From our online Guitar Gallery that allows you to select the exact instrument you want to receive, to our in-house guitar techs, and our 55-point inspection process, we take the guesswork out of buying your next guitar online.
Choosing the perfect guitar is a big decision. Whether you're a new guitarist buying your first beginner guitar or a seasoned guitarist adding another guitar to your ever-growing collection, we're here to help you navigate the vast array of choices you'll find on these pages. At Sweetwater, we carry some of the best guitar brands including Fender, Taylor, Martin, Gibson, Marshall, Ibanez, Gretsch, Guild, Ovation, Takamine, and many more. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to shopping for a new guitar, don’t hesitate to contact one of our expert Sales Engineers at (800) 222-4700.
Types of Guitars
As you probably already know, guitars come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Guitars can be acoustic, with steel or nylon strings, and are perfect for players and songwriters. Electric guitars are available in different body styles and woods, and offer different tones depending on the genre of music you wish to play. Then there are semi-hollowbody (sometimes called “semi-acoustic”) guitars for people that want the deep sound of an acoustic guitar with the option to amplify it like you would an electric guitar. Most guitars have six strings, but there are 12-string acoustic and electric guitars, as well as some contemporary 7-string and 8-string guitars. The ukulele, a small 4-string instrument with a bright and wispy tone, and the mandolin and banjo even fall in this category.
Electric guitars are used in many styles of music including rock, blues, country, jazz, funk, and more. Electric guitars feature pickups and electronics that turn the vibration of the strings into an electrical signal that is then sent to a guitar amplifier. Some popular electric guitars include the Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster, and the Gibson Les Paul and SG. Electric guitars come in many forms like solidbody, semi-hollowbody, or hollowbody guitars. Each guitar body offers sonic differences that should be considered before you buy. To learn more about electric guitars, visit our Electric Guitar Buying Guide online.
If you’ve ever sung around a campfire, it was likely with an acoustic guitar. Acoustic guitars produce their sound naturally using the vibration of the strings and resonance of the body to create sound in the air. The guitar top, or soundboard, is a finely crafted and engineered element often made of spruce, cedar, or mahogany. The back and sides of an acoustic guitar are typically made from mahogany, sapele, rosewood, or maple. Acoustic guitars are truly a work of art, thanks to the talented luthiers that build them.
There are many types of acoustic guitars available, from the large-sized dreadnought and resonator guitar to the classical guitar and travel guitar, with different body styles like cutaway or no cutaway. Some acoustic guitars have pickups and electronics in case you need to plug into an acoustic guitar amplifier or PA system to get more volume or want to add effects with guitar pedals. At Sweetwater, we carry a ton of acoustic guitar packages so you can get your guitar, guitar case, strap, and gig bag all at once. If you’d like to learn more about acoustic guitars and what to look for when shopping for one, visit our Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide online.
Buy Guitars & Guitar Accessories Online
Now that you’re armed with important guitar knowledge, you may have more questions about the best type of guitar for you. Give our Sweetwater Sales Engineers a call at (800) 222-4700; they would love to learn more about your needs and budget so you can find the perfect guitar. Order your guitar and guitar accessories online for fast, free shipping, free tech support, and a free two-year warranty. We even offer 0% financing for up to 48 months on most of the music gear we carry, so you can start strumming your new guitar right away!