sparkle, but were painful much of the time. So it is with guitars. When I was
fresh into the guitar world, my head was easily turned by beautiful wood,
artistic inlays or an exquisite tone. In a moment of passion, I would commit to
a guitar that was utterly amazing, but wasn’t right for me. In spite of a
strong attraction, without the day-to-day ease that comes from comfort and
compatibility, the relationship was doomed.
the best move. The wisdom of experience coupled with the realization that there
is no shortage of amazing guitars on the planet led me to healthy, happy (yes,
even blissful!) long-term relationships with some great guitars. A little
forethought can do the same for you.
perfect match. (Lists don’t lie!) Start your list with fundamental
requirements, such as size, type (acoustic, electric, etc.), playability,
quality of workmanship and price range. You can find information about guitar
types and tips on guitar shopping and negotiating the deal in this article on
how to buy a guitar.
and desires, such as kind of wood, decoration, tone and general appeal. This is
the time to reflect on yourself and your music.
Your Music, Trust Your Gut
guitar. If, for example, you are small or have a short upper body, you will
play and feel your best with a small guitar. Never underestimate the importance
of the size and shape of your guitar – a guitar that is too large for you can
actually cause injury to your hands or arms!
instruments. Is the guitar you’re considering built to bring out the sound of
the of music that you will be playing on it? You may need
to face the fact that you require more than one guitar in order to be effective
with the different styles of music you play. (Hey, what guitar player doesn’t
like an excuse to collect guitars?)
sales gimmicks when choosing a guitar. When you find a guitar that really draws
your attention, pick it up and play it. Tune in to the way it sounds and to how
it feels in your lap. Play it some more. Is it your guitar?
Never Let It Go!
the guitar is a sweet deal and a good match. Once you’ve found that match, take
it home, give it lots of attention and watch the relationship grow!