It’s always been your dream to own your guitar. Maybe you’ve always played on rented guitars and have decided it’s time to make the leap and finally get one to call your own. Before you do, there are a few tips you should follow, so you find the right guitar.
Know Your Budget & Buy Used
It should go without saying that before you purchase your first guitar, you should establish how much you want to spend. Setting a budget helps ensure you’re getting the right guitar without breaking the bank.
Buying used over new is a great way to save money and get a quality piece that offers that coveted vintage sound. As instruments age and are played, they become more broken in. This improves the sound quality, which is a characteristic many vintage enthusiasts love.
Do You Want Electric, Classical, Or Acoustic?
Next, what guitar do you want: electric, classical, or acoustic? Each has its own style that fits better in one musical genre than another (but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment!) and its price points.
Acoustic guitars are great for all genres of music, while a classical guitar leans more towards genres like Jazz and Latin. Electric guitars are famous for their role in rock and roll and require an amp—so make sure that the price of an amp is included in your budget!
Understand The Different Types Of Construction And How It Affects Sound
From hollow, semi-hollow, to solid, the construction of a guitar will affect how it sounds. Here’s a quick rundown:
- Hollow: Hollow guitars are light and, as the name implies, are hollow on the inside to allow the string vibration to create clean, smooth tones of traditional music like folk, blues, and more.
- Semi-hollow: Semi-hollow guitars feature a wooden center block to mount pickup, the most common being a single f-hole or Bigsby bridge. They are sleeker and more ergonomic and are great for artists wanting distortion.
- Solid: Solid-body guitars are built without a hollow or semi-hollow sound box and instead rely on a pickup system to detect the vibration of the strings and transmit the sound through a loudspeaker or amplifier. Perfect for musical genres like rock.
Naturally, you can play around with your style of music, but if you have a genre of music you prefer to play, look for a guitar with the proper construction.
Our team at Music Go Round St. Louis is ready to help you find your first guitar. If you are unsure what to look for, our professionals here at Music Go Round St. Louis will be more than happy to help you. We want to ensure you are purchasing precisely what you want and that the guitar is in quality condition.
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