Saturday, November 20, 2010

What to look for in an electric guitar part 1

So when I bought my first electric guitar, I didn't really know what to look for so here are some tips to help someone who is looking. If you are looking for a guitar that is less expensive than all of the guitars that cost thousands of dollars, first start trying out all of the expensive guitars. Now I understand that you probably do not know how to play guitar very well, but it is good to at least learn a few chords or how to play a few songs before you buy a guitar so you are able to test them. Now once you start picking up the very expensive guitars, always plug into the same amp so the guitars are the only variable. Notice how heavy the guitar is, the workmanship in the quality of the neck, the fretboard, the finish, what it has to offer in terms of electronics, etc. Some main components that are going to have an effect on the sound are the pickups, the bridge, and the woods that make up the guitar.  If you are not familiar with some of these terms, click here to get a better idea. Single coil pickups have a thinner sound and tend to give out a little bit of "buzz". Humbuckers cancel the buzz and have a thicker sound. P-90 pickups buzz a little and have a unique sound. These are the three main types of pickups but there are many out there. A popular guitar with singe coils is the Fender Stratocaster. A popular guitar with humbuckers is the Gibson Les Paul. These two guitars sound very different and besides the pickups, this is caused by the different bridge and woods. These components though, will have to wait until next time. To be continued...
Happy Listening

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