Guitar’s always been our most popular instrument, and for good reason! Every rock band needs at least one guitar, and it’s a versatile and portable way to accompany yourself as a vocalist. Acoustic guitars are a perfect choice for solo artists, singer-songwriters, or fans of country, folk, pop, jazz, bluegrass, celtic, or latin music. Electric guitars are a must for any rock, punk, jam, grunge, or blues band -- and let’s face it. Electric guitars are just seriously cool. They’re also generally smaller and thinner than acoustic guitars, although they’re more solid, so they tend to be heavier as well.
Guitars come in lots of different sizes, but we generally recommend going with the largest size the student can handle comfortably, since they’ll grow into it pretty quickly, and you’ll get a fuller sound from a larger guitar. Be sure to try before you buy! We don’t sell guitars here at Sense & Color, but you’re welcome to use one of ours for your first lesson if you need to, just to get your hands on one before making a decision. We know it’s tempting to buy cheap when you’re not sure whether you or your student will really take to an instrument, but resist that temptation! Cheap guitars don’t stay in tune well, and there’s nothing more DE-motivating than trying to practice with an out-of-tune guitar. If you want to test the waters, we recommend renting from Rock N Roll Rentals on Burnet in North Austin. (A note for our youngest students, and for seniors who might have pain in their fingers: don’t rule out the possibility of trying the ukulele!)
To amp or not to amp? There’s no question… go with the amp, regardless of whether you want the acoustic or electric feel. Electric guitars need to be plugged into an amplifier to be heard, since they don’t have that hollow area inside the guitar to amplify the sound. Acoustic guitars can make sound without an amp, but if you ever want to use that guitar in a recital, in the student band, or in a talent show, you’ll need some way to amplify the sound, or you’ll be drowned out. Acoustic-electric guitars are acoustic guitars in their form and sound, but they include a place to plug into an amp for those times when you want it. It’s the best of both worlds! You won’t need to bring your amp to lessons, since we have those in our rooms, but you’ll need one for practice at home.
We have several choices for teachers in guitar. You can learn a little more about them here, or you can go directly to our booking page and just see who’s available in the exact time slots that you need!