Step 8: A Few More Things to Think About

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A few more things you may want to consider are the look of the guitar, the pickups, if it is a hollow or solid body, the price, and the reputation of the manufacturer. Also, if you feel like I have missed any important points say what they are in the comments below and I will add it to this guide. 
jeff.dumas.94 months ago

One very, very, very, very, very important thing to pay attention to when buying your guitar is how the neck feels in your hands. Consider YOUR hands. Hands come in different shapes and sizes. Think fingers vs. thin, more flexible vs less flexible joints, long vs. short. This matters a lot. I seldom see this brought up in "buying your first guitar" articles. Go into the guitar store and when you are playing guitars, play a first position F and C chord and some bar chords. Can you make these chords sound clear and clean? It matters. The best, most expensive guitar on the wall won't make you happy if you find down the road that you got one that isn't right for YOU. Most guitars from any major guitar maker these days can be set up to play decently, what you can't change is the size of the guitar and the size of the neck. String guages make a big difference too, not only in how the guitar feels and plays, but, also in how it sounds. Learn a little about the differences in strings.

hannahbs3 years ago
Hey I have a problem with finding a certain guitar. You see, I have been playing for 5-6 years and I have 3 guitars looking to buy a 4th, an electric one. my 3 previous guitars have been a Gibson (melody maker Joan Jet), a Taylor steel string guitar and a Fender Strat, I like the fender sound and I want another one, but I need one which is smaller than the original size. My Taylor guitar has a length that is 7/8 of the regular size, and its the best one I have ever played on. I am looking for the same size in an electric guitar, but I can only find kids models which are not in very good quality. You seem like you know a great deal about guitars so I thought I would give it a shot and ask :)
fredellarby4 years ago
Another vote for comparing as much as possible.
I've been playing for over 45 years so I pretty much know what I want. I went out looking to buy a Taylor or Guild based on reputation. When I started looking the Guild went off the table. I tried a Tanglewood at about half the price of the Taylor and after trying them both, then having the salesman play them for me across the room so I could hear them better, I got the Tanglewood and saved nearly $1000.
mdog934 years ago
I would argue never to play one guitar, and decide that's the one you wnat. Never, always COMPARE. I got an electro/acoustic guitar for christmas just gone and I went to some shops with my dad. We didn't have a massive budget but we wanted a reasonable guitar. Sound quality was the most important thing.

Anyway I played two yamahas (not the best guitars, but i was surprised at how they sounded) and there wasn't much between them but the more expensive model sounded slightly nicer.

Then I decided to compare it to something more expensive, a tanglewood model, and it was sooo much nicer and before i tried that i would have been happy with one of the yamahas, and yes it was about £60 more. But hell was there a difference.

One more thing, maybe more so for acoustics and electro/acoustic guitars than electrics but it still applies- the best sounding guitars are not necessarily the most expensive. You can find great, really good sounding guitars for very little money these days. Sometimes even better than more expensive ones. But the only way is to play them and find out.
Does anyone else agree with any of those points?
make sure the neck is straight