Electric Guitar Buying Guide

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Buying an electric guitar whether for personal use or to gift someone can be a daunting experience. There are several models and brands to choose from. Although they are easy to play compared to traditional or acoustic guitars, there’s need to find the right one that fits into one’s special playing needs. A quality electric guitar means maximum playing comfort. Below is a guide on how to buy an electric guitar.


Who Will Use the Guitar?

A guitar for a beginner is different from that of an experienced music player. A guitar that sounds great, adequately sized and fits one’s playing aspirations can help to motivate the person who will use it. Small and young players need a mini or travel size guitar. Full-sized guitars come with different weight and sizes. Beginners deserve a guitar that is easy to learn and play. Therefore, it is vital to consider the body style, tone, and electronics of the guitar before buying.

The Body Type

guitarThere are three main electric guitar body types, i.e., solid, hollow and semi-hollow body types. Solid body electric guitars can either be single-pickup models, ornately decorated and configured. However, solid body guitars produce less resonance compared to hollow-bodied electric guitar models. Hollow body types look like acoustic guitars but produce greater resonance because of their unique designs. Therefore, those who want full, deep and rich bass sound should choose hollow body guitars. Semi-hollow varieties have solid center wood that provides additional stability. They are ideal for playing various types of music like punk, rock, and jazz.

Guitar Neck

Guitarists vary from their tastes and preferences and the type of electric guitar they buy also differ. Guitar necks can be a one piece or a combination of two sections sealed together to make the neck firm. The hardness of the neck is critical and is determined by the wood grain used. The most common types of wood used to make electric guitar necks include maple, rosewood, basswood, Pau Ferro, and mahogany. The neck joint should also be strong enough to withstand the stress and pressure resulting from installation and tensioning of the guitar strings.

The Frets

Buyers should also give a lot of thought to electric guitar frets. Frets influence the playability and tone of the guitar. They play a crucial role in the fingerboard of the guitar. It allows the guitarist to perform hammer-ons, bend notes and even pull-offs. A guitar with properly matched frets is worth buying.


Most electric guitars come with two pickups, i.e., one that is close to the bridge and the other next to the neck. The one next to the neck produces thick sound while the latter produces rich treble sound. Those who love blending or choosing different pickups can go for the ones with a 3-position switch. Other guitars come with5-position switches and are great for producing glassy tones.