Many newcomers who have just decided to join such a large community of musicians as guitarists are tormented by the question “How to choose a guitar?”. This is a very correct question, because the quality of the guitar will determine your success and the amount of pleasure you get from playing an instrument.
Before going to the shop it is recommended to study guitar information on the Internet, learn about the device of both acoustic and electric guitars. Also, when choosing a guitar is to focus on their own interests, as the instruments may vary depending on the music played on them. For classical music, for example, guitars with nylon strings are used. On top of that, the guitars can be of different sizes.
Tips for choosing a guitar
Not to listen to friends and acquaintances.
Every man has his own taste. Accordingly, your environment will give you advice based on your own preferences. The main benefit of an experienced guitar player familiar with you is his eyes. He will help you discover technical flaws that you may miss out on due to lack of experience.
Determine how much money you can spend on a guitar.
Unfortunately, the money question for many newcomers is a sick subject, but without it, you can’t go anywhere. The logic here is simple – the lower the price, the more a guitar loses quality. We do not recommend to buy guitars of domestic production. It’s better to look at Czech guitars, etc. Also, if you can borrow a guitar from a friend, you should use it, because in a few weeks you can understand that guitar is not the instrument you want to play.
Electric guitar or acoustics?
Every guitar has its pros and cons. You can play an acoustic guitar anywhere, but you can’t get a clear sound from an electric guitar without extra equipment (at least a combo amp or a simple speaker). On the acoustics compared to the electromechanics a little harder to press the strings, which will affect the first time on your fingers.
How to pick a guitar in a store
As mentioned above, it is better to come to the store with an experienced friend, he will help, and will be more fun.
First, you should just look for all kinds of scratches and cracks on your guitar and inspect the metal parts for corrosion.
Is it convenient to hold
You need to take a guitar and try to extract some sounds while letting your hand move freely, whether the body is too big or too small for you.
Does it build or does it not? Mensura
You can only check if the guitar is worth it or not by hearing. An experienced friend can help us out with that. You should also check how the beaker is set (distance between upper and lower threshold). This is done by comparing the sound of the flagpole at 12 flavours with the sound of the same string clamped at 12 flavours. If the sound is not identical and the beaker distance cannot be adjusted on the guitar, it is naturally better not to take this guitar.
Checking the slate
We need to look at the plane of the neck. The picture below shows the view you need to get. If you see a curvature or a twist in any direction, it is better not to buy such a guitar – it is a marriage.
Possible additional costs
When you buy a guitar, in most cases you will need a case to go to the teacher, or if you just plan to move around with it a lot. You should save money on a case, especially if you travel a lot with a guitar.
Another accessory is the strap. It’s not expensive, but you should pay attention to your choice as well. The belt should be soft and wide enough.
Beginners will especially need a tuner. Since beginners’ hearing is not quite good, it is recommended to adjust the guitar with a tuner or ask an experienced person. The tuner will help to avoid breaks in the first strings when tuning the instrument yourself. Based on this, you can buy an additional set of strings just in case. Beginners should buy strings of light tension to ease the initial flour :).