How To Save Money Buying A Beginner Guitar
Are you getting an instrument that’s user friendly and doing exactly what it was designed to do? This is a HUGE issue with the very nature of the guitar when it comes to physical storefronts versus internet retailing.
Regardless of who made the instrument, the level of quality and who you purchase it from, even the best professional instruments - Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Fender, Paul Reed Smith etc. need to be adjusted to fit the player’s style. That’s the nature of a guitar setup – to dial it in to the individual.
Personally, purchasing a guitar through the internet concerns me deeply. Although I can deal with any issues myself, the average new user is lost in a sea of beginner guitars that run the gamut. There are very few etailers out there that will go the distance to make sure the instrument’s up to snuff.
You may, or may not, get an instrument that’s fit to play.
It’s also a major consideration for myself when I think of representing a manufacturer; will their products pass muster?
If possible, please consider buying local and supporting your community. Besides asking the obvious questions about warranty or any items that may be included in a package, here’s a few more to ask that will help make sure you’re getting the best deal possible:
- Has the guitar been set up properly?
- Is it easy to play for a beginner?
- If it’s not, will you do that included?
- What if I have a problem with it afterwards?
If it’s at all possible, take friend who can play guitar well with you when you’re out shopping for that first instrument. They’ll have perspective and will help filter the dogs from the winners.
Give yourself a budget and stick to it. You should earmark about $200.00 for a reasonable student model package such as this popular Epiphone Les Paul Special II Guitar Player Pack, then factor in the cost of the guitar being fully set up.
Be aware of the upsells, sales people can be very persuasive – it’s their job. If you do get some pressure to add items, ask if they can be thrown in. The worst that can happen is they say no, often times they’ll say sure if it helps make the sale.
It’s all about value, both sides have to feel they win – the store owner needs to make a profit – heat, hydro and staff wages are not a matter of public service – and you want to feel good about making the purchase.
There are some very important points made around these issues in the videos – be sure to pay attention. a little bit of knowledge will save you a ton of grief and quite a bit of money.
Buying A Beginner Guitar - Part 2
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