HOW TO BUY A GOOD GUITAR

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There is a lot to consider when buying a good guitar.

Here are the important issues:

 

What kind of music do You want to play?

  • It is hard to play rock and roll on a classical guitar.

  • If you just want to strum a few chords and accompany yourself while you sing at home,  get an acoustic guitar.

  • If you want to play guitar in church,  get an acoustic electric guitar.

  • If you want to play in a rock band get an electric guitar.

  • In general the electric is easier to play and the most versatile.  But you will also need an amplifier.

 

What is your budget?

  • The biggest mistake beginners make is to get a cheap guitar.  They think that IF they get good THEN they will get a good guitar.

  • The cheap guitar is hard on the fingers.  It does not want to stay in tune.  It sounds bad and is not any fun to play.

  • Pretty soon the student gets discouraged and quits.

  • A good guitar is easy to play, stays in tune,  and is a TOTAL joy.

  • Plan on spending AT LEAST $300 for a decent guitar.  If you try to get one cheaper you will only end up going back and getting another guitar later.

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What about used guitars?

Only way to go in my book.

This is better left to the experts.  It is VERY easy to fake a Fender guitar.  Many companies make aftermarket parts.  Even logo decals.

I think used guitars are the only way to go.  A guitar is only worth what it is worth used.  A good guitar is a GREAT investment.

The only way I can justify the purchase of an expensive guitar is to think of it as an investment.  

You can see some of these guitars for sale.  CLICK HERE.

 

COMMON MISTAKES

DO NOT BUY SOME OFF BRAND COPY!!!   It will have ZERO investment potential.  It is usually AS expensive as the real deal so why not get the real deal?

DO NOT BUY A GUITAR JUST FOR THE LOOKS!   The sound and playability are MUCH more important!!

Do not buy from a store that does not carry the big 3;  Gibson,  Fender,  Martin.  They are not a professional music store.

Do not buy a guitar from someone that can not play it.  They have no idea of what they are talking about.

Do not buy the first guitar you see.  Try expensive guitars to see what a good guitar should feel,  sound,  and play like.

WATCH OUT FOR COMMISSIONED SALES PEOPLE!!!  They will try and sell you the guitar with the most mark up.

 

You will own a good guitar for the rest of your life.  $1,000 is less than $1.00 per week over 20 years.  If you spend more you will enjoy the many hours with the guitar much more.  So rather than spending $300 cash,  use it as a down payment and put the rest on a credit card.

Remember to play the expensive guitars so you can see what to look for in a less pricey guitar.

GOOD LUCK!

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If you do want to buy new,  I suggest going to Musicians Friend online.  This is where I buy all my new gear.  Not only is it the lowest price, but they bring it to your door!   If there is a Guitar Center in your area you can try out the item there.  Then save money and order it from Musicians Friend online.  They are both owned by the same company.

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Here in Dallas I go to:

  GuitarCenter.com

If you have any questions please feel free to ask!   Joe@JoeTheGuitarman.com