Choosing the right guitar when learning to play, is one of the most important factors in determining whether you will succeed in becoming a guitar player. Unfortunately, most beginners don’t know which guitar to buy. If you are new to guitar playing and considering buying a guitar, this article should help you decide which is best for you.
The first thing you need to consider when in the marker for a new guitar is your financial situation. It’s a sad fact that guitars cost money, sometimes a lot of money. If you’re independently wealthy, than price isn’t going to matter much. If not, well, then, you’re going to have to weigh several factors.
– The first of these factors concerns the age of the player. Children are quite obviously smaller than adults and will generally get bigger as they grow older. A guitar that fits you at seven, will be far too small to play when you’re eighteen.
– The next factor is how badly will you feel if you burn out and stop playing before getting very far. There are a lot of unused guitars sitting around in closets. It’s been my experience that people tend to get a little angry when they fork over a lot of money for a guitar that never gets played.
– Another thing to consider is whether you should buy a used guitar or not. Many people overlook this option thinking a used guitar is a risky venture. This might be true, and it might not. It depends on who is trying to sell it to you. As mentioned previously, there are a lot of guitars sitting around in closets, just waiting for someone to pick them up and play. It’s been my experience that buying a used guitar is a fine option if you do a little research before you lay down your cash. Learn about guitar construction and sound. This will help when looking over a used guitar.
– You will need to decide whether to buy electric, acoustic, or something that does both. Electric guitars almost always cost more than equivalent quality acoustic guitars, even when ignoring the cost of the amp. Electric guitars are far easier to play than acoustic guitars though, which means they are far easier to learn to play on than are acoustic models, which in turn means there will be a greater chance of you sticking with it till you become proficient and can begin looking at other options..
– The next thing to think about is quality. This is something that varies widely between guitars and makes a lot more difference in the learning curve. The bottom line regarding guitar quality is the fact that the cheapest acoustic guitars are by far the most difficult to play, and the harder a guitar is to play, the less the likelihood that someone just learning will stick with it.
It’s not an easy thing buying a first guitar. For most people, they have no idea what they are doing, having never played, so they quite often find themselves at the mercy of a salesperson at a music store. Nobody likes to be in a position where it’s easy to be taken advantage of and nobody likes to be pressured. To avoid buying something you’re not sure is right for you, follow this advice. If you can afford it, buy yourself the most expensive name-brand, electric you can afford. You’ll find it much easier to learn to play on than an acoustic, it will be more fun and you’ll be able to sell it instead of stuffing it in the closet if you give up learning to play. When you buy it, make sure the people at the store you buy it from, adjust it for you. The most important thing concerning adjusting a guitar is how high the strings are off the fret board. If they are too high, it will be difficult to get them pined down when playing. If they are too low, the strings will run into the frets unintentionally. Most professional guitarists like the strings to be as close to the fret board as possible.
If you buy an electric guitar, you’ll need to buy an amp to go with it. Once again, buy the best you can afford, and make it a name brand, such as Fender. You’ll be able to sell it later if need be. Stay away from the very small inexpensive amps, they might be good for the pocketbook, but they have lousy sound, few options and very little resale value. Look for amps with effects, particularly distortion, which is normally called “gain” on an amp. If you see the word “drive” on an amp you know you’re looking at a cheapie, keep looking. There is also something called “reverb” which makes an echo sort of sound. The more fun it is to play your guitar, the more likely you will keep playing. As for size, generally, the bigger the amp, the louder it will sound. You should probably consider whether this will be a problem before buying. Big amps create a lot of vibration that can move between floors and walls.
On the other hand, if you decide to buy an acoustic guitar instead of an electric, you will still do better if you buy the most expensive model you can afford. This is not so much because you will want to sell it if things don’t work out, but because low-cost cheap guitars are very difficult to play and sound awful. Not exactly an incentive to keep playing.
Finally, once you have picked out your guitar, make sure you get a strap for it. There’s just no point in making it harder to hold the thing while you’re learning to play than is necessary. Straps don’t cost much and they make it so much easier to hold your guitar, especially if you want to stand. Comfort is important, because if you are uncomfortable, you won’t play very much or for very long, which leads to quitting. Also, if possible, buy extra strings for the guitar and have the guys at the store show you how to replace them. Even if you don’t break them, you’ll still want to replace them every few months because as they age they start to sound like you’re playing with tin. When beginning, buy the thinnest strings possible, they are the easiest to fret and bend.
Oh, one more thing. Buy a variety of picks. Some are big around, some small. Some are thick, some are really thin. Buy a bunch of different kinds, they’re really cheap. It’s best to have a lot of choice in the beginning so you will learn which you like best.
That’s it. Good luck with your guitar buying, and please, stick with the practice. It’ll pay off, and you’ll thank yourself for the rest of your life.