7 tips for buying the right guitarWritten by admin on May 13th, 2011
If you are thinking of taking up Edmonton guitar lessons, it is better to first get yourself a guitar to practice your guitar lessons at home. With so many types of guitars in the market, including electric, acoustic, nylon string and steel string guitars, here are some tips to help you choose the right guitar.
- First of all, you have to buy a guitar within your budget. Though you shouldn’t buy the first guitar you see, remember that the more you pay, the better the guitar usually is.
- You have to choose your guitar based on the type of music you plan take guitar lessons for. If you plan to play rock music, an electric guitar is a better choice while a semi-acoustic guitar is better if you plan to play jazz, country and blues. If classical music and smooth jazz is more your type, then an acoustic nylon string guitar is a better choice.
- If you plan to buy a guitar for your child, its better to buy a ½ or ¾ size guitars as children find it difficult playing regular guitars and will soon loose interest in their guitar lessons because of this. If affordable, electric guitars are a better choice, at least a second hand version, as they are easier to play because of small necks, and light, thin strings.
- There are no staunch rules to follow regarding the type of wood used in making the guitar. However it’s better to compare sounds from various guitars on an amplifier in the store, before you buy it. Dark wood like koa and mahogany tend to give darker tones than the lighter, vintage type woods.
- Check the neck finish as it affects how quickly you can move your hand along the guitar neck. Quality is very important while choosing guitars, so just because one mahogany guitar may sound bad, it does not mean that all guitars are similar. Try out different guitars and you will definitely find the right guitar for yourself.
- The guitar should not only have looks, but also some features. It should have a die-cast machine head so that you can accurately tune your guitar for it to stay in tune longer. Solid top guitars made from 2 solid matched pieces glued together are a better quality guitar than laminated top guitars. They give more even and accurate sounds that produce a sustaining vibration in the guitar body.
- Make sure you are comfortable holding and playing the guitar while no matter if you sit or stand. So spend some time holding the guitar before buying it.
In a nutshell, your budget, the guitar sound and how comfortable you are with the guitar are the three main points to consider before you buy your guitar. With trial and error, you are sure to find the right guitar for your private guitar lessons.