How to Choose a Guitar
Choosing a guitar can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are looking to buy for the first time. Is there really the best beginner guitar? Like most things in life, it is subjective. One man’s dream guitar is another man’s nightmare. Therefore, in the cold light of day only you know which guitar suits you best. there are some things you need to consider before embarking on your guitar journey…
First, you need to Decide What Type of Guitar you want to play Acoustic.
Electric guitar, Bass guitar, Rhythm guitar, Box guitar, for more types of guitar click, here these questions can answer by looking at the kind of music you want to play on your guitar. I am taking a wild guess but I suspect that most of you out there want to play either the electric bass or the electric guitar.
I hope that a few of you will choose the acoustic guitar, as I believe it a beautiful instrument that deserves to be more widely used. And it’s also a good instrument to start beginners on, as no matter how loud you play an acoustic guitar the neighbors going to ask you to MOVE! 🙂
How Old Do You Need to Be to Start the Guitar?
You can start your child early on the guitar as you can get 1/2 scale (that is half the size of a normal guitar) (up to 6 years) or 3/4 scale guitars (up to 10-12 years) Just remember that if they’re starting very young(5-8 years old) they’ll have to start on an acoustic with nylon strings. You really do not want your young child to come to you with bleeding hands from playing on metal strings!
For an acoustic guitar, you are looking at $40($80) – upwards
Electric guitar, it is from $60 upwards ($120)
Electric bass, it is around $60 upwards ($120)
When you’re looking to buy any kind of guitar there are some important facts you need to bear in mind.
- You need to make sure you are comfortable with the instrument. Most of the time guitars in the store are not ‘set up’ right, meaning that the neck is probably slightly and that the strings are too high or too low on the fretboard, making it feel uncomfortable to you. However, you could be playing a GREAT instrument if it set upright, so my advice is to go to several stores and play the same guitar. If this is not possible, and you are seriously considering buying the instrument, tell this to the shop person and ask him to ‘set it up’ for you. Most stores will do this, though some may not.
Make sure the electronics are all working,
- That the neck is straight and above all that, you feel a ‘connection’ with the guitar.
- You also have to make sure that you buy within your price range, set yourself a limit and do not go over it.
- I would not advise buying second-hand from eBay without actually seeing and playing the instrument.
Strings, Of course, all guitars need a set of strings but how often do you need to change them?
Acoustic Guitar When you change strings is dependent upon how often you play, you are playing style, you are care of the strings, and the effect your hands have on the strings.
The short answer to this question is between 15 to 30 hours of play! Here’s the reason: If you are dirty or sweat in your hand, those dirty things will stick in the guitar string, This causes the strings to become dead and to vibrate unevenly along their length (also causing tuning problems). Dirt and oils get into the windings and down inside to the core of the strings where it can cause corrosion of the core. If your hands are dirty or if your hands perspire when you play, this will shorten the string life.
You can always wipe the sweat of the guitar strings, thereby prolonging the life of the guitar and the stings.
Here is a video clip of an acoustic guitar to show you what is possible with lots of practice! Electric Guitar It’s best to change strings when they have lost their brilliance, they sound a bit too mellow or the intonation is not right. It is not recommended that broken strings replaced in a well-used set. The new strings like to sound much brighter than the others do.
Here is a video of some impressive playing on the electric guitar.
Bass Guitar When you change them is up to you. A friend of mine changes them every month. Some Bass players change them every set. Some do not EVER change them, and some change them EVERY take in the studio! Generally, strings sound brighter the newer they are. Amps With so much attention focused on which guitars give you, which sound, which guitars look the nicest, and which play the best; especially novice guitarists often ignore the low-quality guitar amplifier. This is a big mistake for guitarists looking to find a great sound.
The fact of the matter is; a sub-par guitar played through a great amp can still sound decent, but even the best guitars, when played through a bad amplifier, sound awful. If you are considering buying your first amplifier, the price will obviously be one of your primary concerns.
Guitar amplifiers range in price from under $100, to multiple thousands of dollars. However, do not immediately go for the cheapest amp. Remember the amp has as much to do with the sound of the electric guitar as the guitar its child). Ask them for advice on getting an instrument, be it from a school or buying secondhand.
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