Theres this pawn shop that has some cool looking guitars, and sell them cheaply, but since its my first time picking up a guitar, I dont know how to tell if its a good guitar.
What I mean is how to tell if its good. Not just some cheap walmart guitar some one sold to them.
OK, it depends if you’re talking about acoustic or electric. Both should be well polished and the strings should be new and tightly wound, not dirty. Check the machine heads on top of the guitar for rust and wear. Also, hold the guitar up to the light and check the fret board for wear and cracks. Turn it around and look at the back of the neck and check for cracks and make sure no nuts and bolts are stripped. Check the bridge at the bottom of the strings and make sure there’s no rust. If there are any chips or dings in the paint job ask for off the price. It’s ok if they don’t give it to you but it’s just a bonus. Finally, if everything looks good you can gauge by brand. For acoustic you’ll want an Ibanez (0 or so) or a Alvarez (No more than 5)., for an electric guitar also look for Ibanez (0). I list those brands because that’s what you most likely find in a pawn shop. If you run across any Fenders be weary. They’re not that great and are too expensive for the quality of guitar it is, that’s electric and acoustic. Try to stay away from Dean guitars and if you can find a Washburn electric or a Martin acoustic for under 0 it’s probably a good deal unless there’s a defect. Keep in mind that if you do go with electric you’ll need an amp., Line 6 makes the best you can buy. Amps are more about sound so if you play through one that you like you’ll know it. Amps (0 and up, and up, and up) Hope this helps., Rock on man and don’t get screwed on getting a new guitar. Picking your first is VERY important because if you choose wrong it may discourage you and it will end up in a closet collecting dust. Happy hunting!
on: 9th January 09