Online Buying GuidlinesElectric Guitar Online Buying Guide Tips for Beginners

Buying a guitar online will save you a lot of money. Music stores have to mark up the cost in order to pay for labor, and other expenses. That’s why I always buy online. That being said, it can be a very stressful thing to buy one online if you’ve never done it before and don’t know what to look for in a guitar. Here’s my guide on what you should be looking for in a guitar.

Before you start looking at guitars, here’s 3 things that you should take into consideration first

Price Range: Guitars, just like cars, come in many different price ranges. There are many different trim levels for guitars too, so make sure that you do the proper research on the guitar you choose, since you might have seen someone playing the deluxe model, and you are looking at the base model.

Skill Level: If you just started playing, you’re going to be looking at different things in a guitar than someone who has been playing for years. Take into consideration the fact that buying a super expensive guitar isn’t going to help you learn faster, or make you a better guitarist.

Guitar Type: The two major types of Electric Guitars are Solid Body and Hollow Body. Solid body guitars are the most common electric guitars. The Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul are two good examples of solid body guitars.

Alright, now that we’ve gone over the basics, let’s talk about what to look for in your new Axe

Check to see what kind of pickups are in the guitar – The two major types of pickups are Humbucking and Single Coil Humbucking pickups produce deep tones and high sustain, while a single coil pickup produces bright tones and tend to have a more clean sound to them.

Look at the type of wood in the guitar – A brighter colored wood like maple produces a brighter tone and sound, while darker woods like mahogany produce a deeper, mellower sound. If you are just starting playing, this won’t matter to you at all.

How is the action on the guitar? – I know, you can’t actually find this out for yourself until you get the guitar, but if you read the reviews on the guitar, you can get a very good picture as to how it plays. The people that review these guitars are guitarists just like you, so they’ll tell you exactly what you want to know about the guitar.

Choose the right bridge style for you – If you don’t ever use the tremolo bar, then get a hard tailed bridge for sure. It will stay in tune a little bit better than a floating bridge, however, don’t get scared off by a floating bridge. I own a Fender Stratocaster that stays in tune perfectly fine, even when I dive bomb the whammy bar.

Find the right deal – There are a lot of places online to buy a guitar, so do your research when you are getting on online to save the most money. Based on my experiences, I find the best deals on Amazon and MusiciansFriend. Craigslist can also be a good place to look, but be warned, you could find yourself running into a scammer or stolen items.

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