Buying a Guitar Online
Sunday, July 31, 2005
By Stephane Brault
For those who are not yet familiar with the way to choose the right guitar, here is a list of some tips that you can use:
1. Determine your budget first
Guitars are not made of second-hand class materials so you can expect that most of the guitars are relatively expensive.
Determine your budget first so that you will know how much you can afford before you decide what kind of a guitar to buy. Settling for a cheaper guitar is generally not a good option, especially those that are priced below $200 - so you had better set a budget for it.
2. Know your style
Knowing the kind of music that you like will help determine the kind of style of music you will play. For instance if you are interested in acoustic music, then it is best to buy an acoustic guitar; if you are into jazz, it would better to buy an "archtop' guitar.
3. Know your level of expertise
If you think you are still a beginner but would like to personally own a guitar, it is best to buy an electric guitar because it provides easier manipulation of the strings.
4. Know the store
Do not buy just anywhere; it would be better to buy your guitar from a quality shop or store. This will assure you of the quality of the guitar plus service in case you need some repairs or additional services.
Buying a guitar is not as easy as playing it. Just keep in mind that when you buy a guitar, do not just think of it as a good investment for your money but consider it a good investment for you skill. As they say, a good guitar renders good music.
For my part, I strongly recommend you shop for guitars online at GuitarCenter.com.