Choosing an electric guitar can be a daunting prospect for many players. Given there’s such a huge range of brands, models and features, the options can seem endless. Consumers have never had such a glut of choices available when selecting an electric guitar.
This guide aims to assist new players or those thinking of beginning their musical adventure on the electric guitar.
Often the best starting point is to ascertain what genres of music you like and want to play on the electric guitar. Most guitarists will be inspired to play by having a favourite band or guitarist that they would like to emulate.
Setting a budget
Begin by choosing a budget. By setting a limitation on your spending, you are making sure that you can actually afford the guitar and you are excluding those guitars that would be above that budget. Electric guitars vary in price from very very cheap to eye-wateringly expensive.
Pick a brand/model
Now that you have a budget, hone in on what brands/models you like and don't be afraid to ask for advice from the staff. You can do a bit of research and get a rough idea of each model's features, so you have a rough idea for a starting point. Pick a couple of guitars in the model or brand you like and try them out or have the staff demo them for you if you are a complete beginner.
The guitar chooses you
When selling guitars or even buying them myself, I have mostly found that the guitar will choose the person. When a potential customer has a rough idea of what guitar they want, I will grab a couple of guitars that are within their budget and let them play. This way the customer gets a feel for each guitar and their different characteristics and sound. The guitar that is right for you will become apparent when playing or listening to it being played. This might seem strange, but we form a connection with our guitars and they become an extension of our musical creativity.
How I choose a guitar
On writing this blog, I have recently added to my own guitar collection, and I will now explain my own thought process in buying a guitar.
I really like the shape of Ibanez RG style guitars, so I started there. I wanted something that had a Floyd Rose tremolo and passive humbuckers with the ability to coil tap. When I attended NAMM 2018 at Anaheim, I visited the Ibanez stand and saw their brand new 2018 models. I tried out the Ibanez Iron Label RGIX6DLB and knew straight away that I had to have this guitar. It sounds just like I wanted, and it ticks all the boxes, it even looks stunning. Having set it up with my preferred string brand and set the action, it plays like a dream.
How to choose your guitar
Figure out roughly what you need from your electric guitar and just come down to our store. We will provide you with all the information you need and help you narrow down your choices. Even if you have never played, we will demonstrate the guitar for you and help you make your decision.