Guitar Buying Guide

 

There are a few things that you will have to look out for in choosing a guitar that matches your music style, budget, physique and skill level.

Purchasing a guitar can be very confusing as there are many options available in the market. This guide aims to help you understand the basic differences in guitars so you can make an informed decision. If this doesn't help, don't worry, we are here to help! Give us a call at +603 4143 4933 from 10am-10pm any day. 

In essence, there are two main types of guitar:

1) The Acoustic Guitar ( Played without an Amplifier)

2) The Electric Guitar (Play with an Amplifier)

What is an Amplifier? An amplifier makes the guitar sound louder

More Acoustic -----------------------------------------------------More Electric

Classical - folk/ western / dreadnought- electric acoustic - semi acoustic -  solid electric

 

  1. Classical Guitar
    1. Characterised by small body and wide neck, & nylon strings
    2. Suited for classical or spanish music
    3. More suited for plucking, The wide neck make it easy for plucking but more difficult for strumming
    4. Misconception that classical guitars are the best guitar to learn on, this isnt true because if you want to learn classical music it is true but if you want to learn contemporary music this isnt the best to learn on
  1. Folk/Western/ dreadnought
    1. More tinny sound compared to the classical guitar
    2. Characterised by large body, long narrow neck and steel strings and scratch plates
    3. Suitable to learn contemporary music in many styles
    4. Narrow neck and steel strings make it ideal if you intend to switch to the electric guitar in the future
    5. The feel of the neck is similar to a electric guitar neck but the body is much larger
    6. Because of the size of the body, some care should be taken when choosing this guitar, it’s a good idea to drop by our store to try how it feels on the knee first before buying
    7. Some children and smaller sized adults have difficulties because of the size of the body, making it uncomfortable to play
  2. The Electro Acoustic guitar
    1. Is a true acoustic guitar
    2. But it has a pickup built into it, Useful for recording purposes or to play to large audiences where an amplifier is required
    3. Come in various types. You can get a electro classical guitar or an electro folk/western guitar
  3. Semi-acoustic/ hollow bodied electric guitar
    1. It is closer to electric guitar than acoustic guitar
    2. Narrow neck and steel strings & scratch plate are exactly like the dreadnought guitar
    3. However, the exposed pickups and with a pickup selector switch, volume and tone and the tremolo bar are things you’d only associate with an electric guitar
    4. When played acoustically, the semi-acoustic is very quiet but when plugged into an amplifier it behaves and sounds like any other electric guitar
    5. Many guitarists prefer the sound of the semi-acoustic
    6. Popular among the blues/jazz musicians and indie bands
  4. Solid bodied electric guitar/ electric guitar
    1. The size, shape, colour does not impact the sound of the guitar
    2. The sound of the guitar is impacted by : the pickup style and configuration makes an audible difference to the way the guitar sounds. It is worth taking note of the style of guitar and the style of music you want to end up playing
    3. It is designed to be used with an amplifier. Without an amplifier they are very very quiet