If you are ready to enter the world of guitar music and made up your mind to learn Guitar, so the next question that comes is which guitar is best for a beginner? Choosing the right instrument for your music journey is very important because shopping for your first instrument is the initial step in the journey of music learning. Many beginners’ gets confuse in buying a new guitar because musical instruments come in so many different makes and they end up buying something that even they don’t know and regret it for next few months in their music learning journey. Don’t worry we won’t let that happen to you. If you are thinking to buying a new guitar for the first time, then you will face problems like deciding between electric or acoustic, what size to buy, or whether buy a new instrument or used guitar from reseller.
There are thousands styles of guitar available in market, and each one has their own tune and tastes. From deciding acoustic to electric and choosing which guitar sizes to but, this guitar buying guide will be discussing the factors which everyone must consider while buying a new guitar.
CHOOSING THE BEST GUITAR FOR A BEGINNER TO LEARN
While teaching at Bhardwaj Music School we often face these questions by students and from there parents about which guitar they should buy for them or for their child who want to develop a skill in playing guitar. We will help you find out how to buy a new guitar for a beginner musician. Once you’ve selected the instrument for yourself or for your kids, come to Bhardwaj Music Academy for a tour and learning guitar lessons, and we’ll make you love playing instrument within no time.
Few general categories of guitar that are extremely popular among guitarist. These genres offer distinctly diverse sonic and playability qualities. Making a decision on the style of guitar you want to purchase in advance will significantly reduce your choices.
BUYING AN ELECTRIC GUITAR FOR A BEGINNER
Electric guitars are, by far, the most widely used type of guitar in modern music. Electric guitar alone only generate the slightest sound, but when coupled with an amplifier, they unleash a vast variety of melodious sounds. Typically, rock, metal, pop, blues and jazz are played on these electric guitars.
ADVANTAGE OF BUYING AN ELECTRIC GUITAR
They come in a variety of sizes, making them great for young players.
It has thinner neck and smaller bodies which make it more portable to hold.
Used frequently throughout the majority of popular musical genres.
You can use headphones while playing the guitar without getting shouted by your neighbor.
We can change sound to soft or loud as desired with the help of amplifier.
DISADVANTAGES OF BUYING AN ELECTRIC GUITAR
Need some external equipment to achieve a full sound (equipment like cable and amplifier)
BUYING AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR FOR A BEGINNER
Acoustic guitars are non-electric guitars which produce beautiful sound with no electric amplification and commonly used in folk, singer-songwriter, etc. but its also used in metal, rock and blues genres occasionally as well. It makes sound when its strings got plucked and its vibration is transmitted through the neck(which is often referred a fret) to the body and producing sound from the hole which is in the middle of the guitar.
ADVANTAGES OF BUYING AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR
Does not require any amplifier
Less thing to carry when going out somewhere
DISADVANTAGES OF BUYING AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR
Harder to hold for a beginner
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A GUITAR
1.DOES THE GUITAR STAY IN TUNE?
Ask a store employee to tune the guitar to open tuning so you can play a few notes. There are two justifications for this.
First off, if the playing sounds awful, it's probably not the salesperson—who is probably a competent guitarist—because the guitar is a challenging instrument to play. Checking the action is the second justification for tuning the instrument.
2. FINISHING OF INSTRUMENT
When buying a new guitar in the beginners' market, the guitar's finish is a very important step to consider. There shouldn't be any scratch or cracks in it. The fact that guitars are frequently left in stores for a long periods of time implies that many people who are just starting to learn the instrument have already tried it out. Therefore, thoroughly inspect the instrument before purchasing and ensure that it has no scratches, especially close to the sound hole and fret board. The joints must all be precisely glued and the guitar should be free of any cracks to provide a secure grip.
Most essential, you need to check that the frets near the bottom of the fret board are properly placed or glued. If the guitar is poorly finished and the frets are not positioned correctly, as shown in the picture, it can cut the players' fingertips. Your hand should feel smooth while moving across the fret board, not uneven or pointed near the top or bottom of the fret board.
3. IS THE GUITAR NECK STRAIGHT?
Check the guitar neck for any bends or curves. The neck of your guitar should be straight to avoid the strings' rubbing against the frets while you play.
Playing the guitar might be more challenging if it has a bow or back bow, especially for beginners. Ask an expert if you're unclear of how to determine your guitar's neck relief. They need to be able to examine your guitar neck, spot any potential issues, and correct it as necessary.
4. TUNING PEGS MOVEMENT
Tuning peg movement must be precise and smooth. Move the tuning pegs on the guitar in a clockwise and anticlockwise manner before you buy it. Movement shouldn't be too rigid or you risk damaging the guitar's tuning head. Additionally, tuning pegs shouldn't be too loose. When playing the guitar, the tuning will fall out if it is more loose than usual.
Useful Tip: Whenever buying a new guitar always move the tuning pegs slowly or else you might break the strings and end up getting kicked out from the store.
5. ARE YOU COMFORTABLY REACHING THE ENTIRE FRETBOARD?
if the guitar sounds well and the action doesn't appear to be seriously out of whack. To check if any of the metal fret ends are protruding, run your finger over the neck's each sides.
You may probably locate another guitar or bass that doesn't already have that issue if you feel some strings that aren't level with the wood. This doesn't mean the instrument is bad or that the brand or model aren't good. If you're purchasing a new instrument, there's no need to bother with frets that aren't level with the wood because they can be corrected.
BUYING A NEW GUITAR VS. BUYING USED GUITAR
A young guitarist can upgrade to a professional-level guitar by purchasing a used one. Many professional guitarists use fifty to sixty year old vintage models from companies like Fender and Gibson. High-end guitars will age nicely if maintained.
However, producers frequently use wood that is softer and metal that is thinner (weaker) to create guitars that are more affordable by using materials that don't last as long. Thus, it might be best decision of buying a new guitar as your first instrument. However, if you're purchasing used, be extra cautious and attentive to all of the potential problems mentioned above. If you're still unsure, take a look at these additional factors:
ADVANTAGES OF BUYING A NEW GUITAR
If your kid or student is highly motivated and young enough to play a guitar, so you may invest in a new instrument from trusted manufacturers.
Warranty from Manufacturer
New look and feel
Gets all equipment
ADVANTAGES OF BUYING A USED GUITAR
Old School Feeling
ROCK THE WORLD WITH YOUR NEW GUITAR
Now the last thing you have to do is to not sit untouched your guitar as we have discussed these steps when buying a new guitar you should constantly learn and practice the instrument that will eventually help you understanding music better. At Bhardwaj Music School, we focus on teaching students not only to play and learn guitar but to fall in love with playing the guitar and there other instruments as well and develop concepts of music. We would prefer for your child to have everything set up from the moment they receive their instrument, including guitar lessons and bass lessons, a beginner, intermediate, or advanced winter day camp, and a performance to begin practicing for.