5 Ways to Get a Free Guitar

If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a guitar, you can always try your luck getting a free one. If you’re going to buy a new guitar, it’s usually a good idea to get something that’s of decent quality. I have found that cheap instruments tend to not last very long. If you have less than $150 to spend then maybe you can find an alternative method of obtaining a guitar…

1.) Ask for One


The easiest way to get a free guitar is to ask for one. Many people have old guitars lying around and have no real interest in playing them. Try to think of people who own guitars but are not using them as they have broken tuning keys and/or other parts that can simply be repaired. You can also try trading with someone. If you have something that they need then this could be a good option.

2.) A Gift


Is your birthday approaching? Try get a family member or friend to give you a guitar as a gift. Guitars can be pricey, so decide before hand whether you are willing to commit to practicing on a regular basis. If a family member feels that you will be committed, they are more likely to buy you a guitar.

3.) Borrow One


If you know someone that owns a guitar but isn’t interested in playing it, try asking if you can lend the guitar from time to time. This is a good option if the owner is not a keen guitar player and rarely plays their instrument. Ask if you can lend the guitar on specific days, like over weekends. This means you can have an opportunity to practise until you are able to get a guitar of your own.

4.) Contests


There are dozens of contests you can take advantage of to win a free guitar. Simply do a search in Google for a variety of online contests. Take a look at some of the leading online guitar websites. They have regular competitions that you can enter to win lots of free stuff (not only guitars!)…

5.) Endorsements


If you’re very talented, you can try approaching your favourite guitar manufacturer for an endorsement deal. If they don’t provide you with a free guitar, you’re likely to get a large discount. This can also be helpful throughout your career for your gear and string requirements. Tip: Endorsee’s want exposure for their products, so make sure you’re playing at some popular events before approaching one of these companies.

Dean Hailstone

Dean Hailstone

Dean is a professional guitar player, recording artist and touring musician. He has over 20 years of playing experience, and has performed hundreds of live gigs during his career. Read more...



  1. My boyfriend sold his guitar when he was going through hard financial times . I would love for him to have a fender stratercaster. It would be a dream come true

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