How to Buy Your First Guitar

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When you decide to learn to play the guitar, you need to start by getting one. You might be surprised by the technical jargon and mysterious specifications that are difficult to comprehend. Thus, it may be a challenging task for a beginner to get the right guitar. The following are tips to help you choose the right guitar.

Type of Guitar

guitarMany people are not sure whether to get an electric or acoustic guitar. An acoustic guitar uses acoustic means to transfer vibration energy to produce sound. In this case, the string vibration passes to the body of the guitar. Also, the empty space is designed to amplify the sound. An electric guitar converts the vibration of the string into an electrical impulse. It then sends the signal to the amplifier where the strength of the signal gets amplified. You should note that there are several types of electric and acoustic guitars available on the market.

When determining whether to choose an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar, you need to know the pros and cons of each. You should note that electric guitars are ideal for beginners as they are easier to play.

Budget

You need to determine the amount of money to spend on your guitar. Since you are buying the first guitar, it is advisable to spend a reasonable amount of money. Like any other item on the market, the more you spend the better quality you get.

Where to Buy

Nowadays, it is easier to purchase a guitar online because of lower prices. However, the problem with online shopping is that you might not get an expert to help you. Remember that there is a need to test the guitar and discuss your needs. The truth is that it is more fun to purchase a guitar at a local store.

New or Used

If you are a beginner, you should stay away from used guitars. That is because you might not know what to look for on a used guitar. It requires a lot of knowledge and experience to determine whether the guitar is good or not.

Accessories

There are many guitar accessories out there that you might not be sure of the ones you need. Make sure you get only important accessories, such as an electric tuner, guitar stand, gig bag, and capo. It is advisable to avoid all-in-one guitar sets as most of them are of low quality. Only go for decent quality accessories.

Parts Of An Electric Guitar

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There are certain characteristics in all guitars, which make them guitars and not violins or any other musical instrument. Some of the main parts of an electric guitar have been discussed below, to help you get a better understanding about this musical instruments.

Main parts of an electric guitar

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The guitar body is the part, which provides an anchor for the bridge and neck and holds playing surface. For an electric guitar, the housing also doubles up as the housing for the electronics and the bridge assembly. There are three basic types of bodies. The first category, which is the most common, is the solid wood body. The second category is the hollow body, meant for low volume performances. Semi-hollow bodies are similar to the hollow, but with a piece of solid wood in the middle.

Pickups

Pickups are the components of the electric guitar that get the vibration from the strings and converts them into an audio signal, which can then be magnified by the amplifier. The electric guitar pickups are usually electromagnetic. They consist of magnets and wire coils at the core. The magnetic field in the pickup is altered by the vibration of the strings above them, creating an electrical signal that is sent to the amplifier.

Fretboard/fingerboard

This refers to the neck area that lies directly underneath the strings. It is usually marked and shaped to allow a player to depress the strings at certain points and achieve the desired notes. It usually has raised bits of wires running across it, known as frets. The frets enable shortening of the strings by pressing them down. The materials used for the fingerboards are countless, but the most common ones are maple and rosewood.

guitar head stock Headstock

The headstock is located at the edge of the neck. It is where all the strings of the guitar end, and holds the tuning heads/tuners/machine heads, to which the string is wound. The tuners will tighten or loosen the string tension, resulting in a change of pitch.

Bridge

The bridge is the part that supports the strings over the body of the guitar. It is the component, which transfers the string’s vibrations to the guitar body. The bridge height is usually adjustable, changing the distance between the fingerboard and the strings is known as playing action.