WHAT TO LOOK AT WHEN CHOOSING AN ELECTRIC GUITAR?

Well, there are many articles talking about this problem but I found them not too clear about the body styles and the pickups, which are one of the most important criteria when looking for an electric guitar. Check this out if you don’t really know what body style suits you the most or what type of pick up to choose.

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1. BODY STYLES

Based on body type, guitars are divided into three main categories: hollow, semi-hollow and solid. Sure we know the clear distinctions of the three, but the biggest impact that is relevant to how each type of guitar will sound like. In general, most are suitable for any kind of music but some are designed especially for specific genres.

  • Hollow Body

The hollow body, just like its name: it is completely hollow inside, is the original design of electric guitars. The great Charlie Christian and Eddie DurhamHollow-bodied guitars have laid their handson the Gibson ES-150 in their jazz songs, even though it is also famous with folk, country, rock and roll musicians. The hollow body is very good at providing warm and mellow tones, so if you are looking for these, then this is the one for you. But don’t think hollow-bodied electric guitars can’t give raunchy and sweet distortion, in fact, they do that very well. So in conclusion, a proper hollow body guitar can help youto produce great classic blues or rock sound.

  • Solid Body

This is by far the most common body type in the world, and maybe the most iconic ever made. Solid-body guitars are designed to handle the widest range of tones, reduce feedback and increase sustain thanks to their construction. This style is like, born to play incrdebly well rock and alternative music. Howerver, even if you can’t make up your mind of what type of music you are going to play, it’s not likely that you will pick up the wrong one.

  • Semi-Hollow Body

Like a mix between hollow and solid body guitars, semi-hollows are made like this: hollow inside but still have a solid wood block running through the center of the body. This design achieves is meant to increase the sustain and reduced feedback of solid-bodied guitars, as well as retaine the mellow tones of hollow-bodied guitars. This is why semi-hollow guitars have become extremely popular with blues musicians such as Freddie King and Chuck Berry. The combination between mellow and sweet, crunchy and awesome sounds makes these kind of guitars become the king of classic sound.

2.     PICKUPS

The pickup is one of major fators that make produce the sound of the guitar. Simple explanation, it is a magnet that is wrapped around by a coil of wire which receives strings vibration and then transfers it into electrical signals that can be amplified as a sound at the end.

Normally, there are two main types of pickups: single coil and double coil (or humbicker).

Single coil pickups are made up of a single wire coil, representing the simplest form of pickup technology nowadays. Single coils brings about punchy, bright sound with the drawback that tends to make a lot of noises under the form of a hum.

The dual coil or humbucker, which is said to “buck the hum” common in single coil pickups. Like the name, it’s about two single coil pickups are set together to help a richer, more powerful tone that has no extra noise. While it is said to be the last choice of them all, since many players prefer the brighter, punchier tone that single coils bring back.


AWESOME BEGINNER GUITARS

beginner guitars

First, I give you three options for acoustic guitars with great value and quality beginners.

1. Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar

“Quality materials including a solid Sitka spruce top make the Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar an excellent choice for the new acoustic guitarist.”

Built on years of making quality instruments, especially guitars, the reputation of Yamaha is what other brands have been dreaming of. Featuring a very comfortable body with a solid Sitka Spruce top, this acoustic guitar are made to produce such amazing sound but keep itself a reasonable, almost modest price of 199.99 USD. The satin finished on the back of the neck helps the guitar to make the playability smoother. This instrument is also long-live if you wonder, it even sounds better and better in decades.

2. Martin LX Little Martin ¾ Scale Acoustic Guitar

“The Martin LX Little Martin is a great choice for kids and beginners with smaller hands and bodies.”

Seen as one of the best guitars that have ever been made, Martin Guitar is now 180 years old. The Little Martin mentioned is a ¾ scale guitar, designed perfectly for beginners and kids with a smaller stature. The guitar produces big and loud sound in small package thanks to the feature of professional building, both construction and hardware part. Another advantage to talk about is its size suits your travel package just right.

3. Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar

“The Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a wonderfully retro look with its decorative pick guard and includes a pickup system for easy amplification.”

The Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar produces very rich sound owing to its features of solid soprucetop and comfortable neck. Since 1962, the guitar has been installed with a Fishman Sonicore system that seems to “repeat” the acoustic sound even when you have connected them to an amplifier (or PA system). The monitors will sound just as what you make from the guitar. Such a good feature, right?

Now, three other options for electric guitars:

 1. Squier Standard Telecaster

“Based on the iconic Fender guitar, the Squier Standard Telecaster ranks first in beginners’ list whose interests are traditional, country rock and and surf sounds.”

Squier Standard Telecaster is your fantastic first electric guitar thanks to its classic Fender design, simple controls, and smooth playability. Say goodbye to the poor turning ability that you meet when using low quality guitar, this one has very fixed bridge, quality tuning machines that speak of reliability, simple tuning stability, along with one single volume and tone controls and two bright-sounding single-coil pickups. For decades, the Telecaster has been a legend in country, surf, rock and pop music.

2. Epiphone Les Paul 100

“Starter who is in live with the sound of hard classic rock will definitely love this versatile rock guitar.”

This one actually give thicker and deeper beefy tones than the Telecaster above since it features two hum bucker pickups. The Epiphone Les Paul 100 is a wise choice for starters. With quality hardware but simple controls, it also feels very comfortable with your hands. Another foundation of brilliant music for decades. The guitar is extremely popular with hard rock and blues guitar players because of its warm tones that suit many music genres.

3. ESP LTD LMH100QMNT

“This ESP LTD LMH100QMNT makes a great choice for your budding shredder who loves hard rock and metal styles.”

Seeming to be affordable to some guitarists, the LMH100QMNT is a the sleekest, most stylish to me. With a slim body and a comfy neck, it’s specially designed for people who want fast and, responsive feel. Modest price, hum bucker pickups and beautiful quilted maple top, this design is known for its comfortable fastnecks and contours that hug your body perfectly.


5 MISTAKES YOU SHOULD AVOID WHEN LEARNING TO PLAY GUITAR

5 mistakes you should avoid when learning to play guitar

1. Self-learning To Play The Guitar. Many people try hard to learn how to play the guitar themselves. Well, it’s true that some really (maybe) study it on them own, but I don’t think following that way is a good idea, even if your favorite guitarist learnt himself. Maybe you are totally capable if building an effective training strategy by yourself and that’s absolutely great. However, like I said, it’s not likely that everyone has the gift inside them. Most of us cannot do it alone because it is simply so hard, time-consuming and stressful. Some people even proudly claim that they are self taught players, thinking it is a way to impress others but they are wrong. You SHOULD NOT make the same mistake. Let’s just say, which one do you prefer? A nonsense statement about your guitar training or a performance that shows off your guitar skill? Honestly, I don’t find anything good about self taught, but I’m not criticizing anyone, please understand. It just appears to me that any lessons need a teacher, even playing the guitar. There are many skills and tips that we only can learn from the master.

2. Taking Guitar Lessons From Ineffective Guitar Teachers. Unfortunately, most electric guitar learner receive no guitar skill from their teachers. Even worse, the vast majority of teachers show little or no interest in improving their guitar teaching skills. This is real guys, you can read it online. Well of course some highly effective electric guitar teachers exist and keep teaching, but still there are a number of ineffective teachers. This sounds like you spend a bunch of money hiring someone to teach you but end up learning it yourself and this just won’t work.

3. Looking For New Guitar Info (tricks, tips) Without A Verified Strategy To Reach Your Specific Goals.  Yes, it’s true that we’ve got to have information, help, advice to play music. But without a specific “verified” strategy, you will mess up in anytime. That’s the first thing to do, set up or look for a proven strategy, which is relevant and suitable for you skill level, your style. After following it for quite sometimes, that you have got used to practicing according to a specific schedule, now it’s the time to learn the right info.
4. Unsure About What You Really Want To Play. A vast majority of guitar players know little about what they’d like to be able to do with their guitar. Imagine, if you yourself don’t know then how are you gonna figure out your training schedule? How would your teacher be able to teach you the specific skills required if you don’t have a specific idea? Sure there are basic things that help you to get better in general, and common strategies that allow you to gain more knowledge and skills, but they are not specialized enough. Not to mention this will take much more time for you to success and reach your goals, as well as the training may brings you frustration sometimes because of its ineffectiveness.

5. Not Focus Enough On What Matter Most To Make You A Better Guitarist. I’m sure you all have been here a few times: practice so hard but not really pay attention to what skills or lessons that can speed up your progress. Because you really do not understand and apply this concept correctly. Some teacher will neglect the core of the lesson they are teaching: what plays the most important job. This result in many students making their progress slowly and frustratedly, some even quit their study. So, make sure you get to know what is the main problem of your lesson and master them, before going any further.