Golden tips for Guitar buying

If you are a starter and want to buy your first electric guitar, it of course is exciting and full of fun. You feel like more than happy that you are going to get your first guitar for your passion as i had les paul special 2 as my first guitar when i started. Important thing is that since you are a beginner, you need to make sure that you buy the right one so that you do not end up wasting your money and ending up in your passion. So this article is going to give you some golden tips that will ensure that you end up spending your money wisely. Here they are:

1- Set a Budget: when you go out for buying a guitar, you will see a large variety of guitars ranging from cheap ones costing few dollars to those costing thousands of dollars. You need to set your budget so that you do not get really confused out there that which to buy. Once you have a clear headed budget with you, you will target the guitars that fall in that range and then you can select from a fix range. This will not only prevent you from over spending or under spending but will also ease out your purchase.

2- Which Guitar suits you: This again is really important that you understand that which type of guitar you want to buy. Do you want an electric guitar? Electric Guitars are perhaps the most famous ones out there. Most of the pop and rock musicians use these guitars. These guitars have solid body normally and use amplifiers to amplify the sound. Then there are Acoustic Guitars which do not require amplifiers to amplify the sound and normally have hollow body. These are somewhat basic guitars. Then comes a mixture of both the types which is a hybrid one. It can be used with or without amplifier to play. So once you have price range in mind, make sure and think well which guitar you want to choose as per your style and taste.

3- Research Well: Once you have made your mind about the price and type of the guitar you want to purchase, start researching that which one will be best suited for you because there are plenty of makes and models available around. Doing your home work and then going out to purchase is far better than going instantly and then messing up there. Gather more and more information about different types and styles and models/makes. Then make your mind which one is the best fit for you.

4- Spend time in shopping: Once you have made your mind, go out and spend some time in shopping. Try different stores and also try to find online. See the pros and cons of different brands and models and try to get one at a competitive price. Haste makes waste. So move around, see different stores, try different places and you will end up getting the right one.

5- Check quality: Once you are there to purchase and have selected the one you need, do check its quality. Make sure it is not made from the plywood or its top. See the neck of the guitar is well made and move your fingers around on it to see that frets are smooth. In short you need to be certain that the guitar you have selected is of good quality and also that it is not damaged or broken from any side.

6- Try and play: Once you have selected the guitar and all above factors have been taken care of, next thing is that you try guitar there. Sometimes it happens is that apparently guitar looks fine and of good quality. But when you take it home and play it, it carries certain defects. So if you try at shop and play it well, then you will not have to face the trouble of returning again and again. Some people feel shy to thoroughly check and play guitar on the spot before buying but it is not good. You are spending money and make sure the thing you purchase it worth it.

These were the tips when you plan to purchase a new one. Sometimes people consider buying a second hand one. Second hand guitar is also a good option to exercise provided that the one you intend to purchase is properly maintained and is functioning well. No doubt buying a new one has its own craze and feel but second hand could also be a good option. Depends actually on your budget. If you can get a second hand guitar of good make and model (as per your requirements) in good price, nothing like it. The only thing to consider here again is that it must function properly. So again try to play it and make sure all parts are working alright. This way you get what you want and end up in saving some money which can later be used for say buying its case etc.

Avoid 4 mistakes while buying Electric Guitar

Electric guitar buying for beginners is not that easy especially when you have so many choices available with you. This electric guitar industry is huge as guitar tends to be the most played instrument of the music industry. So if you are a beginner and plan to buy an electric guitar, you need to be sure that what you need as a beginner. Mostly, beginners make the following five mistakes which you need not to make. Before you know about the mistakes, you need to understand that as a beginner, it is good to start from acoustic guitar rather than going to electric guitar directly. Given below is a brief description of electric and acoustic guitar for your understanding:

  1. Acoustic Guitar

An acoustic guitar is one that uses traditional nylon strings and has no amplifier to amplify the sound. It has a hole which makes guitar sound alongwith the nylon strings.

  1. Electric Guitar

An electric guitar uses steel strings and has an external amplifier. It does not have a sound hole to produce/amplify sound. Electric guitars nowadays have many models and forms as these are the modern forms of guitar.

Now that you have understood the basic difference between electric and acoustic guitar, below are the mistakes that mostly people commit while buying electric guitars and which you should avoid:

  • Your choice of guitar should not be based on a high price. Mostly people think that if they buy a very costly electric guitar, it will definitely be helpful in their practice and as a beginner they can learn easily. The situation is totally opposite. As a beginner, you actually do not require a very high priced guitar. These costly guitars have variety of sound variations and effects which you need to learn at an advanced stage and not as a beginner. As a starter, you need to learn and understand the basics first for which a costly guitar is of no use. Its simply a waste of money.
  • Normally, beginners have their ideals in mind and try to copy them and get the same guitars which they use. This again is not the right approach. Your idols have reached that stage after a long practice and effort and hardwork. You simply cannot reach their level at your early stage and therefore using the same guitar, as they do, will not work for you. Again you will end up wasting your money and not getting out anything. Be humble and be wise and keep in mind that you are a starter and it will take time to reach to a certain stage and be able to use certain type of guitars.
  • Do not practice on acoustic guitars for long. Acoustic guitars must be started in the beginning but not be kept for long use. Actually acoustic guitars are the basic ones and need lot of effort to play them. So if you play them for long, your motivation level may drop and you may end up leaving this practice forever. So start with acoustic and then shift to electric guitar after sometime. So buy your guitar keeping in view this apporach.
  • Select a good guitar in normal price range keeping in view its size and body style. You need to also take into account the size of your hand. Sometimes it gets difficult to play wider body guitars with small hands. So buy the guitar which you think suits your hands and is not very price heavy. I would also advise that do not buy too cheap guitars because they do not produce a good quality sound and are very hard to play. Even if you are playing guitar nicely, a cheap guitar will not produce a good sound which will ultimately make you quit from guitar playing. A balanced guitar with proper size and shape with a balanced price is the one that you should be looking for as starter. Ofcourse you can buy modern and costly guitars at advanced stages of your training.

These are the 4 simple mistakes which you can avoid while buying your electric guitars in the beginning stages of your training.

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