Beginner Electric Guitars

Andy | July 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

What Do The Top Brands Have To Offer?

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Whether you’re an experienced musician, acoustic guitar player or an absolute beginner, choosing the right starter electric guitar requires careful thought, research and experimentation. If you go in blind, you’re much more likely to end up disappointed and minus your hard-earned cash.

As with most important purchases, consider a few key factors while looking for a good entry-level electric guitar.

 

Where to buy

Although online shopping is all the rage, it is strongly advisable to personally experiment before buying. This usually means going into a guitar store and seeing how different guitars feel in your hands. Is it the right size, the right shape, the right weight for you? Don’t worry if you can’t play a single chord. Ask the salesperson for advice, assistance and even a demonstration. Find something that’s comfortable and inspiring to play.

It’s also a good idea to bring along a knowledgeable friend for an extra, informed opinion. Many shops offer quality, inexpensive used electric guitars which have been inspected and set up so that they are in good working order. New or used, if you’re willing to put in a bit of time and effort, you can get some significant bang for your buck, so shop around, ask your guitar-playing friends and read up on recommended places to buy in your area.

Musical style

Are you into rock, blues, jazz, funk, metal, punk? All of the above? Choose a guitar that has the sound(s) you’re looking for. Gibson’s Les Paul guitars are heavy on sustain, but that can also mean heavy on your back and shoulders. Les Paul models generally come with humbucker pickups, giving them a warmer, fuller sound. The classic Fender Stratocaster (“Strat”) is lighter and more comfortable, with 3 single coil pickups for more brightness and tonal range. The varieties of wood used in the construction of the guitar, such as maple, alder, ash or basswood, also influence tone and sustain.

Make/model

Trusted brands like Fender and Gibson are generally considered “safe bets” when it comes to electric guitars, but the individual model and specific guitar can make a big difference. Fender Strats are known for their comfort and playability and are therefore generally considered to be great beginner guitars. Squier and Epiphone are less expensive lines – made by Fender and Gibson, respectively – which offer some affordable options of good quality. Other trusted companies include Paul Reed Smith (PRS), Ibanez and Yamaha. There are loads of other quality makes out there – from Gretch to Rickenbacher to ESP – with products in a variety price ranges, so you needn’t limit yourself to the “top 2”.

Starter packages

If you’re in search of maximum convenience, economy and are starting from scratch, you might want to check out a beginner pack. Fender offers some inexpensive packs in their Squier and Stratocaster ranges which, besides the guitar, include a small practice amplifier, gig bag, strings, a strap, a cable and plectrums as well as (sometimes) extra goodies such as a chromatic tuner, instructional DVD and headphones. All you need to launch yourself into the world of electric guitar playing.

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  1. Musicstreet says:

    I’m glad to found this helpful post. Thanks for sharing your blog with us. I look forward to reading your blog more.

  2. That was an excellent piece, and hit on all the issues for a beginner. I have already sent a few folks this link. The great news is, now more than any time in history, you can get a really good guitar from a reputable manufacturer that will last you a lifetime starting at about $100.

    The PRS SE are a bit more, but worth it. Those guitars are also high art. To me, I would rather have a wall full of PRS guitars adorning it than a bank of Picasso prints.

    Another nice aspect is guitars do not lose much value. Though I rarely sell my guitars, a guitar you buy new today for $100 is something you can sell 5 years down the road for $100 or close. I actually sold my MIM Strat for more than I bought it for ten years later.

    So, I will also say guitars are an investment – on so many different levels.

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