Monday, August 15, 2005

Tips on buying guitars

By: Mantius Cazaubon

There are so many guitar models on the market today. So many
types including electric, acoustic, acoustic electric, nylon
string, and steel string guitars. How does one make a selection?
Here are a few tips to help you choose one that meets your needs.

1. It depends on how much you can afford.

With such a wealth of guitars available, a working person
shouldn't have a problem finding one that fits their budget. But
this doesn't mean that you should settle for anything. As the
old adage goes, you usually get what you pay for. Usually the
more money you invest, the greater the returns. You're going to
be spending a lot of time practicing so choose an instrument
that you can enjoy. An instrument that you can look forward to

2. What style of music will you be playing?

The style of music to be played should influence your choice of
guitar. For instance if you plan on playing rock you should buy
an electric guitar, since Rock music is better suited to be
played on that type of guitar. If Jazz and blues is your thing
you may prefer a semi-acoustic guitar from the start. An
acoustic nylon string guitar may be better suited to classical
music and smooth Jazz.

3. Child or adult.

Are you a parent looking to buy a guitar for your child?
Consider buying a 1/2 size or 3/4 size guitar. Your child
doesn't have the reach that an adult has, so these smaller
guitars are better suited. Regular size guitars will be more
difficult to play and can cause a lack of interest.

You may also want to look into buying an electric guitar for
your child if you can afford it. They have a small neck and very
light thin strings and are therefore easier to play. If money is
an issue a second hand electric guitar may be the answer.

4. Wood type and its relation to tone.

Although there are no rules for choosing guitar woods, there is
a guide that you can follow. Generally, darker woods produce a
brighter tone while darker woods produces a deeper, richer tone.
Medium tone wood like mahogany produce a very even smooth sound
spectrum. You should compare various wood colors. The best thing
to do is to listen to the tones that a guitar produces before

5. Pay attention to the guitar's features.

Your guitar must have certain important features. Don't simply
focus on looks.

For example, your guitar should have die-cast machine heads (or
tuning gears). With this feature, you will be able to tune your
instrument more accurately and your guitar will stay in tune

A solid top is also very important. A solid top usually consists
of 2 solid matched pieces glued together side by side. This is
of better quality than a laminated top where various woods are
glued together on top of each other. With a solid top the
guitar's tone will be more even and accurate and you can expect
a sustaining vibration throughout the guitar's body.

6. Buy a guitar that feels good to you.

You're the one who will be playing that guitar. So you'd better
buy one that feels comfortable to you, whether you're sitting or
standing. For instance, if the strings are too far from the
fretboard, playing will be difficult. An expensive guitar that
is not comfortable is a waste. Spend time with the guitar before

7. The bottom line is sound.

If it sounds good, buy it. No two guitars can ever be the same.
It's never about looks. It's about the sound that is generated
through the use of the right type of wood and through superior

You should be able to find a guitar easily online. You can order
one that suits your needs today. Some of the best guitar prices
can be found on the Internet. You even get free shipping to your

About the author:
Mantius Cazaubon offers a buying guide to help you choose an
electric guitar that meets your needs on his site Visit Electric Guitars for electric guitar lessons,
tips, and reviews.

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