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5 Tips For Choosing The Right Electric Guitar

By: A. Wielder

5 Tips For Choosing The Right Electric Guitar

A. Wielder - Riff

Purchasing an electric guitar is very exciting and fun. The process can be made more
efficient by following several basic guidelines and using several tips provided
below. A. Wielder provides these tips and information as a courtesy of Riff Riff is an online guitarist community dedicated to providing beginner guitarists with
free tools, information and video training. We understand that getting started on the electric
guitar can be challenging. Riff provides resources and totally free access to guitar
videos and more. Visit the site today for a free membership.

Are you new to guitars and ready to make your first electric guitar purchase? Are you a
seasoned player who owns several guitars and you find yourself adding to your guitar
collection? No matter which category you find yourself in, getting the most from your
instrument purchase is very important. It is also important to understand the types of
electric guitars available.

The choices include:

1. Solid Body Electric Guitars

2. Hollow Body Electric Guitars

3. Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitars

4. Acoustic/Electric Guitars

5. Pedal Steel Guitars

6. Hawaiian Style Lap Guitars

Guitars, and particularly electric guitars are not created equal. There are many brands of
electric guitars to choose from. Making the right choice when purchasing a guitar will depend
on some basic factors, including:

1. Evaluate your particular situation.

2. Determine the specific application for using the guitar.

For example, if you are a beginner, there is little reason to consider investing several thousands
of dollars into a pro level guitar such as a custom Les Paul or a Paul Reed Smith. Another example
regarding a specific application would be if you are a traveling musician. Traveling guitarists
may want to consider a slightly less expensive guitar to take on the road while saving their finest
instrument for a studio environment. Regardless of your situation or the application, the bottom
line is there are several factors to consider. Understanding your position as a potential guitar
buyer will help you make the right decision and ensure that you make an informed purchase.

Here are 5 tips to help you in choosing the right electric guitar.

Tip 1. Evaluate your level of commitment to the instrument and the art of music.

Before you choose your electric guitar be sure you understand the level of commitment
that you are prepared to invest into the instrument. Electric guitars can be expensive and
understanding the level of dedication you plan to invest in the instrument should play a vital
role in choosing your guitar.

Tip 2. Identify your particular application for the instrument.

If you are a beginner and just learning to play the instrument, your application will
be quite different from an intermediate or advanced guitarist who is adding to their collection.
Determine your particular situation and application for the guitar you will purchase. Consider
whether or not you will be keeping the instrument at home or frequently traveling with it. For
example, if you plan to keep the instrument at home for recreational use, you may want to
consider including a less expensive case for the guitar. Road cases can be costly and will not
be necessary if you do not travel with the guitar.

Tip 3. Identify your budget and include patience regarding your guitar purchase.

Many aspiring guitarists have wandered into the local music store only to be overwhelmed by
the vast choices and different price ranges of guitars. As with any purchase, pre-planning and
understanding your budget is critical. Prices for electric guitars range from a few hundred dollars
to tens of thousands of dollars. If you are serious about playing the guitar, selecting your instrument
will be one of the most important decisions you make. Be sure to take ample time during this stage
of the process. Patience is more than a virtue when selecting your guitar.

Tip 4. Consult a professional to get tips on guitar quality and performance.

It is a good idea to take the time to visit several musical instrument dealers in your area. Retail
guitar shops will be more than happy to help you understand what to look for when buying an
electric guitar. Get several opinions if you are new to guitars. Most guitar outlets will have
seasoned players on staff who will be happy to impart their experience and wisdom. Ask questions.
Find out what you need to consider when selecting an electric guitar. Getting several opinions in
this area will shed light on the overall picture and be very beneficial information when it comes time
to buy.

Tip 5. Include additional items and training resources to help you get started playing the guitar.

Once you have made the right guitar purchase, be sure to have additional items on hand that will be
vital to the process of learning. You will need an extra set of guitar strings, some extra picks, a tuner
and a stand for your guitar. It is also very important to purchase some beginner books that include
chord charts, guitar tab and chord progression exercises. You can also find free guitar lesson videos
on the web at Riff Riff is an online guitarist community that provides free membership,
free guitar lesson videos, chord progression exercises, scale exercises, scale charts, basic key/chord
overviews and more. If you are a beginner guitarist and need free resources, training guides and
tools, Riff is available and can be your virtual classroom. Be sure to stop by today
and sign-up for a free membership.

Learning to play the electric guitar is fun and exciting. There are few things in life that will provide the
relaxation and feeling of accomplishment you can experience by becoming proficient with guitar
chords, guitar tabs and guitar chord progressions. Applying the knowledge you gain from the right
learning resources to your favorite style of music is very rewarding. Carefully select your electric guitar.
Use your practice time wisely by taking advantage of great guitar resources such as Riff Be
sure to practice to develop skill, musical knowledge and basic music theory concepts. Apply what you
learn on a daily basis and you will be amazed at the progress you will make with your new electric guitar.

About The Author

A. Wielder is a host and instructor at Riff He is a guitarist

and a guitar enthusiast. He is also a studio musician and producer.

He has produced several CD's and radio programs featuring his

original music.

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