A Beginner's Buying Guide to Electric Guitars

By April 21, 2016

Looking for your first electric guitar can get pretty confusing with so many different options on the market. Without some basic knowledge about the different types of electric guitars available and what each is suited for, it becomes hard to make the right decision. There are a lot of things to keep in mind, starting with what exactly you’ll be using the guitar for. If you are a beginner, you should scrutinize your guitar’s size and sound quality, to make sure you’re comfortable while playing it. The aesthetics, body style and tone matter as well. And when you do find the perfect guitar, it’s way out of your budget. To make the process easier, we’ve put together this buying guide to help you choose the best guitar within your price range. Read on to make sure you buy the best guitar for you. Oh, and we also offer easy monthly instalments too, to make things just a little easier. IBANEZ GRG170DX ELECTRIC GUITAR If you are looking for the perfect blend of style and playability, this is the perfect choice. The IBANEZ GRG170DX Electric Guitar is very comfortable to play, courtesy of its lightweight basswood body, making it the ideal choice for extended playing. It has a good balance of highs and lows. The durability of the instrument is enhanced by its sleek and beautiful finish. The Ibanez GRG170DX also features rosewood fingerboard and a maple thin neck. It’s definitely “an axe made to rock” with its edgy shark tooth inlays, Chrome Hardware and 3 Powersound pickups. The Ibanez GRG170DX is a special favourite of hard rock and metal guitarists. CORT CR100 LES PAUL STYLE ELECTRIC GUITAR The classic design of the CORT CR100 stands out with its eloquence. This sassy electric guitar is versatile and features a single cutaway with an arched maple top. Maple is the most commonly used wood while making guitars because of its figuring and high tonal characteristics. Its hardness adds a definition to the sound. The CORT CR100 also features a Canadian Hard Maple Neck. With a fretboard radius of 12 inches and Powersound PSLP-1F & PSLP-1R (H-H) pickups, this one is a must buy, especially with its incredibly reasonable pricing. FENDER SQUIER STANDARD STRATOCASTER MAPLE ELECTRIC GUITAR The classic Fender Strat, this is probably one of the most popular guitars in the world. The design, look and detailing have been praised by the likes of Mark Knopfler and Kurt Cobain. The feature packed Fender Stratocaster has never compromised on its quality. Fender’s Agathis body is most common these days in newer, more affordable guitars. Its USP is its large 60s style headstock. If you are an Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix fan, you will not think twice before buying this now! EPIPHONE SLASH "AFD" LES PAUL SPECIAL-II ELECTRIC GUITAR How many of you are big Guns N Roses fans? If you are a hardcore follower of Epiphone’s premier signature artist, Slash, you should definitely take a look at this Les Paul Electric Guitar. Its Amber finish and Epiphone Ceramic Plus™ Zebra-coil humbuckers make it stand out! Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, this guitar will help you play to your fullest potential. So, before you purchase your first electric guitar, make sure you do enough research about its hardware. More than anything else, the hardware of the guitar is directly related to the sound and tonal quality of your guitar. Keep these things in mind and you won’t go wrong. You can also check out some great guitar bundles, electric guitars, bass guitars, guitar amplifiers and the specially curated International Guitar Month collection.

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