How to choose your first guitar?: So you have decided to pick up a brand new guitar. AWESOME. Or maybe you were playing your grandfather’s ancient acoustic guitar and now made up your mind to own your own guitar. Whatever be the case, let me first congratulate you on your decision to purchase the instrument. But wait. Things are not as easy as it seems.
If you are buying a guitar for the first time, there are countless numbers of things that you should keep in mind. Countless questions might have popped up in your mind and you might be pondering as how to choose your first guitar. To give you a perfect picture of these things, I discussed the matter with my guitarist friend Tom, who also happens to be a guitar instructor.
Well as per our discussion went, I have compiled the gist of things that he told me regarding “how anyone should choose his first guitar”. Are you interested to know the points? Here they go.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR FIRST GUITAR?
When you decide to buy anything, your purchase is primarily governed by your budget. Purchasing the guitar is also not an exception. You should keep in mind that, guitar comes in various price range. The price usually varies based on the quality of material used while making the instrument. Besides the material, price also varies based on the type of the guitar. If you are just a beginner and just want to start with the instrument, you can opt for guitars that cost around $100.
Guitars comes in different types that are meant to be used for different purposes. The two major types of guitars are electric guitars and acoustic guitar. If you are buying a guitar for the first time, you should opt for an acoustic guitar. Acoustic guitars are portable and are easy as well as convenient for practicing. However if you are a professional guitarist and want to explore more features of the instrument, you may consider picking up an electric guitar. You should know the difference between the types of guitar in order to decide how to choose your first guitar.
Right Handed or left handed?Most guitars are usually configured for right handed players. But if you are left-handed, there is little you should worry about. You just will have to restring the guitar and arrange the strings in reverse order. But keep in mind that you need to be cautious while restringing the guitar so that the strings and the guitar in general are not damaged.
Type of the body of the guitar:
Guitar bodies come in different types to suit the preferences of different guitar players. The various types of the body of a guitar can be listed as follows.
- ROUND-SHOULDER DREADNOUGHT
- GRAND AUDITORIUM
- CLASSICAL GUITARS
- SMALL BODY / TRAVEL GUITARS
I am not explaining the types of the guitar body in details. To know more, you can visit this site.
Should you buy a new guitar or used one?
A number of people have the fantasy of becoming a guitarist and picks a new guitar. But very soon they become bored with the instrument and sells it in a cheaper cost. If you are a newbie guitarist, it is not necessary that you buy a brand new one. Instead you can get a used guitar at cheaper cost and practise on it. However, while purchasing the used guitar make sure that you ask yourself a few questions: How does the guitar sound? Does the guitar looks damaged? Does it have a bowed neck? Etchetra. Also I would always recommend you to buy a used guitar from someone whom you know personally. Your friend is definitely a more trusted opinion than some random person in the internet. This, however is not a hard and fast rule though.
Finally, in order to wrap the discussion, I would say that just like the sound of a guitar is, the journey in becoming a master guitarist is also sweet. But it is not devoid of the pain that comes along with it. Proper practice, a lot of patience and perseverance are utterly required to grab the mastery of the instrument.