Re: 10 Things You Wish You Knew About Guitars (Before You Bought One.)
One advice I always give people who start : looks ARE important ! Too many beginners buy some standard guitar that they don't find particularly attractive and hence sometimes their desire is also minimized to take it out, clean it and play it. When you have a guitar you love looking at, it is a very strong impetus to take it out, play it and take well care of it. That's why I always recommend to people, besides the obvious (ie gooud sounding, comfortable ...) to pick a first guitar that they also think looks cool !
In the same vein, if you can wait a little (money wise) and get a very decent guitar right away, do it and don't go for something cheapish. Not only will it look better and motivate you more to play (see above) but the value of actually having a guitar that doesn't go out of tune, with fret ends that don't rip your fingers off when you do a slide, a lutherie that allows for a good setup without buzz, intonation that is proper etc ... will not only extend your playing pleasure but also more importantly be more musical, and overall provide way more fun and help you improve.
So, as far as budget allows, and as counterproductive as it may seem, I do recommend even beginners that are motivated to get a good guitar right away from the start and I don't believe in the : buy a 100$ guitar to start and when you're a good player buy something better.
The turning point is also that, should you resell your first guitar, because after time you realize you prefer other neck shapes (or you even want to stop guitar alltogether) etc ... a good guitar will have much better resale value than a cheapo. Oh ... and of course should you want to "upgrade" it with better pickups etc, it is also better to allready have a good base down (woods, craftmanship ...)
Last edited by chlamy; 12-14-2008 at 11:11 AM.