How to buy a Guitar
Buying a guitar may seem like a simple task and a bit of a mystery for beginners. There has never been a better time to buy a guitar, as overall the quality has greatly improved over the last few years, at least in the area of beginner guitars, and also at the top end of the range.
Guitar is a great instrument. You can learn a few chords and have a lifetime of fun or you can spend your lifetime becoming a master. There are five types of guitars available to buy a guitar are as follows:
1. Classical nylon-string has nice sound, but wide necks and are not stylish. This type of guitar are very poor in design for lead playing, as the lack of dots or inlays make it easy to get lost. Only if you have large hands, this type of guitar suits you beat to buy.
2. Buying an electric is the best option because they are easier to play, and loud enough for playing in assembles. The Telecaster and Stratocaster are popular partly because they are so comfortable to play, and not too heavy.
3. Acoustic steel-string guitars are good, but small bodies are better. Must have low action. Ideally, solid woods should be used, not laminates, as this will give you much better tone, and an instrument that will continually improve over a 20-year period.
4. Hollow-body electric are great to buy for blues and Jazz. Gibson 335 type guitars are great. Although the electric guitars are easy to play and a good deal secondhand. For those on a limited budget, Epiphone make pretty good semis, such as The Sheraton and The Casino.
5. Electro-acoustic are the worst one’s. The piezo design of pick-ups never really works that well.
So before you buy a guitar select your type of guitar and go for the following guidelines before you directly go and buy it.
1. When you select a guitar there are a few different sizes to choose from. A three-quarter size acoustic has a smaller body so it is ideal for younger people ages 8 – 12. The folk or parlor size is an adult guitar that is marginally smaller than a full size and is well suited for young teenagers and preferred by many women. The full size dreadnought is comfortable for anyone who is an adult or young people who are adult size.
2. It would be wise enough if buy a guitar from a company who makes guitars that are used by professional musicians since they knows better what a beginner needs for an instrument.
3. If you wish to buy a second hand guitar the best option is your friend if he already has guitar and since he is experienced in playing it. Or take him with you to buy a guitar to music stores to help you. As a beginner, your ear may not recognize subtle tone qualities that your friend will pick up and help you. This is probably one of the most important things you can do.
4. The best place to buy a guitar is from music store since they have staff with qualified musicians to help you select for beginners to learn guitar instrument.
5. Before you buy a guitar first thing you should do is research on guitars. Find someone close to you that has played guitar for a while. Ask them what brands and types of guitars to look for and which to avoid. Always play a guitar before you buy it, so you know what you are getting.
6. Do not buy a really cheap guitar, instead buy a guitar that sounds good and feels good to play and you will enjoy playing it. You need not have to spend a huge amount of money. Just shop around and get good advice. Do not buy acoustic guitars with tops made of plywood but of cedar or spruce. Electric guitars should be made of a hardwood such ash, maple or walnut.
7. While buying a guitar it is important to remember that your guitar is in tune which is a process that is to be learnt since no one automatically knows how to tune a guitar. There will be a small battery operated device called a “guitar tuner” by which you pick up a string and watching the meter you’ll get your guitar in tune easily and quickly.
8. Music websites offer great deals if you wish to buy a guitar through online. They offer deals on a daily basis. Sometimes, manufacturers discontinue a guitar model and online dealers discount their remaining stock. These usually mean big savings for the savvy buyer.
9. If you are a beginner for playing a guitar you must first have an interest into getting a guitar, the best bet would be to get a learning guitar and buying a beginner guitar which is inexpensive.
10. Before you buy a guitar you must know how to play the guitar. Place your index finger directly behind the first fret on the fattest string (E6). The fret is the raised metal “line”. Pluck the string with a decent amount of force. Listen for buzzes, pops, or odd noises. Check behind each fret on each string using a hard pressure. If you notice even the slightest bit of “non musical” noise, ask the salesman to adjust and re-tune the guitar.