Buying a Guitar?

The guitar is one of the most widely played musical instruments around; a large part of its appeal is that it can be adapted to virtually any style of music from classical to jazz to rock. It can be played as a solo instrument and as part of a band, ensemble or even orchestra.

With a wealth of brands, designs, colours and styles to choose from, buying a guitar can be quite an overwhelming experience. However, a little prior knowledge can go a long way in helping you to choose the guitar that is right for you. aims to help you find the perfect guitar for you, at the best possible price:

1Choose your guitar
Identify the guitar you would like to buy. You may already have decided before you came here, or you may be using this web site to help you to decide. We hope that we can help to either confirm your decision, or guide you if you’re undecided.

2Compare prices
Once you’ve decided which guitar you would like, go to the specific page for the exact brand, model and colour you require. You will then be able to view the current prices from many of the UK’s leading online guitar retailers. The online guitar market is very competitive, and great savings can be made on nearly all models.

3Buy online for the biggest savings
Click through to the online retailer of your choice, and purchase the guitar online. Beware that many online retailers only offer their published prices if you buy online, and may charge you more if you buy over the phone or visit their shop.

Ready? Are you looking for an electric guitar, electro acoustic guitar, acoustic guitar, or a bass guitar?

Points to consider

An important question to ask yourself is what type of music do you want to play? The type of music you wish to play has a big effect on determining which type of guitar is best for you as certain guitar designs are more suited for specific types of music. Also, think of the musicians you admire, what type of guitar do they play? You may find that the musicians playing the music you like best play a hollow-body design electric guitar over a solid-body version, or a dreadnought style acoustic guitar instead of a classic style acoustic guitar.

The look of the instrument is another important thing to consider. This is a very personal choice, as with so many styles and shapes on the market not everything is going to appeal to everyone. Appearance may seem a superficial quality on which to choose a guitar but it is important to have a guitar that gets you excited about playing. It will keep you engaged in the learning process and you will get more enjoyment out of it in the long run.

Take into consideration the size and shape of the instrument, will it be comfortable to hold and play? Guitars can vary in weight depending on the materials of their construction, some have contoured bodies to make playing more comfortable and the neck of a guitar can be different in length, width and profile from one model to the next. For instance, the frets are closer together on guitars with shorter scale necks, making them ideal for players with smaller hands, and contoured guitars with an offset waist are considered more comfortable for those who prefer to play sitting down. If you know people with guitars a good idea would be to try their instruments before you buy, this will give you a better idea of the features that are right for you.

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Follow your instinct

As mentioned earlier, it is important to have a guitar that motivates you to play, so follow your gut instinct when it comes to making your choice. Even if it is at the higher end of your budget chances are you will play it more and over time this will give you better value for your money.