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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Buying a Guitar, But Never Asked

Written on July 19, 2016   By   in Music

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by frankieleon

If you have not done it before, and you’re planning to buy your first electric or acoustic guitar, chances are you are a little anxious about the selection and offers at the stores. Either if you look at some of the on-line music retailers as well as the off-line stores close to you, the amount of options and alternatives can sometimes be overwhelming if you are not sure of all the variables.

Let’s go over some basic rules that would help you make the right guitar decision:

Be patient. As they say, good things happen to those who wait. This cannot be more true. You don’t have to rush into making a purchase that same day you go to the store, or simply because you got a new offer in the email. Take your time and explore the alternatives before committing to any instrument.

Keep your cool. Be always in control of the situation. Don’t allow any salesman to intimidate you, even if you’re not certain of instrument’s specifications. Ask questions, don’t be afraid to ask what you don’t know, remember that as a customer, you’re entitled to get answers about the product you’re about to purchase.

Research. In all honesty, I think that doing the proper research should be your first and foremost priority. Look online for instrument’s reviews, talk to other musicians, download guitar’s catalog and specifications. Having enough knowledge about the electric or acoustic guitar you’re about to purchase would make all the difference in the world, since it would help you make the proper decision and investment in your music’s future. Having all the facts and virtues of an instrument would allow you to asses its value and limitation. This holds true, not only to a music instrument, but to many sorts of products, ranging from electronics to services.

Call the guitar guy. There’s always someone around you, either a friend, a member of your extended family or simply someone from church or school, who might know more about electric and acoustic guitars than you do. Explain your situation, the type of instrument you’re looking for and the budget you can afford. Sometimes having someone with more experience on the subject can share a new light over your current perspective and empower you into a better set of choices.

Try it out. Don’t take anybody’s word for it. At the end of the day it’s you who’s making the call, so don’t be afraid to ask around and try the guitar yourself. Perhaps you realized, after countless hours of on-line research, that while playing the guitar at the store, you don’t find it comfortable enough. Doesn’t matter what people said at the guitar forums or at the chat rooms, you should feel at ease playing the instrument. This is the ultimate test, the one that can only be done by you.

As always you should have the last word on what you want, the final decision should be all yours. After all, this investment would be part of your music path, forging your first steps as a guitar player, as well as creating your ultimate sound and musical voice. Take in account all this useful tips and don’t forget to share them with the other future musicians and next generation of guitar players.

Copyright Electric Guitar reviews (c). 2010 All rights reserved. Author writes for Loudestreviews.com where a team of musical instruments enthusiast create musical instruments video reviews for the music community of professional musicians.

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