Type of guitar
Acoustic and electric are the two major types. The hollow bodied acoustic ones have a sound hole for amplification of sound. They usually cost more and require high maintenance. They can also be rough on fingers.
In comparison, electric guitars are made up of a solid body with no sound hole. They must, however, be connected to an amplifier. One can play many music styles with this guitar, either with fingers or a pick. They are low maintenance instruments with a wide price range. Their main disadvantage is that they are more difficult to carry.
Where to Purchase
Shopping online for a guitar has the benefit of a wide selection to choose from. A major disadvantage is that you cannot test it prior to making a purchase. It is also hard to ask for a discount and there are additional shipping costs.
Making a purchase in a used guitar store on the other hand allows you to play the guitar before buying. You avoid shipping costs and you can negotiate the cost.
The overall craftsmanship
Even though a guitar has been used before, you can still tell a good one. Handcrafted ones are usually of a better quality. When more effort goes into making a guitar, the better the sound and the more it lasts.
Additional items like straps, cases and power cables can add a tidy sum to the overall cost. It is, therefore, important to check if these are included and if not, to negotiate accordingly.
Check for any damages
It is important to take time to carefully examine the guitar for any cracks or warping. It helps to check out the price of individual parts beforehand. In case a replacement is necessary, this gives you an upper hand when haggling over the cost.
One may actually strike gold with a second hand guitar if you get it right when looking for a one.