Purchasing a guitar is like investing in your enjoyment of music, and in your creative side. This will an instrument of your self-expression as a musician. Consider a few important tips for buying a guitar.
Think of how much you would like to spend. If you are an experienced player, it is better to budget a bit more to make sure you will be happy with the new purchase. A serious guitarist should plan on spending a significant amount of money. Remember, you may be able to find a comparable model for less money if you consider used guitars.
On the other hand, a beginner may want to invest less cash the first time. Entry level instruments cost less. Again, used models may be found for cheaper.
While really nice instruments cost more, one does get what one pays for. These models will play nicely, sound great, do not go out of tune easily, and play in tune up and down the neck.
The most important material is the wood. There are quality travel models made of plastic, but wood is most common. The kind of wood used effects the sound of the guitar. Soft woods like soft maple or mahogany will have a softer, quieter sound. Hard woods like hard maple or rosewood have a brighter sound, and they are louder as well. The hard woods make the instrument more costly.
These various woods can be used in different parts of the instrument. Maple necks are commonly found on electric models. Sometimes the fretboard will have a darker wood over the maple. Maple is commonly found on the tops of acoustic guitars, while a darker wood will make up the back and sides. Mahogany or walnut is commonly used here.
With all these possibilities, each instrument may be unique. If planning to perform live, it is better to spend more on a louder hardwood model. If you just need to practice at home, spend more on a playable guitar that stays in tune. Spending even more gets you all of these good qualities. Play many different instruments and concentrate on what sounds and feels good.
Do not rush into any purchase. If the sales person offers deals or pressure you to buy today, smile and decline. You should seriously consider what will make you happy in the long term.
If you are a beginner, it is best to start with an acoustic. You should know that there are two main types of acoustic guitar: classical and folk. Classical styles have nylon strings, wide necks, the tuning pegs point to the back, and the top lacks a pick guard. These are good for a classical class. They are also used in some rock songs. Folk guitars have steel strings, narrower necks, a pick guard, and the tuning pegs point to the sides. These are good for folk, country, and most rock songs.
If you want an electric model, bring your amplifier to try it with. There are many styles so try as many as you can to see what is available. Even the ones you do not buy will help you develop a taste for what pleases you as a musician. If you also need to buy an amplifier, try a lot of those as well.