A guide to buying an electric guitar

Electric guitars in Bishops Stortford Hertfordshire

The number one rule when buying electric guitars is “never buy blind!” Go into the shop and try it out, once you have read this you will understand why.

It is fun walking into your local music shop and trying out every acoustic guitar they have to offer and to be honest that is the best thing to do. It can take multiple trips to find the right guitar for you but sometimes you just know.

Firstly…

When it comes to buying electric guitars its best to first look at the body you would like as this can play a huge role, although it may not make much difference to the sound you should try a few out. This is so you can get the right feel and so you have one you like the look of. You have your standard Stratocaster, Telecaster, SG and Les Paul designs. You can get more but these seem to be the most common. The body also usually correlates to the type of music you will be playing but then again some people go for what their favourite musician has. Although with today’s music scene and the indie vibe it is harder to say what guitar is used for what genre.

Standard SG body

Standard SG body

Les Paul shape

Les Paul shape

Telecaster Shape

Telecaster Shape

Stratocaster Shape

Stratocaster Shape

Encore E2 Telecaster style electric guitar

Brilliant first electric guitar

 

 

 

 

 

For pop, you would usually see a Strat or Tele. For rock, they are usually rocking a Les Paul or SG. SG’s are quite often used for the metal as well.
You can get more shapes but these are the basics especially when people look at buying their first electric. Any of the above sound great, it’s all just about personal choice. Just be careful as some can be very heavy.

Secondly…

Think about the pickups and what sound you would like. With an electric the pickups could be seen as the heart to the guitar, it won’t work without them. Here is a brief overview on pickups; single coil, double coil, and

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humbucker appear to be clear favourites. It all depends on what sounds you would like to create as you can flick between where the sound is picked up. The pickups can completely change the sound of the guitar, the moreexperienced players can (will) be very specific about which pickups they go for. The different pickups can make the sound clean, dirty, add harmonies, crunchy and more. This is why when choosing you shouldhave the sound you want already sorted. Remember you can get pedals and amps to adjust the sound. If you know what you want it can make your life a little simpler.

Finally…

Once you have played a few that have different pickups you will now know what tone you are going for, this will have narrowed down your choices. When going through the last few it is important to focus on the pure sound it’s producing. Think about how it will help you play what you want without having to make any changes.

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You will know if the guitar is the right one for you, especially after looking at the main aspects of them.

Final Bits…

The colour is all personal,  with that, you can literally go for the one you think looks the best.

A little tip Always buy the guitar you try to buy, even if it has been on the shop wall, no two guitars are identical. Although I have said always there is one exception to this, if you’re buying a very cheap guitar that is probably classed more as a toy or very first instrument they will be safe to get a brand new boxed one.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 01279 465155 / sales@derosamusic.co.uk  Otherwise, pop in to De Rosa Music, West Wing, The Water House, Water Lane, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 2JZ.

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