How To Choose An Electric Guitar
By Matteo Miller-Nicolato
Choosing an electric guitar might be difficult if it is your first time buying one. Even for the experienced player, it is often difficult to remember what to look for, and you might end up grabbing a dud.
1. Go To The Store.
You want to be able to take a good look at the guitar and play around with it (even just plucking it) so that you can get a FEEL for it and not just get one online.
2. PLAY The Guitar.
In order to determine if it is comfortable for you to hold and play, you should try it out for a few minutes.
3. Get One That LOOKS COOL!
You want to get EXCITED when you pick up your guitar right? If it looks silly it's not going to make you want to play. So get one that looks like a beast!
4. Consider Your Favorite Guitar Players Choices.
I bought a Schecter because Synyster Gates plays a Schecter. You might consider checking out your favorite guitar players and seeing what they play.
5. Check The Intonation.
Often times, guitars go OUT OF TUNE when you play them at the high frets. Ask the store owner to check the intonation for you if you don't know what it is.
6. You Want LOW ACTION.
If the strings are HIGH above the fretboard, it will be very difficult to play. So make sure the strings are CLOSE to the fretboard!
7. NO BUZZ.
When you play around with it for a few minutes, you might notice a buzzing sound. That's not a good sign. Get a guitar that doesn't buzz.
8. TWENTY-FOUR (24) FRETS.
Sometimes they try to sell guitars that don't have 24 frets. That's like having missing teeth. Don't fall for it.
9. Make Sure It Sounds Good Through Your Amplifier.
You'll want to get a good amp that makes your guitar sound good. If you get a crappy amp, even a great guitar will sound bad. So make sure you get a good amp! A Line 6 Spider is probably the BEST amp you can find.
10. $200 - $500
I would probably recommend sticking around a couple hundred dollars. There's really no point in buying a cheaper guitar or a more expensive guitar. The cheap guitars just plain suck, and the more expensive guitars might break (and they're not even really that much better anyway).
11. Use Elixer Guitar Strings.
I believe the coated Elixer strings will be your best bet. Other strings simply don't last as long and they don't sound as good, in my humble opinion. Elixers are one of the most expensive types of strings, but there's a good reason for that.
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