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Become a guitarist with the guitar lessons in this Howcast video series for beginner guitar players.
You Will Need
- Body style
- Knowledge of manufacturers
- Reputable dealer
- Your favorite artist's guitar model (optional)
Choose from the four basic styles of electric guitars: solid body, hollow body, semi-hollow body, and chambered. Each has a unique sound, so match the style to the type of music you'll be playing.
Set a budget
Set your budget. If you are a beginner, look for guitars in the $300 or less range. Experienced players should buy the highest-quality guitar they can afford.
Know that two of the top manufacturers of electric guitars are Fender and Gibson, used by professional musicians. Gibson's lesser-priced line is Epiphone and Fender's is Squier, which produce copies of their popular main line models. Ibanez is another affordable option.
Compare reviews by manufacturer and model online and in guitar magazines. Look for comments regarding sound, construction, and price.
Look at style
Choose the look that appeals to you. There are many body designs, sizes, colors, and types of wood, which are a matter of personal preference as well as indicators of sound quality.
Head to the store
Head to a reputable guitar store to test out your picks. Pay attention to the quality of the sound, the size, and the feel of the strings and neck. Have adjustments made before you take it home. Rock on!