Welcome to ‘I Want To Play Guitar!’
If you’re thinking to yourself: “I want to play guitar” – you’ll first need to choose an instrument to begin your guitar playing with. Not everyone who wishes to play the guitar fully appreciates what an important decision it is to make when it comes to purchasing your first guitar.
Picking your first guitar is an important step
When you go out shopping for your first guitar you should be aware that it certainly won’t be the last guitar you purchase – unless you give up playing. Most guitar players will progress quite quickly from one guitar to another until they find their perfect instrument. It’s impossible for new players to understand the different characteristics that players look for in guitars when buying them – and that’s why almost 100% of the time they will purchase a new one further down the line.
When purchasing your first guitar you should look out for an instrument that looks nice, and sounds nice too. Don’t forget that when you come to purchase another guitar later on, you may well have to sell your old one. Therefore you should try to get one that’s going to maintain its value well – don’t go for a crazy guitar covered in pink fur – and when you’ve purchased it, ensure you look after it very well.
Remember that you can always try a guitar before you buy it if you go down to your local music shop. Obviously you can’t do this online, but if you see a model on the internet at a good price you might want to try and find a shop near you that stocks this model – so you can have a go of it before you purchase it over the internet.
There’s no shame in buying a second hand guitar
There is a certain stigma associated with purchasing second hand goods – and the same is true when it comes to buying preowned guitars. Don’t let this stigma get you down though, because you may end up making an impressive saving by purchasing your instrument second hand. Just because it has been used before doesn’t mean that it’s no good.
Those people who aren’t convinced that they’ll keep up playing the guitar should certainly look for a second hand one. Even those people who are convinced that they’ll play the guitar for a long time to come should consider a second hand one – because there’s so much money to be saved. Sometimes second hand guitars can be purchased for less than half the price of a new one.
You can always find second hand guitars online, and in your local music shop so be sure to have a look. Always check the overall condition of the guitar before you buy it. Small bumps, scrapes and scratches are perfectly normal – you may notice things like chipped paint on second hand guitars too. As long as there is no sign of serious damage or repairs, don’t let minor imperfections put you off.
Anyone thinking to themselves “I want to play guitar” has lots of factors to consider – and certainly a second hand guitar is one of them.