4 tips to buying a guitar for the future gear head

You are new to guitar and you are searching for the best guitar for you. What guitar could possibly make the journey of learning guitar easier and more pleasant? Sure you could just buy the guitar that some sales person tries to persuade you to buy, but being aware of what you want in a guitar will make you happier with your guitar choice later on in life. So what are these 4 tips to making the right decision when you are buying a guitar?

  1.  Pick a guitar with a good size body.

Many people automatically want to buy an acoustic guitar because that’s what their friends play. There are different kinds of acoustic guitar bodies. Some are big and some are small. Some around round and some are box-shaped. You may want an electric guitar. Some electric guitars are much heavier than others. Write down what kind of guitar body you want. Your options are big or small, heavy or light weight, box-shaped or round. Now when you talk to the sales person they might have a better idea of how to help you.

2.   Pick the right size guitar neck. 

As with guitar bodies, some guitar necks are wider than others. Some guitar necks have a flat fret board while others have a slightly round fret board. If you have smaller hands you may find a guitar with a smaller neck feels better. Also women may find electric guitars easier to hold because they are typically smaller and require less strength to play the note.

3.   Pick the guitar with a sound that you like. 

This may require some listening on your part before you go buying a guitar. Listen to a guitar player you like and see if they have a dark sound of a bright sound. This isn’t controlled completely by the guitar, but you can pick options that will help you get the guitar sound you want. If you like the darker sound you may wish to pick a guitar with hum buckers. If you like the brighter sound you may wish to buy a guitar with single coil pick-ups. I am not going to explain the difference between the 2 types of pick-ups in this post, but I will in later posts. If you can’t tell how dark of a sound the player you want to sound like has, find the style of music you like. For example, country guitar typically has a brighter guitar sound than jazz.

4.   Brand names are not necessary for your first guitar.

When you are buying your first guitar you do not need to spend the extra money to buy a brand name guitar. Once you progress in your playing you will notice a need for a better guitar and by that point you will know exactly what you want in a guitar with more detail than you get from this post. Many good guitar companies own cheap companies that sell beginner guitars. For example Gibson owns Epiphone, so instead of spending the extra couple hundred dollars for a Gibson, buy a cheaper Epiphone.  Off brands are perfectly fine to start learning on.

Now that you are well on your way to being a fully certified gear head, you can go out looking for your first guitar and know what to look for. With this information you can tell the sales person what you want and they can assist you in finding the product that fits your description the best. Remember, this is about buying a guitar to fits your needs for learning the guitar. Later on you can go buy a better guitar. Share your thoughts below.