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How to Choose the Right Guitar?

Jun 11, 2008
Choosing the right guitar may be a problem for a large number of guitarists out there. Luckily there are some tips and tricks that can help you choose the one that will suit you the most.

If you are a total beginner in the world of guitar-mastery, I would strongly recommend that you take a look in the direction of acoustic guitars. Because of their narrow necks they are relatively easy to play. The drawback might be those sharp strings, but you can always change them for nylon strings - which is another thing I would really recommend to the beginners. Anyhow, your fingers will definitely tell you when you've had too much of guitar-playing for the day, at least at the very beginning. Nylon strings are going to be much easier on them, allowing you to play at least two to three hours a day, making it possible for you to become better relatively fast. And this is the most important part - you need to be able to see the progress you are making along the path, since this will boost your motivation and help you get even better. Without that kind of stimulation, a lot of guitarists come across a lack of motivation ...

Once you learn the basics, you might be ready to try other kinds of equipment. You might want to try the classical guitar if you like rich, soft sound and if you are a fan of sensual, slower music. When it comes to those, keep in mind that they are difficult to play from the 12th fret downwards - they are definitely not something you can practice your rock solos with. However, they turn out to be a great instrument for all the finger-pickers out there and they do have that unique, almost Spanish sound, which makes every note seem just a bit more romantic.

If you prefer rock music and faster tunes, you should take a look towards the electric guitars. First you need a good amplifier, but don't get distracted by those huge numbers about the power. You really don't need anything more than 20 watts at home, trust me on this one. Don't buy some cheap 100 watt piece of equipment, you will be much better off with a quality 20 watt amplifier.

When it comes to the guitar itself, I would recommend that you get yourself one of the Stratocaster guitars - they are really easy to play, they have great necks and usually quite solid magnets. One more thing: go to the store and try out many types of electric guitars ... The acoustic ones are quite similar to each other, but the electric guitars are a completely different story. Try at least 10 guitars before you make a decision. It should take you more than an hour, but coming home with a guitar that you are going to use with pleasure makes up for that, believe me.

You need to buy a capodaster as well, it is a great piece of equipment and once you get used to it, you can't really do without any more. Just put it on the 2nd fret and - voila - your guitar is tuned two semitones higher. And that makes it a lot easier for you to sing along, you really shoud try that. Capodasters can be used with any kind of guitar, so they really are a good investment.

This short article should help you make an informed decision ... and once you become a great guitarist, I hope you'll help someone else to make their informed decision about guitar equipment. Have fun!
About the Author
Anze Sustar is a guitar enthusiast and has been playing a guitar for almost 10 years. Lately he is using the YourChords.com website, where he finds all guitar chords and tabs that he needs.
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