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How to choose your first guitar without overpaying

So you've decided you are gonna be the next Jimi Hendrix. Now you need the guitar that is gonna start you on your way, but where do you start? Here are some steps to take to choose the right guitar.
Be honest with yourself. Why do you really want to play guitar? To impress a girl? Become a rockstar or this generation's Dylan? While, you may have pie-in-the-sky ideas initially, more often than not, the initial interest in the instrument is relegated to dust collection duty in the back of a closet. Before dipping into your savings to pony up for the shiny Gibson on the wall at Guitar Center, ask yourself what you hope to get out of playing guitar. If you aren't sure, you probably won't want to waste good money on something you won't use. If you believe you have a true desire to put in the time to be a lifelong guitar player/hobbyist, have the confidence to find a good ax to set you on your path.
Feel it out. Find yourself a local guitar shop and take a visit. Before…
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