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3 Ways to Select the Right Guitar for You

May 9, 2008
There are many kinds of guitars in the world, and finding the one that suits your personality and the kind of music you like to play can be daunting. Nevertheless, as long as you're armed with the right kinds of tips in choosing one, especially if it is your first guitar, you will never go wrong.

Here are 3 best techniques in choosing the most appropriate guitar for you:

1. Complement the size of your guitar to your height. This is very important as you need to be able to reach the notes on the fretboard and strum the right string, whether you are sitting or standing up. A guitar that is extremely large could prove to be quite hard to manage, no matter what hand you are going to use. If the strings appear too far, you have to actually extend your arms more, which, in turn, can hurt your shoulders. You may also feel the pain in your fingers.

If you are a girl, it would be great if you can pick women's guitars. There are plenty of them now, and they all appear chic and yet truly high performing. They are also much smaller in size compared to full-size guitars.

2. Check out the tuning gears of your guitar. When you are going to play, you have to actually make some adjustments on your guitar so you can produce the right sound and the right pitch. You may able to do so by adjusting the tuning gears in your guitar.

This may prove to be quite difficult, though, if you settle for guitar with less-quality tuning posts. Most of them can still be able to create the right kind of sound, but they are extremely hard to manage.

3. Learn to compromise. Bear in mind that not all expensive guitars are of great quality, and not all cheap are the best. There are different factors that you need to consider in buying a guitar, but the bottom line is make sure that what you've chosen is affordable as well as of excellent quality. If the price appears to be low or too good to be true, then there must be something really wrong. It will also be helpful if you can test the guitar before you actually buy them. There are already a number of stores that may allow you to play it for a few minutes.
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