The answer, of course, is a resounding "YES!"
But why? What if you're not sure about the quality of the guitar for example.
Well, buying a guitar is a lot like buying a car or a coat or a bag. If you don't like the way they look you're not going to use them. In some ways the functionality of the item comes second to the look of it.
You're always attracted to the way something looks before you buy it. Once you've decided that you like the way something looks you will then take it for a test drive or try it on.
Here's my top tips for buying the right guitar for you.
Do you like the way it looks?As discussed above, this is quite important.
Try to play it if you can.I always recommend that you try to play a guitar rather than buy it off the Internet, or at least try the guitar in a shop before you buy it on the Internet. All guitars are set up slightly differently but it will at least give you an idea of the general feel of the guitar.
Does it feel comfortable to hold?What style do you like? Strats feel very different to Les Pauls or hollow body jazz guitars, or for that matter Flying V's (which are very hard to sit with). Pick a style that you're comfortable with and suits the style of music you want to play.
Is it fairly easy to push the string down onto the fret and make a note?How far the string sits from the frets is called the "action." The higher the action the more difficult it is to play the guitar. If the action is too low the strings will buzz and possibly even generate wrong notes. You want something that isn't too hard to push down on but also doesn't buzz either.
Do all the controls work?If you are buying a new guitar in a reputable guitar dealership the most likely will, but its always worth checking that the volume, tone controls and switches do what they are supposed to.
Recommendations on where to buy a guitar.Not Ebay, only buy from Ebay if you know what it is you are buying. It is NOT a good place to buy your first guitar. Usually they are second hand guitars, you have no guarantee and you really don't know what you are going to get in the mail.
There is nothing wrong with buying a guitar on the Internet, but try to buy guitars from reputable guitar retailers such as Guitar Guitar, or GAK to name a couple. These will come with a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied and they have excellent customer support.
But the best idea is to just go and try a guitar in a shop, and buy the one you fall in love with!
So YES! Buy your son that pointy guitar with flames on it!