Buying Your First Guitar Online

Buying a guitar for the first time is a difficult process. If you've never done it before, it's almost certain that you won't even know where to start. But never fear! This handy guide will take you through the process so that you buy the right instrument for YOU, and at the right price.

The first question you need to ask is whether you're going to by new or used. Obviously buying a new instrument means you are guaranteed an instrument in pristine condition - but you are going to pay for it. The benefit of a warranty, as well as having someone who will listen (and hopefully respond) to your complaints if something goes wrong is something that will sway some potential buyers into taking this route.

The benefit of second-hand, of course, is cost. It's likely that you'll be able to find a better quality instrument for a much better price if you're willing to buy second-hand. A good rule of thumb when buying your first instrument used is to only buy instruments you can play prior to purchase. Don't buy your first instrument from Ebay; if you can't play it before buying it, it's likely you'll be in for a bad surprise when the instrument arrives.

The next question to ask is what kind of guitar you are going to purchase. This includes things such as the size, sound production method (acoustic or electric) and shape. For adults, a full size guitar is recommended. You can also purchase half and three quarter size instruments for younger players; although depending on age it may be worthwhile going straight for the full-size guitar (children grow quite quickly, after all). In terms of sound production type, this will depend on personal preference and living arrangement (roommates or family members might have something to say about this).

Choosing a guitar model or shape will depend on your personal preference, aesthetic preference and (of course) price range. It is recommended that you play many different guitars to find which one suits you (in terms of appearance, feel and sound). The best way to do this is to go to a guitar store with a friend that already plays. If you don't know any one, do your research. Search online and find reviews for instruments that notoriously have quality construction and play well. Ask the store clerk to set up the instrument for you, and (if possible) give you a rundown on the features and benefits of the instrument.

In terms of buying an electric guitar, you'll need some additional accessories to get started. Make sure you have a spare set of strings (as you'll learn quite quickly, broken strings are not an uncommon occurrence). A good quality carry case is also recommended to keep your instrument in tip-top condition. You'll need a guitar cable to connect your instrument to an amplifier; don't go for the cheapest available as they are likely to break. You'll also need picks (buy a few different types so you can work out which you prefer) and a strap to play while standing. Obviously an amplifier is also required - but this is another article entirely.

When buying guitars online it's very important that you've played the instrument in real life before buying a particular make or model. A good practice is to find the guitar you want by visiting physical stores and playing a selection of instruments, then go online and purchase it. This way you get the best of both worlds: first-hand experience that the instrument is right for you AND the best price available.

Hopefully this guide has helped you in your quest to purchase the perfect first instrument. Best of luck purchasing your guitar. Rock on!

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by C J Manson; Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 05:29 AM [6100]

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History of the Electric Guitar - Music Technology

History of the Electric Guitar - Music Technology

The fame of the electric guitar started in the big band era when guitarists wanted to amplify their guitars to compete with the large brass sections in jazz orchestras. Earlier, electric guitars were mainly made up of empty acoustic bodies with electromagnetic pick ups attached, to convert the sound into electrical energy for amplifiers.

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