How to choose a guitar?

This article will discuss the question: How to choose a guitar novice who has no experience in this. There will be described the criteria on the basis of which you have to make a choice.

This article will discuss the following questions:

  • Go to the music store;
  • Visually inspect the guitar;
  • The upper and lower decks;
  • Stand for strings;
  • Guitar neck;
  • Attaching the neck to the base of the guitar;
  • The distance from the strings to the neck;
  • Checking the sound of the guitar;
  • Check splitting guitar;

Conclusion.When you come to the store for guitars, in front of your eyes appear a lot of tools - both expensive and cheaper. Learn to play, in principle, it is possible on any guitar, even cheap. But the poor quality of cheap tools can greatly hinder learning. Then you will know why.

How to choose a guitar newbie?

Guitars have with iron strings (acoustic), and nylon (classic) (difference of acoustic classical guitar). This is probably the only thing that distinguishes "guitar for a beginner," the guitar "for the experienced." For beginners, it may be advisable guitar with nylon strings, because iron first time will cut your fingers. But, given that you will soon get used to it, you can just take a guitar with steel strings, not to buy two guitars in one month, besides iron strings louder. It is about the acoustic guitar and it will go.

We go into a music store

So when you come to the music store, ask the seller to show you the acoustic guitar (not classical). Look at what you are offering. You need a guitar normal size. Do not settle, if you offer a small guitar, such as jazz, folk guitar, etc.

How to choose a guitar. We go into a music store

From these guitars select your favorite (so far, no matter what it will be for the company). Choose a color that you like, and ask the seller to give you into the hands of the chosen tool, that you visited it. Next is check the quality of the guitar ...

Visually inspect the guitar


First, inspect visually the guitar there not on it cracks, dents, chips and other defects. These defects can adversely affect the sound. If you find any damage or just a marriage, then ask the seller to change the tool.

The upper and lower deki

Next, look at the top and bottom deki: each of them must be one-piece, without seams, ie, formed from a sheet of plywood. And between them, of course, both have to be connected deki shell.

Note: For relief of colors guitar (you see above) is not the easiest to notice the crack. Be careful!

Also ask the seller of a tree made guitar (better if it is a pine). If possible, look at the socket, there also should be no cracks and holes. Make sure that all is well everywhere taped and will not leave (for example, the beginning of the neck from the top deki). Stand for strings

There are several kinds of supports for strings for acoustic guitar:

Types of supports for strings

Personally, I would advise to stay on the selection of the first stand. I believe that the second less reliable. I am referring here not the form as such (a form you can choose what you like), and mount the strings.

Any string can be secured in the first embodiment, even if they have nothing at the end. To learn how to do it - that's another story - How do I change the strings?

In the second embodiment, as a fixing string pegs serve for fastening strings (plastmasski), which together with the end of the string is inserted into the holes and fix them (strings). With the help of them you can fix any string (again, personal opinion). Besides, what if you lose at least one peg? Inspect stand for strings. It must be firmly glued to the top of deke, and in any case does not wobble.

Neck Guitar - requires special attention

Of great importance for how to choose a guitar, a vulture, or rather, his directness. To check whether the neck straight, take the tool, position it parallel to the ground at arm's length at eye level and from the socket look into the neck, as shown below:

Check the evenness of the guitar fretboard

Note: You do not see any obvious distortions. If you still notice roughness and wave any more curvature - ask to replace the tool.
Then again look at the neck from all sides:

Check the evenness of the guitar neck

Why did the novice should pay attention to select a guitar fretboard is to honesty? Because, if you purchased a guitar neck is twisted, the tool simply will not hold the line and it will be very difficult to set up (how to set up the guitar?). In addition, it will be a top (when, for example, the first fret of the first string sounds right, and, say, fifth or sixth way lies, in this case about the guitar talk "does not build on the frets").

Electric Guitar Making shots

The distance from the strings to the neck

Check how to count the frets on the guitar:
  • Designation of frets on the guitar

When you know how to count the frets, get the 12th fret on the guitar. Make sure that on the 12th fret of the approximate distance from the strings to the neck was not more than 5 mm. Otherwise, it will be difficult for beginners to clamp the string and generally play an instrument.

  • The distance from the strings to the neck at the 12th fret
Note: As a rule, cheap guitar, this distance is greater than 5 mm, so do not choose a tool of too cheap.

Do not be afraid, and bring a ruler to measure the distance. Sellers Guitars You do not say anything. By the way, if the line is more or less long, you can also check out her candor neck:

Check candor neck line

Check the sound and acoustics guitar. The first and second string should sound a bit brighter than the rest. This applies to guitars with steel strings, about which we are talking about.

Checking the sound of the guitar

The fifth and sixth strings do not have much to stand out and "bang", ie overshadow the music sound too bass player. In general, none of the string should not "rattle" sound or be splashed.

Note: Of course, as long as you are a beginner, you do not hear of some defects in the sound of the guitar, which can be heard professional. But something that you can hear. Just listen to the sound of the guitar. It's nice if you own the sound of the instrument? Or, ask the seller to play something and see if you like the sound of.
Inspect guitar tuners

The last thing you should also pay a lot of attention - it is splitting.

This is a very important detail guitar, t. To. With them, the tool is adjusted. Take a good look and touch them. Kolka should not stagger, have a backlash. Make sure that they are well cool and does not creak. Otherwise, you will be hard to tune the guitar, especially the novice, and this, believe me, you have to do frequently.


Now you will know how to choose a guitar. Choose the tool carefully and do not hesitate to ask the seller all that clear. He owes you an answer to all the questions.

Follow the recommendations with which you meet in this article. Do not listen to the seller, if he will tell you that some guitars defect is insignificant. Be aware that any defect can affect (and be sure to impact) on the sound of the guitar.