Music is a great hobby and it can help release stress frequently, especially when you play your own tunes on an instrument, like a favorite old used guitar. Deciding to pick up a guitar for yourself, though, is a personal issue, opting between new or use, that is the question? Here is where it becomes very important to talk with people who know about guitars before purchasing one of your own.
It used to be a very rough experience to purchase guitar, trying to cut through sales hype and new jargon to figure out what you needed. However things have improved today. One of the best methods for shopping and buying is to visit a reputed music store where you will find variety and quality instruments.
For those who cannot afford to buy new guitar at all because of cost constraints, ask about used instruments and referrals to stores that sell them - plus check online.
It is a nice practice to buy a used guitar.
Here are some tips that will definitely help you to buy used guitar. One should learn to be aware of the differences between the top of the line models and the entry-level guitars.
There are foreign guitars that use lamination rather than solid woods and all these are glued together with epoxy, polyvinyl. A laminated guitar lasts for a longer life while wood does not, so it should be the most important feature to be considered while purchasing the guitar. A solid wood guitar retains its value but is often not preferred for outings.
Therefore, it depends on you - where are you using your guitar. If you are a person who is used to traveling frequently with a guitar, then a laminated guitar is the best option for you. After visiting plenty of shops, to help you come to a decision, consider the first thing to look at in guitar: its neck. Is it wrapped or not? This can be checked by looking down the neck of guitar. Another method is to hold the first string on the first and twelfth fret.
Also note that it is possible to make changes in the truss rod by tightening or loosening. You should seek help of good musical technician or experienced performer /player for checking out the instrument overall, especially to check whether the neck is appropriately combined to the body. This can be done by grabbing the neck and body of the guitar and then curl it to reverse direction to see if there is any play at joint.
While looking for an acoustic guitar, having play in the neck is not what you need. Put it on the shelf, if there is play. Because with an acoustic guitar, it should be perfectly straight.
With an electric guitar, there should be a good plugging system installed in it. This makes it necessary to play it before purchasing to check the volume control and check for popping and scratching sounds. Playing a guitar will also allow you to discover shorts in the connection.
The last and most important point while purchasing guitar is that it should fit your style of playing. For example, if you are looking for heavy metal-type musical instrument, it is worthless to look for classical guitar. A classical guitar is good if you look for flamenco style of playing.
In summary, get familiar with guitars before buying one. It is a most important phase that buyers should understand. Refer to books and online resources to help and for any guitar troubleshooting problems.