Where Can I Buy A Guitar (How To Buy Your First Electric Guitar)? Acoustic or electric guitars are a great musical investment; in fact no band or musician worth its or their salt can say no to one. Online research can get quite confusing, but there are simple steps or stages to help you shop for the right electric guitar.
The Local Music Store
You cannot choose a guitar online let alone buy it digitally. If you are extremely well versed in acoustic instrument shopping, you may just get it right. By entering your local music store armed with keen know-how, you can twang those strings and check out other features, all to bring value for money toward your purchase.
- Cables, tuners, strings, etc. are some of the elements you are going to look out for when shopping for electric guitars.
- If you are hunting for a piece all your own and you are an adult, go with a budget in mind. You will certainly be spoiled for choices, increasing chances for you to choose wrongly.
- Usually $150 is a good rate. Entry-level guitars fall under this range; perfect for beginners or those looking to practice rusty skills. There are, of course, different quality brands (Fender, Ibanez, Epiphone, etc.) in this category to consider.
- Then there are package guitars. A brand like Fender is renowned for their complete guitar package products. A box set includes a case for your electric guitar, a tuner, strap, cable, sundry accessories and of course the guitar itself; ‘ready to play’ indeed. These provide great value for money and come just under $200.
- Even with an acoustic guitar for beginners, you want it to play like a charm. It should inspire professionalism but you should also be able to play easily on it, specifically staying in tune.
Action, or how hard you need to push down on the strings, is the ‘ease of playing’ we referred to above. The hand should move freely across the strings. Discouragement is the enemy and a good electric guitar leaves no room for it.
Tuning – It’s An Art
The tuning machines, namely the small rotatable screws at one end of the guitar, are crucial to keeping your instrument tuned. They are indispensable, obviously.
- If quality is lax in the tuning machine portion, your guitar is bad no matter how good its other features are.
- Closely complementing this are the types of pickups used, the overall construction of the instrument, and so on.
When compared to the tuning part, the others are relatively unimportant. After all, what good is a guitar that cannot play a note in tune? A great way to ensure you make the right choice is to stick to recognized brand names for entry-level guitars.
The Last Song
Finally, it is nothing about what ‘body’ you have, it is all about the tune. Efficiency rests there for any electric guitar. As long as the strings are perfect, the instrument is worth buying and you can always give the other parts a makeover based on a budget allocated just for that.
- Find the right body shape
- See if the tuning machines are spot on
- Request a set up at the store
Even beginner guitars need to be set up; at the store itself. Service and availability speaks highly of the store. Price is irrelevant compared to setting up a guitar. You may choose a cheap or expensive piece but it will play terribly if it is not set up properly.