Electric Guitars Buying Guide

Deciding on an electric guitar  involves quite a lot of thinking and research. If it is your first time making a guitar purchase, it is best to go to a store and try out the different types of guitars, even if you plan to buy a guitar online. Make sure you know what you're missing as well as what you're getting when you make your purchase. The last thing you want is to purchase a guitar with humbucker pickups  never knowing the way single coil pickups  sound. You might discover later on that you actually like single coil pickups better, in which case you would be stuck with a guitar you don't like as much as you thought. Thus, try to play every guitar in the store if you have the time because it's worth knowing that you got exactly what you wanted in the face of opposition.

How to Choose an Electric Guitar

There are several key differences between electric guitars. Here are some of the most important differences to keep in mind when choosing an electric guitar.

  • Pickup Type: Humbuckers have a warm, clean, full sound. Single coil pickups have a harsher, emptier, dirtier sound.
  • Number of Frets: The more frets you have, the more high notes you can play. The number of frets changes the tone of the guitar as well though.
  • Wood type: The type of wood used to build the guitar will have a significant effect on how the guitar sounds and resonates.
  • Electronics: Consider the number of pickups on the body, placement of the jack, and the function of each control knob.


  • Don't buy a guitar the first time you try out guitars at the store. Go home and think about the purchase. Guitars aren't cheap.
  • If you're still in school, see what your friends think is a cool guitar and try that one out next time you head over to the store.
  • When deciding whether or not to make a purchase, tell the store's salesman the type of music you enjoy listening to and playing. They can advise you on which guitars fit the tone of your favourite musical genre.

Quick Picks

Types of Electric Guitars

The Gibson Les Paul  has humbucker pickups and volume and tone controls for each pickup. These guitars sound clean and warm.

Hollowbody guitars such as this Gibson Dot  model give you a much more resonant acoustic  sound. A hollowbody guitar is not meant to be played like an acoustic, although there is nothing wrong with doing so. The hollowness of the body helps enhance the tone and sound of the guitar when it is plugged into an amplifier.

The Gibson SG  is known for its role in the rock band AC/DC. The guitar has humbucker pickups that are a bit heavy sounding. The SG is a great choice for metal enthusiasts or hard rock bands.

The Fender Stratocaster  is one of the most popular guitars. It has three single coil pickups, making it a very noisy, raw, but bright sounding guitar. This guitar became an icon in the rock world when Jimi Hendrix lit his on fire during a concert.

The Fender Telecaster  is a favourite among country musicians, but alternative rock and indie bands have also enjoyed the Telecaster. If your looking for a quality guitar with a classic sound, the Telecaster is for you.

Ibanez  is famous for providing good quality instruments to young people at an affordable price. Their guitars are always cool and modern. If you are still young or interested in metal music, this guitar is for you.

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