How To Choose The Perfect Guitar For You

We are all fascinated with music. It makes our everyday lives complete.

When you travel on your way to work, you probably had your iPod at max volume. Parties are not complete without lively music!

Face it. Without music, life would be dull and boring. You might want to cut your throat in anger when you go deaf.

But nothing amazed us the most than creating musical pieces.

Every instrument has a cool history behind it. But in this chapter, we will discuss the primary weapon of choice of Slash, Eddie Van Halen, Darrell Dimebag, Brian May and Kirk Hammett. The guitar!

First of all, let’s find out what makes a guitar a “guitar”.

What Exactly Is A Guitar?

Here’s the definition of it on Wikipedia:

The guitar is a musical instrument classified as a fretted string instrument with anywhere from four to 18 strings, usually having six. The sound is projected either acoustically, using a hollow wooden or plastic and wood box (for an acoustic guitar), or through electrical amplifier and a speaker (for an electric guitar).

For those who are wondering, if a Bass really a guitar? The answer is a big YES.

Baroque Guitar

Baroque Guitar

There are many types of guitars. Here are the most notable ones:

  • Acoustic
  • Classical
  • Baroque
  • Resonator
  • Flat-Top
  • Archtop
  • Electric

There are even more brands to choose from. So, what actually is the best thing to do when looking for a guitar? Let’s find out.

How To Choose The Perfect Guitar

Budget

This entirely affects everything in this list.

It doesn’t matter how much you love Jimmy Page or Eric Clapton. Without enough budget, you can’t get what you really want.

Guitars are super expensive nowadays. Especially the high-end ones.

Some say don’t purchase cheap guitars, and some says go. That’s entirely up to you. But if you’re just beginning to learn the basics, a cheap guitar can do the trick. But if you’re on a tour with your band, might as well buy the expensive ones to save yourself from embarrassment.

Your Influence

Hendrix Fender

One Of Hendrix’s Fender Stratocaster

No matter how many times you read articles on how to spot the perfect guitar, the end decision is still up to you.

If you love B.B King, then get the Gibson ES-355. It’s just that simple! Here are some of the most famous guitarists and their famous guitars:

  • Jimmy Page – Double Neck Gibson EDS-1275
  • Eric Clapton – Black Fender Stratocaster
  • George Harrison – Rickenbacker 12 String Guitar
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan – Fender Stratocaster
  • Eddie Van Halen – “Frankenstrat” (A Fender and Gibson Hybrid Looking Guitar)
  • Pete Townshend – Gibson Les Paul
  • Jimi Hendrix – “Monterey” Fender Stratocaster
  • Kurt Cobain – “Jag-stang” (A hybrid of the Fender Jaguar and Mustang. Designed by Cobain himself)

Your Preference

There’s a lot of things to look for but we’ll be quick about this.

First of all, you should pick a size that’s fit for you. You should be comfortable holding it and reach the frets with ease.

Next thing is, the strings. There are two notable types of strings. Nylon and steel. Test out by plucking and strumming the guitars, one with steel and one with nylon. You can tell within just the second it strikes the strings that it’s the right one for you. There are strings made for Rock music, light, jazz and all sorts of genre.

Lastly, the brand. Like these guitar gods, you might have a preferred brand. Check out their price and specifications before buying one. Here are some notable guitar brands that you can choose from:

  • Ibanez
  • Gibson
  • Fender
  • Rickenbacker
  • Epiphone
  • Yamaha
  • Jackson

 

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