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Things to Know When Buying Your First Guitar

America loves guitar players, or at least that's what those of us who play keep telling ourselves, so it seems like buying a guitar is something a lot of people are faced with at some point in their lives. Whether inspiration strikes and a person decides to learn to play, or he or she is faced with buying one for a child or loved one, a lot of us end up needing to purchase a first guitar.

I've been playing for 35 years, and have owned many guitars. I get asked fairly often by friends about what they should look for in an instrument to learn on. While some of my views aren't shared by all, here are a few thoughts on how to approach buying a first instrument.

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Chris Lane is a contributing writer who enjoys covering art, music, pop culture, and social issues.