Looking to buy your first guitar or an upgrade? This guide will give you some solid tips for purchasing the most valuable guitars for the lowest prices possible.
Buy Guitars Online
If you want to save up to sometimes 75% or more off MSRP price, you should buy your guitar online. There are a wealth of online music stores to choose from. You may want to consider going to your local music store, finding the guitar you want, then buying it from your computer.
What's definite is that you'll almost always find the same guitar cheaper online than in your local music store.
Avoid Buying Unknown Name Brand Guitars
Both online and believe-it-or-not in your local music stores, retailers will try to pull a fast one on you. You'll see no-name brand guitars with prices jacked up to the same price or even past better guitars. Obviously, this is so the music stores will make more money. Buy low, sell high, right?
Personally, I trust only Fender, Gibson, Ibanez, Dean, Jasmine, Epiphone, Squire, Taylor, Norman, Martin, B.C. Rich, and Jackson guitars. There are other big brands that are probably being left out in this article, but if you don't have a clue about buying a guitar, consider choosing from those top names only.
Guitars are Crafted for Different Styles of Music
It can be tough deciphering which guitar is made for what type of music, because the same top brands normally craft all kinds of guitars for all styles. If you've never bought a guitar before, you'll want to call up an online music store's 1-800 number (or your local music store's) and inquire about guitar models related to your favorite music, then buy the guitar online.
You can often get good advice about purchasing a guitar from guitar website owners and articles, so that's another source. Search for the Contact link to contact a website owner. Most would be more than happy to talk to you about what guitar will fit you best and in your price range, and they'd be willing to e-mail you links to guitars suited for you.
However, here's a little insight. Fender has the Stratocaster for Rock and Classic Rock, the Gibson Les Paul and Les Paul Epiphone are versatile for many types of Rock and Blues, Ibanez RG Series guitars are great for Metal, and Martin makes a heck of an acoustic guitar.
Generally speaking, for Jazz, Blues, or Rockabilly try to buy a hollow body guitar. For Rock-and-Roll you can get away with buying a solid body electric with only one pickup or 3 single coil pickups. For heavier styles like New Rock, Alternative, Metal, and Punk, you'll want two double-humbucker pickups for a screaming crunch.
Conclusion to the Ultimate Guitar Buying Guide
Good luck with buying your first guitar. Just remember, buy online and save up to 75%+ off MSRP price, avoid no-name brands to get the best value, and buy the guitar that suits your favorite style of music.
Jason Parker is a guitar blogger at ATOMIC Guitaristthe fender stratocaster handbook pdf