Buying a Guitar – How to Know What a Good Guitar is?
Alright, you have the motivation and the desire to play guitar and now the time has come to pick one out that is best suited to the style in which you are going to be aiming at playing. Buying a guitar can be a little overwhelming when you go to the music shop and see hundreds of them hanging on the wall. However, buying a guitar is better served when you are looking at it in terms of knowing what you don’t want.
Guitars are preference more than anything else and this is why you are going to see so many brand names hanging there. When you are buying a guitar you will first need to determine if you would like to play acoustic or electric. With the acoustics they are making these days you can have them sounding just like an electric with the right effects and reverb on it when it’s plugged into an amp. Although the ease of playing is not the same as an electric and if you are looking at playing metal or speed rock an electric is going to be the way to go.
No matter what you are deciding on whether electric or acoustic make sure you play them before you buy them. You can’t go by what other people have told you because again this is all preference. Some people like Martin acoustics and others don’t. Some like to play on a Les Paul and some like a Fender. They are hanging on the wall for you to play so you might as well figure out what guitar is going to suit you best. When you are buying a guitar you can also go online and read customer reviews of some of the guitars you have in mind. Don’t base your entire decision around this but you can see what other people are saying about them, if they are having any cosmetic issues, or even action and bridge complications. Buying a guitar is like everything else and the more you know about what you are buying the better off you’ll be.
Do not be swayed by some of the price tags on some of these guitars. You might see a Taylor acoustic that is upwards of $3000 and you might think this is a bit excessive. Remember, if you are just learning how to play when you are buying a guitar you are not going to need a Fender Stratocaster or a Taylor to learn on. If $3k is nothing for you than by all means get whatever you like most, but for many of us this is not practical or realistic. If you want to get a guitar of this magnitude than you should probably wait because these guitars are made for studio recording and performing live shows. Unless you are going to be doing these things right off the bat you can find a better and much cheaper alternative.
If you are just starting to learn to play and thinking about buying a guitar you can find many knock offs that are made by guitar makers such as Fender (aka Squire) to get you playing and practicing to see if this is even an endeavor you are going to see through to the end. Many people have the best intentions and are psyched about learning but become frustrated two months in and never pick it up again. This is something you should think about as well because even though you are not going to admit this to yourself when you are buying a guitar, there is a chance this could happen.