The guitars that are bought or got by thousands of people every year, are not actually always appropriate for them to learn on. Thus the following information should be maintained before buying a guitar to learn from it, either for you or for someone else.
The crucial point to be taken care of before getting a guitar is that the fret board of the guitar must be closer to the strings for enabling the press to be easier. If the distance from the fret board to the string is higher, the new learner gets frustrated about the hard to play sounds. Thus this can become the first and foremost reason for someone to quit guitar learning, as they assume themselves to be responsible.
Testing the String Height Easily
The distance between the string and the fret board can be tested most easily by placing 2 quarters, one piling above another, at fret number 12 and under the thinnest string, i.e. the first string. typically, if the distance is not within 1.5 – 2 quarters limit, which is tolerable, i.e. if the distance is more than the 2 quarter stack, then it is not good for playing.
The guitar, in which the tuning gear is die-casted and encased, is better and expensive too. But if the tuning gear is visible, the guitar must be an inexpensive one. In addition, the strings would also be higher in an inexpensive guitar and this will create sound that lacks tune.
The tuning of the guitar can also be checked by purchasing a guitar tuner, which is a battery controlled tool to measure the tunes by a meter on it. Sometimes, professional guitarists also need to employ the guitar tuner.
Guitar Choice: Electric or Acoustic
While buying or deciding to buy a guitar, one gets confused between the choice of electric and acoustic guitars, although they are of same features, such as- in case of strumming, picking and chording. Anyone can play an electric one if he knows the acoustic one, as they’re identical in case of playing. Just their bodies and looks are different from each other.
In case of an electric guitar, its body is made of solid wood and it needs an amplifier to be played. On the other hand, the body of an acoustic guitar is made of a hollow wooden box, where the top-board is usually laminated with plywood. An acoustic guitar doesn’t need an amplifier to be played.
It is not necessary to choose acoustic for learning guitar at the beginning, as there is no difference between the two other than the looks and price, which is a bit high in case of the electric guitar.
Finishing and Sizes of Guitars
Sizes of Guitars matter in case of buying for the first time. For younger ones, from eight to twelve years age, a 3 quarter size guitar is suitable; for young teenage and various women, the parlor or folk size is suitable; and for young adults or full adults, the dreadnought in full size is suitable. The looks of the guitar should not be a matter to worry about when you’re a novice and thinking of learning to play it.
Place for purchasing Guitar
It is best to choose a music store to buy a guitar for the first time as several experienced musicians are usually available at such stores, who can help you by better suggestions in buying a guitar for learning or for the very first time.
But if you’re thinking to buy a second hand guitar from some known person, or from a pawn store, or from a second-hand shop, you should take a friend with you, who is experienced at guitar playing. Even a 2-3 years experience would also be enough to recognize the playability of the guitar.
The amount to be paid
It’s better to buy a guitar from a company, whose guitars are used by professional and skilled musicians, and they’re aware of your requirements too.
Usually, average guitars’ retail price range from $175 – $375, and it is not necessary to buy one above the price $375, as those are of intermediate level. Thus it is better to stick within the average price, and in this case, the quality of the guitar sound gets better with the price range getting closer to $375. Even a full package electric guitar can be bought within this price limit.
In case of a second hand purchase, the price should be half of the retail price of a brand new guitar, and the tuner, the strap, the case, the guitar etc. all should be included within that price.
One may have fun throughout his life by learning a few chords from a guitar, and as well one may earn the mastery of guitar playing for professional or personal reasons. It actually depends on ones hobby or passion to decide whether this great musical instrument should be taken lightly or sincerely.