Good tips on Buying Guitars

Go down

Good tips on Buying Guitars

Post  mrchronix on Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:11 pm

Here are some good tips on buying guitars

What is the tonal quality of the instrument?

Tonal quality refers to the unique sound of each individual guitar. When you strum the strings or listen to it being played what do you hear? Does it sound deep, bright, soft, dull, tinny? The instrument should resonate (transmit the full vibrating quality of it's sound) clearly.

How is the action?

The action of a guitar refers to how high or low the strings are set on the fretboard. This will greatly affect the playability. If the strings are set too high they will be difficult to push down and you will be working harder than necessary to play the instrument. On the other hand, if the strings are set too low they will likely interfere with the frets, which may cause a buzzing sound as you play.

You should check each fret thoroughly before buying a guitar. This can be done by using a barre chord or the first finger of your left hand to play each string at every fret up and down the neck. Do you here any buzzes? Does the guitar sound in tune at every point? Is it easy to push the string down? If you are unsure about how to check the action, then I suggest you take someone who plays guitar along with you as you shop.

Is the neck straight?

If the neck is straight, the intonation will be consistent. This means that when a specific note or chord is played at different points along the neck it will remain in tune. If the note or chord sounds out of tune at different points, then the neck may be crooked or warped. You can check the neck by looking along it's edge. Begin from the base of the body and continue on up to the base of the head. You should see a straight line. If you don't, the neck may be bowed, twisted, or warped.

How does the neck feel in your hand?

Necks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you will need to determine what feels comfortable to you. Some necks are round and some have a v-shape angle to them. When you cradle the neck in your hand be aware of the fit. Thin necks tend to be easier for small hands, but are generally not as strong as heavier ones. For example, a 12-string guitar will have a heavier neck than a 6-string. Buying a guitar that is the wrong size for your hand can be a factor in developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

How much are you willing to spend?

If you're just starting out, you really shouldn't need to spend a lot of money when buying a guitar. Knowing what your budget will allow can help to speed up the process though. If you only have $200 to spend, don't waste time looking at more expensive models. You can always upgrade later after you've had sufficient time to explore your musical interests. I personally own 9 or 10 guitars and there is always room for one more! Be realistic about your own needs and keep these questions in mind as you shop. Better yet, print them out and take them with you.

BEWARE OF COUNTERFEIT GUITARS!!
http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/consumers-beware-1111/
avatar
mrchronix

Posts : 9
Join date : 2010-06-10
Age : 32
Location : Melaka/Penang

View user profile https://www.facebook.com/keronik

Back to top Go down

Re: Good tips on Buying Guitars

Post  mstar on Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:16 pm

good tips. very helpful for the newbies. pirat
avatar
mstar

Posts : 30
Join date : 2010-06-08
Age : 33
Location : Selangor/Melaka

View user profile http://www.facebok.com/mumuedstar

Back to top Go down

Re: Good tips on Buying Guitars

Post  Black Valor on Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:52 am

say no to fakes! Very Happy
avatar
Black Valor

Posts : 23
Join date : 2010-06-12

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Good tips on Buying Guitars

Post  miejot on Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:00 am

terbaik der!
avatar
miejot

Posts : 8
Join date : 2010-06-10
Age : 31
Location : Melaka

View user profile http://www.flickr.com/abstrakdannormal

Back to top Go down

Re: Good tips on Buying Guitars

Post  juicy on Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:49 am

mrchronix wrote:Here are some good tips on buying guitars

How much are you willing to spend?

If you're just starting out, you really shouldn't need to spend a lot of money when buying a guitar. Knowing what your budget will allow can help to speed up the process though. If you only have $200 to spend, don't waste time looking at more expensive models. You can always upgrade later after you've had sufficient time to explore your musical interests. I personally own 9 or 10 guitars and there is always room for one more! Be realistic about your own needs and keep these questions in mind as you shop. Better yet, print them out and take them with you.



Please dont be tooo cheap..Aku da jmpe beberape org yg da menyesal setelah membeli gitar gio dan squire. Epiphone mungkin gitar yang bole di kata murah dan ok for starter yg btol2 baru nk start dan belom ade preference pada sound and playing style.
avatar
juicy

Posts : 13
Join date : 2010-06-11
Age : 28

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Good tips on Buying Guitars

Post  mrchronix on Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:01 am

juicy wrote:
mrchronix wrote:Here are some good tips on buying guitars

How much are you willing to spend?

If you're just starting out, you really shouldn't need to spend a lot of money when buying a guitar. Knowing what your budget will allow can help to speed up the process though. If you only have $200 to spend, don't waste time looking at more expensive models. You can always upgrade later after you've had sufficient time to explore your musical interests. I personally own 9 or 10 guitars and there is always room for one more! Be realistic about your own needs and keep these questions in mind as you shop. Better yet, print them out and take them with you.



Please dont be tooo cheap..Aku da jmpe beberape org yg da menyesal setelah membeli gitar gio dan squire. Epiphone mungkin gitar yang bole di kata murah dan ok for starter yg btol2 baru nk start dan belom ade preference pada sound and playing style.

epiphone les paul special II would be the best cheapest choice for beginner...but beware of counterfeit(fake guitar with epiphone logo)...there are lot of them in the market
avatar
mrchronix

Posts : 9
Join date : 2010-06-10
Age : 32
Location : Melaka/Penang

View user profile https://www.facebook.com/keronik

Back to top Go down

Re: Good tips on Buying Guitars

Post  Black Valor on Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:38 pm

dari beli gtar 8-9 ratus, aku suggest simpan siket smpai 1.1k leh angkat ibanez rg..tone versatile, body shape simple x melampau.. cyclops
avatar
Black Valor

Posts : 23
Join date : 2010-06-12

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Good tips on Buying Guitars

Post  mrchronix on Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:36 pm

Black Valor wrote:dari beli gtar 8-9 ratus, aku suggest simpan siket smpai 1.1k leh angkat ibanez rg..tone versatile, body shape simple x melampau.. cyclops

selalu beginner x suka neck nipis+fretboard lebar...susah nak main..haha Laughing
avatar
mrchronix

Posts : 9
Join date : 2010-06-10
Age : 32
Location : Melaka/Penang

View user profile https://www.facebook.com/keronik

Back to top Go down

Re: Good tips on Buying Guitars

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum