By George Nellas, Sat Dec 10th
For most of us, making any major purchase, such as a newrefrigerator, or a new car, is a cacophony of options andconfusion; do we want the silver one or the black one? How muchcan we afford to spend? Will it last over time? If nothing else,we at least know what we need these appliances to do: themicrowave needs to make the food hot quickly, the car needs toget us from one place to the other without breaking down. Whenconfronted with the purchase of a new guitar, even experiencedguitarists can have trouble deciding what exactly they want andneed. However, if you follow a few simple suggestions, you canmake your guitar-buying experience a whole lot easier.
1. Determine your price range: you can spend anywhere from $99to $20,000+ on a guitar, so make sure to work out your budgetbefore you go into the store or start shopping online. Qualityguitars are available at all different price ranges, so don’tfeel that you have to break the bank to get what you need.
2. Know what sound you want. This is probably the most importantaspect of learning how to buy an electric guitar. Certainguitars are more well-rounded, able to go from blues,
to jazz,to rock without skipping a beat. Others are more one-sided,specifically designed for a certain type of music. Listen tosome of your favorite guitar sounds on CD or on the radio, thenask a music professional what type of guitar was used on therecording. Chances are that they’ll be able to point you towarda guitar that will get you close to the sound you’re hearing inyour head. Also, if you know what style of music you’llprimarily be playing, this can also make your selection processeasier.
3. Get something that excites you. Bottom line, if the guitardoesn’t light up in your hands, if it just doesn’t feel “right”even if it’s supposed to be the perfect guitar, then it’s notthe right one for you. Shop around, both in stores and online,until you find the one that’s screaming “pick me, pick me!”