Music is the art of expressing ideas and emotions in significant sound forms by using the elements of rhythm, melody and harmony through voices, instruments, or both. Play the guitar, before you buy it. It is very closely relate to human being. Music helps define us. Many of us aspire to be great musicians or to make it big in the music industry. And musical instrument is one of the medium with which we can much deeply express our emotion and ideas. We should be always good at choosing right and best instrument while purchasing. So I am going to share a few things you need to know before purchasing a Guitar. To make sure you’re making the best guitar-buying decisions, take a look at these things to consider before buying your next guitar
Research the guitar
Research is key. Guitars vary greatly and only you know the type of tone that you want to have. I would not recommend buying a guitar with active EMG pickups if you hate playing with the distortion on.
Know your neck
There is enormous variation in the neck of guitars. (The major shapes for the necks are the C-shape, which is more rounded; the V-shape, which is more pointed; and the U-shape which is more squared.) Beyond the basic shape of the neck, there are many other things to consider! The fretboard is the next major item I want to draw attention to. The type of wood for the fingerboard is the first item for consideration. Some woods play faster, while others provide a thicker sound. Like everything else about buying a guitar, it is all about your taste and the tone you are trying to get out of the guitar. Fret size and fret count are also major factors. Most guitars range from 22 – 24 frets, but the size of the frets is the real key. For those of you with larger hands (or those who simply want a little more room), I would recommend jumbo frets.
Know your price range
The very first thing you have to ask yourself is how much you want to spend. Having this figured out early on will save you lots of time when searching your local guitar shop. A starter guitar can go for around NRs. 10000 to NRs. 20000 and the prices after that point increase with things like the brand, materials, quality, and accessories such as a built in tuner or pickup.
Used or new?
It’s always a great idea to buy used when you know what you’re getting into. And just like buying a used car, you should only buy a used guitar if you know what to look for. Here are a couple things to ask yourself when buying a used guitar: How does it sound? Does it look damaged? Is the neck bowed? Is there a truss rod? And, here’s a big one, do it play if plugged in? If the guitar has a pickup, plug it into an amp and test it out before buying it. What a bummer that would be to get home only to find out your new axe is a mute!
Electric or acoustic?
This is a definite up front question you’ll need to be asking yourself. Do you want to get an acoustic guitar or an electric? If you’re stumped on this one, ask yourself what style of music do you want to play? If you’re looking forward to strumming some James Taylor, go with the acoustic. If you’re looking to shred some Ozzy, go with an electric. The truth is, you can’t go wrong. But making this decision up front can save you a lot of time when at the shop.
Know what you are looking for
I recommend not stepping foot into a music store until you have a short list of guitars you want to play. Go into the music store with a purpose, because if you have done your research, you already know more than most of the customer service personnel. It is the employee’s job to sell you something, so if you go into that store unprepared, you may just walk out with a guitar that you never even wanted.
What else do you need?
Just like new shoes don’t come with socks (and why don’t they??), guitars require some accessories. You’ll probably need to grab a small amp, guitar cables, a fresh set of strings, a cleaning kit, a guitar strap, and a case. Also, many brand new guitars need what’s call a “set up.” This is where a professional adjusts the guitar by truing the neck and getting the action just right, making sure it’s totally ready to be rocked out upon.
Should you shop online or in-store?
Right, right. It’s really awesome buying stuff online. But while you totally can grab a guitar on the World Wide Web, as nobody calls it anymore, it’s much better to go into a shop. Any good music store will have a solid group of employees who can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. And you really need to get a feel for the guitar before buying. You don’t buy a car online before taking it for a test drive.
should you stick to top brands?
You might think you need to start with a Fender or Taylor in order to appease the rock gods. But if this is your first purchase, don’t worry about names. In fact, when you’re searching for a guitar, ignore everything except for how it feels when you play it, how it sounds, and if you like it. Don’t get me wrong, the top brands = quality. But you need to like what you’re buying!