A KEYBOARD/DIGITAL PIANO 

For most people, trying to purchase a digital keyboard with any degree of confidence can be very difficult. With dozens of features, hundreds of sounds, many different brands and a huge price range, the task can seem very daunting. This guide will help a LOT by explaining the differences in the various types of keyboards and helping you determine where you fit into the mix. 

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PREFACE

When writing about the differences between a keyboard and a digital piano vs a real piano, as well as making recommendations, it is important to know a bit about the author and their background to put things in perspective. 

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IMPORTANT TERMS TO UNDERSTAND

In the world of keyboards and digital pianos, if you don't know the terminology it can make understanding things almost impossible. This section will help you understand the various terms and their meanings.

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TYPES OF INSTRUMENTS

There are a LOT of different keyboards and digital pianos on the market today ranging in price from under $100 to over $15000. This section breaks them down into 5 distinct groups to help you understand them and narrow your focus towards the one that suits you best. 

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COMMON QUESTIONS

In our work as music retailers, we tend to hear the same four or five questions over and over again, for good reason, people just genuinely don't know the answers. This section answers all of our most commonly asked questions and offers some general suggestions.

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SUMMING IT ALL UP

Sometimes, even after you've gathered up all of the information about digital instruments, it is still difficult for many to distil that information into a purchase decision. It is very common for people to struggle with their purchase decisions when it comes to these high tech instruments. This section offers you some practical advice on how to finally nail down a decision and get started with your learning.

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