Hey everyone! Donovan here with some tips for picking out a new electric guitar or bass. With the endless array of options out there, sometimes walking into the store can be really daunting, but here are a few things that will help you make an informed decision and get you rocking out in no time!
Tip #1: Find out what your favorite artists play. You know what sound you want. You’ve heard it on your favorite album a thousand times. There’s tons of info out there that’ll help you find out what gear your heroes have used or at least something close. Many of them even have signature models to help you get it exactly right.
Tip #2: Consider the aesthetics. It might seem shallow, but I don’t care if it’s the best sounding guitar I’ve ever played. If it’s got pink polka dots I’m not playing it. Nearly every type of guitar or bass has a wide variety of looks and finishes that will match your style. It’s not the most important thing, but if it’s a guitar that looks cool as well as sounds great, you’re more likely to play it, and that is what’s important.
Tip #3: Think about what you will be using it for. A mistake that a lot of people make is not getting the right instrument for their needs. If you’re just getting started, or are only jamming with friends every now and then, you probably don’t need to grab that awesome top of the line Fender Strat. Beginner guitars and basses from quality brands like Squier, Epiphone, Ibanez, and others are high value instruments that can take you pretty far.
On the other hand, somebody who’s going to be gigging on a regular basis might be doing themselves a disservice by playing an inferior instrument. If you’re looking for a guitar or bass that will be your main axe for years to come, you’re better off investing a bit more into your purchase. Trust me, it will pay off in time and you’ll have the instrument of your dreams!
Tip #4: The most important of all! ASK QUESTIONS. Call, email, or come on in to your local Music & Arts store and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about what guitar or bass would be right for you. We’ve also got fantastic teachers who can give you the lessons you need to become the rockstar you are meant to be!