Choosing one Electric Guitar is basically a tough job when you are having plenty of brands and models to choose from. That’s why we have compiled a list of Top 10 Best Electric Guitars 2017. Therefore you’ll be able to have a look at the best and select the one which suits your budget and needs. It is really a personal decision when it comes to selecting an electric guitar. To be honest there is not truly any Best Electric Guitar which I can recommend you.
Best Electric Guitars 2017
|Guitar Name||Weight||Body Material|
|Fender American Standard Stratocaster(Editor's Choice)||8 Pounds||Alder|
|Gibson 2017 Les Paul Studio T||22 Pounds||Mahogany|
|Fender Standard Telecaster||12 Pounds||Alder|
|PRS SE Custom 24||7 pounds||Mahogany|
|Epiphone Les Paul Special II (Editor's Choice)||10 Pounds||Mahogany|
|Gibson 2017 SG Faded T||8 Pounds||Mahogany|
|ESP LTD EC-1000 Deluxe||9.6 Pounds||Mahogany|
|Gretsch G6122T Country Gentleman||21.2 Pounds||Laminated Maple|
|G&L Tribute ASAT Classic||12 Pounds||Swamp Ash|
|Yamaha Pacifica Series PAC112V||8 Pounds||Alder|
01. FENDER AMERICAN STANDARD STRATOCASTER – Best Electric Guitar to buy in 2017
Fender Fender Fender, every ones dream electric guitar. The one you see all of the rock stars playing. The one you see Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Nile Rodgers play. An absolute weapon of a guitar. Fender has been making Stratocasters since the 1950’s, and that is a lot of time spent crafting one guitar. Here at ‘Best Electric Guitars 2017’ it’s in our top 3 favorites.
The new 2017 Stratocaster comes in an abundance of finishes: Sienna Sunburst, 3-Tone Sunburst, Black, Olympic White, and every color under the sun. A polyurethane finish and a thinner undercoat mean that the wood and the body can flex and breathe with no constraints.
Under the bonnet of this brand, new Fender is three ‘Custom Shop Fat 50’s’ pickups. Now this is the real business end of the guitar, allowing you to seamlessly drift between genres and styles of music in a few twists and shakes. Alnico V magnetic pole pieces, Formvar magnetic wire and period cloth wiring delivers the Stratocaster sound that is timeless.
The design of the body is recognizable from miles away, Ash and Alder tone woods are the choices to create the body of the beast, but the neck is a different story…
Each neck of an American Stratocaster is handcrafted and finished to absolute perfection. With a choice of either rosewood or maple fretboards combined with the hand rolled edges of the fretboard, it allows for supreme maneuverability and comfort.
The high mass bridge block and bent-steel saddles all coincide to outrageous sustain and resonance and perfect intonation.
In total, there are more than 100 steps taken to craft such a wonderful instrument. The undeniable love and attention each one of these American Stratocasters has received is second to none. No doubt its the best electric guitar for 2017. The love and warmth it gives off is skin tingling. They are a life investment and something that will hold your stories and voice them for you.
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02. GIBSON 2017 LES PAUL STUDIO T – Best for Hard Rock
Gibson is a company that needs no introduction, much like their iconic Les Paul. The brand new 2017 Studio T is a giant slayer, a God among electric guitars.Gibson offers a wide range of high-quality finishes: Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Honey Burst, Bourbon Burst… the list keeps going. This is the best electric guitar that Gibson produces. Personally had a tour around the Gibson factory in Memphis, and I can vouch for the love and expertise that go into every guitar and it is no surprise that Best Electric Guitars 2017 strongly recommend that you consider this beautiful range of guitars.
Gibson offers a wide range of high-quality finishes: Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Honey Burst, Bourbon Burst… the list keeps going. Personally had a tour around the Gibson factory in Memphis, and I can vouch for the love and expertise that go into every guitar and it is no surprise that Best Electric Guitars 2017 strongly recommend that you consider this beautiful range of guitars.
The 490R and 498T humbucker pickups coupled with the smooth 22 fret rosewood fingerboard, gives you superb playability and sustain. The new Studio T is built with a new Ultra-Modern weight relief mahogany body, and A-grade handpicked plain maple top, giving you that quality feeling and build that Gibson are renowned for.
The slim taper neck is very comfortable under the hand and fret edges are rolled on all Gibson 2017 models to give it that “played in” feeling straight out of the box. Usually, this is something normally found only on custom shop models. The fret board is highly polished with acrylic trapezoid inlays, mounted on a wonderful mahogany neck and topped off with a Tektoid nut.
The Fender ‘Telecaster’ has been the go to guitar for many guitar players over the years, and still is today. You just need to look at players like Bruce Springsteen, Mike Stern, Jim Root, Keith Richards, to know that this is a serious bit of kit.
The Telecaster for 2017 has been reenvisioned with some subtle changes like a comfy new body contour and the wonderful Fender custom shop Twisted Tele (neck) and Broadcaster (bridge) pickups. This thing is a dream to play and sounds just incredible.
Let’s talk paint work. The Tele comes in some exotic colors, namely Butterscotch Blonde and Mystic Sea foam. Also available in classic Fender colors, 2 tone Sunburst, 3 tone Sunburst, Black, Olympic White, Natural. All of those colors are topped off with a coat of gloss polyurethane to protect the paint work. Just to let you know, “Best Electric Guitars 2017” think that they all look stunning…
So, that leads us nicely on to the body. It’s that classic Telecaster that we all know and love. Beautiful Ash tonewood is the choice for the American Tele, and boy does that help that tone shine through. The single cutaway really helps you to get to higher registers of the neck.
Talking of the neck… 22-fret maple fretboard with black dot inlays and is shaped to a new modern “Deep C” profile. The back has been coated with a satin urethane finish for fast and smooth playing.
Okay, it’s time for a pick me up. The two Fender Custom Shop (Twisted Tele (neck) and Broadcaster (bridge)) are a force to be reckoned with, delivering that trademark twangy bright tone we love to hear. Coupled with ultimate tone control, the Telecaster has a master volume control with Treble-Bleed circuitry, designed to let guitars sound jump in to life. It also comes with a 3 tone pickup selector to really tune in to your preferred sound.
The bridge is a 3 saddle ‘strings through the body with a removable ashtray style bridge cover, it comes in either a nickel or chrome finish.
The headstock is your classic Tele style, what a beauty.
04. PRS SE CUSTOM 24 – A Premium Guitar with Killing Look
PRS or ‘Paul Reed Smith’. This is one for the guitar heads! This company has been making some of the most desirable guitars on the market since 1985. They are simply mind blowing. If you get the chance to hold one of these masterpieces, just know that you are handling something sent from above…
Here are just a few names to get your juices flowing; Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro, Mark Tremonti, Bernie Marsden, Alex Lifeson, the list is endless. Superb players looking for superb quality.
The 2017 ‘PRS SE Custom 24’ is an absolute god send. It is just stunning to look at, honestly, you will have to close your mouth when looking at it. Quality wood, patented bridge and in house tuners. The SE edition brings you all of this to the most affordable end of the PRS spectrum.
Right, that’s enough gushing and blushing, let’s get down to business. So, why does it look so good? The top wood of choice is Maple with Maple veneer, with beautiful Mahogany around the back. In terms of finish and paint, PRS have kept it simple (that’s how we like it here at ‘Best Electric Guitars 2017’) and have given us a choice of 4 premium finishes, and they are as follows: Scarlet Red, Tobacco Sunburst, Thampas Green (my personal favourite) and finally Whale Blue. All come with a gloss finish.
All this is painted onto a high quality double cutaway Maple body and Maple top, and boy does it look outrageous! You will be staring at this thing all day and all night.
Living inside the body of this animal lays the heart of the operation. Two PRS designed 85/15 “S” pickups, which sound earth shattering. It sounds like a blend between a Les Paul and a Fender Strat, so people should be rushing out of their doors to buy one of these. Honestly, the soundscapes you can create, the genres you can traverse in just a few simple adjustments. Which takes me nicely to the tone control… It’s nice and simple, Volume and Push-Pull tone control with a 3 way switch blade. Boom, it’s as simple as that.
Okay folks, it’s time for the nuts and the bolts. The hardware… let’s start with the bridge. The PRS SE Custom 24 comes with PRS’s patented Tremolo with a Floyd Rose with locking nut design. ‘Best Electric Guitars 2017’ have rated this their favorite bridge so far, it is a real joy to use. Tuner wise you get the standard PRS SE Tuners which feel just lovely between the fingers. The real quality hard wearing material gives you the confidence when tuning your guitar, which just speaks volumes about PRS.
Let’s talk about the fretboard and the neck. The wood of choice for the neck carries straight on from the body using that beautiful Maple (which feels sublime, obviously). On top of that they have chosen Rosewood for the fretboard, which along with being just so much fun to play on, it compliments the small range of colors available for the range. Some people may grumble that a Maple fretboard is not available, but when they pick up the PRS for the first time, all will be forgotten. It’s the slickest neck, offering great speed and playability. The fretboard inlays designed by PRS are world renowned and instantly recognizable, beautifully crafted birds made of pearl. It brings a tear to my eye just thinking about the damn thing!
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05. EPIPHONE LES PAUL SPECIAL II – Best Budget Electric Guitar (Under 200 Bucks)
Epiphone! Gibson’s little brother, but not little in any other way. This is a choice instrument for all guitar players, just ask Tony Lommi (Black Sabbath), Jeff Baxter (Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan), Phill Campbell (Motorhead), Alan Gorrie (Average White Band), Matt Heafy (Trivium) to name but a few…
Epiphone has always been leagues ahead of most guitar manufacturers when it comes to pricing. They provide near perfect renditions of Gibson’s higher range of guitars, whilst keeping the cost down to a minimum. Because of this, lots of budding and beginner guitar players favor these gorgeous guitars, which also give them a taste of Gibson’s higher end instruments.
We at ‘Best Electric Guitars 2017’ really encourage people to pick up a guitar and start learning, and we highly recommend these stunning examples.
The ‘Epiphone Les Paul Special 2’ body is made entirely from Mahogany, the neck is a bolted-on “1960’s” slim taper, also made from Mahogany. It features a Rosewood fretboard with classic dot inlays.
The pickups are just to die for too! Two open-coil Epiphone 700T and 650R Humbucker pickups, providing that distinguished tone of the Les Paul, it really is an astonishing sound. It comes equipped (as standard) with 500k potentiometers for the master volume and tone controls plus the rugged 3 way pickup selector toggle switch. The ‘Special’ also comes with the locking Tune-o-Matic bridge and stop bar providing a fair amount of sustain. This hardware comes in a beautiful Nickel finish.
So, let’s talk about the looks (and my god is it a head turner). You will not be disappointed with the choice of colors either! Ebony, White, Heritage cherry Sunburst, Vintage Sunburst, Wine Red etc. You cannot get away from the striking and classic shape of the body and headstock, it truly is a gorgeous guitar, a true, true classic.
Now we come to the warranty… It is covered by Epiphone’s famous lifetime warranty. THAT’S RIGHT! A LIFETIME! It is a true workhorse this guitar, and will never let you down. But just so you feel safe, you are covered with 24/7 365 days a year Gibson customer service and support and covers the instrument against defects in the materials or workmanship. Outstanding.
If you are thinking about starting guitar, or you are a seasoned professional, you must consider this absolute gem.
Let’s get down to business… the price. The ‘Epiphone Les Paul Special 2’ hovers around the £145 mark. Just an incredible price, so much value, they are practically giving it away!
06. GIBSON 2017 SG FADED T – Best for Small Hands
We keep coming back to Gibson time and time again, and with good reason. After 5 decades of being in production, the legendary Gibson SG has come back with a vengeance, and is hitting harder than ever. It stands meaner than ever with its trademark horns spewing out its well rounded sound. Massive artists come to mind when we at ‘Best Electric Guitars 2017’ think of the SG, here are some of our favourites: Eric Clapton (Cream), Pete Townsend (The Who), Tony Lommi (Black Sabbath) and of course the Iconic Angus Young (ACDC). All of these players favour this wonderful guitar for some very good reasons.
The legendary design of the body is hand carved from Mahogany wood, with its instantly recognizable double cutaway profile. The body is slim and very light, so playing this thing is not a chore, no shoulder or back aches, just pure enjoyment when it comes to slinging this ax over your shoulder. The Mahogany wood supplies you with lots of mid to low end tones and tremendous sustain, allowing you to push this guitar to its limit. The paint finish on this animal has purposely been faded to give it that decade old, well traveled, work horse look. The SG’s are renowned for being tough cookies, taking dinks and scratches in its stride, giving it character and stories to tell.
Right, the neck. Let talk about that glorious Maple, slim tapered neck. God, it’s good. Due to its slim tapered neck, it’s a dream to get around the 22 polished frets. Honestly, the playability is like no other, no wonder it’s such a popular choice amongst the best players in the world.
The brains of the operation sit uncovered right in the center of the body. The two heavy weights… one 490R and its evil twin the 490T. Giving you that legendary sound of medium to high output pickups. Perfect for high gain or low gain amps, giving you a perfect Blues or Metal platform for you to take it for a spin on. As I mentioned earlier, they purposely leave the pickup guard off, to give it that worn mean look, perfect.
The Tune-O-Matic bridge and aluminum stop bar are all nickel plated. Vintage looking keystone tuning pegs and black volume, tone and toggle switch. There are actually two volume controls and two tone controls, giving you superior control over your sound and letting you create that perfect soundscape. Classic Gibson.
I have mentioned before about just how well Gibson make their guitars. Having been to the Gibson factory I have seen first hand just how many man hours and love go into making these stunning guitars. The different stages, attention to detail and no-nonsense approach really bowl you over. You are making a great choice in buying one of these, trust me.
07. ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 – One of the Best Guitars for Metal (Under 500 Bucks)
Tokyo giants ESP have been trading and manufacturing guitars since 1975, when one Hisatake Shibuya opened up his first shop “Electronic Sound Products” (ESP), and it has been growing ever since. Now with subsidiaries ‘LTD’ amongst other names, this guitar company is now one of the biggest in the world.
Their roster consists of huge names, such as; James Hetfield (Metallica), Ben Weinman (Dellinger Escape Plan), Tom Araya (Slayer), Willie Alder (Lamb of God), Mitch Harris (Napalm Death), Michael Paget (Bullet For My Valentine) and many many more.
These artists have been drawn to ESP because of that distinct heavy sound, and with the EC-1000 you’ll be getting a dose of it too. In short, it’s an absolute monster!
Although suited for ‘heavy metal’, the EC-1000 is surprisingly lightweight, weighing less than a Les Paul it is more comparable to an SG. Giving you more room to maneuver and get your head bang on.
So, what are these animals created from? The forges of hell? No no no, something much timider. The body is wonderfully crafted from Mahogany, with a quilted Maple top and including a wonderful cutaway sitting underneath. Our personal favorite at “Best Electric Guitars 2017” is the “Vintage Black” finish. God it just looks incredible, but more on that later.
Going up from the body we reach the neck, 3 piece Mahogany. My my my, it is a dream to get around on, with its U thin neck contour it provides incredible playability and has clearly been made for the players. Incredible. There are many reasons why artists flock to ESP, and one of them is ease of playing. The fretboard is topped with either Ebony or Rosewood depending on what finish you decide to choose.
The voice box of the EC-1000 is (very) loud and proud. Now you come to a fork in the road… you have two choices, a set of EMG 81/60 pickups or the Seymour Duncan JB/59’s. Both will blow you away, with full body bass, which is wonderfully smooth and not at all muddy and perfect high end response cutting through with amazing clarity. Both sets of pickups also provide top quality clean tones, for the calmer moments in your set! All of this power is harnessed by two volume knobs, one tone control, and a toggle switch, giving you plenty of reins to control the beast.
Hardware wise, you get lots of bang for your buck. You get TonePros locking Tune-o-Matic bridge, ESP locking tuners and some mean black hardware (Gold on black and vintage black, and chrome on the Amber sunburst option). Everything on this guitar is built to last, built to take a beating, and built to sound meaty and mighty.
ACHTUNG! Gretsch has finally arrived, with its German heritage and that German precision engineering. Gretsch is a company with so much heritage and a wonderful history, stories of old, and a platform for early artists like Chuck Berry to stand on and show off these classic guitars. They have come a long way since 1833 when Friedrich Gretsch came to America and set up shop selling Banjos, tambourines, and drums. Ever since late 2002, Fender have taken over most of the marketing and production, whilst the Gretsch family still own “Gretsch Guitars”, so all is not lost.
Here are some choice artists that have used Gretsch Guitars; Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Lou Reed, Pete Townshend.
The Gretsch Country Gentleman looks and feels every bit like a classic Gretsch, and it doesn’t surprise us at Best Electric Guitars 2017 that this is one of the most popular guitars they produce.
So let’s get down to the nitty gritty! The body, it’s hard to think of anything else other than a classic car when you look at it, it really does stand out like a classic Cadillac. The Gentleman has a hollow body made from laminated Maple with the body top made from a laminated 3-ply Maple with simulated F holes. Now unlike back in the day, the trademark Gretsch F holes have been painted on to the body so when you have it turned up to 11, there will be no feedback issues.
The neck, dripping in Maple wood, U shape profile, and wonderful inlays make you reminisce of those early rock years. It has such a nice feel, with an ebony fretboard and 22 frets, it’s plain sailing.
It’s the sound as well as the looks that have been giving Gretsch such a weighted name in the music industry, and the Countryman delivers on both of those aspects. The driving force behind the Country Gentleman is two classic sounding pickups. Let me introduce you to the “TV Jones Filter’Tron humbucker”… Designed to sound exactly as they did in the 50’s and 60’s, they deliver open dancing high end clarity with a rough dirty blues low end. Perfect for your country and blues gigs. All of this sonic juice is controlled by 3 volume controls and a 3-way tone selector switch for supreme tone control so you can really dial in your preferred sound.
Now the hardware on this puppy not only looks the part, but is integral to the guitars sound, and looks. Let’s start with the famous “Bigsby Tailpiece”, the moment you lock eyes with it lures you in. It’s so distinctive and recognizable in a world of bland bodies and drab paintwork. It gives you the precision and subtlety to give you smooth bends and is a dream to use, it’s like working with an old friend. The bridge is an Ebony based rocking bar which is attached to the Bigsby Tailpiece, working in perfect harmony.
So the paint job, what colors can you get?! They are as follows: Walnut Stain and Snowcrest White. Both looks classic and stylish.
Leo Fender, considered to be the godfather of guitars, made the company G&L with his business partner and friend George Fullerton after things went south with Music Man in the 70’s. These guitars by G&L feel like old friends, familiar and warm. Leo claimed that the G&L Guitars were some of the best he had ever made, now that is a seal of approval.
Artists who use G&L Guitars are the following; Kevin Brandon (Aretha Franklin/James Brown) Blake Canaris (Andrew WK) Jonathan Cain (Journey) Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) George Pajon Jr. (Black eyed peas) Doug Pettibone (John Mayer) Matt Wachter (30 seconds to mars) the list is endless.
The body of the ASAT (as I mentioned earlier) you’ll recognize instantly. It is VERY similar to the Fender Telecaster, another one of Leo’s wonderful creations. There are two types of wood the body is made from depending on what finish you choose. Gorgeous swamp Ash on translucent and burst finishes or Basswood on solid finishes. Lot’s of guitar enthusiasts will say that only Ash or Alder will only cut it, but the Basswood resonates so nicely and is definitely worth its weight.
Let’s put the neck on the line… Maple wood is the choice with a lovely satin finish for supreme maneuverability. 22 frets with a medium C profile makes for comfortable and expressive playing, making this the best bolt on ax in its class.
G&L are very proud of their pickups, the single-coil Magnetic Field Design bridge pickup was developed and created by Leo Fender himself. It delivers an awesome attack with perfect clarity in both the low and high end registers. It really is something to be reckoned with. Many people say that the G&L Tribute ASAT is warmer and fuller than of higher end instruments.
Hardware on this machine could be mistaken for the Telecaster we all know and love, and the differences (for me at least are negligible). We have a classic and traditional looking boxed-steel bridge with individual brass saddles, and a lovely 3-position pickup selector and your volume and tone controls.
There are a few things to mention about this guitar. The market considers these wonderful guitars to be at the same level as Fender, and beyond. You can feel more love and effort have been put into these guitars, without a doubt. They are wonderful, and for the price, they are giving them away. So when you are looking to purchase your next guitar, do yourself a favor, and knock on G&L’s door, and let them make you a cup of tea.
10. YAMAHA PACIFICA SERIES PAC112V – Best Electric Guitar for Beginners
Yamaha has many tricks up their sleeve, and they are one of the biggest companies in the world for all sorts of products and services. One of their stings on their bow are guitars and that’s what we are all here for. They have been manufacturing guitars since the 60’s, and have a long standing track record to this day for quality and fantastic entry level guitars. So if you are new on the scene, stay with us and I’m sure you’ll have a Pacifica winging its way to you by the end of this article.
The Pacifica PAC112V is a superb choice for our first time players, it is comparable to the heavyweight Fender Strat. The body of the Yamaha is made from solid Alder giving it a full bodied sound that is just range topping at this level. The Alder really shines through if you go for the natural finish, and looks just beautiful. Two long aggressive horns shoot out from the body, making it look sharper and more stylish than the Fender Strat, mounted on the body sits a quality 3 ply scratch plate.
Neck wise Yamaha have provided a beautiful Maple neck with a thin satin finish, giving it that well oiled feel making it easier to travel on the neck. The sides of the neck are slightly curved which sets this apart from other guitars in the price range which are normally straight cut. These little things really set the Yamaha up for being best in class. Topping the neck off is a lovely Rosewood fingerboard.
The pickups in the Pacifica have been well thought out. The standard layout in the Yamaha is as follows: Humbucker, single coil, single coil. Now, you can change that Humbucker back to a single coil in one switch of a button, giving you an amazing variation of tone and ease of switching between the two. The Pacifica gives you a wide range of sound, from clean tones to more rocky vibes. Everything you’ll need to start your journey on the guitar. The amount of control you get with the 5-position toggle switch, master volume, and master tone knobs is astonishing. Again, leaps ahead of other companies in this range of the guitar.
Hardware is slightly sparse, as is the case with most entry guitars, however, the Pacifica is dressed in wonderful Metal silver dome control knobs. The bridge is a sort of vintage style tremolo with block saddles, giving you great intonation.
Yamaha, supply you with a limited LIFETIME warranty with this guitar, which is just jaw dropping. How they can squeeze all of this value into its tiny price tag is beyond me. You can pick one of these guitars up for around £260, which is almost a joke. It’s the only choice to make when you are looking for your first love!
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If this is your FIRST time going to buy an Electric Guitar online, Yes of course, this Buyer’s Guide especially for you!
The day has finally come…
So, you are finally looking to buy your first guitar! First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! You should make more choices like this!
You feel alone, and no one to turn too… It’s okay put the kettle on, have a read through this and you’ll come out the other end with a shiny new guitar!
Let’s get down to business…
Guitars we advise you to take an interest in…
Okay, so having reviewed many guitars, here is a list we think would suit a first time buyer.
Our first choice, the Yamaha. It’s an all round magic guitar, and best in the category for pricing. At around £260, this bank account preserving guitar should be your first port of call. Great all round tone and build quality (especially for the price) makes this the top of our list. The build quality is superb and no corners have been cut. It is just a non-stop quality entry guitar (and beyond).
Let’s face it, you like the look of it, I like the look of it, your wallet likes the look of it. It’s our old friend Epiphone, with its warm welcoming handshake. A very close battle to the top of the list, the Epiphone Les Paul Special comes straight in at number two.
Legendary craftsmanship for paupers money. Around £145 you’d be crazy to not have a sniff around this guitar. There are some minor issues with the build quality, but nothing that will matter too much when you are getting your first guitar. Not even noticeable. You’ll be laughing all the way home for practically stealing this guitar at that price.
Okay, perhaps your pockets were a little deeper than you thought, maybe you had more money down the side of the sofa than you could remember?
Coming in at number three, the G&L ASAT. Now they hover around the £400 mark. DO NOT RUN AWAY JUST YET! Hear me out, these things are just outrageous. Made by Leo Fender and George Fullerton, these things are electric! They are Fenders twin brother. And Fender is one of the biggest names in the game. The quality and the sound of these guitars is second to none, and for the price, it is seriously worth saving up for just a little bit longer…
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So, before you go straight out and buy a guitar, you need to give it a test drive. Find out where your local music shop is and have a wander down and have a look around. You are just looking to hold a few of these instruments and get used to the feel, the weight, the neck and the sound. You can spend hours in there (and you should) trying everything out. Be thorough and make sure that you come away with some things in mind about what you liked the most and the sounds you got out of them. The guitar shop will most probably set your guitar up for you too in terms of strings, action, and the rest, so make sure you ask as many questions as possible.
Okay, so you’ve found what you are looking for, your journey has come to the penultimate corner. Where to buy, and how.
My first bit of advice is to purchase your choice of guitar online. It pains me to say this, but you will often find them much cheaper online as the companies have smaller overheads in general. Whilst guitar shops on the high street offer great one to one advice and allow you to handle the guitars and play them through a selection of amps, the pricing is just too high I often find. Which is a shame, as we would all love to keep the dwindling amount of shops open for longer.
Secondly, when you are at the check out on sites make sure you are going through a secure payment process and do check out any warranty and guarantees the site and the manufacturer offer you.
Thirdly, enjoy yourself. Put in the time, love and perseverance the guitar demands, and you will be best friends for life!
Just in case you think that we missed on a good guitar, let us know.