How much should I spend on a guitar? – Chicago Tribune

Of course, your skill level and goals play a role in what you’ll be buying. If you’re a beginner, you needn’t spend more than a few hundred dollars to outfit yourself with everything you need: guitar, stand, tuner, gig bag and such. If you’re a professional musician who performs, however, the quality of your instrument is of utmost importance. Pros often spend several thousand dollars on their instruments.