Without the right guidance you can easily get lost and overwhelmed by all the choices there's to be made. Therefore you'll find that there's a few things to remember and decide, before buying and searching for your guitar.
Here's a list to have in mind:
1. Determine your budgetNo matter what your budget looks like, you will be able to find a guitar that fits you, no doubt. There's no point in going above your budget, and especially not when buying your first guitar. Find a decent price range and see how that feels. You can always move up to a different one, at a different price range, when you feel you've improved and need more.
Nowadays you will have a lot of brands to choose from, and of course the quality can vary, but you can find good ones in between. It all really comes down to how the guitar is set up.
2. Research and ask friendsIt's always a good idea to do some research, before going to the guitar center. Asking friends or relatives, who knows about music and guitars, can also be a good idea. Often they'll have a few guitars in mind. From there it's your job to remember those and go try them out.
A simple search on Google or on forums can also be very helpful and guiding. A lot of people have created posts about this exact topic.
3. Decide if you're going to play electric or acousticFind out if you're into acoustic or electric guitar, because acoustic and electric guitar isn't quite the same thing. The price can vary a lot when we're talking about the difference between acoustic and electric guitar. Different types of music is played on both acoustic and electric. So if you wanna play rock licks and great '80s guitar solos, then grab the electric, and if you wanna play campfire, folk and singer songwriter music, then grab the acoustic. When improving your guitar skills you can always take up the style you didn't choose at first.
4. Shop & PlayAfter searching a bit on the Internet, asking friends and relatives, it's time to go to your local music center. Now is the time where you look for the brands of guitars you've heard about or seen online.
Asking for help when visiting your local guitar center would indeed help you on your way. The staff would be more than happy to help you, I'm sure. They often have a lot of knowledge when it comes to guitars and especially when it comes to buying a new one.
After looking around and thinking about your options, it's time to sit down and play. Play some chords or what jumps to mind, as long as you get the overall feeling of the guitar.
5. The feelingWhile sitting with the guitar it's important that you notice a couple of things. Firstly, how does the guitar feel? Both while playing but also while holding it or sitting with it. Is it comfortable to play, does it suit you and your fingers?
It's important to get the right feeling with the guitar, otherwise it won't be a joy for you to play it later on. Of course "feeling" can be a lot of things, but I'm sure you'll know what I'm talking about when you get the guitar in your hand.
6. Buy used/second handBuying a guitar second hand has become more and more popular over the past years, which actually is great. You can easily find a good piece on gear, when searching for used instruments. Such as guitars, effects, amps and basses, all of that good stuff we all need.
When buying second hand it's a good idea to check if the salesman is reliable and can be trusted. It's also a very good idea to arrange a meeting, so that you can try out the guitar. It's very important you feel 100% satisfied before buying.
7. Rate each guitar by sound, feel and lookEven though, as a beginner, when you haven't got a lot of knowledge about guitar and playing one, it's important to stay critical, not just settle with the first and the best thing you see. Try out a few guitars and see, hear and feel the difference. It may be a little hard a first, but it will surely guide you towards the right guitar.
8. Knowing the guitar - private lessonsWhen the purchase has been made, and you have found the right guitar, it's time to consider if you want to start taking guitar lessons. It might be a good idea, at least for a couple of months. It will give you an idea of what a guitar is, how it works and how the music theory can help you on with your playing.
Bonus:I have made a little list of alternatives for a good beginner guitar.
(Please be advised - I know that there's a lot of commotion going on when it comes to the Harley Benton Guitars, and probably also on the other brands I have listed below, but, for the sake of God, keep your condescending comments and otherwise negative thoughts to yourself, thanks!
I know there's probably a lot of other guitars to choose from, but these are the ones I've picked out. I'm not here to make you buy low budget and bad guitars, I'm just giving you some selections.
When it comes to the Harley Benton guitars, I happened to have some myself. So, if there's any problems or questions, please let me know. Thanks!)
The Harley Benton Series:
- JA-60 SB Vintage Series
- TE-30 BE Standard Series
- L-400 Gold Top Classic Series
- L-450 Gold Top P90
- E-35 CH Vintage Series.
Check out this guy from YouTube reviewing and demoing these guitars
- Squier Affinity Telecaster
- Slash AFD Les Paul
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