Okay, you habe finally outgrown your old accoustic/p.o.s. electric, and you are ready for something better. What do you do? Everyone claims to have the best prices. Who do you turn to in your time of need? Well there is an easy process for all of this, there are 4 simple steps to finding the guitar you need, and they are all in question form.
1. What is my price range?
Ok as we all know most guitars runabout 150-300 dollars for an ok guitar as you move on further you start getting into more prestigious models of guitars. Most guitars are in the 150-300 dolars range these are Ibanez, Squire, Stagg (which I do not endorse), B.C. Rich, Washburn. Then you get to the $400-700 range. Fender mexicans, better Ibanez, maybe even a decent Jackson. now the rest you can get a Gibson, a gibson Les Paul Epiphone, an artists series guitar. But most of us being kids are in the $150-300 range. So now we have our money. And there is always that christmas and birthday money we have all been saving.
2. What am I looking for?
Are you looking for fast action, more frets, cooler style, different color? Now I have the dough, what do I want as far as a guitar goes? Well let's look a the guitars available again. We have a Squire, an Ibanez, a Stagg, or a B.C Rich. Now Stagg is the only exception because they use other guitars looks and put their name on it, so if you are going purely on looks go with a stagg. If you want somewhat of a punk style guitar or just a nice ordinary all around good guitar youll want a squire. Squire is a smaller branch of Fender. Maybe you want the korn look or the incubus look. Ibanez has very versitile designs, and have many gopod guitars, they have fast action usually and are very light. Now the B.C. Rich, these are some very unique looking guitars, while I dont recomend gettin one as a second guitar to just screw around with I also cant say no you can never get one. These guitars are very attractive to the eye and play very well, much like an ibanez. So lets say ok we want an Ibanez (wow good choice).
3. What kind of music am I gonna play?
You aren't gonna want a brand new classical guitar to play metal. Alrighty then, we are gonna get that Ibanez, but we need to make sure that this is the right guitar for our choice of music. You dont want a classical guitar for rock and vise versa. We will just go with stahndard rock.
4. Where can I get a guitar for good price?
Do you want a new guitar from a shope or a used from a friend or perhaps online?
While I don't expect you to all follow this like a religion I just figured that I would share what I do when I buy a guitar. I have just recently perchased a Gibson Les Paul and a Fender acoustic. I started off with a Fender strat then moved to and Ibanez Grx, it takes time and effort to get more guitars, and even then its hard to decide when you hsould use them, maybe I'll make an article about that some day.
Well happy shopping. - AvArIcE